Daily SearchCast, Nov. 7, 2006: 3-D Virtual Earth Cities Come To Live Search; Will Australian Copyright Law Send Search Engines Back To The Stone Age? & More!

Virtual San Francisco In Windows Live Local

Microsoft's Windows Live Local service gets cool new 3-D virtual cities you can fly through; Google warns a proposed Australian copyright law may make search engines impossible to run; YouTube is named Time's "invention" of the year; Google make ad quality changes based on landing pages and much more!

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Stories Discussed In The Show

  • Windows Live Local Gets "Virtual Earth" 3-D Cities
    Tomorrow Microsoft will bring dramatic 3-D mapping to the browser window. Windows Live is set to launch photorealistic 3-D imagery for the "urban core" of 15 U.S. cities: San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas and Fort Worth. An image of virtual San Francisco, as provided by Microsoft, is above....
  • New 3D Maps (Beta) from Microsoft: Windows Live Local Gets “Virtual Earth” 3-D Cities; Don’t Forget Skyline Globe, ResourceShelf
  • Use Of AdWords In US Senate Campaigns
    The Rimm-Kaufman Group conducted a small study on how the US Senate candidates and campaigns used Google AdWords this weekend to "swing Senate races" in the last minute hustle and bustle. Here is a quick punch list of 'take aways' they sent me from the study:...
  • Australia's Proposed Copyright Rules Would Make Search Engines Impossible, Warns Google
    AFP reports that Google has warned Australia that if they pass certain a new copyright law that it will set the country back to "the pre-Internet era." Google's senior counsel, Andrew McLaughlin, told the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, "If such advanced permission was required [to index pages], the internet would promptly grind to a halt." I believe the issue here is that Australia wants Google to get copyright owners to opt in to having their content indexed, archived and cached, as opposed to opting out via a robots.txt file. Australia is not alone here; Belgium newspapers are fighting...
  • YouTube, TIME's Best Invention Of 2006
    If you missed it, TIME released their best inventions of 2006 and the best invention at the top of the list was YouTube. Why did it win?...
  • AdWords Landing Page Quality Score Coming To AdSense Network
    Last night the Inside AdWords blog announced two main things. The first is that Google will be "improving the algorithm for evaluating landing page quality and incorporating landing page content retrieved by the AdWords system." The second is that some (I believe many) AdSense publishers will see the impact of the landing page quality score. We'll begin incorporating landing page quality into the Quality Score for your contextually-targeted ads, using the same evaluation process as we do for ads showing on Google.com and the search network. Advertisers who may be providing a poor experience on their site will notice that...
  • Google's Adam Lasnik Interviewed
    Lee Odden interviewed Adam Lasnik of Google the other day. Adam Lasnik is one of the folks at Google responsible for being the voice of the webmaster. His day job is to help webmasters with ranking and indexing issues either through communication or other means. I find the read interesting and helpful - it really shows that Google cares....
  • Google Recent FAQ List From WebmasterWorld
    I reported this morning that WebmasterWorldhas an excellent summary sticky thread with links to important and mostly recent topics that can be very useful to SEOs and Webmasters on Google optimization tips. Here is the rundown....
  • On Googler's Fear: Getting Big, In The Worst Way, Searchblog
  • Third Update On Google's 2nd Publication Ad Test
    In our continued coverage of an individual advertiser who has been invited to participate in the newspaper Google ad test, PPC Discussions has a 3rd update for us. On November 2nd he received an email from Google stating;...
  • History is cool for school, Official Google Blog
  • British Google Doodle 4 Competition, Search Engine Roundtable

    Special Google UK Contest Logo
  • State of the Blogosphere, October, 2006, Technorati
  • Blog Growth, Google Blogoscoped

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