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The Search Engine Update - Number 204 - Sept. 7, 2005

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In This Issue

+ Hurricane Katrina Search Resources
+ SES Heading To Stockholm, France, Chicago
+ Search Engine Watch Member Articles
+ Top Stories
+ More From The Search Engine Watch Blog
+ Daily SearchCast: Search News Via Podcast
+ Our Search Newsletters & Feeds
+ About The Newsletter

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Hurricane Katrina Search Resources
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The news from the Gulf Coast of the United States has been terrible, and we're hoping for the best for anyone in the area, including any of our readers and their friends and family, of course. Below are articles specifically about Katrina that touch on search, with probably the most important at the top -- two brand new tools to help those seeking missing loved ones.

  • Katrina Missing Persons Meta Search Tools from Lycos and Yahoo - Lycos and Yahoo have both released meta search tools that let you seek news on those missing from the many missing person boards that have sprung up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The article tells you more briefly. The Lycos tool is here; the Yahoo tool here.
  • Post-Katrina Images On Google Maps, Elsewhere, People Finding Project & Wiki Resources - Post-Katrina Images are now up on Google Maps, at least for New Orleans. There's also a variety of other images you can view, as covered below. Looking for people? A new PeopleFinder project has also sprung up.
  • More Hurricane Katrina Resources & Banner Space Appeal - A rundown on how Craigslist is being used to help people search for temporary housing, aid and missing loved ones, a way to tag a map with information you know about the New Orleans area or check on partcular locations, some basic news searching reminders and an appeal from the American Red Cross for sites to donate ad banner space to raise donations.
  • Hurricane Katrina Resources & Aerial Images - Trying to understand visually more of what happened in the terrible wake of Hurricane Katrina? This page at ResourceShelf provides links to lots of aerial imagery plus further links to news resources.

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SES Heading To Stockholm, France & Chicago
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What's next for Search Engine Strategies, our show focused on search marketing issues? Here's the rundown for the remainder of the year:

For the 2006 line-up, including our New York show from Feb. 27-March 2, see the Search Engine Strategies site. For news as each event approaches, check out the SES Blog.

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SEW Members Articles
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Below are articles published since the last newsletter exclusively for Search Engine Watch members. In between newsletters, you can now also find any new articles listed on the Search Engine Watch Members Area home page. Past articles can be found in the Members-Only Articles Archive area. Need to come up to speed on a particular topic? Browse articles from Search Engine Watch and across the web in the Search Topics area.

=== Sep. 6, 2005 ===

Revisiting Technorati's Blog Finder & Listing Issues - A look at Technorati's new Blog Finder service and how blog owners an improve the odds of being found within it.

=== Sep. 2, 2005 ===

Google's Matt Cutts On Link Selling: Sites Might Not Pass Reputation; Buyers Might Get Targeted More - On Google spam fighter Matt Cutts's blog, he explains that while selling links might not get a site banned, it might prevent it from passing along reputation. Meanwhile, Google might crack down on those buying them links. He suggests nofollow as a solution for those wanting to sell links, leading to a lot of debate in comments in his blog and in a thread on our forums. See also: O'Reilly In Debate Over Link Selling.

=== Sep. 1, 2005 ===

Hiring SEM Firms, Dealing With Clients & The Need For Communication - There's been a variety of articles over the past few weeks on hiring SEM firms -- as well how SEM firms can deal with clients and why everyone need to talk to each other better. In this article, a round-up.

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Top Stories
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Below is a recap of major articles from our daily SearchDay newsletter and important Search Engine Watch Blog postings since the last newsletter. Want to receive these stories daily or via RSS/feed? See the Search Engine Watch Newsletters & Web Feeds page for sign-up instructions.

=== Sep. 7, 2005 ===

Google Update Underway -- More Sign Of A Coming Index Increase? - More signs are coming that Google is about increase its index size, as well as more chatter about a major update overall, at least in terms of link counts and counts of pages spotted by those on search forums. See also, More On The Index Size Debate.

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SES San Jose 2005 Coverage Wrap-Up - There was a ton of news out of our Search Engine Strategies show held last month in San Jose. I've been collecting links of various stories, for the rundown in this article.

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Questions Raised Over Google House Ads & Employees Advertising Via AdWords - Google's had questions raised over the fairness of house ads that it runs for its own products and services plus the ability for employees to run their own ads through the Google AdWords system....[MORE”

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The Business of Search Engine Marketing - An excellent new book focuses both on tactics as well as the managerial and organizational tasks required for effective large-scale search marketing campaigns. See also the review from ClickZ, A Business Case for SEM.

