Search Engine Milestones for June 2003

Notable news and announcements from the web search world during the past month.

Warning: The links and descriptions below are from official press releases, and may contain marketing hyperbole, claims or euphemisms not necessarily endorsed by Search Engine Watch.

June 4

Ask Jeeves Announces Completion of Convertible Note Offering
Ask Jeeves, Inc. announced today that it closed its sale of $100 million aggregate principal amount of Zero Coupon Convertible Subordinated Notes due June 1, 2008.

LookSmart and Inktomi Renew Multi-Year Agreement to Distribute LookListings
Under terms of the multi-year agreement, LookSmart will continue to provide paid search listings from their LookListings program to Inktomi’s search index via Inktomi’s IndexConnect Reseller program.

June 5

Google and Lycos Europe Announce Strategic Alliance
Google and Lycos Europe today announced an agreement whereby Google will provide relevant content-targeted ads to the member pages of Europe’s largest homepage building community, Lycos Tripod.

June 9

Copernic Agent Selected by PC Magazine as Best Search Toolbar for 2003
Information technology specialist Copernic today announced that editors of PC Magazine have selected Copernic Agent Basic 6.0 as the best search toolbar in their Utility Guide 2003.

June 11

Espotting Inks Geo-Targeted Pan-European Deal
Espotting Unveils New Search Partners
Espotting has signed a pan-European, geo-targeted deal with has deployed technology to geographically segment its users and has chosen Espotting to provide results for its European user-base. A separate deal with European portal Euroseek will see a pan-European full implementation, consisting of all search results, and targeted content across all channels and directories.

June 12

Vivmsimo Awarded National Science Foundation SBIR Grants to Develop New Capabilities for Homeland Security
“With this grant we will enhance and modify our on-the-fly document clustering products to help intelligence analysts easily recognize patterns and identify trends from large amounts of unstructured data in many different languages,” said Raul Valdes-Perez, President, Vivisimo.

June 16

Dealtime Offers Merchants Lower Minimum Bids Across All Product Categories And Launches Sku Volume Discount
DealTime, the shopping search engine, today announced that it has lowered the minimum bids for merchants to list on DealTime and launched a SKU volume discount program for merchants listing 5,000 SKUs or more.

June 17

AltaVista’s Multimedia Index Becomes World’s Largest
AltaVista today announced it has significantly expanded its multimedia index to more than 550 million files, including more than 540 million image files and approximately 11 million video and audio files.

Espotting announces plans to merge with
Espotting announced today an agreement to merge with At’s closing share price on June 17, 2003, the transaction values Espotting at $163 million (#97 million / Euro 138 million).

Fast Acquires AltaVista Enterprise Search Business
Fast Search & Transfer today announced the acquisition of the AltaVista enterprise search business, including more than two hundred customers, from Overture Services, Inc. for an undisclosed cash amount.

The Wall Street Journal Online now can target advertising based on Subscribers’ interests
Using Interest-Based Targeting, Online Journal advertisers can reach subscribers who have shown an interest in a particular area of news coverage, including business and personal technology, travel, automotive, investments, health and leisure.

June 18

Google Expands Advertising Monetization Program for Websites
Google today announced a new self-service option for Google AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads precisely targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages. With Google AdSense, publishers serve text-based Google AdWords ads on their site and Google pays them for clicks on these ads.

June 19

Copernic Offers a Special Rebate to Users of BullsEye Software
Copernic is offering a competitive upgrade applicable to the purchase of Copernic Agent Professional as Intelliseek is discontinuing sales of BullsEye software.

June 23

Ask Jeeves Sells Additional $15 Million of Zero Coupon Convertible Subordinated Notes
Ask Jeeves, Inc. announced today the sale of an additional $15 million aggregate principal amount of its Zero Coupon Convertible Subordinated Notes due June 1, 2008 in a private offering.

MapQuest Selects Google to Provide Sponsored Links
MapQuest and Google today announced an agreement that will make Google’s sponsored links available to users.

June 25

Yahoo Extends Its Music Destination, LAUNCH, Into Europe
Significantly expanded music content and information now available in UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

June 30

Overture Launches Content Match, Company’s New Contextual Advertising Product
Overture Services, Inc. today announced the launch of Content Match, the company’s new contextual advertising product which places the company’s search results on relevant content-based pages of its distribution partners’ Web sites.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication’s search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

InfoUSA Offers Online Profile Tool Jul 1 2003 5:19AM GMT
Overture Releases Contextual Ad Product Jul 1 2003 4:06AM GMT
Chicago Portal Gets FAST Jul 1 2003 4:06AM GMT
How Content Quality Effects Web Site Advertising
Advertising Age Jul 1 2003 4:00AM GMT
Yahoo matchmaking gets more personal
CNET Jun 30 2003 9:30PM GMT
Overture Services Unveils New Ad Product Jun 30 2003 7:50PM GMT
Telefsnica gets green light for Terra Lycos buy-out Jun 30 2003 4:39PM GMT
Yahoo searches for top internet cafe
Web-User Jun 30 2003 2:28PM GMT
DMA Nonprofit Federation Starts New Web Site Jun 30 2003 5:18AM GMT
How viruses (and your PC) are used to send spam
ZDNet Jun 30 2003 1:15AM GMT
New Search Engine for South Africa
Research Buzz Jun 29 2003 8:41PM GMT
Search Firms Look For Ways To Fight Google
Yahoo Jun 29 2003 7:22PM GMT
Is Google God?
New York Times Jun 28 2003 8:52PM GMT
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