The FTC antitrust investigation into Google's business practices has been settled. It found that allegations of search bias were not justified, while the search engine has agreed to review some practices following the FTC's concerns regarding competition.
A global study into Wikipedia search trends has revealed the most viewed articles for many different countries around the world, with the United Kingdom topped by Facebook, One Direction, Fifty Shades of Grey and deaths.
The latest search engine market share stats for December 2012 show Google at its lowest volume all year, while Bing is at its highest. The three top search engines have experienced very different fortunes in 2012, although Google remains the market leader.
China has tightened its rules on internet usage. Under the new measures, which are currently in the early draft stages, individuals will need to provide genuine identification information as real name registration is needed for access to the internet, fixed-lines telephones and mobile devices.
Google as a company enjoys adding a touch of extra fun to their products with the inclusion of 'Easter eggs'. Some of the best in 2012 included references to the popular Gangnam style craze as well as references to Kevin Bacon and Lionel Ritchie.
Google has recently been running Gmail and Search trials. A new search feature has been introduced, allowing users to search their Gmail inbox from Google.com, whether on a desktop, iOS or Android phone. Through this, you can track online purchases, reservation and events.
Google has revealed a Santa tracking service, which allows internet users to get into the festive spirit by tracking the movements of Father Christmas as he delivers his presents around the world on Christmas Eve.
The first one thousand generic top level domains that will be considered for launch have been decided by lottery. Icann will begin evaluating applications such as .gay, .london and .transformers in 2013.
Instagram users have reacted angrily to recent changes to the website, with revised terms of service and the ability to display pictures on Twitter removed. Many are now threatening to stop using the service as a result.
In its latest bid to reduce accidental ad clicks, Google Mobile Ads has introduced a confirmation icon on its in-app image ad banners. Previously, Google has added a confirmation click to text links in an attempt to prevent users from unintentionally clicking on ads.
The government will look again at their plans to allow police and customs officials access to our online communications after a draft Bill faced strong opposition.
Google Maps has been added to the app store for Apple users, several weeks after the service was replaced by Apple's own attempt at a mapping system. After a number of errors were found, they were forced to temporarily remove the function.
Twitter has published its annual year in review for 2012, revealing that Barack Obama's post-victory tweet was the most retweeted of all time. The report also celebrates some of the weird and wonderful moments that were shared via the social network.
The top UK Google trends for 2012 have been released, with the Zeitgeist featuring a number of celebrities and sporting stars, as well as major events such as the presidential election in America and the London Olympic games.
YouTube has changed the way it looks in order to encourage more people to subscribe to channels. The video is now at the very top of the page, with all other information, including the subscribe button, featured just below it.
Google has announced that it will stop its free Apps for Business to concentrate on a premium paid-for service. New users can longer to sign up for free, while existing consumers can use their free accounts, upgrade or shift to Gmail and Google Drive.
The Senate in America has voted in support of a bill on internet freedom by an overwhelming 397 - 0 margin. A UN council meeting is currently discussing possible changes to the way the internet is regulated and governed.
In StatCounter's November 2012 UK search engine market share stats, Google has suffered another small dip, while Bing has climbed to 4.73 per cent. Meanwhile Conduit, which hijacks users' browsers, has overtaken Ask as the UK's fourth most popular search engine.
Leader of the Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI has joined Twitter, with personal messages from the Pontiff being posted in eight different languages to a total global network of over 500,000 followers.
The UK's 2012 search habits are detailed in Yahoo's traditional yearly review, which includes the Olympics, tablets and smartphones, football, F1 and Kate Middleton.
With 60 to 70 percent of malware today being used in click fraud, Microsoft Malware Protection Centre and Microsoft Online Forensics team are collaborating to prevent criminals from using malicious software to monetise from fraudulent clicks.
Nokia are seeking a ban on the sale of Blackberry devices in a number of key smartphone markets, after controversy arose over a patent relating to Wi-Fi connectivity, the latest technological battle following on from the long running Apple and Samsung case.
Rumours of a serious security breach affecting Google Webmaster Tools and possibly Analytics are causing panic. Old users - including former employees and agencies - could see their WMT accounts reverified, which in the wrong hands could be a serious problem for site owners.
Jobseekers and employers alike have a new way to recruit, with the launch of the JobKaster service. Vacancies are displayed on Google Maps, ensuring easy access to local vacancies and people looking for work.
Smartphone users in the EU's biggest economies are adding tablets to their technological collection, according to a comScore study. They reveal that 15.5 per cent of smartphone users in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy turning to tablets.
UK retailers are echoing the American tradition of Black Friday, with online sales predicted to reach a new high of almost £200m. Tablets such as the Kindle Fire are among the luxury items being offered at bargain prices.
A UN conference on internet regulation has been met with anger by Google, who are asking internet users to sign a petition to keep the internet 'free and open' to resist government interference across the world.
Bing has launched its Webmaster Guidelines, which looks at what business owners should consider when optimising their site for the search engine. With content, links, social media, indexation and technical SEO highlighted as important, Bing also looks at the SEO mistakes to avoid.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini is to retire after the next shareholders meeting, announcing his decision to leave the technological giant after almost four decades at the company. This is just one of the several staffing changes made recently by large technology companies.
Google Shopping is being rolled out in ten more countries across the world. Google successfully introduced the new feature in the US, and will now expand it to include the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Australia.