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

    Microsoft’s U.S.patent application, “Applying a Model of Persona to Search Results,” outlines a search system that would allow users to search the web as their favorite celebrity. There are no indications that Microsoft plans to develop the...

  2. SearchDay: SERP Position: It Ain't Horseshoes

    Yahoo Registers Meal Search Patent Posted by Frank Watson Jun 28, 2008 Bill Slawski, of SEO by The Sea, has uncovered another patent filing. This time Yahoo is applying for a patent for meal search technology.

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

    No mention of Google Office applications are made here, and the patent application was originally filed over a year ago, but the thought crosses my mind that it might be helpful to copy settings from Word to Writely, or from Excel to Google...

  4. New Search Patent Filings: August 29, 2006 - Yahoo looks at Interactive TV and VOIP

    IBM filed a patent application for building social networks within a business organization, and was granted a patent for a method of checking pages shown in search results for viruses. Microsoft had two new patent applications published, including...

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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. The first of Outland Research's patent applications reranks search results based upon the...

  8. 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...

  9. 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. The following patent applications primarily look at local search, though some of the processes described...

  10. New Search Patent Applications: June 19, 2006 - Autolinking, and Better Advertising through Deletion Predictions

    The following patent application explains how such a system might work from the search engine's perspective. US Patent Application 20060129937 US Patent Application 20060129555 Four patent applications from Google describe fighting spam in emails...