Microsoft Live Mobile Adds Product Search, “Find My Location”

Microsoft has introduced enhanced mobile product search at It shrinks down the content from the desktop product search into a bite-sized mobile presentation. You get images, reviews, product specifications, and features. These things don't come up for every category; however, it's a very nice presentation of information, and the available categories should grow rapidly. The company has simultaneously introduced "Find My Location," based on cell phone tower triangulation, for Japan and the UK. Here are some screens of the product search beta for mobile: The "Find My Loca [...]

Yahoo Podcasts To Close; The Sorry State Of Podcast Search

Sigh. As someone who produces a podcast -- and who has enjoyed searching for podcasts when going on roadtrips -- I don't get why podcast search isn't more supported by the major search engines. Yahoo Podcasts, rolled out with promise back in October 2005, now sports a message at the top of the page saying "Yahoo! apologizes deeply, but we will be closing down the Podcasts site on Oct. 31, 2007." Nice job, Yahoo. What, you can't even post a link to a reason why you're closing? No advice for what the podcast owners that actually promoted your service, about what they're supposed to do [...]

Podzinger Is Now EveryZing

Following in the recent footsteps of Technorati, which morphed into a multi-media search engine, podcast search engine Podzinger has added video and rebranded itself EveryZing, a stronger and (paradoxically) less confusing brand. Google introduced video into results with the roll out of Universal Search and the new Ask3D prominently features video (search provided by Blinkx). EveryZing is now also offering "white label" audio and video search to third party sites a la Blinkx. Postscript: PaidContent has details on a second $10 million round of funding for the company, which also [...]

Up Close With Digg Podcasts (& Vote For The Daily SearchCast!)

Neil Patel covered the new podcast feature at Digg in yesterday's story, The New Digg Features Plus, A Submitter's Perspective, but I wanted to take a deeper look at how it works plus maybe entice a few votes for my own podcast, The Daily SearchCast, along the way. Having played with a number of podcast directories over the past year, Digg Podcasts is surprisingly traditional. The main page shows the most popular shows (shows, not individual episodes), similar to how you'll see these at Yahoo Podcasts. Unlike Yahoo, Digg popularity is determined by the number of diggs. As Neil noted, the mo [...]

The New Digg Features Plus, A Submitter’s Perspective

Today, Kevin Rose announced the release of new Digg features. What most people covered in the release were all the cool additions, but no one really talked about the small changes that have drastically affected submitters. Before I dig into these small changes that affected submitters, here is a quick recap of the new features that everyone is talking about: Digg is now made for big widescreen monitors. If you have a large monitor the site will now adjust the content so you can make use of your entire screen.   Each section on Digg now has a top 10 story listing on the right side. Th [...]

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