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...
Historical Maps With Current World In Google Earth
Google Earth in 4D from Googling Google is a very nice catch about how Google Earth now allows you to view historical maps within the software. Want to see how people thought the world used to look, before all those satellites were taking pictures? A new layer makes this possible....
Video Getting Caption Search; Customizing The Player & More Features
This weekend, the Google Operating System blog wrote up a trifecta on Google Video. It explained that Google Video is apparently to allow you to search inside videos by matching captioning information, if provided. Eventually, Google Video keyword alters are also to be offered. Google OS also highlighted that Google is offering more stats on a particular video's usage, such as number of views, the overall rank, the number of views from yesterday, yesterday's rank and more. Finally, Google OS showed ways to customize the embedded Google Video player to make it larger, smaller, loop, add send buttons and other...
Publisher Network Executives Leaving Yahoo
PaidContent.org has confirmation of rumors from Valleywag that two top executives in the Yahoo Publisher Network group are leaving Yahoo. Bill Demas, the Senior VP of Yahoo Publishing Network, is departing Yahoo to "pursue his goal of leading a small company or venture." Also, Will Johnson, VP and GM, of Yahoo Publishing Network won't be with YPN much longer. Yahoo says that Josh Siegel will replace Will Johnson....
Updates 3rd Party Sitemaps Generator Tools Directory
The Google Webmaster Central Blog informed us that they have updated their Sitemaps Third Party Programs & Websites page. So if some past tools did not work, give this new list a chance....
Schmidt Says Cell Phones Should Be Free
CNN Money reports that Google's CEO Eric Schmidt saying, "Your mobile phone should be free." He said Google has no plans to give phones away itself, but he foresees advertising making phones free or near free, in the way newspapers are....
Ranks Google Video Questioning Iran's Authority Over Tabriz
Via Valleywag and The Guardian, Iran is upset with Google over ranking a Google Video too high in the Google results. The video titled Tabriz - Azerbaijan describes that the ancient city Tabriz is located in Southern Azerbaijan, suggestion it shouldn't be part of Iran. A Google search on [tabriz azerbaijan] shows the Google Video as (currently) number one with a snippet that reads; "This video shows Tabriz, a city in Southern Azerbaijan, currently in the territory of Iran." A search for [tabriz] shows this result at the bottom of the first page or top of second page. Iran is...
2006 Search Marketing Survey
SEMPO has been surveying search marketers since the inception of the organization. Kevin Lee wrote a ClickZ article asking search marketers to Voice Your Opinion. SEMPO surveys provide very insightful data, statistics and research for the industry. So please take the time to complete the survey over here. You will be given the results when the report is completed....
On Google's Copyright Conflicts From Me & New York Times
A Struggle Over Dominance and Definition is good New York Times article out today that looks at Google and whether it is a media company that conflicts with other media owners, especially in terms of using content from others without permission. It also sparked me to finally finish a long piece I've been meaning to do on Google, search engines and copyright issues. Search Engines, Permissions & Moving Forward In Copyright Battles is now up over at my personal blog Daggle, covering the important difference between indexing and reprinting, how robots.txt already provides a permissions system, why Google should...
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- Can 24-Hour [Search Engine] Embargo Help Newspapers?, MediaPost
- What if online portals had nothing but 'digital fish wrap'?, San Francisco Chronicle
- Valleywag Release Candidate 2 (AKA, Nick Douglas out at or leaves Valleywag), Valleywag
- A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web, Wired
- God Loves Google, Yahoo Can Go to Hell, Google Watch
- Podcast: Who Sends More Traffic, Google News or Digg? Groowe Toolbar Gets Bookmarking Support; Worry Over Live Search Listings Bug & More!, Daily SearchCast
- Thoughts on the State of Search, O'Reilly Radar
- Quigo Provides PPC Ads For Another Major Newspaper, Search Marketing & ROI Technology
- Confabb: Find, Track and Review Conferences, TechCrunch
- Pictures of SEO People, Jim Boykin
- Google Apps for Your Domain Expands to Include the Start Page for Organizations, Google Press Release
- Updates to Live.com, live.com blog
- Live.com to Support Google Universal Gadgets, LiveSide.net
- Farecast introduces way to lock into a low fare, VentureBeat
- Global Warming - Will the Stern Report Dampen Demand for Cheap Flights?, Hitwise
- Google Checkout ready to go international?, Googling Google
- It's a Beautiful Sweet Red Day in the Arbitrage-Hood, Traffick
- Microsoft adCenter Policy on Multiple Ads per Advertiser, adCenter blog
- Google UK/Canada, Ask.com, and Yahoo UK/Canada Offer Special Logos for Rememberance Day and Veterans Day, ResourceShelf
- The SBS Interview: Jon Glick, pt. 1, Small Business SEM
- Pranesh Anthapur takes over as CEO for Yahoo! R &D, ZDNet
- Exclusive Interview with Shashi Seth - Product Manager for Google Co-Op, Vinny Lingham
- Beyond Words on a Page and Linkage Data, ClickZ
- ClickZ Marketing Excellence Awards 2006 Winners, ClickZ
- Google & Autos: Life Beyond Search, iMedia Connection
- Top 10 Search Terms in 10 Categories, October 2006, ClickZ
- Google downplays video lawsuit, Macworld
- Microsoft Launches Aggreg8: Not Good, TechCrunch
- Lycos - Dead Men Limping, Threadwatch
- Live Labs vs. Microsoft Research, SEO By The Sea
- New CSE Role Models, Official Google Custom Search Blog
- Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense, New York Times
- Why the New York Times is announcing Web 3.0, Valleywag
- Web 2.0 isn't dead, but Web 3.0 is bubbling up, Techmeme
- The hot thing at Web 2.0 Summit: Photosynth, Robert Scoble
- From the Labs: Photosynth, O'Reilly Radar
- Saying Hello to PixLogic: Image Search Technology: Mimicking Human Sight to Mine Image Content, ResourceShelf
- KnowledgeSearch.org: Beyond Keyword Searches: Exploring Texts with the Semantic Engine, ResourceShelf.com
- Yahoo! Shopping Needs a Facelift, ComparisonEngines.com
- Microsoft says Gmail is a virus, Googling Google
- Listen To Podcasts On Any Phone, TechCrunch
- 10 Signs You're Dating an SEO, SEOmoz
- Looking for a Library on Google Local, SEO By The Sea
- Andrei Broder talk on information supply, Geeking With Greg
- Video of interview of Paul Graham, Joho The Blog
- Making Use of Google Search History, Google Operating System
- Keep track of your Maps searches, too, Official Google Blog
- Wink Now Searches MySpace, LinkedIn and Bebo, TechCrunch
- Times Are NOT Troubled For SEO Firms, MediaPost
- Search Marketing Standard Winter Issue Coming, Marketing Pilgrim
- Got .gov?, SEO BlackHat
- .gov Hosting on ebay, Dave Naylor
- Wordpress.com doesn't allow PayPerPost and other SEO gaming, Robert Scoble
- Nike.com gets taken to task over its search mistakes, Natural Search Blog
- The number of pages Googlebot crawls, Official Google Webmaster Central Blog
- Study Finds Google Favors Wikipedia, Micro Persuasion
- Knowing when to hold 'em, Evan Williams
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