. The Future of Search in Europe (Yahoo! News) (PRWEB) August 25, 2005 -- A special report from the Search Engine Strategies 2005 Conference, June 1-2, London .
. Spyware at epidemic proportions (Spyware Confidential - ZDNet) “Got spyware? Join the crowd.” .
. Avoiding Search Engine Penalties or Getting Out From Under Them (Search Engine Guide) “There is not a week that goes by that I do not come across someone posting on a forum stating that they have been penalized or even banned by Google, Yahoo or another search engine. Most claims do not have much merit.” .
. China Sites Said Behind U.S. Network Attacks (InternetNews) “Perpetrators are using Web sites in China to breach computer networks in the Department of Defense (DoD) and other U.S. agencies, according to U.S. officials.” .
.EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers
(Electronic Frontier Foundation) “Whether you're a newly minted blogger or a relative old-timer, you've been seeing more and more stories pop up every day about bloggers getting in trouble for what they post.”.
. Google Messing with PageRank, Search Relevancy (MarketingVOX) “What is apparently a Google experiment in a new way to determine search relevancy, seemingly commercial listings are appearing among organic search results, but demarcated by horizontal lines, reports ClickZ. A Google spokesperson assured ClickZ that the results are not paid listings. The listings are "very commercial-looking results," according to Mike Levin, VP of Connors Communications Interactive Group, which claims it has examined 50 keywords and phrases that delivered such demarcated, but unlabeled, results.” .
.Blog search engines try to block fakes
(ZD Net, UK)“Blog search engines are struggling to block the increasing number of blogs that contain spam, commonly known as splogs. Mark Cuban, the owner of a blog search engine IceRocket, said on Monday that spam occurs in "monstrous proportions" in blogs.
Google's free Blogger service is a common source of splogs and spammers are automating the creation of blogs using this service, said Cuban in a blog posting.“.
.Damage minor as worm attacks Windows 2000
(Chicago Sun Times) “SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Malicious hackers unleashed new variants of a computer worm that attacks a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating system, but infection rates appeared to be relatively low and damage was minor Wednesday.”“Several media outlets -- including the New York Times, CNN and ABC -- reported that the worms had invaded their networks.The latest worm targets a vulnerability that was publicly disclosed Aug. 9 by Microsoft, which also released a free fix. The problem involves the ''Plug and Play'' service that lets users easily install hardware on their PCs.” .
. Google Improves Wildcard Searches
(BetaNews)“Web searches are one of the most effective ways to learn more about a topic, but finding the answer to a specific question is not as easy on the Web. To that end, Google has enabled its search engine to "fill in the blank," meaning a statement can be written with an asterisk substituting the missing fact."So instead of asking [who invented the parachute?], you can enter the query [the parachute was invented by *]," explains Google Research Scientist Hiyan Alshawi. "There is so much text on the web that this method often works well, but to make it more effective, we've improved the way results are found in response to queries containing such blanks.".
. In search of search maturity (PC Pro) “The search engine marketing business is booming. While the good times are set to roll for some time yet, older hands are concerned that the business needs to get out of the gold rush mentality that characterised the dot com boom and bust. The British Search Marketing Association has been set up to share information among its members and to promote the industry both to businesses and to government and share best practice. The hope is that the association will help the industry mature without suffering the growing pains that have been experienced in the US.” ,
. Google must search within itself (The Sydney Morning Herald.- Soapbox) “Google has instituted a ban on speaking to the tech news outlet CNET in the US. The reason? A reporter from CNET's News.com tech site wrote a story about the wealth of private information available through the search engine - and used data about Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt to illustrate the point.” .
.Are Search Engines Altering Reality?
(Web Pro News)"Fresh from the hazy archives of Amsterdam scholarly research, a group of Dutch scholars have presented a concept that may indeed cause spastic synaptic misfires-a meltdown, even. The group maintains that because of the way search engines index the Web (as a subsystem of a greater system, the Internet), they may be altering time and space by creating multiple "presents." Huh? Wait, there's more.".
. Hey Google, Give Me a Search Engine (Search Engine Lowdown) “Dear Google (or MSN, Ask Jeeves, Yahoo etc...), I'd like a search engine of my very own. With its own crawler and everything. Let me populate my own index with the sites/images/blogs/videos I choose. I'll use my extra gmail space to hold the data ;) Let me tweak the algorithm myself (just give me the knobs to turn I don't want to know how it actually works).” .
. Search engine market shares in July 2005: Google - 59.2%, Yahoo! - 28.8%, MSN - 5.5% (ZDNet - IT Facts) “HitWise says Google, Yahoo! Search and MSN Search accounted for 93.5% of US searches in July 2005. Google garnered 59.2% of searches. Yahoo! Search and MSN Search captured 28.8% and 5.5% shares, respectively.” .
