SearchCap: The Day In Search, April 16, 2008

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google Drops IMAP Support? Gmail & Google Apps Stops Functioning
    It appears that Google is having major issues with their email server. In the past 15 minutes, I received a few phones, tons of twits and found a fast growing Google Groups thread about Google removing IMAP from their email settings options. This seems to be a major issue, where…
  • Google Website Optimizer Steps Out Of The AdWords Box: Open To All Users & Urchin 6.0 Comes Out Of Beta
    Google has announced that AdWords is no longer a requirement for Website Optimizer. In fact, you can now go to and register, for free, to use Website Optimizer, even if you do not have an AdWords account. Now, you can use Website Optimizer to not just A/B test your…
  • Facebook Adds Lexicon And “Friend Feed” Style Outside Activity Alerts
    Facebook hasn’t yet added Web search but it is allowing users to import content from third-party sites. Users are now permitted to import stories and content (into their mini-feeds) from a handful of sites: Flickr, Yelp, Picasa, and to start with, Digg and others to come. The intention is…
  • Microsoft Launches Live Search News
    Microsoft hits back at Google with Live Search News from reports Microsoft has launched Live Search News. Live Search News takes a more linear view of news, when you compare it to the Google News or Yahoo News home pages. Live Search News looks more like a Techmeme style…
  • comScore: New Google High, New Yahoo & Microsoft Lows, Though Both Rise In Raw Searches
    Continuing from previous search stats from Hitwise and Compete, comScore is now out with search engine share in the United States for March 2008. Similar to Hitwise, Google hits a new high while Microsoft and Yahoo hit new lows. But in terms of raw searches, Yahoo and Microsoft showed…
  • Cuill Gets $25 Million In VC Funding
    Cuill, the stealth search startup backed by former Google, AltaVista and IBM search experts, has completed a second round of funding to the tune of $25 million. The round was led by Madrone Capital Partners and follows on a first round of $8 million from Tugboat Ventures and Greylock Partners….

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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