Will the Google purchase of YouTube make Google partner MySpace upset? Is Yahoo unable to complete? Is Google allowing misleading ads about "free" products on its service? Who erased Google's master plan, and what will they do now? Praise from Matt Cutts and Robert Scoble for the Daily SearchCast on the same dayand more!
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Threatens YouTube After Google's Buyout
A Wall Street Journal article shows how the folks over at News Corp., the owners of MySpace.com, have threatened to cut "off the MySpace links to YouTube" because YouTube didn't respond to News Corp's email request to have an "opportunity to participate in the sale process." Google with YouTube and News Corp. with MySpace are to meet this week in LA to "discuss new ways of working together." The Wall Street Journal explains that News Corp. is threatened by the acquisition of YouTube by Google, making YouTube a much more powerful competitor to the MySpace property....
- How Google Should Monetize YouTube With AdWords & AdSense, JenSense
- Google paid stunning YouTube price: Time Warner CEO, Reuters
- AOL UK Sold For About $687 Million To Carphone Warehouse, PaidContent.org
- Cancelling AOL For The New Free Service, Daggle
- Bubblespotting: MeeVee's fantastical branded building, Valleywag
- InfoSpace to lay off 250 people, Seattle Times
Hurting While Google Healthier Than Ever
The NY Times has an article named Yahoo’s Growth Being Eroded by New Rivals (free version available at (IHT.com). The article goes through how Yahoo is suffering and lagging behind its competitors. (1) They made a bid at YouTube but those deals broke down, according to the article, and Google "swooped" them up. (2) The new Yahoo search ad system, Panama, is over a year delayed. This "delay has sucked up the company’s engineering resources and prevented it from developing new advertising products."...
"False & Deceptive" Search Ads
Ben Edelman's False and Deceptive Pay-Per-Click Ads analysis looks at specific ads on Google.com that seem to violate Google's editorial guidelines and perhaps US laws over "free" services being offered....
- Yahoo cancels Mexican time capsule ceremony, AFP
- Results Ranked By Users
The ability to rank or rate results delivered by search engines is slowly becoming more commonplace, and I'm noticing that one or two multi/meta search engines are either incorporating this functionality into search or indeed making a specific feature of it, such as the new URL.com....
- Cool New
Real Estate Tools
The real estate vertical is one of the most interesting online segments for several reasons. Among them are the tools that have been developed amid intensifying competition. Two relatively new ones are Rentometer from iiProperty, a company that helps manage real-estate investments and rental properties, and Mapvine from a company called Rentvine....
Reports: Yahoo Search Update & Google Status Report
We received two search "weather reports" last night, the first from the Yahoo Search Blog that announced that an "index update" that has begun rolling out last night. The other from Matt Cutts blog that informed us of Google's "update on search quality/infrastructure on Google going into the fall."...
Stand up for your demographic!, Matt Cutts
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- Yahoo To
Support The NOODP Tag; Won't Prevent Display Of Yahoo Directory Title
Last night, I spoke with Tim Mayer of Yahoo about supporting the NOODP tag at Yahoo. In short, the NOODP tag allows webmasters to tell the search engine not to use the ODP's title in the web search results. MSN was the first to implement the standard, and then Google followed. Tim Mayer said that Yahoo will be supporting the NOODP tag starting next week or the week after. But the tag will not prevent the Yahoo Directory title from displaying in the Yahoo search results....
Office? How About Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Now Launched
Google's taken its Writely online word processor, combined it with the Google Spreadsheets product released in June and put the two out in a combined new service called Google Docs & Spreadsheets. Visit the site, and you can create a text document or spreadsheet depending on your needs. Why not call it Google Office? Google told me they felt that name already had obvious connotations of another product out there [IE, Microsoft Office], and they wanted to underscore that this was a different creature....
Master Plan Hacked (OK, Erased)
Several Google offices now have "master plans" written on dry erase boards, but the original one at the Googleplex is probably best known. Googlers and others have added to it over time about things Google might do. Now Robert Scoble reports the board has been erased! "Master Plan 2.0" is apparently being drawn up as we speak....
Google reboots its master plan, Robert Scoble
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