SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 11, 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:

  • Search In Pictures: Mazel Tov Gary, Psychedelic Google, Taylor Hicks At Yahoo
    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….
  • Searcharazzi: Calacanis and the Case of the Mystery Project
    Sherlock, get out your magnifying glass. Clues have been scattered everywhere and there is a mystery to be solved. This is no Whodunnit; Jason Calacanis, founder of Weblogs, Inc., is clearly the mastermind. While there are no bodies on the ground yet, Calacanis has marked July 14, 2007 as…
  • Real Estate Search Engine Trulia Redesigns, Adds Community
    Real estate search site Trulia has redesigned, creating a new presentation on search results pages with more advanced property filters. But beyond this it has added “Trulia Voices,” a new community area for people to ask open-ended questions and discuss neighborhoods, schools, etc. Competitor Zillow recently also added community (Zillow…
  • Microsoft Thinking Of Testing Mouse Over Image Ads In Search Results
    John Battelle has posted a screen capture from a presentation given by Gary Flake of Microsoft showing a new approach to search ads. The search ads on the search results have a little icon next to them, when you mouse over those icons, up comes a larger image or…
  • Google Gets A Tag Line: “Search, Ads & Apps”
    To my knowledge, Google never had a tag line. Yesterday, it announced it had gained one: "Search, Ads & Apps." But wasn’t the tag line "Don’t Be Evil?" Or wasn’t it something about organizing the world’s information? Come along, and I’ll try to sort it out. Google has a mission…
  • Political Candidates Need Serious SEO Help
    Whether DNC or RNC, Political Candidates need SEO from SEOmoz takes a look at the current political landscape in the search results. What we learned from this article is that the U.S. political candidates need some serious help with SEO and search marketing. For example, John McCain’s web site currently…
  • Google Stops Sending Penalty Notification Emails Due To Fake Warnings
    Vanessa Fox posted an update to fake German Google webmaster penalty notifications that I reported yesterday. In that post, she explained that the emails sent from warning that your site will be banned from the index are fake. Google will temporarily be halting the notification of webmaster penalty…
  • Court Says It’s OK To ‘Google’ Your Employees
    Steve Bryant at Google Watch reports that a court has ruled it is OK to ‘Google’ your employees. The case goes back to the firing of David M. Mullins from the U.S. Commerce Department for “misusing a government vehicle and credit card and falsifying travel documents,” says CSO. Mullins claimed,…
  • Google To Continue To Censor Results, Shareholders Agree
    Google Shareholders Vote Against Anti-Censorship Proposal from PC World reports that Google’s shareholders sided with Google and voted down the anti-censorship proposal spearheaded by the New York City pension funds and the Office of the Comptroller of New York City. In short, a majority of shareholders sided with Google, which…
  • Thailand Changes Mind, Won’t Sue Google Over Insulting King
    Thailand Drops Plan to Sue Google from the Associated Press reports that Thailand has changed their mind on suing Google over the insulting videos of their king that were posted at YouTube. Vissanu Meeyoo, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology spokesman said, “We decided not to sue Google because…
  • From My Inbox: More Defense Of SEO
    I spent about a half-hour today defending SEO privately in an email to someone questioning it. Upon reflection, I thought those responses should go into a public post. After all, the discussion involved Stephen Colbert, the great Jason Calacanis mystery project that will kill SEO as well as those scumbag…

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    I was posting blog few days a go regarding action against small businesses that have domains with the word overstock included. sends a scary letter threatening to sue the domain owner for infringing its trade mark for millions of dollars. The letter also states that the domain owner must report all income ever made from the domain. Since I own a domain that ends with the word I received the same letter. Back then I was place number one in for the term overstock and on the top ten in Google as well. After telling to my lawyer I got a call from another person who own the domain, again He had the same problem.

    Stranglly, did get the trademark for the term but not for the word overstock by itself. They got it on 2004 and never protected it up until now when they are trying to get the trademark for For that they need to show that the term is not in the public domain and they are the first to use it. Can you believe this?

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