Daily SearchCast, August 29, 2007: The Gphone Is Coming (?); Social Network Search To Wipe Out Google (!); Look Up At The Google Sky & More!

We're back! In today's show, new webmaster tools from Google. Is that a Gphone in your pocket or are you just happy to see an alternative to the iPhone? Big rant on hype over social network search wiping out Google. Bloglines' beautiful beta. You can take the college kids off the Google farm but they'll still click on the top result. Or something like that. And the sky is falling -- Google Sky, that is. Plus more.

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Stories Discussed In The Show

  • SES San Jose Coverage Roundup - August 23, 2007
    Below is a roundup of all the coverage I was able to find throughout the day of the SES San Jose conference. This coverage is for the fourth day of SES, taking place on August 23, 2007. If I missed any, please add a comment below. Overall, the coverage has...
  • Live Search Webmaster Portal: SEO Tools Coming From Microsoft
    Later this year, Microsoft has announced that there will be a public beta of "Live Search Webmaster Portal," a collection of tools and information for site owners akin to the Google Webmaster Central and Yahoo Site Explorer offerings from those respective search engines. A private beta of these tools...
  • Updated Gphone Timeline & Let A Hundred Google Phones Bloom
    The Google Phone rumors continue, whipping up a frenzy that some type of announcement about the Gphone is coming within days. It'll be a phone! It'll be an operating system! It'll be bundled software! And everyone is showing various photos that no one has ever confirmed are pictures of an...
  • Accoona's IPO Backfires, Again
    Web search IPO stalls on underwriter doubts from CNN Money reports that Accoona's expected $80.5 million IPO has failed due to their underwriter backing out. Maxim Group, their underwriter, backed out after completing an in-depth review of the company. The New York Times reported Edward L. Rose, the firm’s vice...
  • Google CFO George Reyes To Resign
    Google Finance Chief to Resign from the Wall Street Journal reports that Google CFO George Reyes has announced he is resigning from Google. A press release is also now up. Reyes, who joined Google in 2002 and before its IPO, is only the second major Google executive to leave...
  • The Promise & Reality Of Mixing The Social Graph With Search Engines
    I'm having a bad day. Aside from my desktop crashing, we get another spate of "let's blame SEO" to start my morning off. Robert Scoble uses that theme as a launching pad for a series of videos on how Facebook potentially could be a killer search engine -- regardless...
  • Yahoo Takes Beta Label Off New Mail, Adds Features
    Yahoo has taken the "beta" label off its new Yahoo Mail service. Here's an overview from the Yodel Anecdotal blog. Arguably the most interesting aspect of the new features is the capability of sending text messages to mobile phones from Yahoo Mail....
  • Bloglines Beta To Challenge Google Reader
    Bloglines released a new public beta of their popular web-based RSS reader. The new beta is optimized to run well in Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox. The new beta has several new features including a customizable start page with drag and drop AJAX functionality, three feed viewing options including a...
  • Google Transit Coming To New York Metropolitan Area
    Google May Start New York Transit Guide to Boost Ads from Bloomberg reports that Google Transit will soon support the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Currently Google Transit covers about 15 U.S. cities including Burbank, Humboldt County, Orange County, San Diego, Tampa, Honolulu, Duluth, Las Vegas Monorail, Reno, Eugene, Portland,...
  • Segmenting Local Mobile Search: The Major Players & Mobile Search Types
    Expectations of mobile search and local mobile search in particular are rising. As mobile ad networks form, mobile M&A activity heats up and the search engines pour greater attention and resources into their mobile offerings one could say we're on the cusp of a new mobile era. Indeed, as...
  • Putting Your Small Business On The Map
    Online maps: we use them everyday for purposes as varied as finding out how to meet our friends at a new restaurant to sending out invitations to our child's birthday party. Maps are valuable graphical presentations of how to get to a certain place. Most companies that depend on...
  • Searchers Trust Google's Rank Above Abstracts In Search Results
    University students don't question Google from PC World reports on a recent study named In Google We Trust: Users' Decisions on Rank, Position, and Relevance. The study surveyed 22 Cornell University students on the Google search results. The conclusion of the study showed that these students trusted Google's ranking of...
  • Yahoo Slurp Gets More Efficient & New Index Update
    The Yahoo Search Blog announced that they have made major changes to their crawling process, plus rolled out a new update to their crawling, indexing and ranking systems. Recently, there have been many complaints that Yahoo's crawler, Yahoo Slurp, is crawling sites too heavily. Yahoo says it has taken this...
  • Microsoft Launches Experimental Search Site Tafiti
    Built on its new Silverlight application, Microsoft last night released a new, experimental search site dubbed "Tafiti," which means “do research” in Swahili. You'll need to download Silverlight to use the engine, which offers a richer "visualization" of Microsoft Live search results....
  • Yahoo Search Adds Health, Electronics & NFL Shortcuts
    Yahoo Search will be launching new Search Shortcuts for health, consumer electronics and NFL related queries....
  • Ask.com Adds Current Time Feature For Local Searches
    Ask.com is now displaying a clock showing the local time in relation to local searches. For example, search for san jose, ca, and you'll see the local time there appearing in the right-hand column, like this: Give it a try for your favorite city....
  • Google AdWords Top Ad Promotion Formula Now Live
    The Inside AdWords blog just announced that the new top promotion algorithm is now live. Advertisers who want to take advantage of this can now begin to do so. Yes, there is a lot of debate and reaction towards this new formula. I suspect now that it is live, we...
  • Google Sky: Search The Stars With Google Earth Sky
    In Google Earth, a Service for Scanning the Heavens from the New York Times reports that Google Earth has released a new version that allows you to look up at the sky and see the galaxy. The feature is described more here. The new feature will let you virtually look...

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