Highlights from the SEW Blog: August 8, 2006

Featured posts from the Search Engine Watch blog, as well as our customary headlines from around the web. If you’re not familiar with our blog, click on any of the links below, or visit the blog’s home page at http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/.

From The SEW Blog…

  • Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2006 – Day One
    This morning, when walking towards the conference area, you can smell the excitement in the air for this SES event. San Jose is believed to be the SES event of the year. The conference center is very fitting for the event, the distance from the hotel lobby is very close, the rooms are large enough to fit the large crowds and the search engine companies live just around the corner. Today, the volunteers are the Search Engine Roundtable provided next to real time coverage of the event. Below are links to the 14 sessions Benjamin Pfeiffer, Chris Boggs, Lee Odden…
  • Google & MySpace In $900 Million Deal On Search & Contextual Ads
    Just in, an announcement that Google and MySpace have reached a deal for Google to provide search and contextual ads to MySpace, in return for giving MySpace (well, the entire Fox Interactive Media network) $900 million in guaranteed payments through 2010. From the press release:…
  • Yahoo Launches Search Builder
    During the Social Search Overview session, Tim Mayer of Yahoo announced the launch of Yahoo Search Builder. I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, and probably won’t until next week. But the Yahoo Search blog has a nice overview of the new product. Keep in mind, this seems very similar to Eurekster, based on my quick quick quick read of it. More on this later….
  • AOL Releases Search Data & Raises Privacy Concerns
    Techmeme is reporting a huge amount of concern over AOL releasing, then pulling, search logs done by 500,000 users over three months. The purpose of the release was to help search researchers better understand user behavior in conjunction with an industry event for search researchers happening in Seattle, SIGIR. The data was posted on the AOL research site, but has since been pulled….
  • Google & Viacom Partner In Video Ad Test
    Via the NY Times, Google and Viacom have partnered to place Viacom video clips (MTV and other clips) on web site owner pages. The video clips will contain ads from Viacom, which Google and site owns will share the revenues from. These tests are to begin towards the end of the month. This is the first step, I bet, to AdWords on TV. Last week we reported that Google Radio is coming to XM Satellite Radio, so TV isn’t so far fetched. FYI – sorry for short posts, SES San Jose is today and coverage will be slow. Towards the…
  • Google Music, Not Any Time Soon
    News.com reports that Google has no plans to sell music anytime soon. Chris Sacca, head of business development for Google, said Thursday at a NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) conference; We are not going to be selling music.” There were many rumors about a Google Music coming soon, check out our rumor coverage here. So does this mean Google Music is dead?

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