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Opening Day In Microsoft-Google Fight Over Kai-Fu Fee - Courtroom showdown for Microsoft and Google from News.com covers the opening arguments in this week's court fight over whether Google China chief Kai-Fu Lee violated a non-compete clause by going over to Microsoft. See also:

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Legal Experts Say Google Library Digitization Project Likely OK; Will It Revolve Around Snippets? - "Courts Unlikely To Stop Google Book Copying" from InternetWeek has legal experts saying that copyright law over indexing books appears to be on Google's side. See also:

=== Sep. 6, 2005 ===

Hacking Google Earth - Google Earth's vivid satellite imagery has a serious goshwow factor, but the program also offers a lot of useful tools and data sharing features that make it a terrific research and learning resource.

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Google's China Situation Better Than You Might Think -- And Other China Search News - The China Internet Network Information Center has released a new report outlining the search market in China that's well worth a read. And despite headlines you may have seen from this report that painted a gloomy picture for Google, actually reading the report makes me think Google's much better off than you might think.

=== Sep. 2, 2005 ===

Search Engine Forums Spotlight - Links to the week's topics from search engine forums across the web: French To Back European Rival To US Search Players - Google Goes Into Print Ads - The Future of Search - GoogleNet: Rumors of a Parallel Internet Surface - Traffic Power Files Suit Against SEO Book - Are SEO Forums Ruining the SEO/SEM Industry Image? and more.

=== Sep. 1, 2005 ===

Yahoo Rapped Over Funding Spyware -- Isn't It Overdue For Source Selection To Be Allowed? - "How Yahoo Funds Spyware" out now by spyware researcher/activist Ben Edelman looks at how Yahoo ads run in plenty of places beyond Yahoo, including syndication partners he says make use of spyware or adware. It raises again the question of why the major search engines are dragging their feet on letting people pick-and-choose where their ads will run?

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Choosing an RSS Reader - Choosing an RSS reader may seem like a daunting task, but it's actually quite easy, and a very low-risk proposition, as most feed readers are free to try.

=== Aug. 31, 2005 ===

RSS Search Engines - Part two of our series on RSS takes a look at the specialized search tools that help you locate content in blogs, feeds and other sources of information.

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Google Expanding Consumer Ads With European Campaign; MSN Does Product Placement - Please, no more articles about how Google has relied on word of mouth to promote its brand. Those days have been gone for several months now, and a recent hire of a European ad agency underscores this.

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Yahoo Apologizes For Ad Management Problems; Issues Case-By-Case Refunds - After a weekend upgrade to Yahoo's ad management system went awry, things were sluggish and some advertisers locked out of their accounts for several days. The company has apologized and is issue refunds in some cases. See also:

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Google Losing Consistency As It Continues To Experiment With Results - More experimenting by Google, this time Google Groups results appearing at the bottom of search results pages. More important, it's getting seriously annoying that Google isn't doing any heads up on this stuff. One of Google's strengths was consistency. Things just didn't change around all the time, as with the bad old days of AltaVista and gang. As I wrote before, if they're going to try things, tell us! See also:

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MSN Search Gains New Feed Searching Commands - MSN Search now has two new undocumented feed searching commands, including the ability to full-text search within feeds.

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Google Selling Print Ads - Google's been buying pages in PC Magazine and other technology publications, then reselling those pages to advertisers already in its ad network.

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France To Fund European Search Engine; Replay Of Boeing-Airbus In The Search World? - French President Jacques Chirac has pledged funding a new European multimedia search engine to challenge Google, Yahoo and other Anglo-Saxon search threats. See also, Hey President Chirac -- French-Based Thomson Sold Off Search Technology You Now Want To Fund.

=== Aug. 30, 2005 ===

SEO Book's Aaron Wall Sued By Traffic-Power Over Revealing "Trade Secrets" - Aaron Wall of the SEO Book blog is being sued by SEO company Traffic-Power over claims he published "proprietary and confidential information" in case that seems to me will be difficult to prove. See also Aaron Wall To Fight Traffic Power Suit; Calls For Donations.

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What is RSS, and Why Should You Care? - This week, SearchDay takes a close look at RSS, a web publishing format that's transforming information delivery for both publishers and users.

=== Aug. 29, 2005 ===

Metasearch The Blogosphere With Clusty - A 'hidden' feature of a powerful meta search engine allows you to mine for gold in the blogosphere.

