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The Search Engine Update - Number 213 - Jan. 18, 2006

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+ SES NY 2006 Agenda Posted; IAC's Barry Diller Keynoting
+ Jennifer Slegg New Contextual Ads Correspondent
+ SEW Members 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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SES NY 2006 Agenda Posted; IAC's Barry Diller Keynoting
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I'm very happy to announce that Barry Diller, chairman and CEO of InterActiveCorp, will be kicking off our Search Engine Strategies show in New York next month with a keynote on the morning of the first day, February 27. IAC owns Ask Jeeves along with a variety of vertical search properties.

The entire agenda is now available online, and the show offers over 60 different sessions. The Conference at a Glance page gives you a fast look at everything, and from there you can drill down into more detailed information for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. Whatever your particular search marketing interest or skill level, there are multiple sessions designed for you.

Since the show runs virtually an entire week -- Feb. 27 through March 2 -- we're dubbing that entire period to be "Search Week" in New York. Last year's New York show was our biggest ever, and strong registrations so far make it seem likely we'll break another record in 2006.

Want to keep up on the latest show news? Keep an eye on our SES Blog, where I'll begin doing more updates about the show as it draws closer.

Following SES NY, March sees SES coming to Germany and China, then April sees visits to Japan, Canada and Italy. At the end of May, SES London happens and July sees our first ever SES Latino show coming to Miami. For more about these and other shows later in 2006, see the Search Engine Strategies site.

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Jennifer Slegg New Contextual Ads Correspondent
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I've written before that Search Engine Watch doesn't focus on contextual advertising because it's not search. Having said this, with two major search engines pushing contextual products toward search advertisers, we do some limited coverage. Plus, sometimes contextual issues can overlap into search.

We're going to be doing a bit more coverage out on the Search Engine Watch Blog now thanks to our new contextual ads correspondent, Jennifer Slegg. Many of our readers probably recognize Jen's name, as she publishes the excellent JenSense blog that we've pointed at from time to time.

Many others know Jen through her long-time work as Jenstar moderating the Google AdSense forum at WebmasterWorld. She also does the same for the Google AdSense forum at our own Search Engine Watch Forums plus moderates in the Yahoo Publisher Network and Contextual Ads & Alternatives sections, as well.

Expect to see Jen posting items that are especially of interest from the contextual world here, giving you a summary and pointing back to JenSense for those seeking a deeper drilldown. Welcome aboard, Jen! For those who want to pass the word, you'll also find this welcoming message here on the SEW 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.

=== Jan. 17, 2006 ===

Video Search: Still "Early Days" - Producing video content? There are video search engines that specialize in gathering up your video and making it available to searchers seeking such content.

=== Jan. 9, 2006 ===

The State of Search Engine Marketing - New research from SEMPO sheds light on what's happening in the search marketing industry today, from the size of the industry to key trends that will shape the year ahead.

=== Jan. 6, 2006 ===

Google Pack Offers 1-Stop Downloading Of Software - Information on Google Pack already went live briefly on Google earlier today, but now the software bundling and updating system has been formally announced. It pulls together popular Google software applications along with those from other providers. See also: Google Video Player Removed From Downloads of Google Pack.

=== Jan. 5, 2006 ===

SEM Campaign & Project Management, Part 2 - More tips and techniques on managing and getting the most success out of search marketing campaigns, continued from yesterday's SEM Campaign & Project Management, Part 1.

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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.

=== Jan. 18, 2006 ===

Study: Google #1 in China - Despite trailing Chinese traffic leader Baidu, Google is rated the best search engine in China, according to new research from Keynote Systems.

=== Jan. 17, 2006 ===

Google Buys Radio Ad Firm; AdWords Headed To Radio Distribution - Wow. Google is to acquire dMarc Broadcasting, a company that puts ads into radio stations, paying up to $1.1 billion for it. Google plans to distribute AdWords via radio this way. Google VP of advertising sales Tim Armstrong is quoted in the press release (and here at Google). See also:

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Logos On Rooftops Probably Not Aimed At Google Maps - Are people painting logos on the top of their buildings a guerilla way of advertising through Google Maps? Nah, these were painted those flying over buildings by airplane.

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Hot: Real Estate Industry Uses of Satellite/Aerial Imagery - The combo of online maps, satellite/aerial imagery, and real estate are a hot combo these days. A look at tools and resources.

=== Jan. 12, 2006 ===

Search Marketing's About People and Principles, Not Just Algorithms, Part 2 - Coverage of Danny Sullivan's keynote address at Chicago's Search Engine Strategies conference, continued from yesterday's Search Marketing's About People and Principles, Not Just Algorithms, Part 1.

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Google's Patent Application for Click-to-Call Advertising Published - A newly published patent application shows that Google is looking to patent a method to provide click-to-call advertising on mobile phones....[MORE”. See also:

=== Jan. 10, 2006 ===

Searching for Online Video - Although Google has been grabbing headlines with the announcement of its forthcoming Google Video Store, many other services let you search for and view many types of video online. See also: Googling For Google Keynote Video.

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AOL Acquires Truveo Video Search and Crawling Technology For Undisclosed Sum - AOL has acquired video search engine and video crawling technology, Truveo, for an undisclosed sum.

=== Jan. 9, 2006 ===

Search Engines As Leeches, The Difference Between Paid & Free Listings & Keyword Price Rises - Jakob Nielsen's "Search Engines as Leeches on the Web" article that makes a good point, don't be too search engine dependent. However, he muddles his point by confusing the issue of paid search advertising and free "organic" listings. A closer look at that, plus how "super conversion trackers" and "brand idiots" are likely to keep pressure on keyword prices.

=== Jan. 6, 2006 ===

Google Video Store Opens - Google has announced plans for a new Google Video Store allowing video purchase and rental from Google Video. Content from about 40 providers will be initially available for purchase, with the program opening to any video producer wishing to charge in the near future. Viewers can watch video using a new Google video player or download content formatted for the iPod Video and the Sony PSP. Google is also using its own version of copy protection for some programs. See also:

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Webcast and Transcript of Larry Page's CES Keynote Address Now Available - Up on the Google Press Center page is a link to the webcast and a text transcript of Larry Page's keynote address at CES last Friday night. See also:

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Terry Semel's CES Keynote Includes Visits from Tom Cruise and Ellen DeGenres; Semel Says "Walled Gardens" are a Thing of the Past - This morning, Yahoo's CEO Terry Semel along with help from Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Cruise, gave his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

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Yahoo Go Puts Yahoo Services Into Cell Phones, TV & PCs - Yahoo has launched Yahoo Go, a suite of products designed to let people reach information whether they're on their PCs, phones or using TV. See also:

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Google Gets Into Motorola Cell Phones With Mobile Search - Google and Motorola that they are teaming up in a mobile search partnership. Motorola is to insert a Google button into "internet-optimized" phones beginning by the end of March 2006, worldwide. The button will take users to Google search services. See also:

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Search Convergence Arrives - Google and Yahoo Aim at Another Screen from the New York Times, Internet search meets the gadget from News.com, Google, Yahoo steal spotlight without even saying a word from the San Francisco Chronicle and Yahoo on Your Phone, TV, PC from BusinessWeek are all a series of articles looking at the buzz Yahoo and Google are making at their CES debut because of how they are taking search off the web and into devices and new areas. Developments With Consumer Search from me that came out this time last year explained how and why this was going to come and how especially Google and Yahoo have become "consumer search" providers, or "search utilities" that plan to plug into any device or any location that requires search.

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Search Engine Forums Spotlight - Links to the week's topics from search engine forums across the web: New Google 'Bigdaddy' Infrastructure Live - Fortune 500 Sites Use Hidden Text To Fool Search Engines - Bad Reasons To Want A Top Ranking - Link Tracking, and more.

=== Jan. 5, 2006 ===

Gates Dings Google, Yet Fails To Impress On Search Himself - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates let loose on Google in an interview with the Associated Press before his CES keynote yesterday, complaining of Google's "honeymoon period" and the perception that Google can do anything, including producing a "robot that will cook hamburgers." Of course, Microsoft's had its own extended honeymoon period in search. It has failed to deliver as much as Gates says Google will fail as it branches out. Moreover, the tired lines of slamming Google aren't making the Microsoft case any stronger. A look at what Microsoft has said and done. See also:

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Search Engines Making Millions Off Type-In Traffic From Domains - "Masters of their Domains" is a great article from Business 2.0 that goes into great depth about the sheer amount of money that "type in" traffic is generating for those who own hot domain names. That money is coming from players like Yahoo and Google -- who you might recall got some fire from me for not allowing advertiser to opt-out of domain-generated traffic.

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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, Jennifer Slegg or Chris Sherman, all of whom post to the blog.

=== Jan. 18, 2006 ===

Mobile Search: Gannett Invests in 4INFO; Upsnap.com Acquires XSVoice, Now Offering Streaming Audio on Your Phone or Device - Mobile search provider 4INFO and media giant Gannett informs us that Gannett is making a minority investment in 4INFO. Meanwhile, UpSnap, another mobile search company has acquired XSVoice, a mobile entertainment company....[MORE”

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Nielsen//NetRatings Releases Top Engines (by share) and Top Search Terms for November 2005 - Nielsen//NetRatings has just released (PDF) November 2005 search share rankings and top search terms. Google continued in first place with 46% of all queries. The most popular search term in November was ebay....[MORE”

=== Jan. 17, 2006 ===

Google Names New Managing Director in UK; European Job Recruitment Drive Begins - According to this Netimperative article Google has just named Mark Howe as the new managing director of their UK operations. The article adds that Google is beginning a new European recruitment drive for new employees.

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More Instant Answers Now Available on MSN Search - MSN Search's WebLog points out that MSN Search is now home to more Instant Answers (aka "direct answers") as web search engines continue to become "answer engines" for certain types of queries. According to the blog post, MSN has added more than one million facts to their database....[MORE”

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Google and Canada.com Announce Multiyear Partnership - The Toronto Star reports that Google has entered into a multiyear agreement with the well-known Canadian portal, Canada.com (owned by media giant CanWest Global Communications) to provide search and advertising on the site. This map offers a good look at the many sites (including many newspaper sites) and services that make up the Canada.com network.

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New Mashup Combines Public Library Location Info with Google and Yahoo Maps - If you live in the US or Canada you no longer can say you don't know where public libraries in your area or any area for that matter are located. Over on ResourceShelf we've posted about Libraries411.com, a new mashup that combines public library location info (and more) for more than 20,000 libraries in the US and Canada and mashes the info with both Google Maps or Yahoo Maps. Cool!

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Yahoo Releases Q4 and Full Year 2005 Earnings - The complete Yahoo Q4 and Full Year 2005 Earnings news release is now out....[MORE”

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Buzzmetrics and Intelliseek Join Forces and then Merge with Nielsen - BuzzMetrics has acquired Intelliseek. As you know, Intelliseek offers a number of consumer-geneated media measurement services that include the BlogPulse blog search and buzz site....[MORE”

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Open Federation Comes to Google Talk - Open Federation has come to Google Talk. What's that? According to a post on the Google Blog, Google Talk is now full interoperable (capable of communicating with any other service) using the XMPP protocol (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol)....[MORE”

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A9 Selects ZoomInfo to Power People Search - We've learned that vertical search engine ZoomInfo has been selected to power the "people search" function on A9. If you want to check it out, look for a check/tick box on the A9 home page labeled "People." Much more about ZoomInfo in this overview for SearchDay from December.

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Yahoo Toolbar Embedded into New Version of WordPerfect - News from Corel that the Yahoo Toolbar is now being embedded directly into their just released Corel WordPerfect Office X3....[MORE”

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JumpTap Introduces Keyword Sales Program for Mobile Search and Releases Stats About What Mobile Searchers Are Looking For - JumpTap, a company that offers many mobile search solutions has just introduced a hosted Keyword Sales Program for mobile search providers....[MORE”

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Satisfy Your Web Ego with egoSurf - If you're into satisfying your ego by web surfing, Phil Bradley points to egoSurf, a site whose motto is, "know your place." Simply enter a name or search phrase and blog or sites(s) url(s) (no limit and they don't have to be yours) and you'll be given a total point score....[MORE”

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Yahoo Site Submit Out Of Action For A Month - Yahoo's been having site submit problems, as came up last month in our Search Engine Watch Forums thread Yahoo Submit Your Site Broken? I figured it was a temporary thing that would get fixed in a day or so. A month later, Barry notes that it's still not working.

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Search Spend Was Up Last Quarter - New online spending stats from a Deutsche Bank survey of 60 media executives found that last quarter (Oct-Dec. 2005), 65 percent said paid search spending increased compared to the third quarter. Google got 57 percent of spending, with Yahoo 23 percent, followed by MSN at 5 percent....[MORE”

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Yahoo Loses Another VP, This Time To SideStep - Last week, Yahoo saw the vice president in charge of its developer network split to start-up Automattic. Now there's news that another Yahoo vice president has departed. This time it's Rob Solomon, who was vice president and general manager of Yahoo Shopping. He's heading over to travel search engine SideStep, to become the new president and CEO....[MORE”

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Yahoo Nabs SearchFox Assets - I never used SearchFox nor heard much about it, but they announced last week that they'd be closing. Techcrunch now says that's because Yahoo's acquired its assets and some of its employees. Michael at Techcrunch makes a good point that the closure might be because Yahoo bought the service or equally because Yahoo decided to grab the crumbs after the closure was announced.

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Designers Should Love SEO, Plus Making Flash Friendly To Search Engines - Can't We All Just Get Along? - The Battle Between SEOs and Web Designers has David Wallace at Search Engine Guide inspired by the Do Designers Hate SEO? discussion at our Search Engine Watch Forums. In that thread, many feel designers should embrace lots of what SEO has to offer, especially since it is NOT all about blog spamming nor necessarily dumbing down design. David touches on this and dives deeper into issues with Flash and how Flash designers, with some thought, can have Flash and search engine friendliness combined. Our Revisting How Search Engines Deal With Flash thread at the SEW Forums goes into even more depth here, with lots of great advice for those of you grappling with the Flash "problem" for search engines.

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WSJ Profiles Digg News Technology Site - Digging Out the News at the Wall Street Journal gives you some background on Digg, a two year old technology news site that's risen in popularity over the past several months.

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Shorter Ads Coming To Yahoo This Week - SEMs Welcome Shorter Yahoo Ads covers the move this week by Yahoo to shorten ads to from 190 to 70 characters and many marketers apparently glad about the change. Some places will still carry the longer ads, and not all marketers are necessarily pleased, however. Want to discuss, comment or read what others are saying? Visit our SEW Forums thread, New Look Coming For Yahoo Sponsored Search Listings

=== Jan. 16, 2006 ===

Results from MSN Search Added to Jux2 Tool Metasearch and Results Comparison Tool - In the past 10 days, web results from MSN Search have been added to Jux2. Now it's easy to quickly and easily compare and analyze results from four web databases Ask Jeeves, Google, MSN Search and Yahoo....[MORE”

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Google Base & The v7ndotcom elursrebmem SEO Contest - The latest SEO contest finds Google late off the mark in picking up new content and some interesting flow from Google Base into regular Google....[MORE”

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No Page Reload Required: See Sponsored Ads in Various Categories on Yahoo Movies Pages - Is Yahoo testing something new with sponsored links on some pages found on Yahoo Movies? Click on sponsored link categories, and watch how more sponsored links appear without the page reloading....[MORE”

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WSJ: More Reality TV Type Programming Might Be Coming to Yahoo - The Wall Street Journal's Kevin Delaney and Brooks Barnes article (subscription not required): Yahoo Hopes to Make Network Flop a Net Hit, takes a look at how Y has plans (it's not official yet) to take a reality show "concept" that was "abandoned" by ABC Television and produce it for a web audience....[MORE”

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New York Times On AdSense Earnings & Revenue share - New York Times published a piece on AdSense today, featuring Shawn Hogan of Digital Point discussing his AdSense earnings (roughly $10k per month) and how he shares his revenue with the members of his forum. Also noteworthy is the fact that New York Times quotes a very specific revenue share figure, something that Google has always kept very quiet, stating that publishers such as Digital Point earn roughly 78.5 cents on every dollar. There are more details over on JenSense.

