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.
Google Inc. today announced it is testing a preview release of Gmail, a free search-based webmail service with a storage capacity of up to eight billion bits of information, the equivalent of 500,000 pages of email per user.
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iProspect has released a series of press releases highlighting key findings of recent studies they conducted about search engine user attitudes.
InfoSpace, Inc. today announced it has extended its agreement to distribute Google search results through its network of Web search properties and partner Web sites until 2006.
People now have easier access to search the Web via a query box integrated directly into the instant messaging application. Yahoo Messenger consumers can also type search shortcuts directly into their conversations and share results instantaneously with friends.
The new SightPoint personalization technology automatically rates new search results based on their similarity to results the user has clicked on before. SightPoint uses Bayesian statistics, made popular by spam email filters.
Google Inc. announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock.
LookSmart today announced that it has acquired the business and assets of Net Nanny for approximately $5 million in cash and stock from privately held BioNet Systems LLC.
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