Highlights from the SEW Blog: Nov. 7, 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…

  • ChaCha Search: Take TwoWhen “human-powered” search engine ChaCha launched in September it was a great idea with very flawed execution. The site offers algorithmic search, but also IM-chat based search with actual people in real time. Here’s my previous post on ChaCha. Today, the site has gone from “alpha” to “beta” based on lessons learned during the alpha period. And it appears from casual searching there have been some significant improvements….
  • Google Owns AdSense.com NowNathan Weinberg reports that Google is now the owner of the domain adsense.com. The story goes a bit back when a company named the AdSense Consulting Group became Fed Up With Google AdSense, after receiving tons of unwanted traffic and inquiries on AdSense consulting services. They did not disclose the amount AdSense.com was sold for, but you can still visit the AdSense Consulting Group at www.adsense2.com. I wonder if Google will do the same with UTube.com, kinda similar to News.com’s story that YouTube.com sued by UTube.com….
  • Topix.net Gains $15 Million Investment From Newspaper ParentsNews aggregator and search engine Topix.net announced a new round of funding in which its newspaper owners, Gannett, Tribune Co. and McClatchy, have invested $15 million in the site to help further develop it. According to Hitwise, Topix has been on a tear and, according to the company itself, is now a “top 25” news site. Over the course of the past year Topix has had success developing community forums and has launched local classifieds. The site also recently implemented a news archive search. I have more discussion of the investment and its potential implications for newspapers on my blog….
  • Google Earth Release 4 Adds Drawing ToolsNathan Weinberg reports that Google released a new version of Google Earth. The new version has “path and polygon drawing tools” to enable you to “easily sketch figures on the imagery for richer annotations and can share these overlays as KML or KMZ files.” There are some other features, but that one is the most significant….
  • Windows Live Product Upload ReleasedLiveSide.Net reports that Microsoft launched Live Product Upload over the weekend. The tool that allows catalogers to upload their products to the Windows Live Product Search database. LiveSide that this feature “guarantees their inclusion in the Live Search extension.”…
  • Google Wins Right To Buy YouTube In Antitrust ReviewThe Chicago Tribune reports that Google has won the right to buy YouTube after antitrust authorities reviewed the documents by the Federal Trade Commission. So now it is official, Google can go through with the acquisition of YouTube for $1.65 billion….
  • Google Confirms Small Test With Newspaper AdsLast week we have been [1” [2” tracking PPC Discussions request from Google to participate in a test on placing his ads in newspapers. The main press now gets a hold of it with official confirmation from Google that they will be once again testing ads in newspapers. The New York Times and Business Week have the two most popular articles, I believe. They state that the ads will appear in “50 major newspapers” and that a “100 advertisers” are in this test that will begin to happen “later this month.”…

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