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Search Headlines & Links: Nov. 27, 2006

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Below, a recap of stories posted today and since last Wednesday to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately. Note that the recap of our stories and headlines around the web are longer than normal due to us being largely off over the Thanksgiving holiday. There was a lot of catch-up to do!

From The SEW Blog...

  • Q&A On Google's Belgium News Agreements
    This week, news emerged about an agreement between Google and two Belgian author groups that were suing it over copyright issues. Below, a short Q&A on what this means for Google. Highlights: The case goes on with three other groups taking part, but large damages seem unlikely. The new deal gives especially seems to give Google photo rights. Google says it is not doing an about-face on opt-out in Denmark. More about these an other issues covered below, based on a talk with Google spokesperson Jessica Powell. Plus, some bonus stats on how much traffic newspapers get from search engines....
  • Matt Cutts On Site Problems & Mistakes To Avoid
    Ever wonder what is going through the head of a Matt Cutts (Googler) while he is sitting on a site reviews panel reviewing sites? Matt Cutts posted his detailed notes of the panel he did in Vegas at PubCon. He explains some on site problems and mistakes a webmaster should avoid. It is worth a read, because Matt totally kicked my coverage of that session....
  • The Complete Google Master Plan
    Google Operating Systems located and posted the Full Google Master Plan 1.0. Remember about a month and a half ago, the Google Master Plan was erased? Well, according to Google OS, said it was erased because it was getting a bit "crufty." The image was taken by Chris diBona, here it is:...
  • Search Forums Roundup: Nov. 27, 2006
    Today's SearchDay, Search Engine Forums Spotlight, features our weekly links to this week's hot topics from search engine forums across the web: Hack Your Competition Out of Organic Search - MSN And Yahoo Join Google With Sitemaps - How Local Search And SEM Relates - What to Look for When Purchasing Links? - What Tools Does An SEO Guru Use? and more....
  • Google Settles With Some Belgian Publishers Over Belgium News Inclusion
    Via Techmeme, news that Google has settled with two Belgian publishing groups involved in a lawsuit against it over content included in Google News Belgium. This comes a day after Google's legal case was reheard in an appeal. The settlement, following what seems a similar settlement with AP earlier this year, seems to open the door that Google is going to continue making such appeasements rather than fight cases in court....
  • Google Sending Out AdSense Holiday Gifts
    It is that time of the year again. We have our first report of a Google Adsense holiday gift from WebmasterWorld. The gift appears to be a 3.6 inch TFT digital photo frame. No pictures of the frame yet, but I hope someone emails one to me....
  • Google Video France Sued For Copyright Infringement
    Reuters reports Google France was sued by Flach Film, a French film producer, for copyright infringement. They claim their video, "The World According to Bush," was published on Google Video France, and viewed more 50,000 times, before Google removed the video. The French film producer estimates $648,700 in prejudice but Google said "our terms and conditions specify that users (Internet surfers) don't have permission to use videos which they don't own the rights to." Google has put away $200M for copyright case legal issues with the YouTube acquisition....
  • Google To Go To Belgium Court Finally
    The AP reports that Google is finally going to show up in court to present their side of the case in the Belgium copyright suit. Google has never showed up to fight the publishers and papers in Belgium the first time the case was heard....
  • Google Blog Results Search Creep
    Andy Boyd found Google testing blog search results at the bottom of the Google search results. He posted a screen capture here, as you can see, it is fairly similar to how they have integrated news archive results into Google search....
  • Yahoo Image Search Bug Showed Sex Images For Innocent Search
    Yesterday, on Thanksgiving, The Register reported that a search at Yahoo Images for franchise returned very offensive and disturbing images. I will not describe the images, but I saw them myself and as soon as I saw it, I emailed my contacts at Yahoo. Soon after the images were pulled from the search results. It seems to me that someone figured out a way to easily insert pornographic images into Yahoo images for a search term even with safe search on. The Register has blurred and censored screen captures of the first line of results....
  • Extended Indented Google Results Bug?
    Philipp Lenssen spotted listings with more than one indented results for a search on get fuzzy. The first two results were from comics.com and the two other indented results were from Yahoo News. All these results were under the first listing, so we had three indented results showing under the top listing. Typically, there is only one indented result and no more. I cannot replicate this, it seems like a weird bug that may have been fixed. Philipp has a screen capture of it in action....
  • Google Book Search Catches Victorian Plagiarists
    We tend to assume that plagiarism is a reasonably modern day phenomena but a fascinating article from Paul Collins "Dead Plagiarists Society" illustrates that is not always the case. In fact it would appear that Victorian authors stole work from earlier authors who in turn had stolen it from even earlier ones, and the article gives some nice examples of this. More importantly, it provides a fascinating use for Google Book Search, which I'd certainly not considered before, and it's actually a rather interesting experiment - take a partial sentence, plug it into book search and add words onto the...
  • SEM Certification & Training Courses
    The move toward offering certification and training in search marketing is accelerating. Here's a rundown on some new courses and developments I've heard of recently....

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