=== Aug. 26, 2005 ===

Search Engine Forums Spotlight - Links to the week's topics from search engine forums across the web: O'Reilly In Off-Topic Link Selling Debate - Google Talk Instant Messaging - MSN Search Toolbar Anyone? - Google Launches Enhanced Desktop Software - Strategies for Taking Advantage of New AdWords System, and more.

=== Aug. 25, 2005 ===

Yahoo Bulk Submit Now Live - A new bulk submit option for Yahoo is now available, rudimentary compared to Google Sitemaps, but also very easy to understand.

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Feed Migration To FeedBurner Complete! - We're now tracking all of our traffic through feeds via FeedBurner. In this post, a look at some of the stats the service reveals about how people are coming to us through that alternative channel that you may find interesting.

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AOL News Joins the Big League of News Search Engines - AOL News has quietly and quickly sprinted into place as a leading news search engine, joining Yahoo News, Google News and Topix.net as a primary destination for online news.

=== Aug. 24, 2005 ===

New Google Talk Offers Instant Messaging & Voice Chat - As widely expected, Google waded into the instant messaging space today with the debut of Google Talk, an IM client that also offers the ability to make voice calls between computers. See also:

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O'Reilly In Debate Over Link Selling - Respected publisher O'Reilly has come under fire for selling off topic links. It's not something new that they've been doing. Nevertheless, the attention and belated realization that they might be helping people to "game" search engines is causing O'Reilly chief Tim O'Reilly to do some hard thinking. It also raises the broader question of when is it "fair" or "ethical" to sell links.

=== Aug. 23, 2005 ===

Hitwise: Google Also Tops In July 2005 & Awesome Report On US Search Landscape - Hitwise also is offering its new Hitwise US Online Search Report (free upon request) that's chock full of stats for those interested in the search landscape. It's not always Google tops, as you look across the diverse range of search activities that happen. The report is highly recommended reading. See also:

=== Aug. 22, 2005 ===

Google Desktop Search 2 Offers New Sidebar Widgets, Outlook Integration & More - Google has released a new version of its desktop search tool, offering features such as integration with Outlook, a sidebar with nifty widgets to display photos, headlines and much more.

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Ask Jeeves Unleashes More Smart Answers - Long before MSN, Yahoo, or Google began including answers (not just links) for specific types of ready reference questions in web results sets, Ask Jeeves was already providing direct answers or what they call Smart Answers. Today, Jeeves is releasing even more Smart Answers. As I've said before, AJ's Smart Answers along with the other large search companies now provide, continue to turn "web" search into "answer" search for certain types queries.

=== Aug. 19, 2005 ===

Search Engine Forums Spotlight - Links to the week's topics from search engine forums across the web: Details On New Yahoo Paid Listings System - AdWords Smart Keyword Evaluation Is Live - Any Way to Manipulate Alexa Rankings? - Avoiding Search Engine Penalties or Getting Out From Under Them - Sergey Brin Says Yahoo's Index Size Claim is Inflated, and more.

=== Aug. 18, 2005 ===

New Google AdWords Bidding System Live For All - The new Google AdWords system allowing advertisers to target terms that previously might have been disabled, along with new minimum bids and a "quality score"-based ranking system, is now available to all advertisers.

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Google To Sell $4 Billion In Shares - Google Files to Sell 14.2 Million Shares from the AP covers how Google is to float more shares to raise money for "general corporate purposes, including working capital, capital expenditures and possible acquisitions of other businesses or technologies." The sale coming a year after Google initially went public will earn about $4 billion, based on the current share price. One analyst is surprised saying Google doesn't need the money and that the sale will depress the stock price. The company currently has about $3 billion in cash on hand, according to the AP story.

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Yahoo Readying New Paid Listings System - Yahoo plans a new paid listings system for next year that will allow advertisers to have multiple creatives, rankings based on a more Google-like CPC and clickthrough formula, features to crawl a site to harvest potential keywords and other changes.

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More From The SEW Blog
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Below are posts from the Search Engine Watch Blog since the last newsletter and not mentioned above. Want to keep up on daily news from the blog? Visit the home page or subscribe to the blog feed. Note that references to "I" may becoming from Danny Sullivan, Gary Price or Chris Sherman, all of whom post to the blog.

