Search Headlines & Links: August 15, 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…

  • Rand & I
    Rank The Best Search Blogs

    Rand at SEOMoz posted his Ranking 50 Top Blogs in the Search Space, which
    encouraged me to finally post my list of the Search Blogs Am I Most Likely To
    Read In More Detail at my personal blog.
  • SES San
    Jose 2006 Recap

    Couldn’t make it to last week’s monster Search Engine Strategies show in San
    Jose? Well, maybe next time! In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of coverage
    from across the web, even somewhat organized into topic areas.
  • Daily
    SearchCast, August 15, 2006: AOL Sets Off Search Privacy Crisis; Google
    Webmaster Central Offers Cool Tools & Support; Yahoo Expands Site Explorer;
    1,000 Pizzas For Google & More!

    Today’s search podcast covers AOL’s release of search records and the ensuing
    privacy crisis that followed; Google’s support for site owners enlarging into
    Google Webmaster Central; Yahoo’s expanded Site Explorer tools; Google pushes
    back against click fraud estimates from third parties; 1,000 pizzas descend on
    Google and more!
  • EFF Asks
    FTC To Limit How Long AOL Can Store Search Records

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has asked the US Federal Trade Commission
    to investigate AOL’s release of search records last week and prevent the
    company from storing search data for longer than two weeks….
  • Yahoo’s
    CEO, Terry Semel, Answers Tough Questions

    Search Engine Journal pulled out some serious quotes from a Fortune Magazine
    interview with Yahoo’s CEO, Terry Semel. I’ll pull out quotes, like Loren
    did;…
  • Farmer
    Dating Web Site Sues Google Over Porn Ads

    INQ7 Network reports that the owners of Farm Data, "a respectable meeting
    website for farmers," is suing Google for the ads that show up for the query
    [farm date]. Basically, pornographic sites and sex sites come up for the term
    and Farm Date says that those ads are "very damaging for Farmdate’s
    reputation." We should know the court ruling on August 24, I will keep you
    posted on it….
  • Google
    Hires Linux Coder, Andrew Morton

    Andrew Morton, well known in the Linux world for coding under Linus Torvalds,
    has been hired to work at Google, reports News.com. Linus commented about the
    job in a message board posting on Aug 6th. Andrew will continue working on
    Linux, but Google will be paying him to do so….

  • Microsoft adCenter Now Live In The UK

    The adCenter blog announced that Microsoft adCenter is now live, Tuesday,
    August 15th, in the UK. 100% of the ads served on Microsoft’s properties will
    run adCenter ads, including MSN Search and Windows Live. Be prepared to see
    search volume and budget change requirements in your ad campaigns. Want to
    discuss with others? Join our forum thread named Microsoft adCenter Launches
    in the UK….
  • Yahoo,
    MSN, & Google Fall In Customer Satisfaction Survey

    The American Customer Satisfaction Index has been released and Yahoo, MSN and
    Google all fell in points from last year’s results.
    Targeting
    Ads Based On Search Behavior & Privacy Issues Post-AOL

    Back in 2005, I wrote about AlmondNet moving forward with showing ads to
    surfers across the web based on their search profiles at major search engines.
    The move raised big search privacy issues. Since then, AlmondNet’s kept going
    — along with others such as Yahoo, in mining search behavior to deliver ads
    beyond search results pages. Advertisers Trace Paths Users Leave on Internet
    from the New York Times today takes a look how Yahoo, MSN and AOL are all
    trying to push into the post-search ad delivery space….
  • Three
    Years On, Google’s Trademark Usage Letters Become News Again

    How long does it take the wheel to spin full circle on the internet?
    Apparently three years, judging from the outcry over Google’s "new" move to
    send out trademark protection letters asking people to be careful about how
    they use the word Google….
  • Google
    Maps Gets Coupons

    Hmm? How do you prove to local merchants who lack tracking software or even
    web sites that search converts? Coupons! That’s right, the conversion tracking
    tool that requires no internet connection, cookies or software has come to
    Google Maps….

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