Updated: Google Universal Search: Expect Display, Video Ads

More on this as I get better connectivity and figure out my flight options. I'm stuck in La Guardia in thunderstorm hell. Here's SEL: Google is undertaking the most radical change to its search results ever, introducing a "Universal Search" system that will blend listings from its news, video,…

More on this as I get better connectivity and figure out my flight options. I’m stuck in La Guardia in thunderstorm hell. Here’s SEL:

Google is undertaking the most radical change to its search results ever, introducing a “Universal Search” system that will blend listings from its news, video, images, local and book search engines among those it gathers from crawling web pages.

The new system officially rolls out today for anyone using Google.com and searching in English. Not everyone will see it at first, but over the course of the next several days, Universal Search should be more, well, universal.

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Google v. Meetup

A very clever morale booster and job baiting document from Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman. At Google, you take the Google Bus with people as smart as you. Your fellow Googlers will probably be listening to Tech Talk Podcasts while coding. At Meetup, you take the NYC subway to work….

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A very clever morale booster and job baiting document from Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman.

At Google, you take the Google Bus with people as smart as you. Your fellow Googlers will probably be listening to Tech Talk Podcasts while coding.

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Porn Thumbnails Get the Thumbs Up, Googlers Universally Rejoice

From Threadwatch, Google has won a key battle in the Perfect Ten case. Now we can have porn thumbnails in our universal search results…….

From Threadwatch, Google has won a key battle in the Perfect Ten case. Now we can have porn thumbnails in our universal search results….

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Today Is Google “Searchology” Day

I was invited to this search-a-palooza, but I'm in NYC and then SD tending to some business and family issues. I won't be covering it, but you can follow it here….

I was invited to this search-a-palooza, but I’m in NYC and then SD tending to some business and family issues. I won’t be covering it, but you can follow it here.

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Weiner Breaks Down the Yahoo Mission

I've interviewed Jeff Weiner plenty of times (including this onstage interview in April at Web 2 Expo), and had enough off the record chats as well, to know that this post outlining Yahoo's mission is a milestone of sorts for both Yahoo and Jeff. That mission: "To connect people…

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I’ve interviewed Jeff Weiner plenty of times (including this onstage interview in April at Web 2 Expo), and had enough off the record chats as well, to know that this post outlining Yahoo’s mission is a milestone of sorts for both Yahoo and Jeff.

That mission:

“To connect people to their passions, communities, and the world’s knowledge.”



Recall my earlier post on Jeff’s mission for his search group, before he was elevated to EVP, Network Division:

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Speaking of Odd Googly Things…

Where there might be an ad market, Google has a possible patent (ars)…This one in games. Imagine a small bit of code that runs on either a PC or a console and monitors user behavior in video games—everything from the sort of car that people drive in racing sims…

Where there might be an ad market, Google has a possible patent (ars)…This one in games.

Imagine a small bit of code that runs on either a PC or a console and monitors user behavior in video games—everything from the sort of car that people drive in racing sims to the conversations that they have in WoW. Imagine that this code examines saved game files to see what titles are currently being played, and imagine that it could look inside those files to learn about a user’s game choices and abilities. Now imagine that all this data is relayed back to a central server, where it is sliced, diced, and deep-fried, then used to serve highly-targeted ads that appear onscreen. Sound like spyware? Nope, it’s a new in-game advertising system that Google hopes to patent.

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Google Video Chief Leaves

From Fortune's blogs: The writing was on the wall for this one since the moment last October that Google (GOOG) agreed to buy YouTube. Jennifer Feikin, the director and chief businesswoman of Google Video, is leaving the company. I’ve wondered ever since the deal was announced how Google Video…

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The writing was on the wall for this one since the moment last October that Google (GOOG) agreed to buy YouTube. Jennifer Feikin, the director and chief businesswoman of Google Video, is leaving the company. I’ve wondered ever since the deal was announced how Google Video and YouTube would co-exist inside the same company. YouTube so thoroughly vanquished Google Video, an also-ran product in terms of traffic, that Google was compelled to buy YouTube, if only to keep it out of the hands of Yahoo (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT) or one of the several broadcast networks that should have bought it. Feikin, at least, has something of an answer to the question: She’s not sticking around to find out.

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