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Search Headlines & Links: May 12, 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:

Today From The SEW Blog...

  • Search Forums Roundup: May 12, 2006
    Today's SearchDay, Search Engine Forums Spotlight, features our weekly links to this week's hot topics from search engine forums across the web: Dear Matt Cutts, I Want To Know About... Yahoo and Telemundo in Online Deal to Grab More Latino Internet Users - Two Emerging SEO Certification Programs - Are Meta Tags Still Necessary? - Microsoft Invests in Analytics Firm DeepMetrix, and more....
  • del.icio.us Adds Inline Editing
    The del.icio.us blog announced that they have added a few more features, including inline bookmark editing and prettier URLs. The changes enable users "edit and arrange your bookmarks much more quickly" and enhance the ability to "get at the conversation around the links." More details at the del.icio.us blog....
  • Microsoft Fires Back at Google Over IE7 Complaint
    News.com reports that Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, feels Google is asking for special treatment with the whole controversy on IE7 defaulting the search to MSN Search. Ballmer explains that if you configured IE to use Yahoo search, then when you upgrade to IE7, Yahoo will remain as the default. Only when you get a new computer, will the default search be MSN Search. Also, if you want to change that, the first option in the list is Ask.com, since the search engines are sorted alphabetically. More food for thought off Danny's last comment on this....
  • 5% Of Search Results Lead To "Dangerous Sites"
    Andy Beal reports on a Wall Street Journal article that claims 9% of paid search ads lead to "dangerous sites." Three-percent of organic results lead to risky sites, in comparison to the PPC ads. So on average, the article shows that "roughly 5% of the search results on average were risky sites." The SiteAdvisor study estimates a searcher will click to an "unsafe site from a search engine once every 15 days." Risky sites are defined as sites that can "infect consumers' personal computers or expose them to nuisances such as spam email." Postscript by Detlev Johnson: You can find...
  • Google's CEO & Founders Keep Control Over Google
    News.com reports that Google has kept the criticized dual class stock ownership structure. The dual structure gives Class B stockowners 10 votes per share, where Class A stock owners have 1 vote per share. Guess who the only Class B stockowners are today? You got it, only the CEO Eric Schmidt and founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. More details on the politics involved at News.com....
  • Gmail Adds "Gmail Pictures"
    Garett Rogers reports that Gmail has announced the addition of Gmail Pictures. Gmail pictures allows you to add a picture of yourself or for your contacts. To add your own picture follow this instructions, to add a picture for your contacts follow this instructions. You can also define who can and cannot see your picture, more on that here....
  • Preview Of Google Notebook
    Google will be launching Google Notebook next week, but if you want to take a sneak peek, you can so. Philipp Lenssen found several screen captures released on Flickr already....

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


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