Search Headlines & Links: August 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 separately:

From The SEW Blog…

  • Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2006 – Day Three
    Day three is now complete, it was kicked off with a conversation between Danny and Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google. Of course, the podcast is or will be live shortly. Danny & Eric surprised the audience with some live Q&A from the audience at the end. So what else happened today? Here is the live coverage from the folks at the Search Engine Roundtable:…
  • – Same Shopping Search, Different User Experience
    Yesterday Sortprice put out a press release about being a ‘next generation’ shopping comparison engine. While I’m not so sure I’d agree with that, the larger players in the industry should pay attention to this little operation. The press release was partly about a rollover feature allowing consumers to “scan though countless products and view their favorite denim as an enlarged thumbnail without even a click of a button.” This is nothing special on its own. And truthfully, I wasn’t even going to write a post about it. launched something similar at the end of May and launched…
  • Tune In Now To Eric Schmidt’s Talk At SES Today Live
    Want to listen to my conversation with Google CEO Eric Schmidt at Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2006? It’s happening in 15 minutes. Instructions on how to tune in are covered in full on this page, as well as a rundown on how to download a podcast of the keynote after the fact and other special podcasts coming out of the show….
  • Google To Open Research Center In Shanghai
    Vnunet reports that Google will be opening a research center in Shanghai, China. Kaifu Lee, a Google vice-president in China, gave this information to Shanghai Daily. Numbers of Google hires for that location has not been disclosed, instead Lee said, “we will hire people who are qualified, without any limit.”…
  • Google Jet Lawsuit, Over Bed Sizes, Has Been Settled
    Finally, Google Founders Silence Designer Of ‘Party Plane’ reports the New York Sun. Danny has been pointing fun about this Oklahoma designer who spoke out about some of the requests made by Sergey Brin and Larry Page about the the interior design of the jet they bought. I mean, Google went far to try to silence this man from talking. But after enough persistence and encouragement, the designer, Leslie Jennings, has notified the NY Sun, “The case was settled to the satisfaction of both parties.”…
  • University of California Joins Google’s Book Scan Project
    Reuters reports that the University of California is working with Google on the Book Search Project. Google will be funding “the scanning of “several million” of the 34 million titles in the University of California’s libraries.” Will this fuel some of the controversy around this Google initiative….
  • The Google Doctor Interviewed
    Philipp Lenssen links to an interview of the Google Doctor, Taraneh Razavi at Blogs for Companies. The interview really goes over more about why the Doctor started a blog at Google, then anything else. So you know, Sergey Brin suggested to her that she start her blog at Other than that, she helped improve the nutrition and health of the meals provided at Google, and of course, does the day to day doctor duties at Google….
  • Search Privacy Concerns Humanized As The New York Times Tracks Down Anonymous AOL Searcher
    A Face Is Exposed for AOL Searcher No. 4417749 is an excellent read from the New York Times, where you can meet the person who is about to become the most famous searcher ever: Thelma Arnold, a 62-year-old from Georgia. Using the released AOL search records, the New York Times figured out who she was and interviewed her and her searching habits for the story. No more discussing whether anonymous search records might contain enough information to identify people. In some cases, they do (or at least enough to make an extremely good guess and get confirmation from the…
  • Yahoo & Google Commit To An Other Independent Click Fraud Audit At SES
    Donna Bogatin snagged both John Slade, Yahoo Search Marketing, and Shuman Ghosemajumder, Google Trust & Safety into agreeing to an other clickfraud audit. This commitment is for an IAB “independent auditing against the complete guidelines.” Donna grilled Yahoo & Google during the Q&A session of the Auditing Paid Listings and Click Fraud Issues, which I hear was pretty heated….
  • Google Talk & Sony Partner With Mylo Device
    The Google Talkabout blog announced that the new Sony Mylo device will support Google Talk features such as Google Talk IM support, see who’s online and available, manage your contacts, hold multiple chat conversations at once, plus some Gmail features. This is not big news, but when you see your kids running around with Mylo’s this September, they may think you are cool if you ask them to add you as a Google Talk buddy….
  • How To Listen To Eric Schmidt’s Talk At SES Today Live
    Can’t make Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2006 today but want to listen to my conversation with Google CEO Eric Schmidt? Here’s how to listen live through the internet or how to pick up the podcast of the talk after it ends, plus news on other special podcasts we’ll be doing from the show this week….
  • Daily SearchCast, August 4, 2006: Google Hires Former Time President To Head Ad Sales; Gets Badges; Google Warns Of Hazardous Sites & More!
    Today’s search podcast covers a former Time Magazine editor joining Google to head ad sales; offering site owner info badges; Google warning users of sites that might have malware before they click to them from search results. and more! SearchReturn editor Detlev Johnson sat in for Danny Sullivan, who is away this week. Tune-in by listening to this MP3 file, listening via WebmasterRadio at 11:30am Eastern and repeated at 2pm Eastern Tuesday through Friday, via our Odeo channel or through iTunes via this link (or use alternative iTunes instructions explained here) or though our Yahoo Podcasts channel. Need more…
  • Yelp Now Mobile With Help From Palm
    Yelp Mobile is now live. The site is optimized for the Treo but works on any web-enabled phone. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppleman said that the idea originated with Palm, which approached Yelp and wanted to create a mobile version of the site for the Treo. The new site ( is co-branded with Palm….
  • Marchex Building Out Local Search Domains
    Today Marchex announced the launch of 100 new local and vertical search domains. These sites have real content, user ratings, dynamic category specific navigation and other features, which make them much more interesting than typical parked domains. Marchex is able to do this because of the recent integration of OpenList’s content and search functionality. Read more on my blog….

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