Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Exalead CEO Warns Of "Google Monster" & Closed Yahoo & Microsoft (Search Engine Watch)

“The Multilingual Search Blog covers Exalead CEO Francois Bourdoncle taking a big stick and swinging at Google in a keynote talk at SES Paris.

He positions his own service as potentially the savior for those in Europe worried about the "Google monster."

Beyond Google, he also criticizes Yahoo and Microsoft for collaborating on a "closed" sitemaps protocol.

I'd say the Cold War against American-based search engines is going up a notch.”

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

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Google Is Shutting Down Answer Service
(The New York Times)


"SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29 — Google said today that it would shut down Google Answers, a service that allows users to pose a question to a panel of researchers and pay for a helpful answer.

The service, which started about four years ago, failed to gain much traction with users, especially when compared to a rival service offered by Yahoo, which is free."
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

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comScore Releases October U.S. Search Engine Rankings ((Promotion World)

“comScore Networks today released its monthly qSearch analysis of activity across competitive search engines.

In October 2006, Google Sites captured 45.4 percent of the U.S. search market, gaining 0.3 share points from the previous month.

Yahoo! Sites maintained its second place ranking with 28.2 percent of U.S. searches, followed by Microsoft Sites (11.7 percent), Ask Network (5.8 percent) and Time Warner Network (5.4 percent).”
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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Google shares climb past $500 barrier
(Telegraph, United Kingdom)


“For true believers, it was only a matter of time. Yesterday Google's share price rose above $500 for the first time, marking yet another milestone in a rapid rise that has catapulted the internet search leader from cheeky start-up into possibly the most influential company in the world.

As Wall Street continued to hike its expectations for the company, the shares jumped nearly 2pc to $506 in morning trading in New York, leaving Google with a market capitalisation of more than $154bn, bigger than all but a handful of global corporations just eight years after it was founded by two post-graduate students in a Silicon Valley garage.”
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Monday, November 20, 2006

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Danny Sullivan to Launch Search Engine Land
(Search Engine Guide)


“With Danny Sullivan's transition from SEW, we are all keeping an eye on things to see where he lands. Today, Danny announced ...

"Search Engine Land is a new search news blog launching December 11, 2006. Danny Sullivan, along with Chris Sherman and Barry Schwartz, will be providing information about search engine marketing and how search engines work in general, from a searcher's perspective."

Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Land Launches December 11
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Sunday, November 19, 2006

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Search, Meaning, and the Search for Meaning (b-eye)

Interest in enterprise search is growing, but what is in store for the future of this technology?
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Friday, November 17, 2006

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Google, Yahoo, Microsoft adopt same Web index tool (CNET News.com)

Search engine rivals Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are teaming up to make it easier for Web site owners to make sure their sites get included in the Web indexes, the companies are expected to announce Thursday.
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Thursday, November 16, 2006

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An Open Letter to CEO of Google (NewsCentralAsia.com)

GROSS DISRESPECT AND DISREGARD FOR USERS AND CUSTOMERS ALIKE
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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Is Google evil? (My Broadband, South Africa)

“The question is not whether Google will always do the right thing — it hasn’t, and it won’t,” MotherJones says.

“It’s whether Google, with its insatiable thirst for your personal data, has become the greatest threat to privacy ever known, a vast informational honeypot that attracts hackers, crackers, online thieves, and — perhaps most worrisome of all — a government intent on finding convenient ways to spy on its own citizenry.”
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Monday, November 13, 2006

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Top Web sites in September 2006: Yahoo!, Google, MSN/Live.com (IT Facts | ZDNet.com)

Google took over the 2nd spot as United States’ top-visited Web site in September 2006, Nielsen//NetRatings reports.
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Sunday, November 12, 2006

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Uneasy Rider (Newsweek Technology - MSNBC.com)

Ask Jeeves didn't ask before installing a search tool on millions of Web browsers. Now investors are asking questions.
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Saturday, November 11, 2006

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Oops! Google Sent 'Worm' to E-mail List (internetnews.com)

Google issues apology for accidental virus mailing
(TechSpot)


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Friday, November 10, 2006

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How search results may differ based on accented characters and interface languages (Official Google Webmaster Central Blog)

“When a searcher enters a query that includes a word with accented characters, our algorithms consider web pages that contain versions of that word both with and without the accent. For instance, if a searcher enters [México], we'll return results for pages about both "Mexico" and "México."

Conversely, if a searcher enters a query without using accented characters, but a word in that query could be spelled with them, our algorithms consider web pages with both the accented and non-accented versions of the word. So if a searcher enters [Mexico], we'll return results for pages about both "Mexico" and "México."
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

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October 2006 Technorati Update
(Search Engine Guide)


“David Sifry’s Updates released the State of the Blogosphere for the month of October.

Obviously, Blogging is still on the upswing. Technorati is tracking over 57 Million blogs (and growing).Interestingly, about 55% of blogs have been updated at least once in the past three months, which is an increase in the number of active blogs.”
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

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Top Ten Grammar Errors that Haunt Web Pages
(Search Engine Guide)


“With all of this talk about content, don't you think it's time to have a frank discussion about grammar? Our Web sites are our online store fronts—our online images. If our sites are full of grammar errors, what does that say about the professionalism of our businesses? (skip to "Top Ten Grammar Errors that Haunt Web Pages " by Robin Nobles”)
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Monday, November 06, 2006

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Interesting Debate On Search Engine Censorship
(SearchNewz)


Google has been criticized, derided, sued, and otherwise abused because of censorship in china, and in other counties, as well as censorship of media files and torrent files...
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Sunday, November 05, 2006

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Google 'will be able to keep tabs on us all'
(The Guardian, United Kingdom)


“The internet will hold so much digital data in five years that it will be possible to find out what an individual was doing at a specific time and place, an expert said yesterday.

Nigel Gilbert, a professor heading a Royal Academy of Engineering study into surveillance, said people would be able to sit down and type into Google "what was a particular individual doing at 2.30 yesterday and would get an answer".
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Friday, November 03, 2006

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Google defiant over censorship in China
(The Guardian, United Kingdom)


Internet giant steps into realm of politics with debate on freedom of speech.
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