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Daily SearchCast, Aug. 16, 2005: Yahoo & Miva Settle Patent Dispute, Paid Listings Program At Ask Opens Formally, Index Size Wars & More

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Today's search podcast covers Yahoo and Miva settling over a patent dispute about paid listings, the formal opening of the Ask Jeeves sponsored listings program, a written ruling about trademarks in search ads at Google, how most blog readers have no idea what RSS is, Rupert Murdock's interest in multimedia search engine Blinkx, how Google and Yahoo need to step back from the "who's biggest" debate, a new "block view" map service from A9, a new UC Berkeley center being formed to study search, how to find movie reviews and more.

Tune-in by listening to this MP3 file, listening via WebmasterRadio at 11:30am Eastern and repeated at 2pm Eastern or via our Odeo channel. Below are links about the stories that were discussed. Below are links with more information about the stories that were discussed.

Paid Search & SEM

Blogs & Feeds

  • Nielsen//NetRatings: 11% of Blog Readers use RSS covers how half of those surveyed in the US who are blog readers had never heard of RSS before, a further 16 percent had heard of it but had no idea what it does while 23 percent know of RSS but don't use it. The tiny minority left actually use RSS, 6.4 percent to read via a web aggregator and 5 percent to read using software.
  • Feedster Launches Top 500 Blog List on Feedster coming out with a new way for bloggers to know if they are hot or not.

Business Moves

  • Murdoch Wants Blinkx covers how Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. apparently wants to purchase multimedia search engine Blinkx.
  • Report: Yahoo Will Launch VoIP Service and What About a Google Wi-Fi Net? covers Yahoo perhaps going past PC-to-PC calling through Yahoo Messenger and into offering phone-to-phone calling over the internet. And speculation on Google perhaps offering universal, free wi-fi access, following on a broadband through power lines investment last month and a statement it sees promoting universal access as part of its mission.

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