155,214,354 pages of spam created since 1st Jan
This is according to the Blekko ‘Spam Clock’. Spam puts pressure on the search engines and is harmful to search results. Added to this there is a conflict of interest created when spam pages earn Google money. These and other issues are discussed by Danny Sullivan in his article Blekko Launches Spam Clock to Keep Pressure on Google.
Huge increase in use of mobile search accross the globe
Google have announced huge increases in the use of their AdMob service. Interesting to see from the chart below that Europe is providing a very large chunk of that growth.
Bing make a deal with Toyota
Bing will be the search engine provided with Toyota’s new in-car software, entune.
Have a look also at this screen shot of features being offered by Toyota and think about the implications for local search: