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Search Headlines & Links: Nov. 30, 2006

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And now for my final post (thanks, Elisabeth!), a recap of stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:

From The SEW Blog...

  • November 2006 Search News Recap Posted
    The latest edition of my monthly Search Engine Report newsletter is now online, recapping top stories in search from the past month. You can read it online or receive it via email for free by signing up here. If you're a Search Engine Watch member, the latest edition of Search Engine Update newsletter has also been posted. That newsletter carries more items than the Search Engine Report newsletter and goes out twice per month....
  • Google Ordered By Another North Carolina Court To Remove Pages
    Apparently, North Carolina is going to start a trend of people who get court orders to remove material Google has spidered when left out in public view. This week, Google was ordered to remove material by a court in that state. It follows a similar court order in a different case earlier this year....
  • End of an Era… Beginning of a New Chapter
    Today marks Danny Sullivan's last day at Search Engine Watch, 10 years after beginning the industry's leading publication for search engine news. Danny's undeniable passion, knowledge, and dedication to the growth of the search engine industry is well engrained within the archives of Search Engine Watch, and will carry on long after his departure....
  • How The Digg Editorial Process Differs From Search Engine Editorial Process
    Todd Malicoat has a write up called The Search Marketer's Guide to Digg, where he explains the difference between the Digg.com editorial process and search engines editorial process. It all comes down to the "human editorial authority," and I quote; While most the search engines DO have human intervention - they haven't accepted and embraced it. One of the beauties of digg is if there is CRAP in the index - you know exactly who to blame for it. As always, both human and algorithmic methods of intervention have their faults. I am sure Danny will go into a...
  • Yahoo Turns Down Google's Request For Information On Book Search
    The NY Times reports that Yahoo has recently rejected Google's subpoena for help with the Google Book Search project legal woes. Reportedly, Yahoo turned down Google's request for similar reasons mentioned by Amazon when they turned down the same request. If you are interested, I have posted the full court filing at my server as a PDF download....
  • Microsoft On How To Let MSNBot In, Keep Bad Bots Out
    The Live Search Blog described how you can verify if the MSNBot you see crawling your site, is truly the MSNBot from Microsoft or some rogue spider trying to steal your content. Microsoft has added a way to look up the reverse DNS information for the IP of the bot and described what you should see, to ensure that it is the official MSNBot, if it is not, then you may want to block it or report it to Microsoft. A step by step guide is at the Live Search Blog. What about Googlebot? We covered that here....
  • Goodbye Search Engine Watch & Best Wishes!
    Today is my last day with Search Engine Watch, with me heading to my new digs at Search Engine Land tomorrow. I wanted to wish Search Engine Watch all the best going forward, plus help readers understand some of the changes that are happening. To do that best, I thought I'd go all the way back to the beginning, to the birth of Search Engine Watch....
  • Optimizing Search for the Visually Impaired
    Those of us with good eyesight often don't give much thought to the challenges visually impaired users face in reading, much less searching for, content on the web. However, there are some straightforward techniques that can improve usability for these users. And Google has developed an accessible search interface that also helps vision-impaired users. More on the merits and importance of accessibility in today's SearchDay article, Making Search Accessible to Visually Impaired Users....

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