Search Headlines & Links: September 19, 2006

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

From The SEW Blog…

  • Video
    Search Usage for August 2006

    Hitwise just released August 2006 market share data for the most popular
    online video search sites.
  • Yahoo
    CEO Says Ad Growth Slowing Down; Ask.com To Increase Market Share

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Terry Semel, Yahoo’s CEO, has warned that
    online advertising growth will be slowing in automotive and financial services
    industries. He said that there is still growth, but "but they’re not growing
    as quickly as we might have hoped at this point in time," Semel said. On that
    news, Yahoo’s shared dropped $3.47, or 12%, to $25.54. Barry Diller, CEO of
    IAC, said he can see Ask.com gaining market share, about 8 to 10 percent
    share. More details on that story at Reuters.com….

  • Customizing Your Own Search Engine

    Want to build your own search engine that skews toward your favorite sites or
    topic, but don’t have a few billion to start up your own company? No problem:
    A number of companies are now offering services that let you tweak their
    technology to create a highly personalized search experience for you and your
    blog or web site users. More on these services by SEW correspondent Phil
    Bradley in today’s SearchDay article, Your Search, Your Way….
  • Yahoo
    Creating "Brickhouse" Internal Incubator To Keep Talent

    GigaOM reports that Yahoo is creating an internal incubator, code named
    Brickhouse, to give some of Yahoo’s talent a place to work without the
    bureaucracy of a large company. The person running the Brickhouse, love that
    name by the way, is Flickr founder Caterina Fake. It is apparent that Yahoo
    knows that hiring new talent is a hard thing to do, but keeping current
    talent, may be harder — definitely more important, in my opinion….
  • Yahoo
    Creating Incubators To Keep Hired Talent

    GigaOM reports that Yahoo is creating incubators, code named Brickhouse, to
    give some of Yahoo’s talent a place to work without the bureaucracy of a large
    company. The person running the Brickhouse, love that name by the way, is
    Flickr founder Caterina Fake. It is apparent that Yahoo knows that hiring new
    talent is a hard thing to do, but keeping current talent, may be harder –
    definitely more important, in my opinion….
  • Local
    Matters and Mobile People Partner for Mobile Local Search

    Directory, directory assistance and local search infrastructure provider Local
    Matters today announced a deal with European mobile search company Mobile
    People. According to the press release, "The collaboration between Local
    Matters and Mobile People is designed to bring new revenue opportunities to
    the Yellow Pages industry by combining mobile search capabilities with
    existing yellow and white pages information for competing in the growing
    search marketing industry."…
  • Why Is
    Wikipedia Advertising On Google?

    Wikipedia Advertising Shows Up on Google from Micro Persuations covers how
    Wikipedia is apparently advertising content on Google. A search on
    crowdsourcing in Google brings up a Wikipedia ad in the sponsored listing area
    that says: Crowdsourced Software 1. Harness this exciting wave. 2. Save money
    or make money! wikipedia.org/Crowdsourcing Yes, the same landing page is shown
    on the organic listings as well. So why would the Wikipedia be spending money
    on those ads? Is it even Wikipedia who is purchasing those ads? Maybe it is a
    3rd party that is interested in getting more content added to certain
    Wikipedia…
  • URL Vs.
    Navigational Queries Explained: AKA, Why Did URL Searches At Google Change?

    Matt Cutts from Google has a great follow up on our reports that Google
    Modifies Navigational Search Results from about two-plus weeks ago. In his
    post, he explains that when you search on a URL (i.e.
    www.searchenginewatch.com), Google has stopped showing the information for the
    URL and now shows a standard search on the words in the URL itself. I learned
    two things from Matt’s post….
  • Google’s
    Political Action Committee: Google NetPAC

    Threadwatch Via Threadwatch, Google will flex political muscles PAC to raise
    money for causes, candidates; lobbyists on board from the San Francisco
    Chronicle covers how Google has created its own Political Action Committee
    named Google NetPAC to to support candidates backing "an open and free
    internet." Google has some small footprints in Washington already, hiring a
    lobbying firm in the past to help push public policy in the direction Google
    wants it to go….
  • Google &
    Apple To Do Content, Ad Deals?

    Google and Apple in iTV content talks from The Register covers how Google may
    be providing video clips for Apple’s "iTV," announced at last week’s Apple
    developers conference. Meanwhile, Apple is about to break big into ad sales
    from Valleyway covers a rumor ad partnership between Apple and Google.
    Vallleywag says Apple will soon carry Google ads on its web sites and within
    iTunes. I guess Google’s CEO joining the Apple board does make the two
    companies more friendly. Google will be providing video content to Apple and
    plus help Apple monetize their products and content with Google Ads -…

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