Facebook Reaches 500 Million Members
Earlier this week, Facebook surpassed the 500 million member mark. Coinciding with the milestone was the appearance of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. In the interview, Mark touched upon an upcoming IPO, Facebook privacy concerns and a lawsuit brought by former associate Paul Ceglia for 84 percent of ownership. Facebook's estimated value is about $20 billion, and the social media giant is expected to generate $1 billion in revenue from ad sales.
Twitter Getting New Dedicated Data Center This Fall
If you've grown weary of seeing Twitter's Fail Whale, the adorable but maddening graphic that appears when the site is having technical problems, rest assured that Twitter is working to become more stable and reliable. This fall, Twitter is moving into a new dedicated data center in the Salt Lake City area. The state-of-the-art center will help Twitter handle its enormous growth (about 300,000 new users sign up each day), have greater control over network and systems configuration and more easily make changes in its infrastructure.
Microsoft Bing Overhauls Webmaster Tools
On Wednesday, Microsoft Bing officially launched new and improved Bing Webmasters Tools. Powered by Microsoft Silverlight 4, the revamped Bing Webmasters Tools displays up to six months' worth of crawl, index and traffic data, with more crawl and indexing data than before. New features include Index Explorer, which allows access to the Bing index to verify which directories and pages have been included; and Submit URLs, a place to submit URLs for Bing indexation. All existing Bing Webmaster accounts already have access to these overhauled tools.
Google Makes Over Image Search
Google rolled out a new version of its Image Search Tuesday. In addition to a fresh, new dense-tiled layout that displays more images at once, Google Image Search has refined its Similar Images and Similar Colors tools to produce more relevant search results. The new Google Image Search also offers larger thumbnail previews and instant scrolling. Currently, Google has indexed more than 10 billion images.
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