=== Sep. 7, 2005 ===

The Wall Street Journal Tackles Blog Search - Last week, Chris published an excellent roundup of weblog/rss search tools in SearchDay. Today, it's the Wall Street Journals turn to dive into the weblog/rss search business with the article: New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs....[MORE”

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Sponsored Search Links from Three Companies Made Up 34% of Online Ad Impresssions for One Week Period - Some new and amazing numbers released today show that search sponsored links from eBay, Shopping.com, and InterActiveCorp made up 34 percent, or nearly 13 billion, of online advertising impressions for a one week period. The numbers come from Nielsen//NetRatings new AdRelevance Sponsored Search Link service.

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Japan's Mitsui Invests in Feedster - A news release sent to SEW Blog alerts us to the fact that Feedster from Japan's, Mitsui and Co has made an investment in Feedster. What's the size of the investment? The number was not disclosed. Feedster will use the money to expand their business worldwide. In June, we blogged about Feedster closing a round of venture cap funding. Last December we mentioned the Omidyar Network making an investment in the company.

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Ask Jeeves CEO Interviewed, Says Online Scams Could Slow Adoption of Personalized Search Tools -The vnunet.com article "Scams hold back personalised search" discusses how phishing and identity theft could cause problems in the adoption of personalized search tools. The article includes several comments from Ask Jeeves CEO, Steve Berkowitz....[MORE”

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Google Guys Beat Out Wal-Mart CEO for Top Powerbroker - As Google celebrates its seventh birthday the NY Daily News reports that the "Google Guys" (Sergey Brin and Larry Page) have debuted on Vanity Fair's annual list of business "powerbrokers" at number one....[MORE”

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Some Advertisers Loving Pay Per Call - Online advertisers turning to pay-per-call from the Associated Press looks at pay per call search ads, citing some advertisers loving it. One florist says he closes one sale every 70 clicks with PPC but one sales in three calls with pay-per-call. Of course, the calls seem to cost much, much more than clicks, the article says. Still, analysts think pay-per-call will find a lucrative niche among search ads.

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Yahoo Accused Of Helping China Jail Journalist By Revealing Email Address - Rights group says Yahoo's cooperation helped China jail journalist from the Associated Press has Reporters Without Borders saying Yahoo gave the Chinese government information that helped them trace a Yahoo email address to Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who was jailed for in April for 10 years for illegally providing state secrets to foreigners. The Reporters Without Borders statement is here.

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Redirection Resources - Trying to understand more about redirection as it applies to seach marketing? Todd over at Stuntdubl lists a few resources you may want to check out.

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Yandex Big In Russia, Google Gaining - The new Multilingual Search blog has a short brief on Russian search engine Yandex, apparently the most popular in the country. But Google is gaining. It points to a stats service here for Russian search engines. I can't say how valid the figures are or not. The Multilingual blog provides a bit more about the stats service here, as well as much more on Yandex.

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Google Loses Another Employee To Odeo; Yahoo Gains Nokia Guru - Some employee shifting news, this time someone from Google's Blogger service jumping over to Odeo plus Yahoo gaining a noted Nokia employee....[MORE”

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Happy 7th Birthday, Google! - It's Google's official birthday today. How old? That would be 7. Happy Birthday, Googlers! If you feel like reminiscing about the early days of Google with a walk down memory lane, here's a compilation that I put together a few years ago that has links to plenty of "early" Google resources, pages, and papers. If you're looking for early announcements from other engines, take a look at this compilation. See also Happy Belated Birthday to Sergey Brin.

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Travel Search Engines Bump Hotels From Top Search Listings - A study out finds that travel sites like Expedia, Orbitz and Hotels.com push out actual hotel sites such as Marriott and Radisson from top results for hotel-related keywords....[MORE”

=== Sep. 6, 2005 ===

Google Patents Method to Determine Equivalent Descriptions Based on Information Needs of Searcher - Word from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today that Google was awarded a patent today that involves technology allowing the searcher to conduct a more comprehensive search by automatically determining equivalent ways (synonyms) to describe their information need....[MORE”

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Spyware Changing Google Results - Program hijacks Google searches, gives fake results from the Washington Post talks about yet another program that replaces Google search results. There's been a ton of these that have hit Google and other search engines over the years. This one's apparently called 2search. The story also looks at the growth of spyware and the difficulty in stopping some of it even with security software. Shields Up! That link is to a great, free online resource of the same name from Gibson research that shows you how vulnerable you may be.

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Google Wallet Payment System Seeking Fraud Operations Director? - Gary spotted a job opening (and here) for a "Fraud Operations Director, Merchant Payment Solutions" position at Google. Google already has people that look into click fraud issues with ads, so this seems like something different. We know that Google's working on some type of payment system that's apparently been dubbed Google Wallet. Perhaps this job is related to that? And is the system a rival to PayPal? No, said Google earlier this year.

