Search Headlines & Links: May 23, 2006

Below, a recap of
stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we’ve spotted but not blogged

From The SEW Blog…

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    headlines from us related to search at the top of Google search results pages
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  • Daily
    SearchCast, May 23, 2006: Google Removes Sites Over Hate Speech From News;
    Google Bug Makes Your Site Seem To Disappear; MSN Gives ODP Description
    Opt-Out (Hurray!) & More!

    Today’s search podcast covers Google removing some sites from Google News over
    hate speech issues; a bug that causes Google to report fewer pages indexed
    than it actually has for your site; MSN goes where other search engines have
    yet to go, offering an opt-out for Open Directory titles and descriptions
    being forced upon your listings and more! 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…
  • New
    Scandoo Tool Scans for Scumware in Search Results

    The reports of hackers poisoning search results by optimizing landing pages
    that included links to viruses, spyware and other malware alarmed many people.
    Now a free new service called Scandoo serves as a front-end to Ask, Google,
    MSN Search and Yahoo, scanning results for potential nasties. It identifies
    potential threats in real-time without requiring a plug-in or download.
    “Clean” results are labeled with a green checkmark; those with potential
    threats are labeled with a red “X” (see it in action with this search for “warez”).
    More about Scandoo and how it works here….
  • Amazon
    Upgrades Amazon Online Reader

    Gary Price has a detailed & step-by-step write up on the new Amazon Online
    Reader. You can view the new look for the reader by clicking here. The new
    features include; search for words within the pages, scroll from page to page
    (looks AJAX like), and a zoom feature. More details at Gary and/or at
  • Google’s
    Eric Schmidt Interviewed on CNBC

    ResourceShelf points to a CNBC interview of Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt. The
    two-part interview goes over the “plan B” for Google’s growth, Google the
    “portal,” the competitive landscape, the CNET controversy, Bill Gates comments
    about Google, Wall Street, the international front, and finally click fraud. A
    few things I will put out for you is that Google wants to increase “targeted
    ads” for all media, Google won’t call itself a portal, content companies are
    not competitors, there is a difference between public information being
    available and publicizing that information, and Asia is a growing market that
    Google will be aiming…
  • Google
    Removing News Sources For Hate Speech reports that Google has removed two Islamic sites from the
    Google News index for “hate speech.” Google cited three examples of articles
    that Google News readers reported to them, including this one and this one.
    Philipp Lenssen has a nice write up on the subject here. It is also important
    to note that Google has not removed the site from the Google Web search index, returns almost 33,000 results….
  • MySpace
    In Partnership Talks With Google & Microsoft

    The Financial Times reports that MySpace, the huge social networking site, is
    in talks with Google and Microsoft over partnership opportunities to better
    monetize MySpace with contextual and search ads. MySpace, that has “nearly 80m
    registered users”, is seeking a search company, like Google or Microsoft to
    “supply internet searches on its pages, along with adverts tied to results.”
    The Financial Times says that Yahoo is “less interested,” possibly because
    they have their own consumer generated content going on there. This deal can
    be huge for both Google and Microsoft, and also MySpace….
  • Windows
    Live Local Maps UK With Aerial Imagery

    Loren Baker spotted a LiveSide post noting that Windows Live Local has added
    UK aerial imagery coverage. LiveSide explains that they are still lacking
    Birds-Eye feature at many UK cities, but expect improvements to that feature
    by the “end of the summer.”…
  • Google
    Base Live in UK & Germany

    Philipp notes that Google Base is now live in the UK and Germany. The UK
    version is at and the German version is at….

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

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