Daily SearchCast, June 16, 2006: Bill Gates Stepping Back At Microsoft; Eric Schmidt Speaks On Google Issues; Google Gets Dayparting & More!

Today’s search podcast covers Microsoft chairman Bill Gates giving up his
chief software architect role and going part time in two years; Google CEO Eric
Schmidt talking on big issues; Yahoo damned over censorship in China (but were
six queries a fair test?); Riya shifts focus to web image search; Big.com makes
it easier to see your search results and more!

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Below are links to items discussed:

  • Bill
    Gates To Work Part Time at Microsoft in 2008

    Tons and tons of news coverage on Bill Gates’s announcement he has given up
    his "chief software architect" role now and will be stepping down to be a part
    time employee and chairman in July 2008. Gates would like to spend more time
    working on his charitable foundation the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The
    BBC has a nice Q&A on the changes here….
  • MSN’s
    Hand Crafted Results (Fake? – Shame On Me!)
  • Schmidt
    Talks On Staying In China, GBuy & More

    Conde Nast Portfolio, a new business magazine out next year, landed a nice
    coup of having Eric Schmidt speak yesterday at its launch party (Schmidt’s
    also apparently set to be one of the first profiles in the new magazine). The
    video of the interview is online here, covering mostly stuff you’ve already
    heard Schmidt say before in other interviews (the LA Times had one last week)
    over the past years. But here are some things worth highlighting to me….
  • Yahoo
    China Highest Censorship Enforcing

    Wired News reports that Yahoo China is the strictest at censoring out
    politically sensitive results when compared to Google China and MSN China.
    Reporters Without Borders, an advocacy group, conducted tests by querying ten
    "politically-sensitive keywords" including ?press freedom? or ?human rights."
    Editors & Publisher adds the group found Yahoo’s censorship was shocking, for
    example, as when a keyword search on "subversive" brought back 97% pro-Beijing
    results. More from Reporters Without Borders is here, explaining how six
    keywords were tested and the first ten results analyzed….
  • Riya To
    Expand Into Web Image Search

    SiliconBeat reports that Riya will expand to a web image search service.
    Currently, Riya allows you to upload a photo, define the photo as matching a
    particular person and then it tries to scan other photos to figure out if
    other photos in your collecton match that person, using face recognition. Riya
    is expanding that to match images of almost anything on the web. In other
    words, if I am looking to buy a big blue pineapple chair (love that chair) and
    I have an image of the one I like, Riya will scan the web for similar images
    of…


  • That guy with Larry and Sergey…wossname…the President

  • AdWords
    Ad Scheduling Officially Launches

    Google AdWords officially launched their new ad scheduling, enabling
    advertisers the ability to schedule the appearance of their ads based on both
    time of day and day of the week. This new feature, which competes with
    dayparting that Microsoft AdCenter has had since their beta launch, was
    released worldwide to all advertisers across 40+ languages….


  • Google Slaps Booble
  • Google
    Adds Support For Greek & Bulgarian To AdSense For Search

    The Inside AdSense blog announced that they have added support for Greek and
    Bulgarian languages in AdSense for search. So if you have a site in those
    languages, you can add the Google search box from your AdSense control panel
    and earn some euros or some Bulgarian lev. More details at Greek AdSense and
    Bulgarian AdSense….
  • JenSense
  • Yahoo To
    Reduce Search Ad Minimum Bid In UK To 5p?

    I reported this morning at the Search Engine Roundtable that Yahoo may be
    reducing the minimum bid price from 10p to 5p. A WebmasterWorld member claimed
    to read the news in Interactive magazine that Yahoo will be reducing the
    minimum bid due to competition from Microsoft….
  • Google
    Analytics Launches Blog

    Google Analytics has launched the Google Analytics Blog to provide product
    update news, bug fixes, and probably some how to posts….
  • More
    Real Estate Search Engines & Sites

    There were many interesting responses to the Real Estate Roundups that
    appeared in Search Day earlier this week (part II) and last week (part I).
    Most of the feedback called attention to other sites or features that had not
    been mentioned in those two articles. Of course, there are far more real
    estate sites than can be discussed in 1,100 words, so I had to leave out many
    interesting sites. (Some were excluded because I simply was unaware of
    them.)…
  • SEO
    Roadshow Copenhagen Sept. 23rd

    Dave Naylor just announced the dates for the next SEO Roadshow. The event is
    to take place on Saturday 23rd of September 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The
    hotel is called First Hotel Vesterbro, and the start time of the event is at
    1PM until the crowd breaks down. These events are always nice, even though I
    can never make it to them. I believe Danny has attended some in the past and
    he enjoyed them :)…
  • Search Engine
    Strategies
  • Search Bash 2006
  • Big.com
    Gets Ask Results, Toolbar

    I mentioned how useful Big.com was back in October, making it easy for those
    with low vision to see things more clearly thanks to its big fonts. Brad
    Haugaard, the project manager over there, dropped a note to say there’s been
    some changes to improve the service. What’s new? Results now come from Ask,
    rather than LookSmart. There’s been a general facelift all around. And there’s
    a new Big Toolbar for Internet Explorer to let you make any page look bigger
    — perhaps even those from the major search engines. When I looked at Big last
    time, I found none…
  • Most
    Searched For Famous Dads

    Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday and AOL has compiled a list of the most
    searched for famous dads. Here is a list on the most popular dads on AOL
    Search based on searches from May 21 through June 10: 1 Brad Pitt 2 Chris
    Daughtry 3 Howard Stern 4 Allen Iverson 5 Eminem 6 50 Cent 7 Daddy Yankee 8
    Paul McCartney 9 Elvis Presley 10 George Bush…

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