SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 25, 2009

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • The Curious Case Of Google’s Bizarre UK Search Results

    Results from all over the world have been appearing in search results pages. Matt Cutts explained this was all good because Google wants to become more relevant and .com results might be more relevant in some cases. But UK SEO’s believe there is more. The results are in many cases not relevant at all. Is Google broken? Or is it something else?

  • Google Now Using You To Provide Traffic Data To Maps

    Google is now using location-enabled mobile phones that have Maps for mobile installed to improve its real-time traffic data. According to the Google Blog: If you use Google Maps for mobile with GPS enabled on your phone, that’s exactly what you can do. When you choose to enable Google Maps with My Location, your phone sends [...]

  • My Favorite Link Building Lie

    People will tell you it’s no longer possible to obtain links by asking for them via email. Spend even a little time reading the SEO/SEM blogs, forums, comments, etc., and you’ll find a reasonable and well-meaning post, something like this beauty I read over at the UK version of TechCrunch. “The days of asking a site [...]

  • Yahoo Acquires Arab Portal, Bing Gets Backdoor Into Deal

    This morning Yahoo announced that it was acquiring, “the leading online community in the Arab world.” According to Yahoo the site has an audience of 16.5 million people. The purchase price has been estimated at between $75 and $100 million and was apparently in the works before the search deal with Microsoft was announced last month. [...]

  • 400 Years Ago Galileo Invented The Telescope, Thanks Google

    Visiting Google today, you might notice a telescope as the Google logo. If you click on the logo, you are taken to a search result on Google for Galileo’s telescope. 400 year ago today, in the year 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope. The Google logo, aka Doodle, reminds us of [...]

  • Swiss Govt. Not So Neutral On Google Street View

    Just days after it was launched, Google Street View is now under attack in Switzerland. On Friday, a Swiss privacy official issued a statement demanding that Google “immediately withdraw its online service Google Street View concerning Switzerland.” Thuer apparently did some Street View browsing of his own and felt that Google hadn’t adequately blurred license [...]

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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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