=== Sep. 5, 2005 ===

Looking At ClickTrack's BidHero - Over at Search Engine Guide, BidHero Brings Bid Management to the Masses from Jennifer Laycock a new, low-cost bid management tool called BidHero now out from long-time web analytics vendor ClickTracks.

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When & Why You Should Buy Your Name - Beaten at Your Own Name: Buying Your Brand from Kevin Lee at ClickZ looks at why brand holders might decide it makes sense to purchase their own names, ranging from blocking your competitors and affiliates to overcome "negativity problems."

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Google's Pizza Ambassadors: Winning Computer Science Graduates One Slice At A Time - Honestly, just when you think you've heard it all, apparently Google hires college students to order pizzas for their "computer science peers" who may be too busy to get up from their computers and eat....[MORE”

=== Sep. 2, 2005 ===

Google Launches Google Local In China - Via Shak Khan's new blog on life in China, Chinawhite, a Pacific Epoch story on a new Google Local China service in beta. I tried cars in Beijing in English, and have no idea what I got back -- but it does look like local listings for the area, along with a map.

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Think's Purchase Of Proceed Interactive Officially Off - Proceed Acquisition Won't Proceed at ClickZ covers how a planned acquisition of search marketer Proceed Interactive by Think Partnership -- parent company of WebSourced and KeywordRankings.com -- now is officially off. Think says Proceed failed to meet conditions of the sale, including audited financial statements.

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On Search, Students, and Libraries - As a librarian I was happy to read Jim Hedger's post, "Hey Yahoo, Google and MSN - School Kids Use Search Engines Too" where he discusses that the large web engines should do more to explain there tools and services to students. Jim, you're right....[MORE”

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Yahoo War -- Pit Two Terms Against Each Other To See Who Wins By Count - We've written many, many times before that search result counts can mean little in terms of actual popularity. With that caveat in mind, have fun with Yahoo War. Enter two terms and get back the counts for each term, highest count wins....[MORE”

=== Sep. 1, 2005 ===

Microsoft Acquisition To Lead To Pay-Per-Call Ads? - Microsoft Buy Opens Pay-Per-Call Possibilities from ClickZ looks briefly at how Microsoft's acquisition of VoIP firm Teleo might feed into a pay-per-call system to integrate into its planned paid search service. It picks up from the brief observation Jupiter Research analyst Gary Stein made about this on his blog.

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New SEM/SEO Quiz To Test Your Knowledge - I had a lot of fun taking an SEO quiz that SEOmoz hosted back in May. Now there's a new one. Intro is covered here. You can take the test here, all 44 questions of it. Haven't taken it yet, but I'll do so shortly!

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Google Print For Publishers Expands To Europe - Earlier Gary blogged that Google Print had gone international, with interfaces added for 14 English-speaking countries. Now a further expansion -- this time to let publishers in several non-English speaking European countries get involved for forthcoming editions of Google Print for their nations.

=== Aug. 31, 2005 ===

Three New Search Shortcuts Added to Google Mobile - The Google Blog reports that three new search shortcuts are now available for users of Google's mobile web search (XHTML) service to find movies, weather and stocks....[MORE”

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Google Brings Film Showtimes and Reviews Service to the UK - Google has just introduced their film showtime and review service on the Google UK site. It operates just like the U.S. film info service that went live in February....[MORE”

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New Parodies: Google Meets South Park, Plans To Destroy Information & More - A five-fer on the Google parodies front for you today, a sure sign that its the summer holiday period and people have too much time on their hands. Overview? Google falls into the South Park universe, a Google Purge plan to wipe out what can't be indexed, a funny top-five list of real reasons behind Google Talk, a fake, funny TV commercial to pitch Google Maps and building new offices on the beach.

=== Aug. 30, 2005 ===

Google Print Goes International - Back in June, I blogged about Google finally offering an interface to search only Google Print material. Today, Google announced that they're continuing to offer new Google Print search tools with the release of country-specific interfaces to the Google Print database....[MORE”

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Goin' Mobile with Google Sitemaps - Word just up on the Google Blog that an extension for Google Sitemaps is now available that allows webmasters to submit content for inclusion in Google's mobile web index. Details and examples here. More about Google Sitemaps in this blog post. In June, Google introduced an index of content that has been written/optimized for mobile web browsers.

