SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 8, 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:

  • Ask City’s Shape Search Tool For Local Search Results
    The Ask.com Blog announced a neat new feature that enables you to literally shape your own local search results. You can go to Ask City, locate a location, draw a circle or square in a certain location and then search specifically within that location. Below is a screen cast I…
  • Microsoft’s "Third Era" Of Search Begins With Departure Of Search Chief Christopher Payne
    Microsoft’s top search executive leaving company from the Seattle PI covers Microsoft’s Christopher Payne reportedly leaving the company. The AP also reports similar news from its sources. Payne took over search efforts at Microsoft back in 2003. He oversaw what I’d call Microsoft’s "second era" of search, that of…
  • Google Wins Google Earth Patent Case
    Google wins key ruling in patent dispute from BusinessWeek reports that the patent case against Google over Google Earth has now been closed. Google has won the dispute dating back to 2002, when it was filed by Skyline Software Systems against Keyhole, which Google later acquired and whose software became…
  • Mark Cuban Subpoenas Google Over YouTube Videos
    Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures Subpoenas Google over Pirated Videos from Google Watch reports that Magnolia Pictures, Mark Cuban’s film studio, has subpoenaed Google for the identities of those who uploaded his videos to YouTube. Cuban told Reuters:  "We don’t expect to get valid user information," but if he does…
  • Baidu & Google Go Head To Head With Chinese Book Search
    Google, Baidu race to set up online library in China via Reuters reports that Baidu and Google are going at it to be the largest and best book search service in China. Reuters writes that Peking University Library in Beijing, "one of Asia’s largest academic libraries," already has a partnership…
  • 5 Shiny Reasons Google Should Take Over Ford’s Twin Cities Auto Plant
    Ed Kohler makes a pitch for Google to come to St. Paul, Minnesota — and it’s both a fun and compelling one. He points out that Ford is abandoning its Twin Cities Assembly Plant that comes complete with its own hydro-electric power station, handy for power-hungry (that’s electric power I’m…
  • Yahoo Adds Networking Features To Answers
    Yahoo has added a social networking feature to its Answers service, allowing you to add Yahoo Answers users to your own personal collection of contacts, providing direct access to the questions they ask, answer, and star on Answers. "This allows you to identify individuals on Answers whose knowledge you value…
  • Google Local Business Center Adds Photos, Attributes, Maps Corrections & Stats
    The Google Local Business Center has just added four new features for business owners who want to maintain a Google Local Business listing. Below, a step-by-step guide to how you can adjust the marker for your business, add a photo to your listing, add custom attributes and see statistics on…

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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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