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...
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I'm on a campaign to get more people to try our new subscribed link service at Google. It's easy and free. Just click here to subscribe and you'll get headlines from us related to search at the top of Google search results pages like this: More about our service is covered here. Like ours? You can find those from others here and here, with the latter being a place where you can submit your own or learn more about making them. But hey! Don't forget to subscribe to ours!...
SearchCast, May 23, 2006: Google Removes Sites Over Hate Speech From News;
Google Bug Makes Your Site Seem To Disappear; MSN Gives ODP Description
Opt-Out (Hurray!) & More!
Today's search podcast covers Google removing some sites from Google News over hate speech issues; a bug that causes Google to report fewer pages indexed than it actually has for your site; MSN goes where other search engines have yet to go, offering an opt-out for Open Directory titles and descriptions being forced upon your listings and more! Tune-in by listening to this MP3 file, listening via WebmasterRadio at 11:30am Eastern and repeated at 2pm Eastern Tuesday through Friday, via our Odeo channel or through iTunes via this link (or use alternative iTunes instructions explained here) or though our Yahoo...
Scandoo Tool Scans for Scumware in Search Results
The reports of hackers poisoning search results by optimizing landing pages that included links to viruses, spyware and other malware alarmed many people. Now a free new service called Scandoo serves as a front-end to Ask, Google, MSN Search and Yahoo, scanning results for potential nasties. It identifies potential threats in real-time without requiring a plug-in or download. "Clean" results are labeled with a green checkmark; those with potential threats are labeled with a red "X" (see it in action with this search for "warez"). More about Scandoo and how it works here....
Upgrades Amazon Online Reader
Gary Price has a detailed & step-by-step write up on the new Amazon Online Reader. You can view the new look for the reader by clicking here. The new features include; search for words within the pages, scroll from page to page (looks AJAX like), and a zoom feature. More details at Gary and/or at Amazon....
Eric Schmidt Interviewed on CNBC
ResourceShelf points to a CNBC interview of Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt. The two-part interview goes over the "plan B" for Google's growth, Google the "portal," the competitive landscape, the CNET controversy, Bill Gates comments about Google, Wall Street, the international front, and finally click fraud. A few things I will put out for you is that Google wants to increase "targeted ads" for all media, Google won't call itself a portal, content companies are not competitors, there is a difference between public information being available and publicizing that information, and Asia is a growing market that Google will be aiming...
Removing News Sources For Hate Speech
NewsBusters.org reports that Google has removed two Islamic sites from the Google News index for "hate speech." Google cited three examples of articles that Google News readers reported to them, including this one and this one. Philipp Lenssen has a nice write up on the subject here. It is also important to note that Google has not removed the site from the Google Web search index, site:www.michnews.com returns almost 33,000 results....
In Partnership Talks With Google & Microsoft
The Financial Times reports that MySpace, the huge social networking site, is in talks with Google and Microsoft over partnership opportunities to better monetize MySpace with contextual and search ads. MySpace, that has "nearly 80m registered users", is seeking a search company, like Google or Microsoft to "supply internet searches on its pages, along with adverts tied to results." The Financial Times says that Yahoo is "less interested," possibly because they have their own consumer generated content going on there. This deal can be huge for both Google and Microsoft, and also MySpace....
Live Local Maps UK With Aerial Imagery
Loren Baker spotted a LiveSide post noting that Windows Live Local has added UK aerial imagery coverage. LiveSide explains that they are still lacking Birds-Eye feature at many UK cities, but expect improvements to that feature by the "end of the summer."...
Base Live in UK & Germany
Philipp notes that Google Base is now live in the UK and Germany. The UK version is at http://www.google.co.uk/base/ and the German version is at http://www.google.de/base/....
Other Things We Read, Didn't Blog But You Might Want To Read...
- Techmeme's in the Sandbox, SEOmoz (ouch -- Yahoo, MSN & Ask have it right but not Google!)
- The One Bit of Info Google Withholds: How It Works, Los Angeles Times
- McNealy: Google opaque friend, IBM top rival, ZDNet
- Europe is failing to exploit internet, says Google chief, Daily Telegraph
- Google to reintegrate products in bid to keep control, The Times (of London)
- Google users promised artificial intelligence, The Guardian
- Commercializing The World, Google Style, InternetNews.com
- Internet searches: Librarians do it better, Reuters
- What Agencies Need to Know About Local, ClickZ
- SEW Live Seattle Wrapup, SEOmoz
- Yahoo Shaking Up Its Media Division, Los Angeles Times
- Yahoo! Revamps Media Group, The Street
- Yahoo Under Fire for Flawed Data, Korea Times
- Microsoft Bolsters Perks, Pay to Avert Worker Exodus, Bloomberg
- Microsoft Contractors to Take 7 Days Off, Associated Press
- Click Fraud 101 - Part 1: Definitions and Culprits, SearchViews
- First Issue of the Search Marketing Standard Released, Search Engine Roundtable
- Quest for a Euro-Google, BBC
- Think Organic, Act Paid, ClickZ
- Google eyes overseas markets as keys to expansion: MSNBC
- Coming this Summer: Free Access to Thousands of eBooks via The World eBookFair, Resource Shelf
- Are You A Link Whore?, Eric Ward
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