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Enhancements Made to Yahoo Mail Search - Yahoo is "gradually" rolling-out several new search and refinement options for Yahoo Mail users....[MORE”

=== Aug. 29, 2005 ===

PubSub Kicks Off Football Season With New Service - The 2005 National Football League season is about to begin and the PubSub team has launched another compilation of pre-built prospective searches....[MORE”

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Answers.com Unveils Toolkit for Educators - Late last week Answers.com launched their "Teacher Toolkit." It's an innovative way for Answers.com to alert one community of users to tools and services that they might find useful....[MORE”

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Yahoo Finds Office Space in San Francisco ; 966 Job Openings at Yahoo and Google - I've blogged several stories about Google looking for more office space both in and out of Silicon Valley. A new article in the SF Business Times: Yahoo search leads to San Francisco, reports that Yahoo plans to lease 20,000 sq. feet of office space in San Francisco. Doing so will make Yahoo the "biggest tech company" in the city. The article also points out that Yahoo currently has 612 job openings at their hq in Sunnyvale while Google has 354 open positions in Mountain View. These numbers don't include jobs at non-hq offices.

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Two Roundups of New Search Technology and Services Available - If you're in need of a couple of roundups that look at various search tools and services, two of them are online today. One in Time magazine and the other in The Boston Globe. It's likely that the services and companies mentioned in these articles will be "new" to many readers of these publications. However, we've discussed and linked to many of them on the SEW Blog during the past year....[MORE”

=== Aug. 26, 2005 ===

Research from Microsoft: Personalized Search, Determining a Query's Dominant Location, and Much More - The other day I posted about a paper presented at the SIGIR conference a few week's ago. Apparently, that got Findory CEO, Greg Linden, looking for other papers from the conference. Well, he found, "Personalized Search via Automated Analysis of Interests and Activities" from Microsoft Research. Greg shares a few thoughts about it in this GWG blog post....[MORE”

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Google vs. the World - In the article: Google's Grand Ambitions, BusinessWeek's Ben Elgin and Arik Hesseldahl, take a look at what Google might be up to. Sure, we talk and read these days about Google vs. Micrsoft but this article also speculates about possible Google vs. Motorola, Google vs. Verizon, and Google vs. eBay scenarios.

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Transcripts from Conference on Search Ad Disclosure Now Available - In June, Danny blogged about a panel he was on at: Trust or Consequence: How Failure to Disclose Ad Relationships Threatens to Burst the Search Bubble, a conference sponsored by Consumer Reports/Consumer WebWatch. If you're interested in learning more about what was said at the conference the transcripts are now available.

=== Aug. 25, 2005 ===

AOL's Beta Central Now With RSS Feed - The AOL Beta Central page is the place to find news about and links to the latest tests that the folks in Dulles, VA are making publicly available. If you would like to be alerted to new posts on the site an AOL Beta Central RSS feed is now available. You'll find it at: http://beta.aol.com/rss/news.xml

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MSN Beta Testing Redesigned Home Page - While doing some work this afternoon I noticed that MSN has started to beta test a redesigned homepage at beta.msn.com. In case it's unavailable when you check (things like this tend to come and go quickly), I've posted a screen cap here. The page incorporates the same type of customization "modules" currently seen at Start.com....[MORE”

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Execs from SideStep and PriceRunner Interviewed - After taking a week to relax, Brian Smith at ComparisonEngines.com is back posting interviews with leaders from comparison shopping services. This week, Brian has posted interviews with Phil Carpenter, VP of Corporate Marketing, at SideStep (a travel comparison engine) and Martin Anderson from PriceRunner.

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More SMS Services Coming from Google - More SMS services from Google are coming, such as secure password recovery and SMS mail/news....[MORE”

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New Carat Search Head - Pamela Parker's article: Carat Names Search Head After Belanger's Departure, reports that the agency will unify search and affiliate marketing practices under its new leader, Jeremy Cornfeldt.

=== Aug. 24, 2005 ===

O'Reilly In Debate Over Link Selling - Respected publisher O'Reilly has come under fire for selling off topic links. It's not something new that they've been doing. Nevertheless, the attention and belated realization that they might be helping people to "game" search engines is causing O'Reilly chief Tim O'Reilly to do some hard thinking. It also raises the broader question of when is it "fair" or "ethical" to sell links.

