SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 5, 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:

  • Yahoo Search Weather Update & Support For X-Robots Tag
    The Yahoo Blog announced a weather update for Yahoo Search and that they are now support the X-Robots-Tag directive. A few days ago, I spotted a Yahoo Search update and it has now been confirmed by Yahoo. But the more important news is that Yahoo is now supporting the X-Robots-Tag…
  • Google AdWords Improves Target By Location Feature With Maps
    I got a tip from Scott Edwards that Google has quietly improved the “target customers by location” feature in the AdWords console. You can see old screen captures of the multi-step process at the Search Engine Roundtable, but the new method is much more intuitive. You are given four tabs…
  • Google Talk Meets AOL Instant Messager: Time Warner & Google Complete AIM Integration Deal
    Yesterday, Google announced that you can now login talk to AOL Instant Messenger uses via Google Talk, through Google Talk’s Gmail interface. Making the two instant messaging tools work together is a feature promised way back when AOL and Google formed a strategic alliance in December 2005. If you read…
  • Blog Search Engine Technorati Reinvents Itself Again
    Blog search engine and news site Technorati has suffered various identity crises over the past couple of years as it seeks to fend off competition and angle toward an eventual acquistion. TechCrunch provides useful context and history for the latest re-imagining of the site as a hybrid blog and traditional…
  • Nielsen Seeks To Become Video Copyright Arbiter
    Nielsen has partnered with Digimarc to digitally “watermark” or fingerprint video clips from media companies circulating on the Internet. Clips would have a unique ID and specific rules could be assigned to govern their uploading and distribution accordingly, to prevent copyright infringement….
  • Google Launches New iPhone Interface
    I went to Google on my iPhone, and I saw a new interface. I then did some searches and saw that TechCrunch has a piece on it named Google Pre-Launches New iPhone Interface. Here are some pictures of the new interface from my iPhone:…
  • German Pornography Site Calls Google A Porn Site Too, Urges Court To Block It
    Arcor to block Google from heise online reports Huch Medien, the operator of a erotic site Amateurstar.de, has filed in a German court to have Arcor — Germany’s second-biggest telecom company — to block Google because Google Images is showing pornographic content without an age verification test….
  • Flickr Adds Picnik Web Based Image Editing Features
    The Flickr Blog announced the integration of the expected Online Photo Editing software from Picnik is now complete. Meaning, you can now edit your Flickr photos directly on the web, with a click of a button. Personally, I am very excited about this feature and hope to utilize it often….
  • adCenter Add-in Beta for Excel 2007
    The adCenter blog announced they are now taking email addresses to be notified of a new plugin for adCenter. The plugin is named adCenter Add-in Beta for Excel 2007, and it allows you to “easily extract keywords from any website, quickly understand keyword popularity and trends and you can gain…
  • Search Conference Coverage 2007: SES Chicago Day Two & PubCon Vegas Day One
    Today is the second day of SES Chicago, and the first day of PubCon Vegas. Here is a recap of the coverage I found for the sessions both conferences, all mixed together….

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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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