Notable news and announcements from the web search world during the past month.
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.
Ask Jeeves Announces Completion of Convertible Note Offering
Ask Jeeves, Inc. announced today that it closed its sale of $100 million aggregate principal amount of Zero Coupon Convertible Subordinated Notes due June 1, 2008.
LookSmart and Inktomi Renew Multi-Year Agreement to Distribute LookListings
Under terms of the multi-year agreement, LookSmart will continue to provide paid search listings from their LookListings program to Inktomi's search index via Inktomi's IndexConnect Reseller program.
Google and Lycos Europe Announce Strategic Alliance
Google and Lycos Europe today announced an agreement whereby Google will provide relevant content-targeted ads to the member pages of Europe's largest homepage building community, Lycos Tripod.
Copernic Agent Selected by PC Magazine as Best Search Toolbar for 2003
Information technology specialist Copernic today announced that editors of PC Magazine have selected Copernic Agent Basic 6.0 as the best search toolbar in their Utility Guide 2003.
Espotting Inks Geo-Targeted Pan-European Deal
Espotting Unveils New Search Partners
Espotting has signed a pan-European, geo-targeted deal with Mamma.com. Mamma.com has deployed technology to geographically segment its users and has chosen Espotting to provide results for its European user-base. A separate deal with European portal Euroseek will see a pan-European full implementation, consisting of all search results, and targeted content across all channels and directories.
Vivmsimo Awarded National Science Foundation SBIR Grants to Develop New Capabilities for Homeland Security
"With this grant we will enhance and modify our on-the-fly document clustering products to help intelligence analysts easily recognize patterns and identify trends from large amounts of unstructured data in many different languages," said Raul Valdes-Perez, President, Vivisimo.
Dealtime Offers Merchants Lower Minimum Bids Across All Product Categories And Launches Sku Volume Discount
DealTime, the shopping search engine, today announced that it has lowered the minimum bids for merchants to list on DealTime and launched a SKU volume discount program for merchants listing 5,000 SKUs or more.
AltaVista's Multimedia Index Becomes World's Largest
AltaVista today announced it has significantly expanded its multimedia index to more than 550 million files, including more than 540 million image files and approximately 11 million video and audio files.
Espotting announces plans to merge with FindWhat.com
Espotting announced today an agreement to merge with FindWhat.com. At FindWhat.com's closing share price on June 17, 2003, the transaction values Espotting at $163 million (#97 million / Euro 138 million).
Fast Acquires AltaVista Enterprise Search Business
Fast Search & Transfer today announced the acquisition of the AltaVista enterprise search business, including more than two hundred customers, from Overture Services, Inc. for an undisclosed cash amount.
The Wall Street Journal Online now can target advertising based on Subscribers' interests
Using Interest-Based Targeting, Online Journal advertisers can reach subscribers who have shown an interest in a particular area of news coverage, including business and personal technology, travel, automotive, investments, health and leisure.
Google Expands Advertising Monetization Program for Websites
Google today announced a new self-service option for Google AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads precisely targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages. With Google AdSense, publishers serve text-based Google AdWords ads on their site and Google pays them for clicks on these ads.
Copernic Offers a Special Rebate to Users of BullsEye Software
Copernic is offering a competitive upgrade applicable to the purchase of Copernic Agent Professional as Intelliseek is discontinuing sales of BullsEye software.
Ask Jeeves Sells Additional $15 Million of Zero Coupon Convertible Subordinated Notes
Ask Jeeves, Inc. announced today the sale of an additional $15 million aggregate principal amount of its Zero Coupon Convertible Subordinated Notes due June 1, 2008 in a private offering.
MapQuest Selects Google to Provide Sponsored Links
MapQuest and Google today announced an agreement that will make Google's sponsored links available to MapQuest.com users.
Yahoo Extends Its Music Destination, LAUNCH, Into Europe
Significantly expanded music content and information now available in UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Overture Launches Content Match, Company's New Contextual Advertising Product
Overture Services, Inc. today announced the launch of Content Match, the company's new contextual advertising product which places the company's search results on relevant content-based pages of its distribution partners' Web sites.
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