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Search Headlines & Links: September 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...

  • Nokia To Integrate Live Search Into Mobile Devices
    Echoing earlier deals with Yahoo and Google, Nokia, the world's largest mobile handset maker, has said it will integrate Microsoft's Live search into its mobile search offering. Here's more from Reuters. The handset makers are doing deals with search brands, while the carriers (at least in the U.S.) are seeking to favor their own search solutions over Google and Yahoo for fear that they'll be bypasssed, just as most Internet ISPs have been online....
  • Flickr/Zooomr/Photo Sharing Marketer Wanted
    I have exactly one spot left for a speaker at our SES Multimedia event happening in October in Los Angeles. I'm looking for someone who generates traffic via Flickr, Zooomr or other photo sharing sites to do a 15 minute presentation for our Images & Search Engines panel. I don't need someone to talk about spider-based search engines. I'm covered on that front. Interested? Read the general speaking and pitching instructions here. Then get in touch by next Tuesday, September 24. The instructions say that all sessions are closed. That's true -- except for this one particular spot. So if...
  • KinderStart Issues An Amended Complaint Against Google
    Eric Goldman wrote that KinderStart has issued a 63 page second amended complaint against Google. KinderStart lost their first case against Google back in July of this year - that case was, in my opinion, ridiculous. This new complaint is even worse. The 43(B)log summarizes the complaints, calling many of them "incomprehensible." Eric Goldman says "I expect Google will file a motion to dismiss, which the judge will grant, at least in part (at minimum, to eliminate the Violation of Free Speech claim). I expect Google to go on the counter-offensive and renew its anti-SLAPP motions."...
  • Chicago Tribune Does Big Search Package
    The Chicago Tribune is running a big package on search today. There's little new or suprrising for regular readers of this blog, but you might find it interesting to see how a mainstream newspaper tries to dive into the search wars. Gunning For Google hosts the package from there, you find.......
  • Google Book Search Adds "Find It At The Library" Link
    The Google Book Search blog announced a feature named "Find this book in a library." How does it work? I went to a book and clicked on the Find this book in a library, which takes you to the OCLC Worldcat. Then you type in your postal code, state, province or country. I entered in a NYC zip code, 10010 into the search box. Then I clicked on the first result and ended up at this page that showed me that the status is available. More details at Google Book Search Help Center....
  • Mining for SEO Gold in Search Engine Patents
    The major search engines are all frequent filers of patent applications. While most of these documents make for fascinating reading, do they offer any useful clues for optimizing web pages that might give search marketers an edge? Maybe, maybe not, said a panel at a recent Search Engine Strategies conference. Shari Thurow was there and has more on the session in today's SearchDay article, Do Patents Point to SEO Gold?....
  • Bush Bio Changes For Miserable Failure Query Due To White House Change
    Since 2004, a search on Google and Yahoo for "miserable failure" has almost always ranked the the official George W. Bush biography tops. Link bombing, as I've covered here, caused it to happen. But yesterday, folks at Threadwatch spotted that it has changed. What happened? The White House moved the bio to a new page, which has caused the old page to disappear for that search temporarily. Now, at least for me, the bio is ranking tops again at a new location. The change is something a future president probably won't like....
  • SideStep Launches Syndication Platform, Partners with Forbes.com
    SideStep today launched its syndication platform, "a simple and easily customizable platform that provides a consistent user experience between SideStep.com and partners who want to incorporate SideStep's award winning travel search technology into their own sites." While I'm still waiting for a strong API affiliate program from one of the travel search engines, this is a step in the right direction. Sure beats trying to compete with the OTAs (Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz) on the pay per click (PPC) engines. In conjunction with the new syndication platform, SideStep announced its first partner, Forbes.com, which launched the luxury travel site ForbesTraveler.com. Not...

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