Daily SearchCast, October 5, 2006: Google Code Search Launches; Natural Language Search Not Next Leap Forward & More!

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Google's new Code Search service allows programmers to find computer code. Google Groups gets new features. Natural language search as the next leap forward? Rant say no. Ask gets some attention and more!

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Stories Discussed In The Show

  • Google Code Search Live, Offers Code Searching For Programmers
    Google Code Search is now live, a new service from Google designed to allow computer programmers and others seek out computer code from across the web....
  • Google Code Search Exposes WinZip Serial Number Info, Search Engine Journal
  • Google Groups Beta 2006 Gets Mixed Reviews
    Google announced a new Google Groups Beta with a new design, added features and some shared features from other Google properties. In short, Google Groups has a new design, added Google Page like features, more customization abilities, file upload and sharing capabilities, member profile pages, Gmail-like "message cards for discussions" and more. Nathan Weinberg calls this a "step backwards" for Google Groups. As Nathan notes, Philipp Lenssen says there is too much confusion and inconsistency felt in the new design. Garett Rogers calls this upgrade an "better overall experience" for the Google Groups user. Finally, News.com reports that it is...
  • Hello Natural Language Search, My Old Over-Hyped Search Friend
    This is a rant. It's a rant from over 10 years of watching people trot out natural language search as the "killer" solution to the current state of search, something that's happening once again with Powerset. That's a search engine you can't even use at the moment, but the hype will no doubt continue. To counteract that, my thoughts on and some history about natural language search....
  • USA Today Asks Teoma Who?
    The other day, Ask.com was featured in a USA Today article named What's Teoma, you ask? You could ask Jeeves, but he's become ... Teoma. Yes, a weird title for a USA Today post, in where USA Today goes into the past of Teoma, Ask Jeeves, Teoma, Rutgers, IBM and Apostolos Gerasoulis. The article is a fun read but it needs some clarifications that are either wrong or can be interpreted the wrong way. The article says, "Lanzone turned off Ask's technology and began to power Ask.com with Teoma." Lanzone, being Jim, the new CEO of Ask.com. The time they...
  • Search Competition; Why Can't Others Catch Up To Google?
    BusinessWeek.com has a good article on search competition, explaining how Google's continued growth amongst all the competition is practically unaffected. In short, the article goes over new features, refinements, and user interfaces and explains that it is mostly about the trust the searchers have for the Google brand to provide the best results. Take a look at Danny's recent rant, he goes into this more and also check out Danny's post on Daggle.com named Why Search Sucks & You Won't Fix It The Way You Think. Want a view from a Google employee on the article, read Matt Cutts take...
  • More on Ask.com's Rebranding Effort
    Today's SearchDay article, Rebranding Ask.com, Part Two, continues guest writer Rae Hoffman's interview with Ask.com's Senior User Experience Analyst Michael Ferguson on how the company successfully re-engineered its flagship web site....
  • Wendy Muller Leaving Google Canada, Traffick
  • Google Won Keyword Trademark Lawsuit: Rescuecom v. Google
    MercuryNews.com reported last week that Google won a major sponsored keyword trademark case against Rescuecom. Judge Norman Mordue of U.S. District Court, northern district of New York, went "against all four precedent rulings" on this case, said Eric Goldman. Specifically, the court said, "Defendant's internal use of plaintiff's trademark trigger sponsored links is not a use of a trademark...because there is no allegation that defendant places plaintiff's trademarks on any goods, containers, displays, or advertisements, or that its internal use is visible to the public." Eric Goldman explained that the court used the 1-800 Contacts precedent in this case to...

Comments (1)

Hey, I tried the Google code search and it was pretty nice, got some good codes there

I mostly listen to your podcasts off my MP3 while im in class, drowns out the teachers.

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