Blinkx 2.0 Launches

I've come to realize that one of the main reasons I have a Mac is so I don't spend all day playing with new search tools (most of which are PC only), and instead I can focus on my supposed real job, which is writing the book (yes, I…

blinkx2 I’ve come to realize that one of the main reasons I have a Mac is so I don’t spend all day playing with new search tools (most of which are PC only), and instead I can focus on my supposed real job, which is writing the book (yes, I really am writing, I swear). To that end, I can’t speak to the new launch of Blinkx, but that’s OK, a lot of other folks can.

Release in extended entry.

Update: Om notes that there may be trouble in Blinkx land, a founder is out….

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Audience Match

Fred also points us to Tacoda's announcement of its Audience Match network, which is attempting to get publishers to share data so as to more precisely target audience intent over multiple content sites….

Fred also points us to Tacoda’s announcement of its Audience Match network, which is attempting to get publishers to share data so as to more precisely target audience intent over multiple content sites.

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CBSMW Sold to Dow Jones

Congrats to Larry Kramer and his team for building an asset, surviving the bubble, and hooking up with Dow Jones. Price: Nearly $500 million. NYT coverage. Good analysis: Fred's post. He used to be Chair of TheStreet.com….

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Congrats to Larry Kramer and his team for building an asset, surviving the bubble, and hooking up with Dow Jones. Price: Nearly $500 million. NYT coverage.

Good analysis: Fred’s post. He used to be Chair of TheStreet.com.

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Weekend Reading

BBC: Which engine is best? Scoble: On MSFT's new engine (view from inside MSFT). Key insight: MSFT can win if they are more transparent than Google. Interesting… Don Park: Worries that the world of search is headed toward a gated community model. Chilling, and certainly a viable scenario. BizWeek: MSFT…

BBC: Which engine is best?

Scoble: On MSFT’s new engine (view from inside MSFT). Key insight: MSFT can win if they are more transparent than Google. Interesting…

Don Park: Worries that the world of search is headed toward a gated community model. Chilling, and certainly a viable scenario.

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Will Google Ban Trade in Trademarks?

I'm noticing enough buzz on the topic to merit bringing it up here – folks on the boards are talking about whether Google might ban the practice of bidding on trademarked terms. The original rumour came from a Google UK source, reported on Corante, first mentioned on Webmasterworld, the grandaddy…

amblinds.jpgI’m noticing enough buzz on the topic to merit bringing it up here – folks on the boards are talking about whether Google might ban the practice of bidding on trademarked terms. The original rumour came from a Google UK source, reported on Corante, first mentioned on Webmasterworld, the grandaddy of the SEM/SEO discussion boards.

From that thread:

A friend of mine attended a Google University seminar at Earls Court (London, UK) on Thursday last week. Apparently one of the guys from Google said that they were planning to phase out affiliate bidding on AdWords ‘very soon’. The reason – showing several ads for the same merchant reflects badly on the user’s experience.

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AOL Goes For Travel

It's the last day of the Wall St. Journal's free week, so I'll point to its coverage of this story: "AOL Plans Service to Scour Internet for Travel Deals." Yahoo has already made its intentions known in this space, and for my money, it's only a matter of time before…

aolIt’s the last day of the Wall St. Journal’s free week, so I’ll point to its coverage of this story: “AOL Plans Service to Scour Internet for Travel Deals.” Yahoo has already made its intentions known in this space, and for my money, it’s only a matter of time before Google does as well.

AOL’s doing its deal with Kayak, which has been a Gary Price favorite for a long time.

America Online plans to enter the crowded online travel market early next year with a free service it claims will search dozens of Web sites for the best deals.

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Google Images: A Clever Fix

Recall the earlier post about Google Images, which demonstrated that the index was rarely updated? Well, the folks at Google clearly were listening. When Sergey calls something embarrassing, something has to change. Now, when you query Google Images, you will see Google News images in your results. That'll solve some…

arafatRecall the earlier post about Google Images, which demonstrated that the index was rarely updated? Well, the folks at Google clearly were listening. When Sergey calls something embarrassing, something has to change. Now, when you query Google Images, you will see Google News images in your results. That’ll solve some of the problems, but it’s just a patch – news only archives 30 days, if memory serves. It’s quite clever, though.

Example: Arafat.

Thanks to Nathan for pointing to this.

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Fiddling with Results?

SEW points out that a search on the new MSFT beta engine for more evil than satan returns Google as #1, and explains this history – apparently Google did the same to MSFT back in 1999. I find this disturbing in all sorts of ways. It shows that engineers at…

evilsatanSEW points out that a search on the new MSFT beta engine for more evil than satan returns Google as #1, and explains this history – apparently Google did the same to MSFT back in 1999.

I find this disturbing in all sorts of ways. It shows that engineers at any search company not only *can* fiddle with results, but at times when they find it convenient or funny (or perhaps in other instances, good for their business in some way) they *will.* Not a good precedent, in my humble opinion.

UPDATE: Google called me to inform me that they did not fiddle back in 1999, that the “evil” query back then returned MSFT on its own…not surprisingly…also MSFT posts on its blog that the initial results that brought Google to #1 for “more evil than satan” were a MSFTbomb, ie, not an inside job. Well, at least, not an official inside job…

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