CNBC: Google adds new search features to try to give users the ‘vibe’ of a city or neighborhood. “Google now says it has enough local data to predict a neighborhood’s ‘vibes’ in search results. The company is launching ‘immersive views’ and ‘vibes’ for some locations, adding more details in visual form so that users will be able to explore locations before they visit, Google said at its third annual Search On event Wednesday.”
Daily Maverick: Huawei-Google clash is an opportunity for African search engines . “The stand-off between the US government and tech giant Huawei presents an opportunity for African developers to step up and seize a slice of a massive potential market in the search engine sector. But small players will not be able to do it alone and the opportunity will slip by if governments on the continent fail to make proactive interventions.”
Snapchat is getting rid of local stories. Why is local news/anything on the Internet so awful? “With this move, it seems that Snapchat is opting for official deals for major events over localized content. Local stories were not as popular, an anonymous person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Indeed, their potential audience was limited to one city rather than Snapchat’s 150 million daily active users.” Ah, doesn’t scale, no big money.
Hey! Search Engine Roundtable notes if you search google for ** you might get results from local companies and services. (Based on the comments to the article my guess would be this is US only; it worked for me.) Barry is trying to get more information on the syntax, so keep an eye on the article.