Craigslist Blocks Oodle

When I wrote about Oodle a while back, I wondered if the sources of its listings would ever get cranky (Oodle scrapes classified listings all over the web, then creates a vertical search engine). I never thought the first grump would be craigslist – but indeed, the company has…

When I wrote about Oodle a while back, I wondered if the sources of its listings would ever get cranky (Oodle scrapes classified listings all over the web, then creates a vertical search engine). I never thought the first grump would be craigslist – but indeed, the company has asked Oodle to stop scraping its listings. It feels counter to the vibe craigslist has always had. I’ve asked Craig for his reasoning, will post if/when he responds…

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Poker Time: AOL Is The Flop

I'm in Vegas right now, so allow me a poker metaphor as I consider the whole Yahoo/MSFT IM and Google/Comcast/AOL thing. The more I think about this, the more I believe that these two deals are linked, intentionally or not. In my last post about Yahoo and MSFT interoperating…

FlopI’m in Vegas right now, so allow me a poker metaphor as I consider the whole Yahoo/MSFT IM and Google/Comcast/AOL thing.

The more I think about this, the more I believe that these two deals are linked, intentionally or not. In my last post about Yahoo and MSFT interoperating around IM, I suggested this is a reaction to Google Talk. Kind readers jumped all over me. You were right to do so, as I did not explain myself very clearly. What I really should have said is, it’s a reaction to the potential for Google to interoperate its IM client (Google Talk) with, oh, say, AOL’s (AIM). It’s a battle in a larger war for AOL, and for overall market share.

If you stare at how the battle lines might be drawn up here, the Google/AOL partnership discussions demonstrate that Google is actually starting to play poker in a calculated, strategic fashion, much as its peers in the media world have been for years. Google is at the table now, and like everyone else, it’s eyeing the flop….and the flop, folks, is AOL.

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What A Day To Be Offline

Rumors of Google investing, with Comcast no less, in AOL. I think it's not a great idea, but more on that initial reaction later. Also, MSFT and Yahoo partner on IM, can you say Reaction to Google Talk? And, Google puts wood behind the arrow of Google's foundation. A…

Rumors of Google investing, with Comcast no less, in AOL. I think it’s not a great idea, but more on that initial reaction later.

Also, MSFT and Yahoo partner on IM, can you say Reaction to Google Talk?

And, Google puts wood behind the arrow of Google’s foundation. A billion or so…

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Links for Today: Real, gada.be, Brin, More

I'm running between book stuff, so a few things of note. First, it was fun to meet a few readers last night, one of whom was from Real, which settled its differences with MSFT today, so congrats on that! Second, chris's gada.be mobile engine launched yesterday. SEW coverage here….

I’m running between book stuff, so a few things of note. First, it was fun to meet a few readers last night, one of whom was from Real, which settled its differences with MSFT today, so congrats on that!

Second, chris’s gada.be mobile engine launched yesterday. SEW coverage here. I think this is the definition of a neat hack.

Third, I should note for those of you who missed it, that Sergey Brin stopped by the Web 2.0 conference last Friday and I had a chance to interview him on stage. That was fun, as it was both unexpected and great timing, as I had already interviewed Diller, Semel, Medhi, and Miller, all of whom had things to say about Google. So Brin got to answer them. Coverage here.

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Yahoo Debuts Blog Search Via News

Yahoo tonight is launching a new version of its News search that includes blogs, Flickr photos and My Web results. From the release: Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that Yahoo! Search is beta testing a new version of Yahoo! News Search which now…

YnewsearchYahoo tonight is launching a new version of its News search that includes blogs, Flickr photos and My Web results. From the release:

Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that Yahoo! Search is beta testing a new version of Yahoo! News Search which now includes blogs, Flickr photos and My Web links, available today at http://news.search.yahoo.com. The move to augment professional journalism with grassroots journalism signals Yahoo!’s commitment to fusing mainstream content with user-generated content to give consumers a more complete search experience…..

