Search Headlines & Links: June 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…

  • Google’s
    Mobile Operations Expected To See Largest Growth

    The Times Online UK reports that Google’s mobile division, which is based in
    London, is expected to "become the biggest driver of new business" for Google.
    Search on mobile phones, wireless laptops and personal digital assistants (PDAs)
    are seen as a huge opportunity for many search companies. In Britain, there is
    a mobile phone for every person, but in some other areas, like Scandinavia,
    "mobile ownership is almost double that rate."…
    Sponsors NBC’s Treasure Hunters

    I was flipping through the channels (actually, my wife was, I wanted to watch
    the NBA finals) and saw some people wearing t-shirts on TV. It was a
    new show on NBC named Treasure Hunters. The Ask blog says that Ask is the
    "Official Search Engine of Treasure Hunters." I did not watch the whole show,
    so I am not sure how beyond the t-shirts and commercials Ask promoted
    themselves in the show. Postscript: Got word back from an Ask rep on what took
    place. Team members conducted searches at Ask for "us presidents" and another
    for "mount theodore…
  • Google
    Search Results Differ On Mac Versus PC?

    Threadwatch links to a blog post named Google SERPs Platform Dependant? that
    shows how a search for a query on Google, on the same network but on two
    computer operating systems, can product a different result set. The screen
    captures documented show the differences between a Mac and a PC….
  • Google
    To "Internationalize" All Products

    InsideGoogle reports that Google has asked University of Limerick based in
    Ireland to help find an "experienced localization guru" to help localize and
    "internationalize" all of Google’s products. The PC World article goes into
    more details about the job, describing that job calls for an "executive with
    10 or more years of product management experience to serve as group product
    director of internationalization."…
  • Google
    Yanks Sites 5 Billion Pages After Spam Complaint

    I covered a DigitalPoint thread which uncovered several domains that was able
    to rank billions of pages at the top of the Google results within a couple of
    weeks. The methods deployed to rank the pages seemed to include excessive use
    of subdomains, cloaking, content theft scraping, alexa traffic boosting and
    blog comment spam. I listed the documented steps here. Some suspect that
    Google’s new URL handling with the big daddy update allowed "old school"
    cloaking to begin working again….

Other Things We Read, Didn’t Blog But You Might Want To Read…

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