Search Headlines & Links: June 6, 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…

  • French
    Lawsuit Over Google Book Search

    French publisher sues Google for piracy from AFP covers how a French
    publishing group becomes the third to sue Google over its book scanning
    program. La Martiniere alleges the indexing project violates copyright.
    Association of American Publishers Sues Google over Library Digitization Plan
    and Google’s Library Scanning Project Heads to Court (action by the Authors
    Guild) covers the two other suits that I know of, which we’ve blogged about
  • Topix
    Adds Free Local Classifieds

    Joining the free classifieds fray, news aggregator has added the
    ability to post listings on the site for housing, jobs, private party items,
    services, events and "local shops." Here’s the ad-entry interface and here’s
    an example of where and how the ads appear. This program has been going on
    quietly for a few months but is now gaining notice….
  • Mark
    Fletcher Leaves & Bloglines

    Mark Fletcher, the founder of the most popular Web base RSS reader, Bloglines,
    announced that he is leaving the company. On February 8th 2005 Ask Jeeves (
    acquired Bloglines and continued to add features and resources to the service.
    Just last week launched a blog & feed search feature with the help of
    the Bloglines team. Mark is leaving not just to spend more time with his
    family, but more because he wants to start up new companies and help other
    startups succeed. Mark says he is confident in leaving Bloglines in the hands, read Mark’s full moving…

  • Googlebowling A Reality?

    Googlebowling is a term used to describe the method of knocking out a page
    from the Google search results. Googlebowling is conducted by linking to a
    particular site from sites within bad neighborhoods. Rand over at
    posted recent information he learned about Googlebowling while at SES London a
    week ago. To successfully deploy Googlebowling, Rand writes that you need to
    "use patterns that would show that the site has "participated" in the
    program." That means, you need to make sure to point the same "spammy" links
    to the other sites linking to the site you want to penalize. If…
  • Funny
    Example Of Why DMOZ Titles Are Bad In Search Results

    Threadwatch posted a funny example of why DMOZ (ODP) directory titles should
    not always be used in the Google search results page. Search for Tony Knowles
    and you will see the top two results read, "Tony Knowles for Governor" and
    "Governor Tony Knowles" respectively. Yes, Tony Knowles is running to be the
    Governor Alaska but is not yet the governor there. If you click through to the
    second result, the one that reads "Governor Tony Knowles", and points to, you will notice the actual title of the page is
    "Governor Frank Murkowski," the current Governor of Alaska. So where…
  • Baidu,
    Chinese Search Engine TV Ad

    Baidu, the Chinese based search engine, launched a new TV commercial. The
    commercial was translated and posted over at and can also be
    watched at YouTube. The commercial has an ending tag line that reads something
    like; "with Baidu, you can ‘find’ whoever you want to search for." Check out
    more of the details and the video at ValleyWag….
  • Google
    Asks If AdWords Is Useful With Feedback Buttons

    Philipp Lenssen reports that Google is testing feedback buttons near AdWords
    ads. The feedback buttons asks, "Was this link useful?" You can then click on
    either a Yes or No button to provide the feedback. I was unable to duplicate
    this on my browsers, but interesting nevertheless….
  • Google
    Indexing Fewer Pages: Signs Of The Google Crawling Sandbox?

    Aaron Wall over at has an excellent write up on the recent
    indexing phenomenon at Google. Google has been indexing fewer and fewer pages
    and webmasters are trying to figure out how to get more of their pages indexed
    and found by searchers. Aaron posted a blog entry he named The Google Crawling

  • Facelift, New Features For Yahoo’s MyWeb Bookmark Service

    Yahoo’s MyWeb bookmark service has gotten a facelift and new features to make
    it easier than before for people to find what others are saving and sharing on
    the service. Yahoo MyWeb Gets New Look, Easier Browsing & Viewing Features in
    today’s SearchDay from me covers the changes and revisits how the system works
    in general….
  • Google
    Spreadsheets To Launch Shortly

    Google is to release a new Google Spreadsheets product on Tuesday, allowing
    anyone with a web browser to create and interact with spreadsheet information.
    The product will be a limited test release, which basically means first come,
    first served until Google shuts off the flow. Want it? Then watch Google Labs.
    Google Spreadsheets was planned to be posted there at 6am Pacific time
    Tuesday, when I talked with the company about the service earlier today….
  • New
    Search Patent Applications: June 5, 2006 – Taking Care of Web Decay, Dead
    Links, and Parked Domains

    Yahoo provides an XML based bid management tool, and a way to maintain a
    persistent link to dynamic information between a browser and specific web
    pages. Microsoft marries email and search to provide a way store and track
    queries, and also introduces a method of calculating similarity between pages
    without the computational overhead of a Latent Semantic Indexing methodology.
    IBM aims to improve text search by preprocessing and maintaining relationship
    data between documents, delivers a means of spellchecking URLs, describes a
    process for personalizing web pages which include personalized search results,
    and introduces a method to rank pages while accounting…

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