…Beginning today, when a user conducts a search on Yahoo! News they will receive mainstream news stories along with blogs. When a user clicks on “all blog results” they will receive Flickr photo thumbnails and My Web links on the right hand side of the search results page. By incorporating grassroots journalism from all around the globe into News Search results, consumers can now enjoy opinions, analysis and commentary, via blogs, and related photos from the Flickr community that provide a visual context to breaking news as reported by everyday people. In addition, the new My Web feature, Yahoo!’s new social search engine that harnesses the collective knowledge of the My Web community, provides relevant links to information related to the news topic.

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Seattle, Ho – Meet Up Plans

I'll be heading up to Seattle Monday bright and early, to speak at both Microsoft and Amazon. I return Tuesday afternoon. We don't have a bookstore signing set up there, but maybe we can meet up in the bar at the W if you'd like. Just let me know…….

SeattleI’ll be heading up to Seattle Monday bright and early, to speak at both Microsoft and Amazon. I return Tuesday afternoon. We don’t have a bookstore signing set up there, but maybe we can meet up in the bar at the W if you’d like. Just let me know….

This is my second to last book tour event. I go to Vegas for a talk Weds, back Thursday. Then, a few talks here and there through November and December, but nothing really requiring major new trips. I am really, really tired, and very, very happy with how the book did. Onwards….

Update: So it looks like if any Seattle Searchbloggers want to meet up, let’s do it at around 7 pm, lobby bar of the W in downtown Seattle. I’ll be the one with a bourbon and a menu…

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Glad Om’s Paying Attention

While I recuperate from Web 2.0. Here's a post on Sphere, a new blog search tool he likes… The big issue is finding relevant and intelligent blog posts on a specific topic, that are based on authority. The authority is not an arbitrary decision of a human community, but…

While I recuperate from Web 2.0. Here’s a post on Sphere, a new blog search tool he likes…

The big issue is finding relevant and intelligent blog posts on a specific topic, that are based on authority. The authority is not an arbitrary decision of a human community, but a “collective effort.” Google tries to do this in its new Reader by restricting “google search” to RSS feeds. But that’s not the answer.

Instead, I recommend you guys take a look at Sphere, a stealth mode start-up that has developed some interesting algorithms to solve this problem.

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What Are Those Ads Over There—>?

Readers may have noticed Intel ads on the right. These are new, indeed, a product of Searchblog's joining the FM network. Please tell me if they bum you out, but it's all part of the alpha phase of FM's rollout. They'll go away, and others will follow, I hope….

Readers may have noticed Intel ads on the right. These are new, indeed, a product of Searchblog’s joining the FM network. Please tell me if they bum you out, but it’s all part of the alpha phase of FM’s rollout. They’ll go away, and others will follow, I hope. I’m very excited, now that Web 2 has occurred, to focus entirely on FM. Many others, including Om, Glenn, Boing Boing, and Matt, are coming along for the ride….

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News: Google Announces Google Reader

Google is announcing as I type a new feedreader – a first generation one, but full text, which I think is the best approach. It's not up yet, but it will be shortly, in their Labs section. Google also announced its work on determining sex of a person using…

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Google is announcing as I type a new feedreader – a first generation one, but full text, which I think is the best approach. It’s not up yet, but it will be shortly, in their Labs section.

Google also announced its work on determining sex of a person using pattern recognition in photos. This is a first step toward ID’ing faces, then searching by face. Cool.

Yahoo, by the way, also showed some cool photo stuff, a flickrstream that shows tags and images by cluster a long a timeline.

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Yahoo Shows Slider Between “Shopping” and “Research” Results

Right now, Prabhakar Raghavan is showing a cool slider widget that fliters results in real time giving the fabled second hit of user input into results. This is not new, from what I can tell, but the first time I saw it. Cool….

YahoosliderRight now, Prabhakar Raghavan is showing a cool slider widget that fliters results in real time giving the fabled second hit of user input into results. This is not new, from what I can tell, but the first time I saw it. Cool.

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