The Week in Review

A Niche Search Engine for eBusiness
SearchDay, Jan. 30, 2003
eBizSearch is an experimental search engine that focuses on a very small niche: academic and commercially produced articles and reports about e-Business.

Searching for Public Records
SearchDay, Jan. 29, 2003
Many governments have put public records online, but all too often in Invisible web databases that can't be found by search engines. The Search Systems Public Records Locator can help.

Listen to the World
SearchDay, Jan. 28, 2003
It's easy to use the Internet to listen to news, public affairs and entertainment programming from around the world -- if you know how to find online radio stations. Here's how.

What if Amazon Were Free?
SearchDay, Jan. 27, 2003
Online Books has links to more than 18,000 English works in various formats that are all free for personal, noncommercial use.

Recommended Reading

Beginning today, the Recommended Reading feature replaces the Elsewhere at feature.

Paid Content Trend Is Dangerous (But Not for the Reason You Think)
Editor & Publisher, Jan. 27, 2003

Online content guru Steve Outing on the "premium content" trend: "News search engines, which send plenty of user traffic to news sites, won't see or refer their users to such material. And that has potentially dire implications for both hybrid-revenue-model news sites and for the search engines."

Any Text. Anytime. Anywhere. (Any Volunteers?)
Wired Magazine, Issue 11.02 - Feb. 2003

Wired takes a look at the successes and failures of Project Gutenberg. "The mechanics of a universal library are simple. The tricky part: harnessing the free labor."

Deep Linking
Free Pint, Jan. 23, 2003

Invisible web authority Paul Pedley on the legalities of deep linking: "What can we deduce from the body of case law that exists? The internet is truly global, but there isn't a single consistent message that we can take away from the cases which have been heard in different jurisdictions around the world."

SearchKing update: Preliminary Injunction Denied
Lawmeme, Jan. 24, 2003

James Grimmelmann on the SearchKing vs. Google lawsuit: "The ruling is definitely a Google victory. In essence, Judge Miles-LaGrange adopted Google's overall view of the case. Crucially, she adopted Google's argument that its PageRanks are "opinions" protected under the First Amendment, rather than demonstrably false 'facts.'"

The Lord Of the Webs
The Washington Post, Jan. 30, 2003

Leslie Walker comments on web creator Tim Berners-Lee's progress report on the semantic web: "Listening to him describe what the future could hold if everyone agreed to use common Web vocabularies makes me think he sees something special once again."

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Top internet stories
Web hijacker snares victims...
BBC Jan 31 2003 12:48PM GMT
Internet: international news
Europes best online music library goes nationwide...
Copenhagen Post Jan 31 2003 12:32PM GMT
Online content news
Surfer 'getting smarter' about Web info...
ZDNet Jan 31 2003 10:42AM GMT
Top internet stories
Internet beams out into space...
BBC Jan 31 2003 9:11AM GMT
Domain name news
Massive Data Spill at Network Solutions/Verisign...
Extreme Tech Jan 31 2003 6:40AM GMT
Online search engines news
Search Engine Cloaking Is Always A Bad Idea...
High Rankings Jan 31 2003 5:03AM GMT
Online legal issues news
Evidence torpedoes SBC web patent...
The Register Jan 31 2003 2:38AM GMT
Online search engines news
Interview with search engine expert Chris Ridings - discusses Google, Page Rank and SearchKing...
Search Engine Blog Jan 30 2003 10:57PM GMT
Slate: Is Google's 'monopoly' fair?...
Slate Magazine Jan 30 2003 9:07PM GMT
Top internet stories
Worm attack heightens Net terrorism concern... Jan 30 2003 6:35AM GMT
Online marketing news
D.I.Y. Tools That Leave Spam D.O.A...
New York Times Jan 30 2003 2:15AM GMT
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AltaVista To Set Up Shop, Revs Up For Hindi Engine...
Financial Express Jan 30 2003 0:34AM GMT
Domain name news
New .org registry reports smooth transition...
Demys Jan 29 2003 7:18PM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.