Friday, July 29, 2005

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Thinking Outside the Search Box
(Search Engine Watch)


“Sometimes, looking beyond search engines is the best, if not only way to find the information you're looking for.

I call this information sleuthing approach thinking outside the search box. To do this effectively, you need to use different thought process and search strategies, especially with the steps you take after using search engines.”
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

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WebmasterRadio.FM Announces Launch of "The Daily SearchCast" with Danny Sullivan and Gary Price of Search Engine Watch (PRWeb)

“WebmasterRadio.FM, a free, business, 24/7 internet radio network, is pleased to announce the launch of "The Daily SearchCast," a daily radio segment featuring world-renowned search authorities Danny Sullivan and Gary Price of Jupitermedia's SearchEngineWatch.com Web site.

Each daily segment will cover the latest and greatest updates, recaps and news in the search engine and search engine marketing industries, furnished by the expert who has been helping webmasters, marketers and everyday web users understand how search engines work for nearly a decade.

Premiering Wednesday, July 27th at 11:30 a.m. EST, "The Daily SearchCast" will be available live in both online and podcast format Tuesdays through Fridays at www.WebmasterRadio.FM and through the Search Engine Watch Blog, http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/podcast.html .
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

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Spyware a national security threat?
(Spyware Confidencial - ZDNet)


“Computer Associates announced a 6.9 million dollar contract to protect Department of Defense (DOD) computers from spyware.”

“I've heard about military computers, many soldiers use them just like staff at a private company, or students on a campus might.

They get on P2P networks, download programs, and experience the same spyware threats as civilians. Of course, that the spyware companies would actually track and serve pop-up ads to any computer on a .mil domain is the height of stupidity.”
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

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Search engine market shares in June 2005: Google - 47%, Yahoo! - 22%, MSN - 12% (IT Facts - ZDNet)

“Google's market share of US searches for June 2005 was at 36.9% compared with 37.5% in May 2005. Yahoo! had a 30.4% share, and MSN had a share of 15.7%.

Bear Stearns noted that Google's query volume rose 36% YTY versus a 28% increase for the industry, outpacing Yahoo!'s 32% increase but trailing MSN's 42% increase.

Month-to-month, Google's query volume declined 6%, which compares with a 4% decline for Yahoo!, a 1% decline for MSN, a 4% decline for AOL, and a 7% decline for Ask Jeeves.

In Q2 2005 unique searchers versus Q2 2004 increased 31% for Google, 21% for Yahoo, and 14% for the industry, while the number of searches in Q2 2005 increased 38% for Google, 42% for Yahoo, and 31% for the industry.”

Double-Digit Growth in Search Seen by AOL and Ask Jeeves from Q1 to Q5, While Top search Players Google and Tahoo! Maintain Consistent Growth, According to Nielsen/NetRatings (Nielsen/NetRatings) [pdf]
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Monday, July 25, 2005

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Search Engines and Directories A to Z (About.com)

“Search engine and directory news, information, commentary, opinions, profiles, howto's, and analyses.”
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Saturday, July 23, 2005

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Botnets and spyware still on the rise (ZDNet - UK)

“McAfee has warned that 63 percent more machines were compromised in the first half of this year than in all of last year.”
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Friday, July 22, 2005

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How much does Google know about you?
(CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News)


“Although many Internet users eagerly await each new technology from Google Inc., its rapid expansion is also prompting concerns that the company may know too much: what you read, where you surf and travel, whom you write.

"This is a lot of personal information in a single basket," said Chris Hoofnagle, senior counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center. "Google is becoming one of the largest privacy risks on the Internet."
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

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Spyware as Corporate Espionage Threat (CIO Today)

“Discovering the prevalence of espionage via spyware is a tricky endeavor. Many targeted companies might be unaware of such activities, and those that find the spyware programs might not want to talk about it.”

Send your comments to Angela at angela_leili@hotmail.com
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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

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Google's SEO Advice For Your Website: Content (WWWCoder)

“The web pages actually at the top of Google have only one thing clearly in common: good writing. “

First Impressions Reduce Exit Clicks
(Web Pro News)


“It takes a while but eventually you see your page hits start to climb higher and higher, and this brings a big smile to your face …until you notice that you're not getting conversions, and when you check your stats you see that the average visitor stays a few seconds or less! What could be wrong? How can you sell something if visitors arrive at your store but don't really come in?

The answer to that is very likely the absence of ‘visual glue'. Now there's a term you likely haven't heard before …there's a good reason for that …I just wrote it! "Visual glue" is that which makes a visitor's eyes stick to your page. It's the visual impression that says, before even a word has been read, that they have arrived at a credible web site. It's a little thing called ‘a first impression', and that's the impression you won't have a second chance to make.”

“Just remember …people judge visually. Its not fair but there is something you can do and that is to take as much care with the ‘container' as you do with the content of your web site.”
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Monday, July 18, 2005

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Google PageRank Update Analysis
(Search Engine Journal)


“For those of you not yet aware, Google is currently updating the PageRank they are displaying in their toolbar.

Each update causes a stir among the SEO community and webmasters trying to get their websites to the top of the Google Rankings.


What Is PageRank?”
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Sunday, July 17, 2005

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Microsoft offers temp fix for 'critical' flaw (IT Week)

“Microsoft has updated a security advisory published in June, offering users a way to become immune to a highly critical flaw in Internet Explorer.

