Top Stories on SearchMob Right Now…

Are…. New Technology Allows Searchers to Scour Online Audio, Video to Target Advertising Mobissimo First to Bring Comprehensive Travel Search to Netvibes' Five Million Users beRecruited.com – Social Networking for Sports Recruiting TV Guide and Yahoo Announce Deal Google Checkout Competing with Affiliates I'm pretty pleased with the focus…

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New Technology Allows Searchers to Scour Online Audio, Video to Target Advertising

Mobissimo First to Bring Comprehensive Travel Search to Netvibes’ Five Million Users

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China Is One Tough Nut To Crack

This item on Poynter Online caught my eye: Google Losing Traction in China. From the post: In Beijing, the only city for which detailed results were made available, Baidu's market share rose by 13 percent from one year ago to 65.4 percent, the survey showed. Google fell by 12.3…

Logo CnThis item on Poynter Online caught my eye: Google Losing Traction in China. From the post:

In Beijing, the only city for which detailed results were made available, Baidu’s market share rose by 13 percent from one year ago to 65.4 percent, the survey showed. Google fell by 12.3 percent, from 32.9 percent to 20.6 percent.

That is a rather dramatic drop — and bad news for a company that only started to invest seriously in China at the beginning of this year. Moving into China had brought the US company only bad news, as they are losing the strong position they had before they were present in China.

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In Software, It’s All About Distribution – And Inventory

Yesterday came news that Google has struck a major deal with Intuit. Today comes news Yahoo has struck a deal with Acer. Both are distribution deals – Yahoo and Google are using their partners as channels to get their software and services into the hands of customers. In short,…

IntuitsYesterday came news that Google has struck a major deal with Intuit. Today comes news Yahoo has struck a deal with Acer. Both are distribution deals – Yahoo and Google are using their partners as channels to get their software and services into the hands of customers. In short, they are buying new business.

So what are they distributing? That’s where it gets interesting. In Google’s case, the deal with Intuit gets AdWords in from of small businesses and encourages those traditional Yellow Pages customers to try Google instead. And of course, the deal includes Google Desktop and Maps integration.

But perhaps the least reported portion of this deal is the fact that QuickBooks also purchased StepUp, a small SF-based firm that helps local businesses get their inventory into search engines. In short, StepUp is the automation software needed to virtualize all that small business inventory and make it easily consumed, and therefore searchable, in Google Base, Froogle, and the main Google index.

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Google Earth Adds Featured Content

Google today announced a "showcase of multimedia overlays" for Google Earth. I see this as Google's first step in making the world digital, location driven, and on demand, and it has implications for many of Google's other products, like maps, local, IM/Talk, etc. For now, Google is saying the…

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Google today announced a “showcase of multimedia overlays” for Google Earth. I see this as Google’s first step in making the world digital, location driven, and on demand, and it has implications for many of Google’s other products, like maps, local, IM/Talk, etc. For now, Google is saying the content is educational. But I see a time not far off when this is rip roaringly commercial.

Ars Technica has more.

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Top SearchMob Stories This Morning

Still working on a number of tweaks to SearchMob (including navigation, I know…) but here are the top five stories so far today: Mobile Sites for Information Apple Launches 5 New Products More Cool Stuff from Clusty and Visivimo Weebly launches private-beta Ask worst, MSN best says McAfee SiteAdvisor…

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Still working on a number of tweaks to SearchMob (including navigation, I know…) but here are the top five stories so far today:

Mobile Sites for Information

Apple Launches 5 New Products

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Top Sites, August

UBS issued a report this week analyzing Comscore data on the top ten web destinations. It's not on the web, so if you are interested, you can download it here (pdf). The top sites by page views are: 1) Yahoo! 2) Fox Interactive Media 3) MSN-Microsoft 4) Time Warner…

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UBS issued a report this week analyzing Comscore data on the top ten web destinations. It’s not on the web, so if you are interested, you can download it here (pdf).

The top sites by page views are:

1) Yahoo!

