The Week in Review

What We Search For
SearchDay, July 25, 2002
The Pew Internet Project has released a fascinating report detailing just how important search engines are to web users, with some interesting statistics about the most common kinds of information people search for.

FAST Complies with FTC Search Engine Advisory
SearchDay, July 24, 2002
Responding to recent FTC recommendations, FAST has added additional information about how it crawls web pages and displays search results, including information about paid placement and paid inclusion content.

Buying vs. Leasing Search Engine Traffic
SearchDay, July 23, 2002
When considering search engine marketing strategies, it's important to consider both short term and long term approaches, or 'buying' vs. 'leasing' web site traffic.

Banish Your Unbidden Spyware
SearchDay, July 22, 2002
Some web sites and many seemingly innocent shareware programs install spyware on your computer, silently tracking your online movements. Here's how to find and eradicate these pernicious e-snoops.

Elsewhere at

Scandalous Sites
Enron. Andersen. Martha Stewart. Traficant. A rogues gallery -- of Web sites?

Is Anti-Virus Software Obsolete?
Signature-based anti-virus scans running on the desktop aren't enough to fight the sophisticated nature of viruses and worms circulating through the Internet these days, experts say, which is helping managed security services gain traction.

JPEG Patent Becoming A Battleground
With media giant Sony by its side, Forgent Networks wants to collect royalties for the file format. Users are critical of the company's timing.

One Step Closer to Smart Refrigerators
Echelon's i.LON adapter is designed to provide a cost-effective way for ISPs to monitor and control small networks of everyday devices in homes, apartments, and small buildings over the Internet, and provide additional services.

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.

Tech latest
Companies rev up for Internet protocol upgrade... Jul 26 2002 12:23PM GMT
Online search engines news
In Truth, Verity 'Is Looking Strong'...
Business Week Jul 26 2002 9:05AM GMT
Online marketing news
Yahoo Marketing Pitches Becoming Very Personal... Jul 26 2002 3:06AM GMT
Domain name news
VeriSign posts loss after charges...
CNET Jul 26 2002 1:18AM GMT
Online search engines news
Autonomy sees sales dip...
netimperative Jul 25 2002 11:54PM GMT
Domain name news
Domain name policy absurd when it comes to trademarks... Jul 25 2002 6:52PM GMT
Top internet stories
Dotcom downsizing...
The Economist Jul 25 2002 5:14PM GMT
Online search engines news
BT LookSmart buys UK Plus...
The Register Jul 25 2002 12:03PM GMT
Domain name news
ICANN moves against VeriSign retired domain land grab...
The Register Jul 25 2002 8:39AM GMT
Top internet stories
Murmuring, 'Move Over, EBay,' The U.S. Empties Its Closets...
New York Times Jul 25 2002 4:14AM GMT
XML and metadata news
Your World, Online: Setting Up a Weblog...
New York Times Jul 25 2002 3:18AM GMT
Online search engines news
Net Users Try to Elude the Google Grasp...
New York Times Jul 25 2002 2:22AM GMT
Inktomi To Acquire Quiver, Inc...
EContent Jul 25 2002 2:20AM 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.