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."...
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.......
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....
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....
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...
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- MeeVee beefs up TV/IPTV search, saying there's too much clutter, Silicon Beat
- Wikipedia Ads on AdSense? "Not Ours," they say, ClickZ
- Podcast: Bush Gone, Then Back, For Miserable Failure Search; Google's Indexing Fight In Belgium & More!, Daily SearchCast
- My Trip Inside the Manhattan Googleplex, Google Watch
- Video ads tips and tricks (part 2 of 3), Inside AdWords
- Time Warner Sells AOL France To Neuf Cegetel For $365 Million, PaidContent.org
- What Happens When The Whole World Becomes Searchable?, MediaPost
- PodZinger's Alex Laats on Financials, APIs and a PodZinger Advertising Network, Search Engine Lowdown
- Monitor 110 brings blog intelligence to Wall Street, Silicon Valley Watcher
- Trulia Expands, Gets Local, GigaOM
- Google Israel Rosh Hashana Logo, Google Blogoscoped
- Dell battery explodes at Yahoo HQ, hundreds evacuate, Engadget
- Microsoft Fixes Referral Bug in Windows Live Search, Search Engine Roundtable
- The GooglePray META Tag, Search Engine Roundtable
- The ROI on Link Bait, SEO Book.com
- Lingering Reports of a Very Inaccurate Google Site Command Search, Search Engine Roundtable
- Google Launches Pay Per Call in India?, Search Engine Roundtable
- Google testing Sun's OpenSolaris, sources say, Computerworld
- Google AdWords Under the Microscope, iMedia Connection
- Yahoo 'to buy Facebook for $1bn', BBC
- Facebook Flirts With a Big-Money Deal, Wall Street Journal
- YouTube's Magic Number - $1.5 Billion, TechCrunch
- YouTube's got a fat idea of itself, New York Post
- del.icio.us BBQ Birthday Party at Yahoo!, Jeremy Zawodny
- Google Checkout Integrates with Froogle, Google Operating System
- Getting the Info to the End User: Ask.com's RSS Smart Answers Continue, Not Only Blogs, ResourceShelf
- The Google Book From 1913, Google Blogoscoped "That horrid Google - On the prowl!!!"
- Google Looking for Writers, Google Blogoscoped
- Chris Sacca latest Google angel investor, VentureBeat
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