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  1. Microsoft Wants You to Search the Web Like Miley Cyrus

    There are no indications that Microsoft plans to develop the technology outlined in the patent, as applications are filed all the time. Microsoft’s U.S.patent application, “Applying a Model of Persona to Search Results,” outlines a search system...

  2. Facebook’s Cookiegate: Controversial Tracking Cookie is Back

    As a result, current functionality and future business plans shouldn’t be inferred from our patent applications. Despite Facebook’s denial that the data is used to target consumers with advertisements, the user data they’re collecting and the...

  3. New Search Patent Applications: October 6, 2006 - Google Takes Over the Patent Office

    There were some interesting new patent applications this week from Yahoo, Microsoft, and IBM, but nothing on the scale of the outpouring of intellectual property published and assigned to Google - I uncovered 15 new patent applications from the...

  4. New Search Patent Filings: August 28, 2006 - Identifying Web Spam and Adult Images

    New Microsoft patent applications include one that attempts to identify web spam based upon signals within the content of a page, another looks at ways to search using pattern matching and relevance to answer specific questions, a third describes...

  5. New Search Patent Filings: August 27, 2006 - Google's Recommendations, IBM's Speedier Pagerank, Napster's Search

    Microsoft published a couple of patent applications, one which looks at using game playing to provide user rankings for web pages, and a method of providing contextual advertisements for non-textual content.

  6. New Search Patent Applications: August 8, 2006 - Focusing on the Searcher

    This last week's patent applications involving search all seem to focus upon users of search engines, and finding ways to fulfill intentions behind searches. Microsoft's patent applications allow a user to further refine results based upon user...

  7. New Search Patent Applications: August 1, 2006 - Microsoft Answers?

    There are a number of new patent applications from Yahoo, including one that utilizes concept networks to understand the intention behind a user's query; another describing an addition to a user interface that lets a searcher define the context...

  8. New Search Patent Applications: July 11, 2006 - Google Patent Filings by the Dozen

    Twelve Google patent applications where published this past week, including seven that focus upon geographical information and local search. Google Local Patent Applications The following patent applications primarily look at local search, though...

  9. Daily SearchCast, June 28, 2006: Digg Goes Beyond Tech; Google Earth & Real-Time Tracking; funny Yahoo-related videos; Google Water & More!

    Search Patent Applications: June 27, 2006 - Searching Amongst Malicious Web Microsoft's patent applications from the end of last week include ways for search engines to scan malicious web sites, clustering queries for more relevant searches, and...