Highlights from the SEW Blog: Mar. 23, 2006

Featured posts from the Search Engine Watch blog, as well as our customary search 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/.

Google Doesn’t Have To Hand Over Search Logs To Justice Department

Catching up on some important news from last week, the judge in the case of the US Department Of Justice versus Google has ruled that Google does NOT have to provide the DOJ with query logs. Google calls it a victory, and I agree.

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SEMPO Board Elects 2006 Officers

ClickZ reports that SEMPO’s new board of directorshas elected the 2006 SEMPO officers. The new chairperson is Gordon Hotchkiss from Enquiro, Dana Todd from SiteLab remains the President, Jeffrey Pruitt from iCrossing is the new Vice President, Sara Holoubek takes over as the Treasurer and the new Secretary is Dave Williams from 360i.

LookSmart’s Zeal Directory To Close

Once a potential rival to the Open Directory, LookSmart had decided to close its volunteer-driven Zeal directory at the end of this month. LookSmart acquired the service in 2000. Though the Zeal site itself is still accepting registrations, here’s the closure message LookSmart’s sent out:

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Ask.com Adds “The Advanced Plan” For Larger Advertisers

I was reviewing the Ask Sponsored Listings page and noticed a new service named “The Advanced Plan” listed on the home page. I have not seen this special program before today. The plan says it is available for those that plan on spending approximate $5,000 or more per month. For those advertisers, they get this specialcontact form to fill out.

A Deeper Look At Personalized News Search Engines

Mark Glaser at MediaShift wrote a great review named Your Guide to Personalized News Sites. He reviews the history of personalized news sites, and discusses many of the new free options people have to search news with a personal touch. Here is a listing of some of the engines he reviewed:

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ShopLocal Wins In Crawling Case Against Cairo

Apparently, ShopLocal.com wasn’t happy with rival local shopping search service Cairo for hitting its listings. ShopLocal took Cairo to court, and Cairo has now agreed not to make further “robotic or other automated” visits to ShopLocal’s site, ShopLocal says.

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Google Base Creeping Into Main Search Results Page

GoodROI shows us an example of a search that brings up a Google Base search box, right at the top of the main search results at Google.com. The search that should show you this Google Base OneBox result is for homes for sale.

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Gary Price Interviewed; Ask’s New Butler?

Library Journal has an interview with Gary Price, of Ask.com and formerly the News Editor of Search Engine Watch. The interview goes through Gary’s new role at Ask.com, his continued work at Resource Shelf and many other topics. When I saw Jim Lanzone, from Ask.com, at SES NYC a month ago, I told him that Gary is the closest thing to Jeeves that I know. So in reality, the loss of the Jeeves character has been fulfilled by the real deal, Gary Price.

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