Daily SearchCast, October 2, 2006: Halloween Costume Search Engine; Yahoo Hack Day Gets Buzz; Google Buys Birthplace Garage & More!

Yahoo's coming to HP computers; Yahoo's open hack day gets tons of attendees and buzz; that amazingly long court ruling posted on Google Belgium might unbelievably not have been visible enough for the plaintiff in the case; Google gets more Flickr like; a costume search engine for Halloween; Google buys its birthplace garage and more!

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Stories Discussed In The Show

  • Yahoo Toolbar To Be Installed On HP Computers IE7 Browsers
    The Associate Press reports that Yahoo and HP have struck a deal to have all desktop and laptop computers in the United States to have the Yahoo Toolbar pre-installed on top of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7. HP computers sold in Europe will have the home page default to Yahoo.com, starting immediately. Earlier this month, Yahoo & Acer set Yahoo as the default Search Engine on Acer Computers....
  • Yahoo China Sues Hongyi's Qihoo For Unfair Competition
    Reuters reports that Yahoo China is suing Qihoo, claiming that 360safe spyware software is prompting users to uninstall the Yahoo Toolbar. The spyware software claims that Yahoo's Toolbar is "malware" and is a risk to their computers. Joseph Tsai, Alibaba's chief financial officer, said that this is unfair competition, alluding to a former Yahoo employee named Zhou Hongyi who know heads up Qihoo. It is important to note that Zhou Hongyi sued Yahoo last month for defamation....
  • Yahoo Hack Day's Success & Yahoo Mail API Coming
    It sounds like Yahoo's first open Hack Day was a big success, featuring even a performance by Beck. Yahoo's Bradley Horowitz has a nice roundup in Yahoo Open Hack Day: Hell Yes!. TechCrunch's Michael Arrington served at MC of the event, and All Women Team Takes Yahoo Hack Day Top Prize post covers the top winners, briefly. Meanwhile, Yahoo Mail introduces web APIs from Niall Kennedy covers how a new API for Yahoo Mail is coming, with commentary from others here on TechMeme....
  • Copiepresse Upset Ruling On Google Wasn't Visible Enough
    Last week, Google complied with a Belgian court order and posted the ruling against it in a copyright suit on the home page of Google Belgium and Google News Belgium, along with many other places including many search results pages. Now via Google Blogoscoped, news that the plaintiff in the case Copiepresse thinks the ruling should have gone at the top of the Google News Belgium page, rather than the bottom....
  • Google Webmaster Central Updates Query Stats Every Monday Now
    Vanessa Fox announced at the Google Webmaster Central blog that the query stats from within the statistics section of Google Webmaster Central will be now updated weekly, instead of every few weeks. The updates are most likely to occur each Monday but no specific time was mentioned. There are more details on how Google calculates the query stats in Vanessa's post....
  • Google Reader & Ask's Bloglines Undergo Updates
    Both Google Reader and Ask.com's Bloglines have gone under some interface and usability updates, with some added features included....
  • Reading Other People's Gmail Via Bloglines
    Using Bloglines to snoop on people's private Gmail from Martin Belam looks at how he accidentally stumbled upon email feeds that individuals are posting to Bloglines. To be fair, it's an issue that could happen to any "private" feed that someone unknowingly shares to the public....
  • Picasa Web Albums: Google Goes Flickr
    Threadwatch reports that Google has began "doing online photo storage" at Picasa Web Albums. I quickly tested it out and made a test album, it appears you cannot upload gif files from the web interface - seriously. In any event, like Flickr, you get a certain amount of free space and then if you want more, you can pay. The Picasa learn more page says that you get 250MB of free storage and if you need more you can upgrade to an additional 6GB of space for $25 a year. Picasa Web also has RSS and other sharing features....
  • Yotophoto For Finding Free Photos Fast
    Yotophoto is a fast and easy to use image search engine. There are plenty of image search engines available of course, but that's no reason why there shouldn't be one more. The focus of Yotophoto however is on making 'open and copyleft' images available to educators, bloggers and digital artists. Consequently Yotophoto acts as a multi/meta search engine, scouring resources such as Flickr, Wikipedia, Stock.Xchng, Morguefile, Pixelperfect Digital and OpenPhoto for images in the public domain, or made available under CC, GNU FDL or similar licenses....
  • Need A Costume For Halloween? Try The CostumeZee Costume Search Engine!
    This is an entirely commercial operation, but with Halloween looming on the horizon, one that may prove useful. CostumeZee is a search engine that enables searchers to locate costumes for particular events, such as Halloween, or themes such as Pirates. Costumes for both children and adults are available, as well as appropriate accessories. The links do all seem to take searchers to American based sites however, so if you're outside the US, order early and cross your fingers....
  • Google Buys Birthplace Garage
    Google has purchased the garage where the company developed after its initial birth at Stanford University. Actually, they've purchased the home of Google vice president of product management Susan Wojcicki. Before she became a Google VP, Wojcicki rented the garage attached to her home to Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google buys garage that launched Internet's top search engine from the Associated Press has details about the sale, which was probably in the $1.2 million range. As of yet, Google doesn't know what exactly it may do with the home the article reports. It's already a tourist attraction,...

Comments (1)

Where was danny =(, well guys, you did a pretty good podcast without him

Yahoo's new ads are pretty cool, I thought they where going to be like the old Ads, that big billboard, Yahoooo hoooooooooooooooo lol

and my thoughts on Google Belgium is that they should just end this crap, those guys arent happy with anything.

And the Google Garage is great...

no more comments, just missing danny!

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