SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 1, 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 Confirms Acquisition Of FeedBurner
    The Google Blog has confirmed the rumors upon rumors that they have acquired FeedBurner. Google said they have acquired them to give “AdWords advertisers broader distribution to an even wider audience of users.” You can find FeedBurner’s CEO, Dick Costolo’s thoughts on the acquisition here….
  • Search In Pictures: Huge Google Maps Pin, Tiny Yahoo Car, & No Worries At Outback Steakhouse
    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….
  • SMX Advanced Now Sold Out; Only Expo Passes Available
    That’s it! The last conference pass for our first Search Marketing Expo event — SMX Advanced in Seattle next Monday and Tuesday — has now gone. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped make the event officially a sell-out success. Networking passes allowing entrance to the expo hall and networking…
  • Google AdWords Getting Bolder
    We spotted a new Google AdWords phenomenon yesterday – as you know, Google “bolds” words in ad text that match the keywords you’re bidding on. The example below shows that synonyms of keywords are now appearing in boldface. We’ve confirmed with Google that this is a new “feature,” and it…
  • Dogpile: Search Results On Major Engines Diverging
    InfoSpace-owned metasearch engine Dogpile, which recently refreshed its homepage and made other, minor changes, published the results of its second “search overlap” study. The first study, released in 2005 and commissioned from the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University, found that 84.9 percent of results on search engines were…
  • AOL Local Search Released Second Beta
    Gary Price reported that AOL Local Search announced the release of their second beta for AOL Local Search. The new features documented in this second release include:…
  • Schmidt Calls Viacom’s $1B Lawsuit “Just A Mistake”
    Google’s Eric Schmidt: Viacom’s lawsuit is ‘just a mistake’ from reports that when Walt Mossberg questioned Eric Schmidt about Viacom suing YouTube for $1 billion earlier this, year, Google’s CEO responded that “it was probably just a mistake.” Of course, Mr. Mossberg was not satisfied with that answer. He…
  • Google Provides More Hints On Mobile Phone Rumors
    Google Offers New Details On Its Cellphone Strategy from the Wall Street Journal reports Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, revealed more information on Google’s mobile phone plans. While Schmidt did not confirm rumors to build their own phone, it is believed that Google is building a mobile phone operating system. Schmidt…
  • Google Custom Search Engine For Book Search Partners
    Google Launches New Tool for Google Book Search Partner Program from the Book Standard reports that Google is launching a new tool for Google Book Search partners. The new tool appears to be like Google’s Custom Search Engine, but specifically designed around Google Book Search. Partners will be able to…
  • Microsoft Adds In-Copyright Books & New Features To Live Search Books
    Today Microsoft announced that they have added in-copyright books to Live Search Books. Microsoft said they have only included books that their publishing partners have given permission to include. In addition, Live Search Books upgraded their design to enable two pane browsing of books. On the left pane are book…
  • What To Make Of Google Gears
    Being a non-developer I was a bit of a fish out of water at Google Developer Day yesterday. The event, which took place in the 10 countries where Google has offices, was intended to showcase Google Gears and the company’s various APIs. I attended the event in California, which was…
  • Searcharazzi: Let the Layoffs Begin
    Listen up, HR managers, there’s a fresh crop of search employees on the block. iCrossing commenced a round of layoffs this week. Rumor has it that the new CFO, Michael Jackson, is not driving continued growth, but cutting the fat based on profitability of offices and accounts. As of…
  • A Tale Of Two Cultures
    Last week I had the opportunity to present some very preliminary results from our Chinese eye tracking study to a Chinese audience at Search Engine Strategies Xiamen. We’re still going over the results and preparing a final report, the highlights of which I’ll cover in this column in a…

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  • X-Ride

    Check out this great article by the New York Times – it’s a MUST READ!: Google Keeps Tweaking Its Search Engine

  • Sebastian

    > Search Engine Land Hiding Text & Spamming Search Engines, Said Sullivan

    That’s not search engine spam. It’s not even hiding text. Actually, that’s like adding an ALT text to an IMG element.

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