Keyhole Covers the Globe

Dirson reports that Keyhole announced last week that it's database covers the entire world in 15 meter resolution. This is not yet integrated into Google Maps, but expect it to be shortly….

Dirson reports that Keyhole announced last week that it’s database covers the entire world in 15 meter resolution. This is not yet integrated into Google Maps, but expect it to be shortly.

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Kozoru Talking a Bit More

Kozoru, a new question answering engine, is talking more openly about its approach to search on its home page. From their first blog entry: We believe that kozoru is a necessary first step towards the next stage of search technology. Instead of entering keywords into the search bar, you’ll…

Kozoru, a new question answering engine, is talking more openly about its approach to search on its home page. From their first blog entry:

We believe that kozoru is a necessary first step towards the next stage of search technology. Instead of entering keywords into the search bar, you’ll be able to ask a question and get an answer. In fact, kozoru doesn’t understand keywords. We know that might be a little hard to believe, but you can really only ask kozoru questions.

There are some big claims on the site:

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Google’s First Shareholder Meeting

When the Mercury News leads with "Google Not Splitting Its Shares Yet" you know there was not much news at the meeting. Other angles included that lunch was served and that there were fewer folks there than anticipated. Chronicle coverage….

When the Mercury News leads with “Google Not Splitting Its Shares Yet” you know there was not much news at the meeting. Other angles included that lunch was served and that there were fewer folks there than anticipated. Chronicle coverage.

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Help Determine Search Relevance

Barry and the folks at Rusty Brick have built a search engine relevancy test – essentially its a "blind" engine which gives you results randomly from either Yahoo, Google, Ask, or MSN, then asks you to rate the results (more on the details here). They call it "RustySearch" and…

RustyBarry and the folks at Rusty Brick have built a search engine relevancy test – essentially its a “blind” engine which gives you results randomly from either Yahoo, Google, Ask, or MSN, then asks you to rate the results (more on the details here). They call it “RustySearch” and Barry just pinged me asking me to get the word out – he needs a larger sampling of searches before he can draw any further conclusions. (His initial results are here.)

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Dick’s RSS Picks

Pamela Parker interviews Dick Costolo of Feedburner, who we've worked with at BB and who I talk to frequently for Searchblog. Some interesting tidbits in here….

Pamela Parker interviews Dick Costolo of Feedburner, who we’ve worked with at BB and who I talk to frequently for Searchblog. Some interesting tidbits in here.

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Amazon Sales Rank: 409,000 or Thereabout

A happy surprise this week: my book is available for sale up on Amazon, and has been for some time. Its sales rank – at about 409,000, clearly indicates that it's not exactly tearing up the charts, but given that it's not even printed yet and I just found…

Bookcover-1A happy surprise this week: my book is available for sale up on Amazon, and has been for some time. Its sales rank – at about 409,000, clearly indicates that it’s not exactly tearing up the charts, but given that it’s not even printed yet and I just found out about this, I suppose that’s to be expected. But it’s just so….real…to see it there on Amazon, with the cover and everything. Today the final, final manuscript came and I’m spending the next week poring over it, hoping to make it as good as it can possibly be. If you’d like to pre order the book now, why I’d be honored. Here’s a link to the order page. Just know that the information about the book is not yet accurate – it will be longer than 288 pages (don’t know where they got that, it will be more like 350), for example.

I’m terrified. But thrilled.

UPDATE: Holy crap! You guys pushed it up to like #5400 on Amazon! I guess that’s to be expected – start from a small base and work up, but wow. Thank you.

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Koders.com: Find Yer Code Here

A new vertical search engine plans to launch this Monday, with a twist. Koders.com has the goal of helping programmers find open source code they need to do their job. From the site's "about" page: A significant portion of application development involves a process of find, copy, paste, and…

Koders-1A new vertical search engine plans to launch this Monday, with a twist. Koders.com has the goal of helping programmers find open source code they need to do their job. From the site’s “about” page:

A significant portion of application development involves a process of find, copy, paste, and integrate. This process can be greatly accelerated when you can find existing source code that provides a solution to the task at hand.

Koders makes it easy for software developers to find existing source code that solves many common development problems with our vast index of working source code from a variety of open source projects. In many cases you may find code that solves the exact problem you are working on, and in other cases, you can find an 80% solution – where existing code can be suited to your needs with minor modifications.

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Feedster Adds RSS Ads

After a successful campaign for Sun on Slashdot, Feedster is taking the wraps off an RSS ad network. For now, you can sign up, and that's about it. More to come soon, I am sure…….

After a successful campaign for Sun on Slashdot, Feedster is taking the wraps off an RSS ad network. For now, you can sign up, and that’s about it. More to come soon, I am sure….

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Google Takes Next Version of Toolbar Out of Beta

This is the Toolbar that brought Google the Autolink debate. In response, links which are automatically created are now pale blue, so as to differentiate them. The update includes a few other features that WebProNews and SEW say are designed to speed up the application and mollify critics….

This is the Toolbar that brought Google the Autolink debate. In response, links which are automatically created are now pale blue, so as to differentiate them. The update includes a few other features that WebProNews and SEW say are designed to speed up the application and mollify critics.

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