Search Headlines & Links: Nov. 13, 2006

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...

  • Merge Historical Maps With Current World In Google Earth
    Google Earth in 4D from Googling Google is a very nice catch about how Google Earth now allows you to view historical maps within the software. Want to see how people thought the world used to look, before all those satellites were taking pictures? A new layer makes this possible....
  • Google Video Getting Caption Search; Customizing The Player & More Features
    This weekend, the Google Operating System blog wrote up a trifecta on Google Video. It explained that Google Video is apparently to allow you to search inside videos by matching captioning information, if provided. Eventually, Google Video keyword alters are also to be offered. Google OS also highlighted that Google is offering more stats on a particular video's usage, such as number of views, the overall rank, the number of views from yesterday, yesterday's rank and more. Finally, Google OS showed ways to customize the embedded Google Video player to make it larger, smaller, loop, add send buttons and other...
  • Yahoo Publisher Network Executives Leaving Yahoo
    PaidContent.org has confirmation of rumors from Valleywag that two top executives in the Yahoo Publisher Network group are leaving Yahoo. Bill Demas, the Senior VP of Yahoo Publishing Network, is departing Yahoo to "pursue his goal of leading a small company or venture." Also, Will Johnson, VP and GM, of Yahoo Publishing Network won't be with YPN much longer. Yahoo says that Josh Siegel will replace Will Johnson....
  • Google Updates 3rd Party Sitemaps Generator Tools Directory
    The Google Webmaster Central Blog informed us that they have updated their Sitemaps Third Party Programs & Websites page. So if some past tools did not work, give this new list a chance....
  • Google's Schmidt Says Cell Phones Should Be Free
    CNN Money reports that Google's CEO Eric Schmidt saying, "Your mobile phone should be free." He said Google has no plans to give phones away itself, but he foresees advertising making phones free or near free, in the way newspapers are....
  • Google Ranks Google Video Questioning Iran's Authority Over Tabriz
    Via Valleywag and The Guardian, Iran is upset with Google over ranking a Google Video too high in the Google results. The video titled Tabriz - Azerbaijan describes that the ancient city Tabriz is located in Southern Azerbaijan, suggestion it shouldn't be part of Iran. A Google search on [tabriz azerbaijan] shows the Google Video as (currently) number one with a snippet that reads; "This video shows Tabriz, a city in Southern Azerbaijan, currently in the territory of Iran." A search for [tabriz] shows this result at the bottom of the first page or top of second page. Iran is...
  • SEMPO's 2006 Search Marketing Survey
    SEMPO has been surveying search marketers since the inception of the organization. Kevin Lee wrote a ClickZ article asking search marketers to Voice Your Opinion. SEMPO surveys provide very insightful data, statistics and research for the industry. So please take the time to complete the survey over here. You will be given the results when the report is completed....
  • Articles On Google's Copyright Conflicts From Me & New York Times
    A Struggle Over Dominance and Definition is good New York Times article out today that looks at Google and whether it is a media company that conflicts with other media owners, especially in terms of using content from others without permission. It also sparked me to finally finish a long piece I've been meaning to do on Google, search engines and copyright issues. Search Engines, Permissions & Moving Forward In Copyright Battles is now up over at my personal blog Daggle, covering the important difference between indexing and reprinting, how robots.txt already provides a permissions system, why Google should...

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