Changes to Google image search are to be introduced today, with the process of finding pictures through the search giant streamlined significantly. The new version is expected to benefit webmasters, with a higher click through rate and reduced load on hosting servers.
Google's Q4 earnings totalled $14.42bn, according to an announcement yesterday. This means the company made a record $50 billion (£31.5bn) during 2012, despite problems with declining cost per click and the Motorola Home deal not being included.
Twitter has revealed tweet data related to Barack Obama's inauguration speech, with over a million tweets sent in total, compared to fewer than 100,000 in 2008. This huge increase shows not only the expanded influence of social media, but how successfully the President has utilised it.
Google says it took down 224 million 'bad ads' during 2012 for violating its advertising policy. 889,000 user accounts spanning 223 countries were also removed.
Google CEO Larry Page talks about the search engine giant's moon shot projects and the importance of technology companies thinking further afield.
eBay has revealed their financial details for 2012, with the online auction company bringing in $757m in profit over the year. It is believed that the improvement in sales is largely down to the increased popularity of shopping on mobile devices.
At a press event yesterday, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Graph Search. The new function, currently in beta, will use the searcher's friends, connections, location check-ins, personal information and Likes to provide uniquely social results.
HMV has become the latest high street music store to enter administration, following the likes of Zavvi and Woolworths. The demise of physical music sales is being blamed on the popularity of online retailers, with Amazon the market leader.
Facebook has suggested it now has 27 million UK users accessing its site. In contrast, social media monitor SocialBakers claims 600,000 people left Facebook in December.
Google has launched a Chrome Beta channel for tablets and phones. Available on Android 4.0+, this will provide users with early access to new features and bugs before launch, a channel that is already available on Chrome for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS.
Eric Schmidt has completed his controversial visit to North Korea by urging the country to embrace modern technology. The executive chairman of Google has been in the secretive nation for four days to discuss the importance of a free and open internet.
The accounts for Twitter's UK subsidiary have been published, showing slender profits of £16,500, although global figures suggest this will not be a major concern for the company. Meanwhile in France, Twitter is under pressure to release the details of racist tweeters.
The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has showcased a number of smart televisions, including ultra-high definition TV sets with a screen size of up to 110 inches. Many other impressive products have also been unveiled at the annual exhibition.
The BBC has released a new mobile sports app that will offer live score updates, stats and text commentary to fans, as the broadcaster looks to build on the success of its Olympic coverage.
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.