kmhess writes "Check out the Times new article about MSN Search...Microsoft on the Trail of Google
The author asks my question from a few days ago:
"All right, so the new MSN Search looks like Google but doesn't work like Google. In that case, what's the point?" Indeed. Despite my pessimism, the author is optimistic that MSN Search will improve within a year...we'll see I guess.)"
If You're familiar with "Googles and the Planet Goo," you might be familiar with the web site Googles.com [you already know where this is going] which existed before the almighty itself. When Google recently decided to begin marketing products to children, the owners of Googles decided to file a complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. "Googles.com says it attracts about 170,000 weekly visitors; Google's search engine attracts more than 65 million unique visitors each month. Google is seeking to raise $2.7 billion in a hotly anticipated initial public offering of its stock; Esrig says he has been struggling to raise $3.2 million, partly because investors have been spooked by the unsettled trademark struggle with Google.
Anything that makes Google look like a corporate bully seems likely to upset company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The budding billionaires have vowed to build a company that blends benevolence with technological brilliance." Read More.
An Anonymous Patron writes "Here's An Interesting NYTImes piece on Factiva. Factiva's top executive has dismissed suggestions that the company's paid search services are under threat from high-profile free rivals such as Google. She says that while it was useful for generic information, news access required a more sophisticated approach. One restriction on a service such as Google News, which claims to index more than 4,500 news sites, is that it can't provide access to articles on subscription sites."
Placement Ranking Positioning writes "News on some interesting moves at google:"There have been a lot of conversations in the company in the past two months about (how) . . . it's time for us to give something back. So our technical director, Craig Silverstein, has started a project to look at all the Google code and start figuring out what parts of it we want to give back," Rosing said."I'm not saying we're going to open-source Google, because that would be a little dumb when we have these Microsoft guys making noise," he said, referring to the practice of giving away the raw computer instructions to a software program.He says it isn't fair for Google to draw smart people from all over the world and "just keep it all for ourselves".
http:://search-engines-web.com/sends "this link to Gmailswap.com/Google makes news in virtually everything it does, but G-Mail is so hot a commodity - and so unattainable that sites are now up that offer surfers a chance to plead, trade, buy etc...Cuurent G-Mail Beta users can only be invited, but it does seem to have had an effect on Yahoo which now has just increased its free email to 100mb."
Search Engine Optimization writes "A BBC Story on Matt Cutts. If anyone knows how to get their webpage to top Google's search results it is Matt Cutts.Google: Best known for its search pageMr Cutts is one of a team at Google who help webmasters and website creators tweak their pages to ensure they are properly indexed by the search engine.
Although Google's senior technology folk have filed papers about how it does what it does, it has been reluctant to say just how many servers it owns and operates.
The estimates of how many machines it has in its datacentres range from 10,000 to 80,000.
This concentration of computer power could be addressing more than 6,000 terabytes of data. "
search-engines-web.com writes "nigritude ultramarineYou want link popularity - you got link popularityIt appears there is a universal contest among Webmasters and Search engine Promotion Pros to get sites on the top of Google and Yaboo for "nigritude ultramarine" it is one way of testing exactly how much backwards hyperlinked text counts in Google's Algorithms (shades of the "jewwatch" controversy) However, this contest seems to have taken a life of it's own and continues to gain world-wide momentum!"
search engines web writes "Google had quietly put togther an unpublicized ethics committee to evaluate it's actions -because of it's world-wide influence. 2 stories of interest, The BBC and The Register.However - ironically - Google is involved in several high-profile lawsuits over it's Advertising policies and proceedures. Stories at The Telegraphand CNET"