The flaw causes IE to crash or could allow hackers to take control of a user's system by placing specially created code on a website, according to Sec-Consult which first reported the flaw.”
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Saturday, July 16, 2005

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Google-Yahoo! News Search (Cyber Journalist)

Compare Google News and Yahoo! News search results side-by-side.


yahoo! vs. google (LANGREITER)

Comparing Google and Yahoo! Search results
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Friday, July 15, 2005

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So What Are Your Searching For?
(Search Engine Lowdown)


Chris Sherman has a summary of a new study by icrossing that looks at what people are searching for.

”What are people searching for? Most people (88%)said they were researching specific topics—specifically, information about hobbies. And women (61%) were more likely to search for health and medical information than men (35%). Surprisingly few people researching specific topics are looking for job or career information (28%).”
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So What Are Your Searching For?
(Search Engine Lowdown)


Chris Sherman has a summary of a new study by icrossing that looks at what people are searching for.

”What are people searching for? Most people (88%)said they were researching specific topics—specifically, information about hobbies. And women (61%) were more likely to search for health and medical information than men (35%). Surprisingly few people researching specific topics are looking for job or career information (28%).”
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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Microsoft/Claria Deal Dead (ClickZ)

“Microsoft has ended its acquisition talks with behavioral targeting firm Claria, ClickZ News has learned from a source close to the discussions.”
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Monday, July 11, 2005

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Microsoft Downgrades Claria Adware Detections (eWeek)

“Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware application is no longer flagging adware products from Claria Corp. as a threat to PC users.

Less than a week after published reports of acquisition talks between Microsoft Corp. and the Redwood City, Calif.-based distributor of the controversial Gator ad-serving software, security researchers have discovered that Microsoft has quietly downgraded its Claria detections.

Anti-spyware activist Eric L. Howes, who serves as a consultant to Sunbelt Software, discovered the default changes during a recent test that included four Claria applications: Dashbar, Gator, PrecisionTime and Weatherscope.

According to the results published by Howes, four different builds of the Windows AntiSpyware beta detected the Claria products, but the default recommendation was "ignore."
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Sunday, July 10, 2005

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Even big-name companies embrace spyware, adware (Buffalo News)

“ALBANY - Unwanted software slithered into Patti McMann's home computer over the Internet and unleashed an annoying barrage of pop-up ads that sometimes flashed on her screen faster than she could close them.

Annoying, for sure. But the last straw came a year ago when the pop-ups began plugging such household names as J.C. Penney Co. and Capital One Financial Corp. - companies McMann expected to know better.

Didn't they realize that trying to reach people through spyware and its ad-delivering subset, called adware, would only alienate them?”
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Saturday, July 09, 2005

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Enough Keyword Searches. Just Answer My Question (The New York Times)

“SEARCH engines are so powerful.

And they are so pathetically weak.

When it comes to digging up a specific name, date, phrase or price, search engines are unstoppable. The same is true for details from the previously concealed past.

Yet for anything but simple keyword queries, even the best search engines are surprisingly ineffective."
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Friday, July 08, 2005

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Net users change habits to avoid spyware, survey says
(Computer World)


“Nine out of 10 Internet users have changed their online habits to avoid spyware and other Internet-based threats, according to a study released today.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that an overwhelming majority of Internet users have stopped opening questionable e-mail attachments or have taken other steps to avoid a plague of stealthy, unwanted programs that can disable computers or secretly monitor online activity.

Nearly half said they have stopped visiting particular Web sites that they suspect may deposit unwanted programs on their computers, while 25% said they have stopped downloading music or movies from peer-to-peer networks that may harbor spyware.”

Spyware: The threat of unwanted software programs is changing the way people use the internet (The Pew Internet and American Life Project) [pdf]

Via Web Search – About.com
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Thursday, July 07, 2005

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Social Search Is Here: Yahoo Web 2.0 Makes Access To The Web Long Tail Possible (Robin Good)

Yahoo has just released a limited beta of My Web 2.0, its new unique approach to search: personalized, social search. Tapping into the preferences and recommendations of other users, or better yet, of your own social networks can definitely be a strategically intelligent way to take on Google lead and popularity on traditional search.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

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Gates: Internet needs improvements
(Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)


“Addressing a conference of more than 7,000 IT professionals, government officials and students in Singapore last week, Bill Gates said there is still room for improvements in search engines and the Internet.

He also predicted the rise of 'richer' mobile apps which would enable users to access features such as maps or e-wallets on the move.


Describing a future where everyone, and every system, is highly connected through wireless devices and Web services, the Microsoft chairman and chief software architect talked about the changing role of tech in an 'always-on' society.”
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

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New ways to search an endless Web (SFGate.com)

Three new features try to sort through the multimedia static
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Monday, July 04, 2005

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IE bug can crash browser (Computer World)

Microsoft said it is investigating

“JULY 01, 2005 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Security researchers have discovered a bug in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser that can cause the software to crash and that could possibly be used to let an attacker run unauthorized software on the user's machine.”
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Sunday, July 03, 2005

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Do Search Engines Scare You?
(Dev Mechanic)


What do the words "Search Engine" make you think of?
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Saturday, July 02, 2005

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SEO - Are You Making The Search Engines Mad?
(Web Pro News)


If you've been involved in SEO (search engine optimization) for a while, you may remember the time when you could create a web page and get it ranked at the top of any search engine with little effort.
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Friday, July 01, 2005

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yahoo! vs. google - visual comparison
(Tim Yang's Geek Blog)


“This handy tool is like a visual version of the jux2.com search engine and the Yagoohoogle search bar for Firefox.”

http://www.langreiter.com/exec/yahoo-vs-google.html
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