Search Headlines & Links: May 8, 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:

Today From The SEW Blog…


  • AdWords Advertisements Not Censored in Google China

    Google China has censored their search results to
    remove certain sites and listings that are deemed by the Chinese government.
    However, an advertiser has discovered a loophole in the censoring system that
    results in these censored sites showing up in google.cn search results via the
    Google AdWords sponsored listings program….
     

  • Tech Memeorandum Gets New Name: Techmeme

    Memeorandium’s tech page has been on my essential
    reading list since it launched almost two years ago. About the only downside has
    been remembering the name. I’d always be misspelling it. Problem solved. Creator
    Gabe Rivera has given it a new name, Techmeme, and a new domain: techmeme.com. A
    bit more from him on the change here: Goodbye tech.memeorandum, Hello Techmeme….

     

  • Microsoft Accelerates Mapping

    Mapping has already become one of the most
    competitive arenas online — a visual version of local search. Barry posted
    earlier about how Microsoft wants to enable dynamic updating of online maps with
    traffic and other local data in real time. Last week, as I posted on my blog,
    the company announced the well-known acquisition of Vexcel corporation. Vexcel
    is a "remote sensing" and mapping company that enables, among other things,
    extremely high resolution aerial photography and 3-D mapping….
     

  • Expedia-Hosted Domains Spamming

    SEO Black Hat reports that it appears Expedia
    France is spamming the search engines. What this appear to be are hosted spam
    pages on the expedia.fr domain name. If you do a search at Google for buy viagra
    you will currently notice that buyviagra.blog.expedia.fr is the 2nd result.
    There are many other examples of these pages, in fact, my blog has been denying
    comment spam from all sorts of Expedia France subdomains including
    homeequitylineofcredit.blog.expedia.fr. This may just be some sort of Expedia
    hack, where spammers buy the subdomain from Expedia, to do what they want with
    it….
     

  • Yahoo Unveils
    Public Details Of "Panama" Ad System Upgrade

    Yahoo’s finally gone public with details about its
    new "Panama" ad system upgrade, which when launched later this year will bring
    the system up to matching what Google’s long offered, though both Yahoo and
    Google will remain behind Microsoft’s third-generation ad platform "adCenter,"
    launched last week. Details have leaked before, but now Yahoo’s doing the
    talking directly….
     

  • Microsoft To Map The World In Real Time?

    The TechnologyReview.com has an interesting
    article explaining a project at Microsoft named SenseWeb, that will strive to
    enable Windows Live Local to have real-time mapping and local data. The
    real-time information, is reportedly going to be up-to-the minute on local gas
    prices, traffic flows, restaurant wait times, parking information and more. It
    is important to note that Yahoo maps have been offering real-time traffic
    reports since at least January 2005. I am interested to see how Microsoft will
    enable local gas prices, restaurant wait times and parking information into this
    system….
     

  • Windows Live QnA In Action

    The MSN Search Blog mentions the new Windows Live
    QnA service and also has a link to the MSN Spaces QnA blog that has details with
    screen shots of the new offering. So if you are interesting in taking a look at
    Microsoft’s answer to Google Answers and Yahoo Answers, visit the QnA blog. We
    had a short brief on this new service on Friday….
     

  • Microsoft Acquires DeepMetrix To Enhance adCenter Metrics

    ThreadWatch points to a release that shows
    Microsoft has purchased DeepMetrix, a Web analytics company. The purchase is to
    enable Microsoft to "deliver new Web analytics applications in future releases
    of Microsoft adCenter." Last year Google acquired Urchin, and then renamed it to
    Google Analytics in November and began AdWords integration soon after. Microsoft
    will possibly do the same….
     

  • New Way To Try Google Health (Maybe)

    Garett Rogers reports and Philipp Lenssen reports
    on a what may appear to be Google Health, which we suspect will be coming this
    Wednesday. They both have screen captures of new query refinement that might be
    related to the expected lunch of Google health. I personally can’t replicate it,
    but with some digging, Danny and I found a way for you to hit the underlying
    health filters….

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