=== Jan. 15, 2006 ===

Celebrate the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With New Digitized Newspaper Database - The MartinLutherKingJrArchive.com database was released on Friday by NewspaperARCHIVE.com. This archive/database (FREE) chronicles the life and work of Dr. King. It contains more than 50,000 digitized original newspaper pages (keyword searchable)....[MORE”

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Tools that Optimize Web Content for Mobile Web: Google Joins Skweezer and IYHY - Lots of web content has not been optimized for the mobile web, but there are tools that can help you squeeze it into your mobile devices....[MORE”

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More Google Mentions on Saturday Night Live - Last night was the first new Saturday Night Live program since the Yahoo, MapQuest, and Google mention in the now famous "Lazy Sunday" video. Last night's show included two Google mentions along with one about the European multimedia engine (in development), Quaero....[MORE”

=== Jan. 14, 2006 ===

Loomia Offers Podcast/Vidcast Search, Personalized Recommendation Service Now Available for Site Developers - Loomia launched Loomia Recommendations last week. This service allows site owners and content producers to add personalized recommendations to their web site(s) with just a few click and at no charge....[MORE”

=== Jan. 13, 2006 ===

John Battelle Talks Google with NYC Googlers - If you're in need for some Google-related weekend viewing, now available via Google Video (free) is a 57 minute presentation by John "The Search" Battelle at Google's NYC office last month. Watch online or download to your iPod or PSP.

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Show Me the Content: Web Search, Verticals, and Metasearch - Putting the Screws to Google, by Jon Fine from BusinessWeek offers a look at how, "old media could take back its share of search's ad bounty." So, in a sense it's not only putting it to Google but to Yahoo, Ask and other general purpose web engines. Of course, the word Google in a headline gets people to look....[MORE”

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The Economist: Larry Page on His Way to Changing the World - The Economist article: St Lawrence of Google, offers a profile of Google co-founder, Larry Page that says he's "well on his way" to changing the world. Many of the comments come from the post keynote press conference last week that we've mentioned and Engadget published a lengthy post about almost immediately after the event ended.

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New Site Allows You To Rate If Google Is or Is Not Evil - Google Blogoscoped clues us into a new site, EvilOrNot.info that allows readers to rate on how evil or not evil Google is based on a selection of stories about the company that are linked from various blogs and news sites. A chart is available that track Google's "evilness" over time. As Philipp notes, "this should be interesting in a few months." See also: See How Evil Google Is On Your Google Personalized Home Page.

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Windows Live Expo (aka Freemont) from Microsoft Now Has Info Site and Blog - In late November and then again in December, we posted (as did many others) a couple of items about Microsoft developing a classified advertising/social networking site code named: Freemont. I just noticed that what's now known as Windows Live Expo has a publicly accessible info site (includes a screen cap) and a blog are now online. A link to register for the Live Expo beta list is also available.

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Google Testing New Refinement/Clustering Links -- Sign Of Google Base In Web Search? - Maybe it's new -- maybe not, but another Google query refinement test is out in the wild, as covered in our SEW Forums thread Google Refinement Keywords. There are links to screenshots showing that after a search, a "Quick results" area appears at the top of the page with links that seem to narrow refine results into clusters/topics....[MORE”

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Google-MSN Fight In Internet Explorer 7; Yahoo Pokes At Google In Firefox - Nacho points out in What? No Google on Vista? Google Strikes Back on IE 7! at Search Engine Roundtable a screenshot showing how Google is not among the recommended search engines on a guide for those wanting to customize IE7. OK, the page is under construction, but it's hard to believe it's an oversight. Below this, he's got a screenshot showing how Google is prompting in IE7 for users to make it the default search engine. Meanwhile, Yahoo tries to pull you from Google to Yahoo in Firefox....[MORE”

