If you have been following Google’s Pagerank update history, it usually occurs quarterly. Except with what happened last year when there seemed to be only one major update, I see this month of April 2011 there is a pagerank update going on, the second this year (January 2011 was the first).

My wife’s blog’s PR returned back to normal from a zero to PR3, which is what I have been waiting for. Finally! I am still hoping my other blogs will have an increase in PR. I know, having a PR4 ranking is quite big but well … if I can get a PR5, I will definitely be happy.

Maybe I will check my blogs’ rankings again by next week to see if there are any progress. What about you? Did your blog get any positive pagerank update? Share your thoughts

In CNN’s Tech news, here is one tidbit that can tip the scales in the smartphone app market. As Google prepares to add a new category to its arsenal of portable devices with tablets, the company’s mobile team is deploying ways to better tie its different systems together. It might not come as a surprise that the internet giant is using the Web to do that.

Using the Android Market website in a browser, you can browse using Android-run tablets and smartphones to buy and download apps, Google announced at a news conference on the company’s main campus here on Wednesday.

From the website, users can beam the app to any number of phones or tablets connected to their accounts. The phone begins downloading the app almost instantly. This feature has already been enabled automatically on Android phones.

Previously, you’d have to open the Android app on a smartphone in order to search for and download programs. Synchronizing between other family members’ phones, for example, was a hassle.

The announcement reinforces Google’s philosophy of doing everything over the internet, or “cloud” in industry parlance. Android already synchronizes personal information such as e-mail and contact lists through the Web.

Google claims that Microsoft’s search engine Bing is copying results from their search engine. Suspicious of their new rival, Google engineers set up random results on their site for a series of unlikely search terms, such as “hiybbprqag.” (Google arranged for the nonsense word to point to a Los Angeles theater seating plan on its search engine).

Within a couple weeks of starting their experiment, the inserted results started appearing in Bing as claimed by Google. They said it welcomed honest competition, but sneered at Bing’s “recycled search results from a competitor.”

Bing did not deny that it took Google into account when producing its own search results, but suggested they were only one factor among many. They also accused Google in turn of a “spy-novelesque stunt” that would only affect very unusual search term.

Each company develops its own search algorithms, and the quality of the results depends on them, making them the key to a search engine’s effectiveness.

Bing gets “a small piece” of the data for its algorithm “from some of our customers, who opt-in to sharing anonymous data as they navigate the web in order to help us improve the experience for all users,” Shum said, saying many internet companies used “collective intelligence” gathered online the same way.

He shrugged off Google’s sting as “a creative tactic by a competitor, and we’ll take it as a back-handed compliment.”

Still, as one commenter said, and this is a good one BING – But It Needs Google ;).

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