Six Apart Releases MT 4

This blog is based on Moveable Type (MT), from Six Apart. I love the software, but I also have had my issues with it. I'm very pleased to note that today Six Apart announced MT 4, a major new release, with tons of new features. Also notable is the…

This blog is based on Moveable Type (MT), from Six Apart. I love the software, but I also have had my issues with it. I’m very pleased to note that today Six Apart announced MT 4, a major new release, with tons of new features. Also notable is the MT Open Source project, which will culminate in an open source version of MT. Both will make MT more robust and will keep folks like me happy. Thanks SA!

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Ask Morphs: A New Approach to The Interface

Ask today launched Ask3D, which, according to documents sent to me by Ask, "synthesizes the best of our technologies across the three dimensions of search: Expression, Results and Content." All this is based on a new algorithm called Morph, which according to the reviewer's guide, is "a new content-matching…

Ask With SkinAsk today launched Ask3D, which, according to documents sent to me by Ask, “synthesizes the best of our technologies across the three dimensions of search: Expression, Results and Content.”

All this is based on a new algorithm called Morph, which according to the reviewer’s guide, is “a new content-matching and ranking algorithm that literally transforms the entire page according to your unique query, presenting the right information, from the right sources, in the right place, at the right time. Morph, which deep-dives hundreds of structured databases, takes into account not only relevance based on source signals, but also previous user behavior for your query. Ask.com owns the patent on using click behavior to improve search relevance (via the DirectHit acquisition in 2000).”

Let me summarize it for you this way: This is Ask, a perennial 4th place player in an increasingly one player market, doing what only a 4th place player can do: Throwing caution to the wind and betting on a new interface, one that abandons the “ten blue links” approach that has dominated search for so long.

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And…Yahoo Rolls Out New “Quality Pricing Model”

From the Yahoo Search Marketing Blog: Yahoo! Search Marketing is rolling out a new feature that we think will help enhance the quality, potentially reduce the cost and increase the value of traffic to you, our advertisers. It’s called quality-based pricing, and it measures the quality of traffic coming…

From the Yahoo Search Marketing Blog:

Yahoo! Search Marketing is rolling out a new feature that we think will help enhance the quality, potentially reduce the cost and increase the value of traffic to you, our advertisers. It’s called quality-based pricing, and it measures the quality of traffic coming from our distribution partners—that is, the web publishers large and small that display your ads.

Previously, you were charged the same for traffic from all web sites within our distribution network. Now, with quality-based pricing, you may be charged less for certain clicks than you otherwise would pay, depending on the overall quality of the traffic provided by our distribution partners. As a result, your click charges can decrease.

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Yahoo Publishes Panama APIs

The release is here, from it: Yahoo! Inc., a leading global Internet company, today announced the Yahoo! Search Marketing Commercial API Program, which provides businesses and developers of all sizes free, open access to the "Panama" search marketing application program interfaces (APIs). Through this program, advertisers, developers and commercial…

The release is here, from it:

Yahoo! Inc., a leading global Internet company, today announced the Yahoo! Search Marketing Commercial API Program, which provides businesses and developers of all sizes free, open access to the “Panama” search marketing application program interfaces (APIs). Through this program, advertisers, developers and commercial partners including ad agencies and technology providers can easily build upon Yahoo!’s core search marketing technologies to enhance their existing business offerings or create brand new search marketing tools and applications. In addition, the program provides a range of value-added services to help commercial partners gain greater insight into Yahoo!’s search marketing product roadmap and fully leverage Yahoo! Search Marketing’s APIs for their clients.

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Udpate on MSFT Search Skunk Works

Per the story below, I have very good off the record source who says that while Sanaz is a true star, the project is not what has been reported. Trying to get more on what it *is*….stay tuned….

Per the story below, I have very good off the record source who says that while Sanaz is a true star, the project is not what has been reported. Trying to get more on what it *is*….stay tuned.

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MSFT Stealth Search Team?

TC says yes: Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more “rock star” developers who’ve been tasked at building their next generation search engine, a source has told us. The team, which supposedly came together recently, is based at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View. We have…

TC says yes:

Microsoft has gathered a team of twenty or more “rock star” developers who’ve been tasked at building their next generation search engine, a source has told us. The team, which supposedly came together recently, is based at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View.

We have few details on their approach to the product, other than hearing that it is definitely a “horizontal” engine (so, it’s not limited to a specific vertical like images), and is “very cool.”

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From the Feeds

What seems interesting as I catch up tonight: Revealing The Sources Of Google News Schmidt Calls Viacom's $1B Lawsuit "Just A Mistake" Where 2.0: Microsoft Adds to the 3D Web Live Search Books: Now with In-Copyright Content Mike Volpi, new Joost CEO StartupSearch Google Maps zoom: here's the device…

What seems interesting as I catch up tonight:

Revealing The Sources Of Google News

Schmidt Calls Viacom’s $1B Lawsuit “Just A Mistake”

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NYT on Google’s Search Team

Interesting that Google has let the Times behind the curtain to interview Amit Singhal and Udi Manber, two of the high priests of Google's most important work – search ranking and quality. Saul Hansell, the author, called me for some thoughts and was kind enough to include a few…

Interesting that Google has let the Times behind the curtain to interview Amit Singhal and Udi Manber, two of the high priests of Google’s most important work – search ranking and quality. Saul Hansell, the author, called me for some thoughts and was kind enough to include a few of my thoughts in the piece.

Google recently allowed a reporter from The New York Times to spend a day with Mr. Singhal and others in the search-quality team, observing some internal meetings and talking to several top engineers. There were many questions that Google wouldn’t answer. But the engineers still explained more than they ever have before in the news media about how their search system works.

Indeed, for those of you who geek out on this stuff, there are clues to a number of things in here. Witness:

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