Jst for the record of it, those two are different pieces of news although relating to Google Images.
Google announced today that Google has updated its database which now contains 1.1 billion images (exactly 1 trillion, 187 billion, 63 million words). Google also clarified that yes, it’s true — you can now see some images on top of some web searches if, I guess, Google thinks the query’ll do good if its searched in Google Images (too).
Radhika Malpani from the Tech team at Google explains at the Google blog here. As for me, yes, there are some improvements I’ve noticed with the db update, but for some reason I still don’t see images on top of web results (have tried queries as suggested in several places). Maybe its an NZ-y problem. Oh well.