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MSN To Run All Its Own Ads By End Of June 2006 - Paid Content points at Microsoft Plans Launch of Search Ad System from the Associated Press, where MSN said it expects to begin using its own ads fully as of the end of June. Currently, about 25 percent of ads come from MSN's own system, as we're reported before. The MSN adCenter pilot program opened last October. FYI, we've even got a new adCenter section of our Search Engine Watch Forums, moderated by Todd "Oilman" Friesen. AdCenter is the official MSN rep who is pretty active in the area, as well. Want into the pilot? Sign-up here.

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How To Do Search Business Partnerships With Yahoo - I met up with Yahoo's Joel Toledano at SES NY 2005 last year, and he pitched me on a great idea, a session about how to do business partnerships with search engines. As director of business development for Yahoo Search, Joel's had plenty of bad pitches but also doesn't want to miss out on a good idea pitched the wrong way. We put the session on the agenda for SES San Jose, but I couldn't get any of the other major search engines to confirm! So in the end, I pulled the session, a very rare occurrence. Want to see what Joel would have told you? He's just posted slides that he presented to a CalTech session last month. More details in his post on the Yahoo Search Blog: Partnering with Yahoo Heck, maybe I'll finally get that session going again for SES San Jose 2006, Joel!

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What's Your Typical SEM Day Like? - How do you begin your day in search or search marketing? A Typical SEO Daily Routine over at our Search Engine Watch Forums covers "A Day In The Life Of..." many people. Hey, I contributed -- come add your own stories! It's always fun to learn about what other people are doing.

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MSN Launches adCenter Incubation Lab: adLab - MSN is unveiling a new research center in Beijing today that has the the mission of developing tools for its adCenter platform. Called the adCenter Incubation Lab, or adLab for short, members of the new service are to show some of their developments to Microsoft employees during the second annual internal adCenter Demo Fest. More details below in the press release from Microsoft....[MORE”

=== Jan. 12, 2006 ===

Search Marketers Will Soon Be Able to Buy Search Ads on Just AOL Properties - A MediaPost article takes a look a closer look at the advertising portion of the recent Google/AOL deal. It includes comments from Mike Kelly, the president of AOL Media Networks, who says that one of the primary benefits of the Google/AOL arrangement from an advertising perspective will allow AOL's sales staff the ability to sell search ads just on AOL properties, something that's currently not possible. Marketers have long said anecdotally that AOL search converts at a higher rate.

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MSN & SuperPages.com In Local Ads Agreement - SuperPages.com local advertisers now appear in MSN local search results. Type in a query, such as deli, New York or dentist, Dallas and superpages ads are displayed at the top of the page, above local search result listings. Backfill ads appear to be genericfor example, a search for books in Seattle displays ads for Overstock.com, Simply Audio and discount magazine subscriptions. See also: Yahoo Forges Ad Partnership with Yellowpages.com.

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BusinessWeek Article Offers Look at Net Censorship in China - The BusinessWeek article: The Great Firewall of China, by Ben Elgin and Bruce Einhorn offers analysis of the current state of Internet censorship in China. Must read material here....[MORE”

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TailRank: A Social News Recommendation and Filtering System Gets a New Look - Scoble points out that Tailrank a service that, "finds the best content from thousands of blogs" (think digg or Memeorandum) that provides a "custom ranking specific to the user" (think Findory) has a new look and design....[MORE”

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Google Tests New Local Ads On Maps - Google's testing inserting paid ads via "blue pins: into maps on Google Local....[MORE”. See also Still Seeing "Blue Pins" on Some Google Maps; Google Now Testing Paid Links in Google Earth.