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Copyright Material Still Showing Up In Google Video - The other day I went to look to see if this type of content was still as easy to find and if new copyrighted material was being uploaded and made viewable. The answer is yes. In a matter of minutes I was able to find lots of material that still is most likely copyrighted....[MORE”

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Automatically Classifying the Mood of Blog Posts - Today, I came across a new paper by Gilad Mishne, a grad student at the University of Amsterdam. It reports on exploratory research to automatically (using machine learning) classify blog text based on the mood of the author....[MORE”

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Identity Theft & Issues For Search Engines - "Search Engines Find Stolen Identities" from InformationWeek goes into the issue of how search engines can reveal personal details about people and perhaps aid in identity theft. It's familiar territory that other articles have covered before. This article does go into some new areas of wondering if search engines are liable for showing the info (doesn't seems so) and if perhaps they should take a more active role, given that they do censor for spamming and legal reasons....[MORE”

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Image Databases to Find "Visually Similar" Imagery and More - Image search provider, Cydral (based in Paris, France), has released a new version of their image database (they claim about 150 million images). What makes the Cydral service different (as far as imagery from the open-web goes) is that it allows the searcher to find similar images based on "visual similarity" (color, texture, shapes, objects, etc.)....[MORE”

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The Polarization Of Search Forums? - "The First SEO Republic Forumed" from Jim Hedger at Search Engine Guide looks at the idea of search engine forums shaping up as an almost "horseshoe shaped congress" with black hatters on one end, white hatters in the other and some in the middle (including our SEW Forums). He finds the polarization ugly, political and producing negative repercussions for the industry....[MORE”

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Google As The New Evil Microsoft - "Relax, Bill Gates; It's Google's Turn as the Villain" from the New York Times looks again at this theme of Google as the new Microsoft -- with perhaps the fear and worry that people have about Microsoft now being assigned to Google....[MORE”

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Yahoo Video: The "Super" Network - The September issue of Wired is out and it features a very positive article about Yahoo's video search efforts focusing on the development of the Yahoo Media Group in Santa Monica....[MORE”

=== Aug. 23, 2005 ===

Google Awarded Geocoding Patent - Since patents are all the rage these days I thought I would toss out the following: Google was awarded a patent today. The patent is for technology that allows a geocode (latitude, longitude) to be generated for a postal addresses. Unlike patent applications (which are what usually get people talking) this is intellectual property that has been officially awarded to Google. The patent application was filed for in September 2003....[MORE”

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Yahoo and Viacom Announce Search Advertising Deal - Yahoo and media conglomerate, Viacom, announced today that Yahoo will provide paid search advertising and other services to Viacom's web properties including CBSNews.com, BET.com and MTV.com. Financial terms of the multiyear deal were not disclosed. More in the Reuters article: Viacom, Yahoo sign ad, Web search deal. The Yahoo/Viacom deal follows recent moves at iVillage and WashingtonPost.com to switch paid listing providers from Google to Yahoo.

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Share Your Search Results with Jeteye - Jeteye, a new shared search service, launches in beta today, which allows the creation of search result that can be shared with others....[MORE”

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ClickZ Blog Launched - Just a quick note that our sister site ClickZ has launched a blog. Executive Editor Rebecca Lieb explains more in ClickZ Is Blogging. If you're not familiar with ClickZ, it's a long-standing online marketing web site with coverage that ranges from search through to rich media.

=== Aug. 22, 2005 ===

Ask Jeeves Unleashes More Smart Answers - Long before MSN, Yahoo, or Google began including answers (not just links) for specific types of ready reference questions in web results sets, Ask Jeeves was already providing direct answers or what they call Smart Answers. Today, Jeeves is releasing even more Smart Answers. As I've said before, AJ's Smart Answers along with the other large search companies now provide, continue to turn "web" search into "answer" search for certain types queries.

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MSN Says We'll Slow Down The News & Feed Crawling - Yahoo's Jeremy Zawodny noticed that MSN Search seemed to be overactively hitting his RSS feed, prompting MSN Search to respond via its blog that the news and blog crawler in testing may have been a tad hyperactive. MSN promises some tuning to get it to behave....[MORE”

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SimplyHired Maps Jobs via Google Mash-Up - Job search database, SimplyHired.com, has just released a feature that allows the searcher to map job opportunities with Google Maps. Details and directions, here. Caveat, many job listings don't contain the specific address of where the job you're applying for is located. Many times only the town name is listed. Specific locations (street address is available) are shown using a red pushpin, locations where only a city or Zip Code is known use a blue pushpin. Of course, even if an exact street location is available, it doesn't necessarily mean this is precisely where you would be working.

