SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 14, 2013

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 Authority Boost: Google’s Algorithm To Determine Which Site Is A Subject Authority Yesterday, we covered and summarized the ten future Google SEO changes coming to Google’s search results by the end of this summer. But today, I wanted to pull out one point where Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, said Google is working on an algorithm to give authorities in a particular subject a ranking [...]
  • Bing Goes Star Trek With “Snapshot” Answers & Klingon Translation Microsoft announced that Bing, the search engine, can now speak Klingon and gives you snapshot answers to your Star Trek questions. Search on Bing for [Who is Spock's father] and at the top right section of the page, a “Snapshot Answer” will come back telling you it is Sarek. You can technically search for many [...]
  • German Court Says Google Must Block Libelous Words Added Via Autocomplete Function In a surprising turn of events, Germany’s top civil court overturned two lower court rulings on a case involving Google’s autocomplete function. According to the ruling, it is Google’s responsibility to block libelous words that appear next to a name via the autocomplete function if Google has been alerted to the defamatory words. The plaintiff [...]
  • Taiwanese Research Firm Claims Patent Law Suit Against Google Search Products Institute for Information, located in Taipei, Taiwan, has brought a patent lawsuit against Google in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. According to the case, the research institution claims Google Search, Google+ Local and Google Places infringes on the Institute for Information’s patented information retrieval system. The patent in question was [...]
  • How Latvia Teaches Us That “Think Global, Act Local” Is No Longer Useful In Search Marketing Last week, I was lucky to join a number of great speakers at the iLive conference in Riga, Latvia. As with all conferences, I learned a lot. (I simply can’t relate to those who go to a conference and say they’ve heard it all before.) I learned at least as much from the people I met [...]
  • 5 PR Strategies You Can Use To Build Links Right Now There’s been a lot of talk in the search industry over the past year regarding the overlap of public relations and SEO, particularly in the area of link building. As a Public Relations major, this couldn’t make me happier — not because I feel like my college degree can finally be justified to my parents; but [...]
  • The Future Of SEO in a Socially Driven World If SEO is dead, social media will be, too, in another five years. So, keep calm and tweet on. Hold that thought for a second – I can explain. In today’s search world, there’s a lot of talk about how social is “taking over,” how “content is king,” and how search engine optimization is “dead” – [...]
  • Google’s Latest Easter Egg Brings Atari Breakout Game To Image Search Add this to the big list of Google easter eggs: do an image search for “atari breakout,” and you’ll be able to play the classic video game online, right in your search results. In fact, the image search results become the bricks that you have to eliminate as you play the game. Google is calling [...]

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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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