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.
Those who fail to follow this logic might consider contacting their representatives—as Congress may act on both these bills this week. Center for Democracy and Technology
A disgruntled AdSense user
An ousted AdSense user turned litigant is now charging that Google infiltrated and then deleted evidence in her Gmail account. Theresa Bradley’s litigious history (also suing Yahoo, with a trail of suits in other states) and the amusing details surrounding the claim (she says it took her staff 100 hours to finalize the placement of the AdSense code) have caused some to doubt the accusation.
Social search, in the news
Garrett French shares a handy reading list and other resources he’s amassed, as he finishes up his latest article on social search. 30 Boxes considers the application of social search to personal organization. And on Monday, The New York Times discovered social search for shopping.
Jatalla launches the prototype of its “100%” human-powered search engine. Though still in double-digit user base, Jatalla aims for its results, created by user keyword tags on websites, to one day becomes “an easy way to interview the whole world through a single search query.” Founder, Shelley Harrison says foregoing automated corrections to pluralize and synonymize tagging was a planned inefficiency, to better reflect the mind of its human algorithm. Jatalla will present at MIT’s Emerging Technologies Conference, where it hopes to attract the investment needed to push the proof of concept into a developed beta.
Track the movements of any flight in real-time at FlightAware. At FlightStatus, gain a multi-sourced preview of flight hassles and helpers (like promotions) per airport, flight or route. If you aim higher, keep tabs on NASA shuttles. Via ResourceShelf
A happy blogging ending
Last week, the blogging enterprise SixApart acquired Rojo.