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Google To Launch Blog Search

By - September 13, 2005

GooblogserachTonight Google will announce (well, the embargo is tonight at 9 pm PST) that it is launching blog search, in two flavors, one for, and another as a beta at (not yet up, but will be soon…).

I spoke with Google about this, more soon, wanted to get this up in a timely manner…(too timely…as the service has yet to be pushed live….)

Update: I gotta hit the hay, as I have like ten hours of radio interviews starting at the ungodly hour of 4 AM, but so far the service is still not live, but Google’s FAQ is, at least. As Dave Sifry of Technorati can attest, blog search ain’t easy!

Also, the FAQ claims the URL will be, not the other way around as I was told earlier…

Update 2: It’s live now, and garnering a lot of attention. A good post on it here at the Six Apart blog (thanks Anil).

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Google Can Hire Dr. Lee

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So says the judge, who ruled earlier today. Seattle Times coverage.

King County Superior Court Judge Steven Gonzalez is still barring Kai-Fu Lee from doing work on products, services or projects he worked on at Microsoft, including computer search technology. But while the judge said that a noncompete agreement Lee signed with Microsoft is valid, he said recruiting and staffing a Google center in China would not violate that agreement.

Google’s blog post here.

Berkeley Tonight, Mtn. View Tomorrow….

By - September 12, 2005

For those of you who are in the Bay area, I’ll be at the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley tonight, all are welcome, starting around 6 pm, and then Tuesday evening in Mountain View, 7:30PM

at Books, Inc, 301 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041.

The book is really taking over my life right now, as one might expect, it’s very exciting. Thanks to you it cracked the top 25 on Amazon, I think that’s a good thing. I’m really proud, and very humbled. I teach today at Berkeley before the talk, and I’m glad I am – it’s always refreshing to talk with students, who see the world much more clearly than us old, jaded folks.

Help SearchBlog and FM

By - September 09, 2005

SblogsurveyAs many of you know I’m starting a company called Federated Media Publishing, we’re hoping to build a way for site authors to thrive by matching their sites to endemic, high quality sponsors. As part of the initial process of starting up, we’re asking our Authors to run surveys on their site, asking pretty standard questions of their audiences, so we can make better matches between marketers and an author’s sites. We did this a while back on Boing Boing and really learned a lot. Searchblog will be the first site to try the survey, which means you guys get to be our first testers.

Will you help us out and take this short survey, and let me know more about you? It’ll help make Searchblog and FM more successful – without reader input, there’s not a business in the first place. Thanks in advance, and please let me know if you have any trouble or input.

Google Update?

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Nope, says Googler Matt Cutts – just adding some pages, not changing algos. Yup, says grizzled vet Danny Sullivan – it’s a major change to the index, whether or not the algos are changing. Net net: Google’s index is swelling. Again, this have anything to do with Yahoo’s recent declaration? Well…of course it does!


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MSN is offering several new APIs as part of its web platform strategy, the most visible is its search API. More at SEW. Scoble, Microsoft’s informal blogger in chief, has a riff on what MSFT is trying to accomplish, or should try to accomplish, here.

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Google (and MSN and Yahoo) are in the audience aggregation business. Huh? That means that they need to do things to draw in large audiences (so they can sell advertising to those audiences).

This job is very similar to a music group. Say, like, U2. Now, U2, if they are good, will see their audiences continue to get better. Here’s a hint. U2 is good and sells out huge stadiums. But, what if they do something that pisses off the audience? Well, then, the audience will get smaller as those customers try to find somewhere else to spend their money. U2’s job is to thrill their audiences (and they spend a LOT of time and money doing that with everything from lights, to sound, to special effects).

But, does U2 really care about what the Black Eyed Peas are doing?

Interesting Times…

By - September 08, 2005

Rumors on Google, EBay. I don’t buy the first one, I can see the second. I mean, what on earth would the Google culture DO with Reuters? Really, I’ve dealt with both companies extensively, I can’t imagine a worse relationship. On the other hand, they might just buy em and run them like an absentee landlord. Odder things have happened…at Google anyway.

Now eBay buying Skype? You kidding me? Of course that makes sense. Who is the largest paid search advertiser in the world? eBay. (Or at least in the top three). Why? They are a *mature business* which has reached the stage of *paying well for acquiring customers.* Skype has tens of millions of potential customers, AND a way for folks who are buying and selling to talk to each other for free. But the first point is more important than the second, trust me. Think AOL and ICQ. No brainer.

SEW says it’s Google’s 7th birthday, but I’ve heard the date is in fact “sometime in the late summer/early fall,” so expect an official celebration as soon as Google can get their doodle designer to get it into gear….(my book does peg the date, but you’ll have to buy it to find out…)

SEW also notes that Google’s index seems to be swelling. Did someone predict this (read second to last paragraph)?! One reader here at Searchblog has also noticed this…see the comments on the left…

WSJ (free link) does blog search engines….

Google Maps + Katrina info via Slashdot

Recovery2.0 meet to happen thanks to Jarvis and others, look for meeting at Web 2.0….all welcome who want to contribute, no pass needed – just work with Jeff and let us know.

MSFT: Next Step, Web 2.0

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Microsoft has grand plans for a new “web platform” strategy. Cnet has the coverage. From it:

The software company plans to open access to its MSN and other public Web sites to let developers assemble new applications that build on those sites–a technique used successfully at Google and at other Web companies to promote their properties.

Microsoft will detail its “Web platform” strategy at its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles next week, company executives told CNET It intends to publish the application programming interfaces, or APIs, to some of its public Web sites, including MSN Search, and deliver better tools to write those applications.

More on this as I get smart(er) on it….the key of course, is how they plan to integrate Windows and Office…their main revenue lines….there is some detail on that in the Cnet piece…read to the second page…

On one hand, Microsoft is appealing to the trend of making Web applications that run entirely in the browser across all operating systems. But at the same time, it continues to espouse so-called thick clients, or what Microsoft calls “smart clients,” where the application front end fully exploits the features of Windows and Office on a PC. In its own Dynamics-branded business applications, announced Wednesday, integration with Office is a top priority, for instance

I Got Yer Mutual Satisfaction, Right Here

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Google and Gieco have settled their trademark dispute case. This suprises me little – Google, which we know has plenty of cash, has far too much to lose through a big, ugly case with lots of public discovery. And Geico, I am sure, has a price.

From the Reuters piece:

GEICO, the No. 4 U.S. auto insurer and a unit of investor Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia was “resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.”

….”Terms of the settlement, although not disclosed, would suggest some sort of payment was made, but that a trial has been avoided,” Martin Pyykkonen, an analyst with brokerage Hoefer & Arnett. “This mitigates the risk of further trademark lawsuits,” he said.