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Search Headlines & Links: June 28, 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...

  • Google Book Search Wins Victory In German Challenge
    I wrote earlier this month of a French lawsuit becoming the third one I knew about filed against Google over its book scanning project. Turns out, there was a fourth one -- based out of Germany. But now we're back to three, as Google has just announced that the German one has been withdrawn....
  • Daily SearchCast, June 28, 2006: Digg Goes Beyond Tech; Google Earth & Real-Time Tracking; funny Yahoo-related videos; Google Water & More!
    Today's search podcast covers Digg's relaunch taking it beyond technology news, FeedBurner's ad plans; Google's challenge in enterprise search; Google Earth and real-time tracking, funny Yahoo videos, Google water and more!
  • KinderStart.com To Be Heard In Court Friday On Google Penalizing Site
    Webuser reports that the KinderStart.com lawsuit against Google for penalizing their site will be heard in court this Friday. It is not clear if there will be a ruling on Friday, the article does state that the judge "will rule at 9am in California (5pm BST) on nine counts, including whether or not Google should warn sites about changes in their ranking as well as on financial damages KinderStart is seeking." Can you imagine the buzz and controversy in the SEO community if Google loses the case?...
  • Google Loses French Lawsuit Over Vuitton Trademark
    I just got word that Google lost the French lawsuit we reported on Monday involving the Louis Vuitton trademark. I do not have any more details at the moment, only that they lost. I will try to update this entry when I have more information. Postscript: I was just sent this information from Bloomberg news. "Google Inc. must pay LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA 300,000 euros ($375,800) for breaching copyright rules with its advertising service, a French Appellate court ruled."...
  • Google Book Search Scans Books By Hand?
    Philipp Lenssen reports on how Google actually scans in books for the Google Book Search service. Yes, it seems like Google does it all by hand! Take a look at page three of The Trial and Death of Socrates. Now that is funny....
  • Google and Yahoo Come to the Aid of Craigslist
    As many people already know, Craigslist is being sued under federal housing discrimination law for allowing the posting of allegedly discriminatory ads seeking certain types or classes of roommates and tenants (e.g., based on religious affiliation or sexual preference). Legally you can't post those kinds of ads in the newspaper and the newspaper that runs them is liable for housing discrimination. For those interested, here's a copy of the complaint (pdf format) against Craigslist....
  • 'Point and Search' on Japanese Cellphones
    The NY Times covers "Point and Click" mobile local search in Japan on GPS-enabled mobile phones using technology from American firm GeoVector. I wrote about GeoVector's technology and the very different user paradigm it represents earlier this year. Beyond the intriguing possibilities of tying together the mobile and physical worlds, there are two things that are quite interesting about the technology and use case: 1) it accommodates the current limitations of cellphones and 2) it's more "passive" than other forms of mobile local search. In other words, the input mechanism is more like taking a picture than "triple tapping."...
  • FeedBurner CEO, Dick Costolo, Interviewed By Business 2.0 Magazine
    CNN Money has an Business 2.0 interview with Dick Costolo, FeedBurner's CEO. The article discusses the challenge FeedBurner had raising capital for such a new technology, RSS. It also discusses their recent success and future challenges (RSS ads, Google, etc.). Read the article named Redefining the RSS feed....
  • Google Not The Leader In Enterprise Search
    Google is synonymous with "search," everyone knows that, some people hate it and some people love it. An Investors Business Daily article reviews enterprise search and Google's role in that niche. The article explains "enterprise search is a different animal from Web search," that linkage data is not "aren't ideal for helping people find specific data on large private networks." So who are the other players the article mentions? Autonomy, Fast Search & Transfer, IBM's OmniFind, Endeca, and upcoming rival Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search 10g....
  • Some Funny & Crazy Yahoo Videos On YouTube
    Loren Baker posted some of the funniest and craziest videos he found on YouTube related to Yahoo. If you have time to only watch one video, I recommend watching the first one. Pretty funny stuff. Other videos include, Tom Cruise's Yahoo visit, David Filo and Jerry Yang commercial, "Yahoo Cubicle Craziness," and some others. Check them out at Search Engine Journal....
  • Marine Selling "Google Water" For Military Families Charity
    Boing Boing links to a Marine who just got back from Iraq. The Marine posted on his blog that he began selling "Google Water" on auction to raise money for The Fisher House, an organization that helps military families in need. Google and eBay shut down his auction, "due to copyright violations," but he still has some left over Google Water. He is looking to sell them for a bottle for $500 and give that money to the Fisher House....
  • Dell To Use Google Earth To Provide Enhanced Tech Support
    The Detroit News reports that Dell is going to use Google Earth as a tool to enhanced their technical support services. The new tech support service, to be released today, is named "Platinum Plus." Platinum Plus subscribers will be given access to "Google Earth Pro to see in real-time how the Round Rock company is responding to technical support issues around the globe." Dell and Google have some recent past positive relationships this just adds to that list....
  • David Beach Leaves Yahoo For Start Up Wink
    Brian Smith notes that the senior product manager of Yahoo Shopping Search, David Beach, has decided to leave Yahoo after five years. Beach confirmed his departure from Yahoo on his blog, stating that Yahoo could not provide "the kind of opportunity that Wink is providing." Wink, a social search engine, "analyzes tags and submissions from Digg, Furl, Slashdot, Yahoo MyWeb, and other services, plus user-imported tags from del.icio.us, and favorites marked at Wink, and figure out which pages are most relevant through our TagRank (tm) algorithms." Should be a fun move for Beach....
  • Social News Site Digg Adds New Categories, Features
    Sites that rely on user generated content are all the rage these days, from online encyclopedia Wikipedia to social bookmark sites like Del.ico.us. Digg relies on its 300,000 users to suggest important news stories from sites all over the web, and promotes those that get the most "diggs" (votes) to its front pages, providing a collective view of what web users think are the most important stories of the moment. Earlier this week the site rolled out new subject areas and tools that make it easier to drill down on the types of news that interests you personally and ignore...
  • New Search Patent Applications: June 27, 2006 - Searching Amongst Malicious Web Sites
    Microsoft's patent applications from the end of last week include ways for search engines to scan malicious web sites, clustering queries for more relevant searches, and extracting feature and formatting information from pages. IBM introduces a new query dependent page ranking algorithm, and a way to preload the URLs of a site into your history file before you've ever visited. Xerox searches for more meaningful snippets, Alcatel takes the PC out of search, and replaces it with TV, and British Telecommunications describes a way to make user profiles more helpful in returning search results....

Other Things We Read, Didn't Blog But You Might Want To Read...


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