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Google Worries Traditional Marketers & Google Print Ads To Enter New Phase
A twofer of stories out of MediaPost looking at how Google will be trying new things with its Google Publication Ads program, a program which is one of the latest things to get traditional marketers worried that Google may be making moves on their turf.
Yahoo's Mayer and Zawodny Ready to Debut New Webcast/Podcast on Webmaster Radio
Daron Babin, the man in charge of Webmaster Radio (the people who help us bring you our Daily Searchcast), has let us know that two very well-known members of the Yahoo Search team, Tim Mayer and Jeremy Zawodny will host a new webcast/podcast that will debut on Wednesday (December 21st) night at 8pm EST.
New Resource Pages About Google's Content Network Now Available, Includes Optimization Tool
Ask Jeeves Adds Translations, Pronunciations & Synonym Lookups
Word from Oakland today that Ask Jeeves has just added page translation, easier synonym lookups and definitions with pronunciations. Details and examples have just been posted on the AJ Blog.
Page translations: Note the 2nd and 3rd listings on the results page tbat have new "translate the page" links next to the title. Translation is powered by Reverso Translation software. Like with all mechanical translations, caveat emptor.
Answers.com Testing New "Find As You Type" Feature
We see to be talking about UI tests at Google all of the time but how about a test from Answers.com? From what I've heard, most people should now be seeing a "preferences" link that's been added to their home page. So what, what's the big deal. Actually, it's not only this new link but more importantly the introduction of a new feature that I'm happy to see. It has the potential to save the typical user some time and effort with little to no learning curve. In case you can't see it yet, here's what I'm noticing:
Google AdSense For Domains Program Overdue For Reform -- And Yahoo & Microsoft Should Also Take Note
MS Research: Typo-Squatters Are Gaming Google from eWeek covers Microsoft researchers discovering Google's long-standing DomainPark program (AKA AdSense For Domains), where if you have a popular domain name with lots of traffic but no content, Google will kindly hand you some AdSense ads to turn it into an earner. While it is long-standing, I'd say it's also generally little known and definitely upsetting to people who come across it for various reasons.
Governments Ask Google to Turn a Blind Eye
Some of those incredibly detailed aerial images available using Google Earch are making some governments nervous. In Governments Tremble at Google's Bird's-Eye View, the New York Times writes about several governments who have expressed alarm.
Yahoo Launches Open Shortcuts, Allows Creation Of Custom Search Commands
The new Yahoo Open Shortcuts service lets anyone create their own custom search commands for use on Yahoo. Want to navigate to a particular site quickly or have Yahoo remember a particular search string? The new service lets you do this.
Mid-December 2005 Search News Recap Posted
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.