Notable news and announcements from the web search world during the past month. Announcements without links to online versions were received via email.
Warning: The links and descriptions below are from official press releases, and may contain marketing hyperbole, claims or euphemisms not necessarily endorsed by Search Engine Watch.
Agence Virtuelle Launches Clicktracks In Europe
Agence Virtuelle has developed a European version of ClickTracks 4.0 software, a web traffic analysis tool designed to identify the behaviour of Internet users and measure the return on investment of online marketing campaigns.
Lycos Europe Launches New Version Of HotBot
Lycos Europe today launched a new version of its professional search engine HotBot with a new lean design and navigation concept that has been adapted from the US version.
By bringing together the best results from the Web's most popular search engines, the new Dogpile offers a fast way to search as much as 50% more of the Web than any single engine.
Findwhat.com today announced plans to acquire privately-owned Miva Corporation, a supplier of e-commerce software and services to small and medium-sized businesses, for $5.5 million, plus the assumption of approximately $2.5 million in notes and other liabilities.
Vivmsimo today announced the upcoming Release 4.0 of its award-winning Clustering Engine, which organizes internet or intranet search results on the fly into meaningful folders.
Google Enhances Froogle Product Search Engine
Today, Google announced new enhancements to Froogle. New features include Sort by price,View by picture and simplified navigation.
The new site was built from the ground up with end users in mind and seeks to make it as fast and easy as possible to locate and research businesses and to find people.
Intasys Corporation announced that it had received and accepted, subject to completion of due diligence, an offer for the sale of its wireless billing subsidiaries, Intasys Billing Technologies in order to concentrate exclusively on its meta-search engine and on-line marketing business, Mamma.com Inc.
As part of its entry into the Dutch market, Overture also announced it has signed search distribution agreements with portals including MSN, Lycos, HotBot, 1stekeuze, a large Dutch portal, as well as Ixquick, a meta search engine.
At launch, Overture's Spanish distribution partners include sites such as MSN, Tiscali, Lycos, Excite, Wanadoo, and Ya, a Spanish Internet Service Provider. In addition to its core paid placement product, Overture will be providing the Wanadoo Group in Spain with Web Search results from FAST.
FindWhat.com and Espotting are engaged in negotiations as a result of FindWhat.com's post-signing examination of Espotting's historical and projected financial performance. As a result of its examination, FindWhat.com is retracting all previous statements it has made regarding Espotting's historical and projected financial performance.
DealTime today officially became Shopping.com, reflecting the complete integration of DealTime and Epinions into a single site.
The product harvests information from over 25,000 hand selected, business-critical weblogs in real-time and enables corporate users to gain access to news, commentary and consumer opinion that resides within weblogs.
Yahoo Shopping is now integrated with Yahoo Search and has been completely redesigned with a new focus on comparison-shopping.
Under the terms of the revenue-sharing-based licensing agreement, FindWhat.com is to provide the technology and business operations expertise for Mitsui to launch a new keyword-targeted paid listings service in Japan. The service will employ the existing infrastructure and systems at FindWhat.com, which have been enhanced to accommodate the needs of international partners, including language differences.
Google now has 21 offices worldwide and more than 150,000 advertisers participating in the Google AdWords program. Google also announced the launch of www.google.es, the country domain for Google Spain, and the Google Toolbar 2.0 in Spanish.
Google Inc. today announced it acquired Kaltix Corp., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based search technology start-up. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Google will provide contextually-targeted ads to pages of Terra Lycos U.S. properties including Angelfire, HotWired, Lycos.com, Matchmaker, Quote, Raging Bull, Terra.com, Tripod, Webmonkey, WhoWhere and Wired.
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