Google Buys Keyhhole: Mapping Ho

One of the most jaw dropping presentations at Web 2.0 was by the folks at Keyhole, who have some amazing technology for manipulating satellite images of the earth. The images are incredible, but the implications of their tech is what makes your jaw drop. In short, the application seems to…

pageGlobe.jpgOne of the most jaw dropping presentations at Web 2.0 was by the folks at Keyhole, who have some amazing technology for manipulating satellite images of the earth. The images are incredible, but the implications of their tech is what makes your jaw drop. In short, the application seems to turn the world into a searchable visualization. Hmmm.

Today, Google purchased them. More soon. Release in extended entry.

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Gary Finds MSN Interface

The inestimable Gary Price noodled around the MSN search preview site and found something he probably wasn't supposed to. The page has since been taken down, but Gary has screen shots (here and here too) and a summary of the MSN search interface he found there. Good work Gary! …what…

The inestimable Gary Price noodled around the MSN search preview site and found something he probably wasn’t supposed to. The page has since been taken down, but Gary has screen shots (here and here too) and a summary of the MSN search interface he found there. Good work Gary!

…what I found most interesting, an option to use three “sliders” to manipulate the ranking of pages. In other words, add or reduce the weight of certain ranking factors. Some might even call it personalization since the results I see might be different than the ones someone else views for the identical search.
The sliders are labeled:
+ Updated recently–Static
+ Very popular–Less popular
+ Approximate match–Exact match

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Meeker on Digital World: Blogs, Yahoo Are Winners

Sure, Mary Meeker raised her target on GOOG recently, which her company Morgan Stanley helped take public, but she's seen the future of search, and there's a lot of blogging in it. From her October "Update on the Digital World" (caveat: PDF download): The Internet has become a leading source…

meekerSure, Mary Meeker raised her target on GOOG recently, which her company Morgan Stanley helped take public, but she’s seen the future of search, and there’s a lot of blogging in it. From her October “Update on the Digital World” (caveat: PDF download):

The Internet has become a leading source for news and information over the past decade, but we believe the emerging acceptance (by users and publishers) of Web content syndication services will drive even broader / deeper usage of the Internet as an increasingly relevant news and information medium. We see three factors that are combining to drive momentum: 1) rising usage of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) by content providers as a standard distribution platform for online content; 2) ramp in the creation of blogs and other user-generated content; and 3) Yahoo!’s easy-to-use integration of RSS feeds (including blogs) that was rolled out in beta to its distribution channel of 25MM+ My Yahoo! users in late September.

While Google’s search engine and advertising tools set the pace for new ways of searching information, we believe that Yahoo! may be setting the pace for new ways of serving information…

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The Rule of Ten

Caveat: Totally off topic (sort of). For some reason, I grow uneasy if I have more than ten emails unanswered in my inbox. I'll stay at my computer late, I'll forego creature comforts, if it means I can get the message queue down to ten or less before I sleep….

Caveat: Totally off topic (sort of).

For some reason, I grow uneasy if I have more than ten emails unanswered in my inbox. I’ll stay at my computer late, I’ll forego creature comforts, if it means I can get the message queue down to ten or less before I sleep.

Lately this has become difficult, as the number of fun and/or important time requests, or reads/groks/responds, or emails that force other actions have risen to the point where my inbox often demands more of me than I can reasonably give.

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Is The Google IPO Rubbing Off?

Or is Shopping.com going to pop on its own accord? It priced at the top of the range today…and will trade shortly. Lead underwriter: Goldman. Ticker symbol: SHOP. Shopping.com's IPO priced 6.87 million shares at $18 per share, the underwriter said. Earlier in the day, the company raised the expected…

sdc_logoOr is Shopping.com going to pop on its own accord? It priced at the top of the range today…and will trade shortly. Lead underwriter: Goldman. Ticker symbol: SHOP.

Shopping.com’s IPO priced 6.87 million shares at $18 per share, the underwriter said. Earlier in the day, the company raised the expected price range of the offering to $16 to $18 per share from $14 to $16 per share.

Note that back in March, when they filed (wow, back in March!) I pegged this as a search IPO….

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The GooBrowser Won’t Die

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says they won't build a browser. But still some Slashdotters see a browser under Google's bed, after grokking this Mozillanews.org story. What if…well…what if they don't build a browser, but rather, well, lease one from Mozilla? The juicy bits: …after weeks of analysis, this is…

mozEric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says they won’t build a browser.

But still some Slashdotters see a browser under Google’s bed, after grokking this Mozillanews.org story. What if…well…what if they don’t build a browser, but rather, well, lease one from Mozilla?

The juicy bits:

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Yahacrobat

Yahoo and Adobe announced a partnership to incorporate Yahoo search into Adobe products. The most important part of this? What SEW Blog noted Tim Cadogan saying in the AP Story: For San Jose-based Adobe, the partnership will add online features to one of the software maker's core products, Acrobat. The…

AcrobatYahoo and Adobe announced a partnership to incorporate Yahoo search into Adobe products. The most important part of this? What SEW Blog noted Tim Cadogan saying in the AP Story:

For San Jose-based Adobe, the partnership will add online features to one of the software maker’s core products, Acrobat. The program is used by more than 500 million people and has become a common format for viewing documents over the Web and in e-mail attachments.

Under the deal, Adobe will first introduce a cobranded Yahoo browser toolbar that users can choose to install on their computers when prompted to download an update of Acrobat Reader. The toolbar an increasingly popular method of online search engines to stay constantly visible on a user’s Internet browser will feature links to Yahoo products and services as well as Adobe’s Web-based subscription service that lets people convert documents into the Adobe PDF file format.
Later, the companies said, the toolbar will add features such as the ability to quickly convert Web-based content into Adobe PDF files. Yahoo search will also be built into a future version of the Acrobat Reader, allowing users to search for more information from within the document without going through the extra steps of launching a Web browser.

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Playing With Feedburner

Many of you may recall my comments in the past about RSS and business models, I've brought the topic up a lot over the past few months. More than half of many blogs' traffic comes from RSS, and most of that traffic is blind – we don't know who is…

FeedburnMany of you may recall my comments in the past about RSS and business models, I’ve brought the topic up a lot over the past few months. More than half of many blogs’ traffic comes from RSS, and most of that traffic is blind – we don’t know who is reading or why, or how much. Also, unless you stick ad postings onto your site (a practice I’m not really into), none of that traffic sees your sponsors or advertising, should you have any. Net net, not a great business model for serious publishers.

Feedburner is an application that promises to change at least some of that. (Dick Costolo, the CEO, had been a prince helping me set it up. He’s the guy who co-led our RSS Business Models workshop at Web 2.0). I’m playing with it starting this weekend. For every second post over 50 words, Feedburner will burn in an Amazon advertisement. If anyone actually buys something from clicking on those ads, I get a few coppers in my affiliate account. Loyal Searchblog RSS readers don’t have do do anything to see this new feature, it happens automatically.

Again, as with the advertising on the upper right of the site itself, I am not doing this to get rich (any profits made will be given to schools), but to learn about the options and get smarter on the whole new ecosystem. It won’t be long, I predict, before Feedburner and services like it start rolling Overture-like ads into feeds. Then, perhaps, we can change this lame “headlines and summaries only” RSS approach taken by most of the mainstream publishers.

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