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Search Headlines & Links: July 31, 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...

  • Microsoft, Google & Yahoo Make Business Week's Top 100 Best Global Brands
    ResourceShelf reports on the Business Week Top 100 Global Brands release from this week. You can see from the interactive table that Microsoft remained in the number two slot, Google moved up to number 24 from the 38th position in 2005, and Yahoo also moved up to 55 from the 58th position in 2005....
  • NASDAQ Error Sends Google's Stock Price Down To $38
    The New York Sun reports that on Thursday, during after hours trading, Google's stock price fell accidentally by $350 to about $38, due to some glitch. Reportedly, "someone from a Nasdaq member firm punched in an erroneous figure to commence a trade," which caused the error. Thursday, between 4:10 p.m. and 4:12 p.m., prices for Google stock were as low as $38. At 5:01 p.m. NASDAQ disclosed their decision to "cancel all after-hours trades in Google that were at or below $352.07." So for those of you that thought you made it big, I am sorry. And for those that...
  • Yahoo Finance Hacked & Defaced
    Zone-H reports that earlier today, Yahoo's Finance section at biz.yahoo.com was hacked into and defaced. I have not seen any official confirmation or report from Yahoo on this story. They have mirrored the defacement here and here....
  • Google Trends Launched In China
    Philipp Lenssen reports that Google Labs just posted a link to Google Trends China. Google Trends was launched on May 10th and gives users the ability to look at search volume over time by keyword and broken down by other variables, such as regions and language. I would suspect Google Trends in China applies the same or similar filters and censorship that Google China web search applies....
  • Google To Change Arabic Translation Of "Gay"
    PinkNews reports that Google has agreed to change the Arabic translation of the word "gay" within Google's translation tool. Now, I don't know Arabic, but reportedly, the translation Google provides is equivalent to the word sodomite, which is derogatory. PinkNews says Google has "vowed to ameliorate the issue shortly."...
  • Google News Search Engine Explained
    Philipp Lenssen has an excellent write up on How Google News Indexes. He goes through how news sources get included, how news stories are clustered together, which sources get found on the Google News home page, and then some other tips. Philipp also explains how the news breaking source normally gets the top spot in the results and how to create content specifically for Google News. This can make a very useful and interesting read for anyone interested in Google News....

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