Highlights from the SEW Blog: July 10, 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/.

  • Myanmar Enables Access To Google After Blocking Gmail & GTalk
    Mizzima News reports that Myanmar (also known as Burma) has opened up access to Google again, after blocking it about a week ago. Reportedly Myanmar blocked Google and Gmail/GTalk because they want to control the revenues earned from the state-controlled telephone companies. Myanmar has been known to block web-based email accounts because they want to only allow state-controlled email usage….
  • eBay Disallows Google Checkout
    Andy Beal reports that eBay has officially banned Google Checkout as a payment solution on eBay. Here is a list of payment solutions not allowed on eBay, including Google Checkout….
  • Kinderstart Transcript Available
    Eric Goldman posted the Kinderstart transcript and other case documents on his site. Recently, Kinderstart’s case was heard in court and the judge requested Kinderstart to provide some more information. The full, 45 page, transcript of the June 30th hearing can be downloaded here….
  • Google Fixes XSS Security Holes
    A security vulnerability in Google, discovered and posted at ha.ckers.org was patched quickly by Google. Both Philipp Lenssen and JasonD posted about the XSS hole that enables hackers to deploy phishing scams, cookie stealing, and creation of worms. Matt Cutts of Google was quick to reply to the Threadwatch post stating that the hole has “either fixed or the fix is going out.”…
  • Google Ombudsman? Search Ombudsman? Great Idea — Bring Them On!
    Back in 2004, Gary Stein suggested that Yahoo hire an ombudsman, a sort of impartial referee to handle disputes involving advertising programs. I thought it was a great idea. Today, Steve Bryant over at eWeek’s Google Watch calls for Google to do the same thing. Again, great idea — let’s see the search engines all start hiring ombudsmen, in the way that many newspapers and others have done….
  • Incroyable! ‘Le Tour’ Uses Google Earth Not GeoPortail
    WebProNews points to the Google Earth Blog in explaining that The Tour de France has integrated Google Earth into its site and functionality. In particular, the site offers complete 3-D rendering of all tour stages. But we must ask, why wasn’t this done on France’s homegrown Google Earth challenger GeoPortail?…
  • June 2006 Search News Recap Posted
    The latest edition of my monthly Search Engine Report newsletter is now online, recapping top stories in search from the past month. You can read it online or receive it via email for free by signing up here. If you’re a Search Engine Watch member, the latest edition of Search Engine Update newsletter has also been posted. That newsletter carries more items than the Search Engine Report newsletter and goes out twice per month….
  • Report: Advertisers Lost $800 Million To Click Fraud Last Year
    The San Francisco Chronicle reports on a click fraud study that claims 14.6 percent of all clicks and $800 million worth of fraudulent clicks were charged to advertisers….
  • New Search Patent Applications: July 5, 2006 – Google Coming to a Shopping Mall Near You
    Google files patents for shopping offline with online assistance, a secondary map in Google Maps, and an updated review aggregator. Yahoo adds a patent application for search results PPC advertising, and managing blog content. Microsoft looks to anchor text to help train a machine learning classification system when user behavior data isn’t available. AOL details a method of filtering search results using ontologies and expert domains for queries. IBM explains differences in how images can be indexed, and presents a method based upon the semantic meanings of pictures. Become, Inc., describes how different links can be assigned different values while…
  • Google’s Spam Score Details Shown?
    Peter Da Vanzo spotted a DigitalPoint thread that found clues as to how Google scores spam results behind the scenes. Now, honestly, I have no idea if this is about spam or something else, it is just that the information posted in the forum, seems to appear like a spam score report by Google. How did it come about? The user was presented with this information after clicking on a cache URL in the Google results. The user was shocked to see the following information revealed to him….
  • Google Warns U.S. Legislators On Anti-Trust Complaints Over Net Neutrality
    The Washington Post reports that Google has warned the United States, that if telecoms abuse net neutrality principles it backs, through a new law that might go through, it could consider an anti-trust action. If you want all the details, check out the Washington Post.

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