. Yahoo Beats Google In Size Of Search Index (Personal Tech Pipeline) “Yahoo Inc. says its search engine indexes more than 20.8 billion items, which is nearly twice as much as online search leader Google Inc. In its company blog, Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., says its index includes 19.2 billion web documents, 1.6 billion images and more than 50 million audio and video files. The company typically does not disclose the size of its index. Mountain View, Calif.-based, Google, on the other hand, indexes about 11.2 billion items, including 8.2 billion web pages and more than 2 billion images and 1 billion items from its discussion groups, according to the company's web site.” In This Battle, Size Does Matter: Google Responds to Yahoo Index Claims (John Battelle's Searchblog) “In any case, the lead really is this: I asked Google to go on the record with their concerns about Yahoo's index and whether they believed the news was in fact accurate, and Google agreed. The quote, which I can only attribute at this point to a "Google spokesperson," is as follows: "Our scientists are not seeing the increase claimed in the Yahoo! index. The data we have doesn't support the 19.2 (billion page) claim and we're confused by that." .
. Yahoo to give $1 billion in China deal (BizReport) “Chinese e-commerce operator Alibaba.com is in the late stages of talks to sell a 35 percent stake to Yahoo Inc. in return for $1 billion and Yahoo's entire China operations, a source close to the discussions said on Wednesday.” .
. Yahoo rolls out digital music search engine (Yahoo! News) “Yahoo is the first major portal to introduce a search engine dedicated to finding music and other audio files on the Internet. “ “One of the key features of the new search tool is its ability to scan the music libraries of almost all legitimate online services selling digital tracks. To do so, Yahoo struck individual deals with more than 15 music services -- including iTunes, MSN Music, Napster, Rhapsody and Yahoo Music Unlimited -- to aggregate their catalogs into a searchable index.” .
. Baidu.com Shares Surge 354% in Nasdaq Debut (China Knowledge) “Aug. 8, 2005 (China Knowledge) - The shares of China's largest search engine, Baidu.com Inc. more than quadrupled to close at US$122.54, up almost 354% in its U.S. debut last Friday, the biggest daily gain by a newcomer to the market over the last five years. Baidu.com’s shares opened on Nasdaq offering shares at $US27 a share last Friday and hit a high of US$151.21 during its trading session, surging over 450%. Shares closed at $122.54. The company went from an estimated net income of US$1.5 million for the three months ending June to a market capitalisation of about $US4 billion at the close of Friday’s trading.” .
. More on the identity theft ring (Sunbeltblog) “Here is a quick idea of what happened: Patrick Jordan, our most senior CoolWebSearch (CWS) expert, was doing research on a CWS exploit. During the course of infecting a machine, he discovered that a) the machine he was testing became a spam zombie and b) he noticed a call back to a remote server. He traced back the remote server and found an incredibly sophisticated criminal identity theft ring.” “The types of data in this file are pretty sickening to watch. You have IM chat sessions, search terms, social security numbers, credit cards, logins and passwords, etc.” “People who ask me what to do get a simple answer: Get a software firewall in fast. Just any decent free one will do the job.” .
. Coping with Search Engine Penalties (part 1) (Search Engine Watch) “Search engine penalties are present and pervasive, and are a primary method used by search engines to control webmasters. Unless webmasters understand what they are and what to do about them, their websites could easily trigger a penalty, losing traffic and revenue.” Search Engine Penalties at Yahoo & MSN (part 2) (Search Engine Watch) “In the second of a two-part article, we look at search engine penalties applied by Yahoo and MSN, and how webmasters can avoid them, or get them removed once sites are in the penalty box.” .
.Best of The Web Directory (Forbes) “If Google or Yahoo searches aren't your idea of conquering the Web's vastness in an efficient manner, Best of The Web's directory will deliver the highly relevant results you are seeking.
Our editors continue to uncover the most interesting and useful sites in scores of well-defined categories, including a newly added section dedicated to Blogs. We identify the best blogs in categories ranging from Art and Literary Blogs, to Small Business, Marketing, Shopping and Music Blogs.
You'll find more than 3,000 sites reviewed here, each selected according to five criteria: Content, Design, Speed, Navigation and Customization.”.
. How To Indirectly Get To The Top Of Search Engines (Web Pro News) There are millions of web sites trying to get listed in the top 20 spots of the major search engines. That amounts to a lot of competition! Even if your website can't get in the Top 20, you can use indirect ways to get it there. .