=== Aug. 21, 2005 ===

Report: Google, Yahoo "Talking" To Publisher of Classified Ad Papers - Are Google and Yahoo considering hooking-up in one form or another with a large publisher of classified advertising newspapers and web sites? They are, according to several articles....[MORE”

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Miva's Pay-Per-Call Service in the UK Goes Live in September - The Netimperative article: Miva launches pay-per-call service, reports that Miva's (aka FindWhat) pay-per-call service will go live in the UK on September 13th but, "advertisers can already sign-up for an account in advance of the launch."

=== Aug. 19, 2005 ===

MSN Virtual Earth: The Video - The folks at MSN Virtual Earth have publicly released this very funny video clip that has the MSN Butterfly (as portrayed by Steve Lombardi, Program Manager, of MSN VE) gathering info in and around Seattle to add to the service. The clip was originally created and shared internally to reward and praise those who worked on the project.

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Search and IR Focus of New Forbes E-Gangs List - Forbes is out with their 2005 "E-Gangs" list of important people in the "e" world. This years list is subtitled: Eight Masters Of Information, and focuses on members of the search and IR community. Many of eight honorees are people from companies/services we mention regularly on the blog....[MORE”

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Jeeves "Beams Up" Special Logo to Honor Creator of Star Trek - To honor the birth of Star Trek creator, Gene Rodenberry, Mr. Jeeves "beams up" a special logo today....[MORE”

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4INFO Releases Directory of Mobile Web Sites - 4INFO has just unveiled a new directory of key web sites optimized for mobile browsers on the 4INFO mobile web site....[MORE”

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New Version of Yahoo Toolbar for IE Released, Offers Access to YQ - Over on the Yahoo Search Blog, YQ developer and guru, Reiner Kraft, posts that a new version of the Yahoo Toolbar for Internet Explorer is available and now includes easy access to YQ's contextually-based info and tools....[MORE”

=== Aug. 18, 2005 ===

Cuban Vows to Stomp Out Blog Spam - Mark Cuban is mad that blog spam is causing bad results at Ice Rocket, the blog/web engine he owns. So, Cuban has vowed he's going to do something about it, including perhaps banning Google's Blogger-hosted blogs....[MORE” And see also Blogger Unveils New Features that Might Help Slow Blog Spam.

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Small Business Owner Says He Lost $500,000 Due to Click Fraud - Adam Penenberg's Wired article Click Fraud Claims Drive Lawsuits, provides another example of a small business owner who says his company lost big bucks ($500,000) due to click fraud. Penenberg also touches on the Lane's Gifts and Collectibles and Click Defense law suits and then comes down hard on search ad providers

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Shopzilla Chairman Chats Shopping Search - Brian Smith over at ComparisonEngines.com is continuing his series of interviews with shopping engines execs. This time around, Brian chats with Farhad Mohit, the Chairman and Chief Product Officer of Shopzilla. Last week, Brian published an interview with the co-founders of Smarter.com

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Copernic Still Wants Their Mamma.com - Clickz is reporting that the deal that has Mamma.com acquiring desktop/enterprise search provider, Copernic.com, is back on. Mamma.com's plans to acquire Copernic were first announced in November 2003. Then, in February of this year, the deal was called off when Copernic pulled out of the deal due to an SEC probe of Mamma.com.

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iVillage Dumps Google for Yahoo - MediaPost's: Google Out, Yahoo In At iVillage, reports that the popular portal aimed for women will soon move from Google to Yahoo to power contextual, keyword-based advertising and its site search tool. Look for Yahoo ads and search on iVillage beginning on September 1st. In June, we blogged about the Washington Post also switching from Google to Yahoo.

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Track Your AdSense Earnings in Firefox Status Bar - Here's one for AdSense customer who uses Firefox. Google Blogoscoped points to the Adsense Notifier extension that allows you to track your AdSense earnings in the Firefox status bar.

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What's The Weather? Ways To Search! - Weather remains the universally safe subject to start a conversation with. Well, unless you want to debate global warming! Need weather information for conversation? How about just to know what the weather is for where you are or where you are going? Whither the Weather from Shirl Kennedy over at Gary's ResourceShelf site looks at various ways to hunt down forecasts and weather information.

=== Aug. 17, 2005 ===

Google Enhances Mobile Version of Froogle, Launches Service in the UK - Google engineer, Josh Redstone, posts to the Google Blog that they've made some improvements to the mobile web version of Froogle including the ability to sort results by price. Additionally, a mobile web version of Froogle is now available for the UK. If you don't have a mobile browser that can access the new service, Froogle is also available via SMS in the US and UK.

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