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Search Headlines & Links: Nov. 21, 2006

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Below, 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...

  • Tracking All The Official Google Blogs
    It can seem like Google adds a new official blog every week, which is a pain if you want to keep up with the official statements. Who wants to manually subscribe to each one? Well, you don't have to. Google tells me there's a feed they generate out of Google Reader that you can try here. An OPML file that shows all the blogs that are part of that combined feed can be found here. Unfortunately, you still can't go to a single page from Google itself and read all the latest posts from the various Google blogs. That...
  • Web Increasingly Used For Local Service Business Searches
    Local online marketing firm WebVisible conducted an online survey this past August regarding Internet usage to find a local service business. The survey used Nielsen//NetRatings' online panel and asked about behavior within the past 90 days. Among more than 2,800 consumer responses, 70% had used the Internet to search for a local service business in the past three months. (Roughly 78% of the US adult population is online.) Almost 90% found search to be “somewhat effective” or “very effective” in finding local services in their area. And 68% said they would most likely use the phone number on the website...
  • New Sitemaps For Google News
    Is your site included in Google News? Is your site in English? If so, you just got new support from Google Sitemaps. You can submit your news articles for inclusion and also monitor crawling stats. More from Google in Introducing Sitemaps for Google News....
  • Google Breaks $500 Per Share
    For fun, my MSN Direct watch is set to show the stock prices of all the major search engines. It only works in the US, and I wish I were there now to capture a screen from it showing Google having broken the $500 per share mark. AP has a longer story on it here. It's around $503 when I looked just now. No doubt Safa Rashtchy at Piper Jaffray is keeping his fingers crossed (along with thousands of Googlers) that it will keep going. Earlier this year, Safa predicted a $600 price point by the end of 2006....
  • Steve Berkowitz Of Microsoft (Windows Live) News.com Interview
    News.com has an extensive interview with Microsoft's Steve Berkowitz, who formerly worked at Ask.com. He goes over the current market, Microsoft's advantages and challenges, and how they want to compete with Google....
  • Answers.com Integrates Yahoo Answers Into Content
    Answers.com announced that they have integrated Yahoo Answers directly into their content. So if you do a search at Answers.com, you should see at the bottom right portion of the page, a box for Yahoo Answers results that match on those keywords. Gary Price has more sample searches and expert opinion on this integration....
  • Google Beats Microsoft, Yahoo As College Grad Choice
    Online Recruitment reports on a CollegeGrad.com poll showing Google is the most desired place for technology students to work for. The poll asked 1,600 respondents in October "Who would you rather work for?" The results: Google - 49% Microsoft - 29% Yahoo - 12% IBM - 10%...
  • Can Developers & API Save Yahoo From Its Peanut Butter Crisis
    Danny reported yesterday on the internal Yahoo memo that called for Yahoo to make cut backs due to them spreading out the Yahoo resources like peanut butter. In reaction to that Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo wrote Yahoo's Peanut Butter APIs which is strongly supported by News.com's Yahoo seeks geek credibility. Jeremy argues that APIs are part of the solution to the problem of being "everything to everyone." The News.com article explains that this is part of Yahoo's appeal. I tend to agree with Jeremy's argument, but as he said, "Brad is very right about some things and terribly wrong about...
  • Norway Upset With Google News Over Copyright Laws
    Pandia reports that Google News is in trouble again over copyright laws overseas. Google News Norway was launched and publishers are upset that Google is placing copyrighted images in the Google News home page. Mediebedriftenes Landsforening, an association of Norwegian media companies, claims Google "cannot make use of photographs without a proper agreement." This form of syndication is in "violation with Norwegian copyright law," says Dagens NÊringsliv....

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