The Week in Review

Safe Searching with Lycos
SearchDay #219, Mar. 7, 2002
Parents, librarians or others needing to restrict access to adult or inappropriate web sites should look at Lycos SearchGuard, a flexible and sensible filter that doesn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Newsblaster: An Automatic Weblogger
SearchDay #218, Mar. 6, 2002
Newsblaster is a great new tool for news junkies, and also points the way toward some seriously cool automated web harvesting technologies that will be a boon to searchers.

Ten Things You Need to Know about Linking and Link Popularity
SearchDay #217, Mar. 5, 2002
Understanding linking and link popularity is crucial for achieving high search engine rankings -- and for avoiding penalties for abusing the often-times unspoken rules.

Metadata or Metagarbage?
SearchDay #216, Mar. 4, 2002
Metadata is the holy grail for improving search, according to its advocates. Garbage! replies one critic, detailing seven reasons while even the most promising metadata schemes will fail.

Elsewhere at

ICANN Be Reorganized
Support for any type of governmental control over the Internet is just about as popular as kicking puppies. To most hard-core Internauts the thought of government control over the Internet is absurd. So why would ICANN leadership propose just that?

Sony and CenterSpan Ink Peer-to-Peer Deal,2198,3531_983881,00.html
Adding Sony's music catalog to its secure distribution network, CenterSpan warms the freeze with major record labels over peer-to-peer digital technology.

Trial Date Set for Morpheus,2198,3531_985781,00.html
StreamCast's controversial peer-to-peer technology continues to take a legal beating but pins hope on the 'Betamax VCR Defense.'

Are You Sure You're Secure?,,10380_986751,00.html
These free evaluation services will test your computer's vulnerabilities and offer suggestions for stepping up protection.

Fraud Continues to Haunt Online Retail,,6061_984441,00.html
Online fraud losses for 2001 were 19 times as high, dollar for dollar, as fraud losses resulting from offline sales, GartnerG2 found.

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.

Online marketing news
eBay Protest Site or Online Auction Marketing Gimmick?... Mar 8 2002 11:04AM GMT
Domain name news
House Panel Approves Kid-Friendly Internet Domain...
New York Times Mar 8 2002 8:30AM GMT
Online search engines news
Search engine makes social calls...
Nature Mar 8 2002 3:09AM GMT
Online legal issues news
Outsourcing Legal Research And Writing Through The Internet: An E-Commerce Success Story... Mar 8 2002 2:08AM GMT
Online search engines news
Google Changes the Pay-Per-Click Landscape with AdWords Select - Web Search Tip of the Day...
About Web Search Mar 7 2002 7:46PM GMT
Online content news
French website threatens to publish Israeli spy ring report...
Jordan Times Mar 7 2002 6:50PM GMT
Web developer news
Who Are You? Who..Who? Who...Who?...
Internet News Mar 7 2002 3:04PM GMT
Online portals news
Yahoo dumps MapQuest...
ZDNet Mar 7 2002 12:10PM GMT
Online content news
This Is a Real Quest for Maps...
Wired News Mar 7 2002 11:32AM GMT
Domain name news
Net law expert slams domain dispute process...
The Register Mar 7 2002 9:40AM GMT
Online search engines news
Search engine listings up for bid... Mar 7 2002 7:24AM 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.