Search Headlines & Links: October 10, 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…

  • Google
    Blog: Please Get Descriptive With Your Headlines!

    A public rant, and I’m sorry — but I’ve had it with the Official Google Blog
    having post headlines that give people no idea what the post is about. First
    some recent examples, then why this is bad in general….
  • Justin
    Uberti, AOL’s Top AIM Developer, Hired By Google

    Steve Bryant reports that Justin Uberti, who has been with AOL for about 10
    years and working on AIM for almost 9 years, has been hired by Google to work
    in the Kirkland, WA office. Justin posted this news on his old blog and
    announces the launch of his new blog at, where he has
    links to the Google Blog, Google Talk Blog and Google Video blog – which may
    be signs as to what he will be working on at Google….

  • Maharashtra Farmers Fight Government With Google Earth

    IBN Live reports that Maharashtra farmers are using Google Earth to fight back
    against a government ruling that they would take 25,000 acres away from them
    to build a Maha Mumbai Special Economic Zone. The government told the farmers
    that "only a small portion of the earmarked land is fertile and that some
    parts of it is submerged by salty creek water." But Google Earth came to the
    rescue of the farmers, where they were able "to prove to the authorities that
    the land is fertile," said Arun Shivkar an SEZ activist. No wonder the
    Maharashtra state government in India…
  • Google
    To Set Up R&D Office In South Korea

    The Associated Press reports that Google is setting up a research and
    development center in South Korea. The details of the size of the office were
    not disclosed. Robert A. Eustace, Google’s senior vice president, said "South
    Korean government’s strong encouragement persuaded the company to make the
    investment." DNS India adds that Google also has research centers in Britain,
    Israel, Norway, Japan, Switzerland, India, Russia and the Americas….
  • Court
    Issues Notice To Google For Allegedly Spreading Hate In India Via Orkut

    The Times of India reports that Google is in hot water over Orkut once again,
    this time for allegedly spreading hatred for India. The article says, "The
    Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government
    to issue notice to Google for the alleged spread of hatred about India by its
    social network service Orkut." The problem is over a "We Hate India" community
    in Orkut that posted a picture a burning Indian flag….
  • Yahoo
    Time Capsule Project Launched

    Yahoo has created the Yahoo Time Capsule, what it calls the "first-ever
    electronic anthropology project" to document human life in 2006. You have
    about 29 more days to contribute to the time capsule, until November 8th, to
    be exact….
  • Sizing
    Up Search Engine Instant Answers

    The major search services have all be increasing their efforts to deliver
    focused "answers" to many types of queries. They each take a different
    approach to this process, with names such as Ask’s Smart Answers, Yahoo’s
    Shortcuts, Google’s Onebox results and Microsoft’s Instant Answers. In today’s
    SearchDay article, A Closer Look at Ask’s Smart Answers, SEW correspondent
    Brian A. Smith kicks off a four-part series that takes an in-depth look at
    each of these programs, illustrating the unique approaches offered by the
    major search engines….

  • Recapping Coverage Of Google’s Acquisition Of YouTube

    I don’t have a ton to say about the Google acquisition of YouTube. That’s
    because to me, it’s more an eyeball landgrab than a search development.
    There’s no doubt people search for video on YouTube, and getting the leading
    property will help Google. But the searching isn’t the deep dive video search
    involving transcripts linked to video clips or other technological advances
    you might think Google would want in a more in a true search deal. This, to
    me, is basically YouTube as a hot property that Google hasn’t been able to
    replicate with its own Google Video….

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