SearchCap: The Day In Search, April 20, 2007

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 Search History Expands, Becomes Web History
    Google’s Search History feature, which was switched on as a default option for many Google searchers in February, has now been renamed Web History to reflect how it has expanded to track what Google users do as they surf the web. It’s a huge move for Google and raises anew…
  • Complaint Over Google-DoubleClick Acqusition Expected To Be Filed At FTC Today
    Google draws privacy complaint to FTC from reports three organizations are going to file a joint complaint today with the Federal Trade Commission over Google’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), along with the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the U.S. Public Interest Research…
  • Battelle Chats With Microsoft’s General Counsel On Google/DoubleClick Antitrust Allegations
    News Analysis: Microsoft General Counsel on DoubleClick and Antitrust from John Battelle documents some of his conversation with Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith today….
  • Does "GoogleClick" Spell The End For Bid Managers?
    This week’s announcement of Google’s new AdWords Preferred Cost Bidding may have been a whimper compared to the bang of its DoubleClick acquisition news. But the two events may be related in a way that could spell trouble ahead for the paid search bid management companies like Atlas, Omniture, KeyWordMax,…
  • Google’s Q1 2007 Profit & Revenue Rises Over 60%
    Google announced first quarter earnings for 2007 showed revenues of $3.66 billion, an increase of 63% compared to the first quarter of 2006 — and an increase in profits of 69%. You can see the financial tables for the first quarter of 2007, plus the earnings call is archived, and…
  • Google Acquires Marratech’s Video Conferencing Software
    Google announced that they have acquired Marratech’s video conferencing software (not the company, just its software)….
  • Time For Google To Give Up The Fight Against Paid Links?
    The Paid Links Economy from Philipp Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped is a nice, thoughtful follow-up to last week’s paid links debate that erupted after Google’s Matt Cutts featured a new way to report paid links. There’s plenty of the history of link buying and assorted comments, though Philipp’s article doesn’t…
  • New SEO Tools: Robots.txt Builder, Term Targeting & Crawl Test
    Three new SEO tools came out this week that are worth a look. Dave Naylor released a robots.txt builder tool, while SEOmoz released term targeting and crawl test tools. Some more about the tools, below:…
  • SES NY: Click Fraud Remains A Contentious Issue
    Yesterday, Click Forenics released its quarterly Click Fraud Index showing a purported increase in click fraud from 14.2 percent in Q4 ’06 to 14.8 percent in Q1. By contrast, Google argues that "click fraud" constitutes less than 0.02 percent of all clicks. Chris Sherman earlier summarized the Click Forensics findings….
  • StumbleUpon Releases StumbleThru For Domains
    StumbleUpon, a search service that displays recommended sites for users based on interest profiles, has released StumbleThru, a service that searches for content from some of the most popular sites on the web, including Flickr, MySpace, Wikipedia, YouTube, BBC, CNN, and Physorg. This makes it easy to discover new content…
  • Yahoo’s Upgrades And Migrates Events Site Upcoming
    Events are an important but historically neglected area of local search, previously the almost exclusive province of newspapers and printed weeklies. Now there are a range of startups and more established sites providing local events information. They include Socializr, Attendio, Eventful, Zvents, Citysearch, AOL Cityguide, Heyletsgo, Jambase, the various ticket…
  • Google To Integrate News With Web Search Results
    Soon, Google will quietly begin changing the way it blends news results and standard web search results, co-mingling links to news sources and web pages if your search terms are relevant to current news events. The new format will replace OneBox news links that have normally appeared at the top…
  • Search In Pictures: Easter; Search Fun, Google Power, Art & Signs
    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more….
  • The Case Of The Missing White House Cached Page On Google
    In my story about Google’s new content removal tools, I highlighted the fact that anyone can potentially wipe out the cached copy of a page, even if they aren’t the page’s author. To illustrate this, I was going to use as an example how the official George W. Bush page’s…
  • Google Declares Stephen Colbert As Greatest Living American
    It’s official. Stephen Colbert is the Greatest Living American, or at least now ranks tops for that phrase at Google. It’s all come from the latest Google bombing campaign sparked off in part by Stephen himself. The backstory on this, plus the "I thought Google bombing didn’t work anymore"…

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About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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