Search Headlines & Links: Nov. 9, 2006

Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search
Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we’ve spotted but not blogged

From The SEW Blog…

  • More on
    Google OneBox Results

    Today’s SearchDay article, A Closer Look at Google OneBox Results, is the
    final installment in our series looking at the special features search engines
    have introduced to push “direct answers” to the top of many search result
    pages. The first three were A Closer Look at Ask’s Smart Answers, A Closer
    Look At Microsoft’s Instant Answers and A Closer Look at Yahoo Shortcuts….
  • Google
    Released AdWords Diagnostic Preview & Beta Tests Account Snapshot

    Big day for AdWords, they released a neat way to quickly see the status of a
    particular keyword running in a campaign. As I explained with Google Launches
    AdWords Diagnostic Tool With Magnifying Glass, there should now be a little
    magnifying glass within your Ad Groups by each keyword, when clicked, it
    should open a little DHTML box with the status and health of that keyword
    phrase. Google is also testing an “Account Snapshot” feature, as reported at
    SEO Optimise, that shows a screen shot of a new page that shows a snapshot of
    your account on one page. The…
  • AdWords
    Advertisers Can Site Target Specific AdSense Publisher Channels

    As an advertiser, there are often times when you want to site target a
    particular site running AdSense, but your particular product or service is
    really only relevant to a specific portion of the site. Or you might only want
    your ads running in a specific ad unit, such as the one running above the fold
    front and center. Google has released a new custom channel targeting feature
    that will allow advertisers to do that….
  • Google,
    Microsoft & Yahoo Acquisitions Charted

    Via VentureBeat, Acquisition Mashup: Google-Microsoft-Yahoo from Shmula is a
    nice chart listing acquisitions by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft together. Click
    on any item to learn more about the purchase. I wish there was a way to reduce
    the font size, so that you could see more of the chart — or perhaps a way to
    make it go vertical, rather than horizontal. Still, very cool. Related, see
    this analysis of some Google acquisitions by Bill over at SEO By The Sea, this
    list from Wikipedia for Google, this chart for Google from Tristan Louis and
    this expanded chart based…

  • Microsoft, Ask & Fox On Google At Web 2.0

    Photo from kennejima at Flickr Yesterday, Ask and Microsoft talked about
    taking on Google at the Web 2.0 Summit. But honestly, the highlight for me was
    the image of Microsoft’s Steve Berkowitz sitting next to Ask’s Jim Lanzone.
    Lanzone use to work for Steve, then took over his spot running Ask when Steve
    left. Both remain good friends, and it was cool to see them up on that panel
    side by side. ZDNet covered what they said, plus they have an even better
    side-by-side photo. Jim’s push in taking on Google is that its vulnerability
    is being distracted by…
  • Yahoo
    Shows Off Selected Contributions From The Time Capsule

    RedOrbit reports that Yahoo has presented selected contributions from the
    Yahoo Time Capsule project at the ancient pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. The
    15-hour presentation showed off pictures, videos, poems and stories from
    thousands of people who have uploaded files up to the Yahoo Time Capsule. The
    contributions were also “sent into space via a digital laser light beam from
    the canyon” in New Mexico. Reportedly, over 70,000 multimedia files were
    submitted to the Yahoo project since opening up on October 10th….
  • Google
    Video Sued, Plus More Info From New SEC Filing

    The Associate Press reports that Google Video was actually sued for copyright
    infringement but yet, Google did not reveal who actually sued them. The
    lawsuit was disclosed by Google via a quarterly filing with the Securities and
    Exchange Commission (link via Gary, but we do not know much more. PaidContent
    reports (site currently down), that Google may loan YouTube money prior to
    closing the deal with them, in order to help them settle or battle certain
  • Google
    Offers Free Transactions For Google Checkout Merchants To Compete With PayPal

    Over the past few days, everyone was talking about Google Checkout is offering
    free transactions throughout the remainder of the year. The LA Times reports
    that this move is to compete with PayPal by encouraging PayPal merchants to
    give Google Checkout a try. They also have Eric Schmidt saying that the
    purpose behind Google Checkout is to “generate commissions and encourage more
    merchants to buy ads.” I believe so far, many merchants are not quick to adopt
    Google Checkout….
  • Google
    Sends Porn Worm To 50,000+ Subscribers

    ‘Porn’ worm sent to 50,000 after Google blunder from covers how
    Google accidentally sent a worm to the official Google Video Blog email list
    The worm apparently, which came in the form of pornography sent to the group,
    which had over 50,000 subscribers at the time. The Kama Sutra email, also
    known as W32/Kapser.A worm, was “designed to overwrite files on infected
    computers on a specific date.” If you got this email and downloaded the file,
    it is important that you run antivirus software on your computer. Google
    promised to try to not do that again. Postscript From Danny:…

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