2) Fox Interactive Media

3) MSN-Microsoft

4) Time Warner Network

5) eBay

6) Google

7) FACEBOOK.COM

8) Craigslist

9) Viacom

10) Comcast

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SearchMob Top Stories

Reader-driven SearchMob is up and running, and many of you have already begun posting stories. Here are the top five vote getters so far: A social news service for free advertising Dirty trick to get inbound links from Slashdot.org An Investment Approach to Marketing deliSearch – feed your own…

Reader-driven SearchMob is up and running, and many of you have already begun posting stories. Here are the top five vote getters so far:

A social news service for free advertising

Dirty trick to get inbound links from Slashdot.org

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round up

Officially Live in the UK Windows Live, Live.com and Live Local Search officially graduate from beta in the UK. And now, Live Search will power MSN. Though, the company informed Danny Sullivan, that the beta moniker will linger as the update rolls-out through the entire network. (Meanwhile, ResourceShelf offers…

Officially Live in the UK

Windows Live, Live.com and Live Local Search officially graduate from beta in the UK. And now, Live Search will power MSN. Though, the company informed Danny Sullivan, that the beta moniker will linger as the update rolls-out through the entire network. (Meanwhile, ResourceShelf offers a list of Microsoft’s registered ‘Live’ domains.)

On demand ads, for low demand impressions

Right Media’s new Publisher Media Exchange (PMX) tool allows sites to bulk together non-premium impressions and sell them in a real-time auctions. Fox, Tribune, LookSmart, Tickle, and Six Apart, will be among the major sites using the customizable PMX to sell extra impressions to advertisers and ad networks on their sites.

Send a wire to Congress, before one’s set on you

Warrantless domestic wiretapping seems to be illegal, as well as widely unpopular. The due process from Congress? According to legislation proposed separately by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and a group of Representatives (including Chairmen of the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees) …the response is to grant retrospective legal sanction to Presidential free reign, handicap Congressional and Judicial oversight and, to top it off— further expand the warrantless domestic wiretapping program.

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Site News: SearchMob Is Live!

Remember when I asked you all what you thought about the idea of turning over the reins and letting you post technology, search and media-related stories to Searchblog? Inspired by Piers Fawkes, an FM author, who used Pligg to do Marktd, I've been working on a new feature at…

Searchmob-1Remember when I asked you all what you thought about the idea of turning over the reins and letting you post technology, search and media-related stories to Searchblog? Inspired by Piers Fawkes, an FM author, who used Pligg to do Marktd, I’ve been working on a new feature at Searchblog I’ve come to call SearchMob. Ok, maybe not the best name, but at least there’s alliteration. The idea is simple – you can register and submit stories to the site. Then readers vote the stories up the ranks, similar to Digg, Reddit, and Newsvine (yes, all FM sites).

While I’d love to work with one of those sites, making Searchblog better isn’t their focus (though Reddit does help other sites, like Lipstick.) For this test anyway, I’m going with Pligg, an open source application. No doubt there will be bugs and incomplete features, but I’ve found the platform pretty reliable so far. I’ve asked a few folks who send me mail suggesting links to use Pligg and play around with an early version, and so far it’s been a lot of fun. So take a look. I’d love for you all to bang on it, read it, and tell me how to do it better.

Many thanks to Jonathan Schreiber, FM’s amazing author services engineer, for helping me make this happen.

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Note to Brands: Mind Your Wikipedia Entries…

Steve notes the connection between major brand advertisers and their Wikipedia entries. Wikipedia articles on the top 100 advertisers in the U.S. are consistently among the most highly ranked pages in Google on direct searches. This is according to an informal study I have conducted over the past week….

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Steve notes the connection between major brand advertisers and their Wikipedia entries.

Wikipedia articles on the top 100 advertisers in the U.S. are consistently among the most highly ranked pages in Google on direct searches. This is according to an informal study I have conducted over the past week. The study was compiled by simply taking the largest 100 advertisers from AdAge, entering them into Google and then tallying the results….

….Consider the following examples. Febreeze’s Wikipedia entry (#2 on Google) notes that the product may be harmful to household pets. Or the article on McDonald’s (#4 on Google), which basically summarizes the critical movie Super Size Me. Even advertising icons like Snap, Crackle and Pop aren’t exempt. The trio’s Wikipedia entry notes the team once had a short-lived adventure as super heroes in the UK.

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