Daily SearchCast, Jan. 9, 2008: Google Maps Primary Results; Microsoft Buying FAST; Search Wikia Or Search Suckia? & More!

Google maps the New Hampshire primary results. Yahoo pushes to make your inbox the center of your life. Microsoft spending over $1 billion to buy FAST. New Year's Resolutions, Search Wikia launches to disappointing reviews, Google looking for an inhouse investigator and more!

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Stories Discussed In The Show

  • Real Time US Presidential Primary Results In Google Maps
    Political and news junkies take note: Google mapped the results of yesterday's New Hampshire U.S. presidential primary by candidate and county for both parties. There are also videos from YouTube of candidate victory or concession speeches. According to the Google LatLong blog, the results were presented last night in real...
  • Yahoo Makes Bid To Become A Mobile Development Platform
    Last night at CES, Yahoo made several related mobile announcements tied to its application Go and a new bid to become a mobile platform for third party publishers and developers. There are essentially three pieces to what Yahoo announced: Yahoo Go 3.0 (not yet live), an open mobile widget development...
  • Yahoo's Yang Outlines Vision For An Integrated, Open Yahoo 2.0
    Yahoo's Jerry Yang took the stage at CES yesterday to offer a vision for the company's future as a more integrated, open platform and "starting point" for consumers on the internet. Much of the news surrounding Yahoo yesterday was about the new mobile application Go 3.0 and related widget platform...
  • Google & YouTube TVs Powered By Panasonic
    Matsushita's Panasonic, Google To Work On Internet-Ready TVs from SmartMoney reports Panasonic is working with Google to make TVs that display internet content. Matsushita Electric Industrial, the company behind Panasonic said, the TVs will enable users to browse and watch YouTube videos from their TVs. The announcement was made at...
  • Ask Mobile Adds "Click To Speak" Directions
    Ask's Mobile WAP site has added voice to the process of getting directions. The voice-activated service is provided by Dial Directions. On the mobile Ask site, next to the "Directions" link you'll find a new "Voice Entry" link. That sends users to the Dial Directions phone number (347-328-4667) or initiates...
  • Microsoft To Buy Fast Search For $1.23 Billion
    Microsoft Agrees to Buy Fast Search for $1.23 Billion from Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is buying FAST Search. The Norwegian search company, Fast Search & Transfer ASA, will be bought by Microsoft for 6.6 billion kroner or $1.23 billion. Microsoft will buy the company via the Oslo Stock Exchange, share...
  • Microsoft Launches adCenter Add-in Beta for Excel 2007
    The adCenter Blog announced the launch of the adCenter Add-in for Excel 2007. To download the 64MB zipped version of the add-in, click here. There will be a webinar explaining how to use the add-in on January 23, 2008, which you can register for in advance. Features as summarized by...
  • Google Changes Referral Policy For AdSense Referrals
    The Google AdSense Blog announced they have made changes to one of the Google referral products policies. The two changes made to this referrals pricing structure only impacts referrals to the AdSense product. Those changes include:...
  • Truveo Index Hits 100 Million Videos
    AOL-owned video search engine Truveo announced yesterday that its video index had reached 100 million videos and predicted that number would climb to a billion by 2009. The company also said that its search index grew in 2007 from a base of just five million videos at relaunch in August,...
  • Sony In Video Deal With Google & Viacom Deals With Five Competing Online Video Providers
    Sony has announced a deal to provide Google's YouTube five-minute clips of some of their most popular TV shows. Some of those shows include "Married With Children" and "Newsradio," but they plan on adding more shows and even original content in the future. Viacom has agreed to provide videos for...
  • Microsoft Provides Local Search Content To Garmin Personal Navigation Devices
    LiveSide reports on a deal that provides access to Live Search Maps/Local content via MSN Direct to the Garmin nüvi 780 personal navigation device (PND). Users can get maps, news, weather, local events and other content. One can also plan trips on Windows Live Local and then "send to...
  • New Year's Resolutions For Your PPC Campaigns
    At the beginning of every year, many people take stock of the last year, their accomplishments, and plan for the upcoming year. PPC campaigns also have a life of their own. From creation to optimization to reaching your goals to more optimization; PPC campaigns have their own life which...
  • 5 Ways To Make 2008 Pay Off Big
    If you’re anything like me, chances are that by the time you’re reading this, you’ve probably already broken one of your new year’s resolutions. But hey, that’s okay. Those personal resolutions aren’t all they’re cracked-up to be. All they really create is guilt and anxiety over the fit of...
  • 10 Simple Steps To Social Media Success In 2008
    It's no secret that social media should be an integral part of your online marketing strategy. Creating viral content and promoting it is only a fraction of the equation. You must also strengthen your online footprint and become part of the network. Trying to figure out where to start...
  • Search Wikia: Not Even A Remote Threat To Google
    Search Wikia, the open source search engine from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales' Wikia, Inc. organization, launched today in an alpha version. Widely hyped, typically portrayed as a heroic David vs. Goliath struggle, it's really just yet another crappy search service that may, potentially, if all goes well, eventually turn into...
  • Another way to look at Wikia Search, Rich Skrenta
  • Jason Calacanis has "all the money", Valleywag
  • Glimpse The Future Of Search At SMX West
    We've just finalized the third keynote panel for SMX West, and it's going to be a fascinating session. Gord Hotchkiss and I will be talking about the future of search with Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone, Brad Goldberg, Microsoft's General Manager, Search Business Group, and Google's Director of Research, Peter Norvig....
  • SMX West Early Bird Price Expires Friday
    Register today to get your ticket to the “must-attend” interactive and search marketing event of the year and save $400. Search Marketing Expo - SMX West will deliver... - Superior content – 3 days, 5 tracks and more than 50 sessions - Hands-on tactical solutions that will make you a...
  • Results Are In For The 2007 Search Blogs Awards
    The voting for the best search blogs of 2007 began December 28th. Loren Baker of Search Engine Journal held their annual search blog awards and after two days of posting the results, all the results are finally in. We are proud to have won in three categories, best search news...
  • Watch The Techmeme Home Page In Fast-Forward
    I am a huge fan of Techmeme, and I always thought it was interesting to watch the Techmeme home page change throughout the day. Amit at Digital Inspiration has actually captured 50 hours of the Techmeme home page and then posted a video of it playing those 50 hours in...
  • Google Hiring Investigator / Threat Analyst For Safety & Security
    I was tipped off by a friend of a new job listing at Google for Investigator / Threat Analyst in Irvine, CA. The job calls for an individual to work with Google's Director of Corporate Safety & Security. The responsibilities include "investigating deviations from company policies or acts against Google...

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