=== Jan. 11, 2006 ===

Google Begins to Reopen Registrations for Google Analytics - Google Blogoscoped has an item about the latest with Google Analytics. The company is now saying that some people who previously submitted their email address will "shortly" receive invitations allowing them to register and use the service. Just how many invites are being sent out is not specified in this Google Analytics "status update". However, it does say that, "not everyone who previously sent us an email address received an invite." See also: Still No Timeline As To When New Users Sign-Ups Will Be Available for Google Analytics.

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Quaero, the European Developed Multimedia Engine, Gets Press Attention - An AP story as well one in Pandia discuss, Quaero, a multimedia engine in development, that's being billed as "Europe's answer to Google." Quaero is set to be a multimedia engine. so a direct comparison with Google seems off the mark....[MORE”. See also Quero's Web Site Goes into Hiding.

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Google Trademarking The Word Beta - No, not really. But one of our SEW Forum threads points over to In Search Of Stuff, where 2006 isos Search Predictions suggests humorously that this will be the year that Google decides to trademark the word "beta." Others I liked...[MORE”

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Google Scholar Goes International - Google Scholar (GS) has begun an international push today with the addition of content in two languages as well as new interfaces for four countries....[MORE”

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New Article Looks at Google, the Domain Registrar - Via Jim Boykins blog, a guest article by domain name expert Nick Wilsdon that looks at what Google knows about domain names. It's not only a great look at how the domain name industry works but also shares info about what info Google has access to as a domain name registrar. The company became a registrar in February 2005. A very interesting read....[MORE”

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National Stereotypes, Search Activity, Package Tracking & More All Mapped - Thanks to Philipp Lenssen and Nacho Hernandez for alerting us to few new uses of Google Maps and other mapped info. Track your packages, see how people are searching across the world in light and what people think about national stereotypes, all mapped....[MORE”

=== Jan. 10, 2006 ===

Let's Make Mac Users Happy: Google Earth for the Mac Now Available - Just released on the Google Earth web site, is the first release of the program for Mac users (OS X). The Google Blog has the details. About a month ago, I blogged about an unofficial version of Google Earth for the Mac making the rounds.

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IAC/InterActive Debuts Comparison Shopping Search Service Named Pronto - Mr. Comparison Shopping himself, Brian Smith, posts that IAC/InterActive (the company that owns Ask Jeeves, Citysearch, Ticketmaster, etc.) has just released a comparison shopping service Pronto. Look for a review Brian's site shortly. We will also plan to give it a go. Btw, I used the word service instead of site because Pronto requires the user to download a 2MB app. At the moment, it's IE only available for Windows 2000 or higher. You can learn more about Pronto here and the service itself via these FAQ's.

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Ready Reference Databases: AcronymFinder Adds New Search Features - AcronymFinder.com one of the most well-known human-edited acronym and abbreviation databases on the open web has introduced a few new search features that make the service potentially more useful to researchers. What's new is explained in detail on the Acronym Blog....[MORE”

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Cool! Newsplayer.com Offers Video Access to Over 100 Years of History - Since video search is all the rage these days, allow me to add another impressive video search tool for historical material. The service is called Newsplayer and offers searchable access to digitized film of historical events from the past 100 years (more or less)....[MORE”. See also Free Access to History: Don't Forget the British Pathe News Archive Database.

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Answers.com Adds More Research Tools to Database - Answers.com continues to add more research tools to their service. Here's a look at a few new features: Taylor's Dictionary for Gardeners; A Collection (searchable) of International Word Origins; Geological Glossary; Database of American Author Biographies.

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Limiting Your Search By IP Address with MSN Search and Gigablast - Barry reports that MSN Search allows searchers an option to limit their search to a specific IP address. Example here. Actually, a bit of research points out that this IP search option went live around midyear 2005. Nevertheless, it's good that SER reminds of us of it....[MORE”

=== Jan. 9, 2006 ===

Yahoo Acquires Webjay - Jeremy Zawodny posts that Yahoo has acquired Webjay. The official announcement is on the new Yahoo Music blog. Webjay is a music playlist community....[MORE”

