Microsoft buys the AdECN display ad exchange; AuctionAds gets sold, too. Search Wikia cuts deal with LookSmart to get the Grub crawler in return for carrying ads. Everyone's generating search traffic through games, and Microsoft and Google go head-to-head with cars that map the world. Plus more, in today's show.
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- Microsoft Buys
Ad Exchange AdECN
Microsoft has announced that it will purchase AdECN, an online ad exchange that competes with Yahoo's RightMedia and, presumably, the forthcoming DoubleClick exchange. Assuming that the deal goes through and Google's acquisition of DoubleClick isn't blocked by regulators, all the major search engines will have extended graphical ad distribution through..
- We bought AuctionAds.com :), Link Building Blog
- Microsoft And
Google Moving More Deeply Into Each Others' Businesses
Microsoft vows it won't let its core businesses be undermined by "the cloud." This article from the NY Times (and related discussion at Techmeme) quotes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saying that Microsoft will compete aggressively with Google and other online alternatives to Office and will offer Web-based versions of all...
Google's "Brand Value" Increases 44%
Google 'the most improved brand' from the BBC covers an Interbrand report showing that Google's brand has increased in value by 44% over the past 12 months. The 44% increase makes Google the most improved brand when compared to the other brands that were evaluated in this report. Google's brand...
- Search Wikia
Takes Steps To Crawl; Acquires Grub
Wikia, Inc., the for-profit company developing the open source search engine Search Wikia, has acquired Grub, a distributed crawler platform, from LookSmart. Distributed crawler? Crawlers are software programs used by search engines to roam the web to discover pages that are then downloaded and indexed for searching. The crawlers operated...
- Google vs Jimmy Wales & Open Source Search, GigaOM
- Yahoo Monday:
Today's Google Free Alternative
As part of our Google Free Mondays series this month, today is the day to try Yahoo. What are Google Free Mondays all about? My past post explains the intent of the series more. The short scoop is NOT to be anti-Google but rather stress that trying alternatives is good,...
- Yahoo Search
Adds Travel Shortcuts
The Yahoo Search Blog has announced that they have added new Yahoo Travel shortcuts. If you search on a travel destination, such as Jerusalem, up comes a shortcut box with travel related information. It looks like this:...
Promotion" Box Found On Google Product Search
Philipp Lenssen reported that Google is now using the Google Promotion label within Google Product Search results, for a promotion of the Google Checkout service above listings. Ionut Alex. Chitu saw this for a product search on watch and sent Philipp a screen capture. I don't see the promotion box...
- Live Image
Search Adds Face, Portrait, B/W, & Related Features
The Live Search Blog announced new image search features over the weekend. The new features include a way to search for images of people by face, portrait, black and white and related people. Here are examples of the new features in action, by searching for [paris]....
- New Imagery Update - July 27th, Google Earth Blog
- MSN's search scam, Sphinn
- Microsoft vs.
Google: Street Photography Rigs Compared
Gizmodo, in something of a tongue-in-cheek post, compares the cars and cameras Google is using to capture its StreeView imagery with those being used by Microsoft for what has been known as StreetSide. StreetSide is a Live Local product that predated Google's StreetView but has been limited to San Francisco...
- YouTube says September is target time to block copyrighted videos, International Herald Tribune
- Mozilla CEO Denies Google Decided Thunderbird's Fate, PC World
- From eTours To
Commanding Ask.com: Jim Lanzone's Story
I Fought the Law from the New York Times tells the story of how Jim Lanzone defaulted to a legal degree and learned his true passion was for Internet companies. Jim Lanzone, Ask.com's CEO, attended the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. He then worked for Justice Hugh P....
False Starts; iCrossing's $62M
It was about to be one spicy Friday, as Searcharazzi received a call on Thursday from a recruiter looking to replace a top editor in the search space. The conversation went something like this: Recruiter: “Our client is looking to replace the top spot at [name of publication].” Searcharazzi:...
"Unavailable After" META Tag Now Live
Google's Dan Crow announced today that the unavailable_after META tag is now live and operational. Google To Add "Unavailable After" META Tag from about two weeks ago, explains in detail more about this tag and how it can be used....
- Facebook Bankruptcy, Jason Calacanis
- Social Network Exhaustion (or Facebook Bankruptcy Redux), Jason Calacanis
- Discussion On Facebook Bankruptcy, Techmeme
- Facebook banned by City firms, Daily Telegraph
- Twitter Blog: Friends, Followers, and Notifications, Twitter
- Thrilled with Sphinn - Iffy About Stalking, Sphinn
- New Search
Engine Optimization Glossary
A Complete Glossary of Essential SEO Jargon from SEOmoz has a very comprehensive list of SEO and SEM terms, words and jargon used in the industry with their meanings. It joins several other established glossaries out there: Search Engine Marketing Glossary of Terms, SEMPO SEO Glossary, WebmasterBrain SEO Terms Glossary...
- I'm Engaged, Jeremy Zawodny