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4INFO's Top SMS Search Queries of 2005 - In case you need one more Top Searches of 2005 list, 4INFO recently posted a list of the Top 25 terms queried using 4INFO's SMS (text messaging) service in 2005 along with some analysis of the results....[MORE”

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SEMPO Opens Nomination Period for Board of Directors - On the heels of the release of SEMPO's (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization) annual State of the Search Marketing Industry report that Chris wrote about today, Dana Todd has informed us know that the nomination period for the SEMPO Board of Directors is now open....[MORE”

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What Was Ask Jeeves Up to During the Consumer Electronics Show? - In a very short, sweet, and thought provoking blog post late Friday, Ask Jeeves points out that while other search providers were in Las Vegas last week touting all sorts services and products that often didn't have a direct relationship with web search, they were back at the office working to make web their web search service more useful and relevant....[MORE”

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Yahoo Sponsoring Free Internet Access in Two Sheraton Hotels - PaidContent.org points to a Wall Street Journal (sub only) article that announces a deal between Yahoo and Starwood Hotels, the owners of many hotel brands including Sherato, Westin and "W", to test Internet lounges in two Sheraton Hotels....[MORE”

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Google Now Providing Personalized Home Pages for Current Communications and Dell - Numerous posts from various sources point out that in recent days Google has released two new "personalized" page services for Dell and Current Communications....[MOMRE”

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Will Google Hit $2000 a Share? - Alerted by a post by Nathan Weinberg on Inside Google we learn that Mark Stahlman, an analyst at Caris & Co., sees shares of Google heading to $2000 a share. The Street.com's Jonathan Berr has a story that includes comments from Stahlman....[MORE”

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Fathom Online: Keyword Prices Drop in December - MediaPost has news about the just released Fathom Keyword Price Index (KPI) report for December in the article: Keyword Prices Continue Downward Spiral. "Keyword prices fell to an average of $1.43 last month--representing a 16 percent drop from the $1.70 average paid by search marketers in December 2004." The article includes charts with year-over-year and month-over-month numbers for eight categories. The full text of Fathom's December report is also available here.

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Benjamin Franklin Gets His Own Search Engine - News from Clusty this morning that they have launched a new "specialty search database" to mark the 300th Bithday (his tecentenary) on January 17th of one American history's most important, most interesting, and most dynamic figures, Benjamin Franklin. The new site can be accessed and searched at: http://ben.clusty.com....[MORE”

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Google Scholar and Medicine; Infotrieve's ArticleFinder Database is Now Free - Dean Giustini has a good summary of recent articles about how Google Scholar is being used in the medical profession. Meanwhile, Infotrieve, a well-known name in the library world, has just announced that public access to their ArticleFinder database is now free....[MORE”

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New Forum Discussion Search Tool - Add to existing tools a new discussion search service called Omgili....[MORE”

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New Congressional Research Report Looks at Google Book Search, Online Indexing and Fair Use - On December 28th the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a six page research report that looks at online indexing, law, fair use, and the Google Book Search project....[MORE”

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Dogpile Doing Product Placement on Television - Over on Search Engine Journal, Loren posts that Dogpile (they're celebrating their 10th birthday) is doing some "product placement" on various television programs....[MORE”

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Regulating Search Symposia Recap; Google Attorney Speaks at Oxford - Via Threadwatch, a blog post from Eric Goldman that does a superb job recapping the Regulating Search Symposia that took place a few weeks ago at Yale University. Some of the papers presented at the conference are also available....[MORE”

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It's All About Google Results: German Blogger Asked to Remove Mention Of Organization from His Posts - Via Google Blogoscoped, Philipp reports that a "well-known" German blogger was sent a cease and desist letter by the Sozialgericht Bremen, a court of law in Germany that deals with cases in the area of German social services. Why? "For having one of his blog posts appear in the Google results top ten for 'Sozialgericht Bremen' " My thoughts? If this wouldn't have come from a very reliable source, it sounds like a news item you might read in The Onion.

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Google Maps in 3D and Another Source for Interactive 3D Maps, Maps24.com - Via GB, a note about a demo from Japan that offers

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