SearchCap: The Day In Search, November 12, 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 Releases Android SDK & Offers $10 Million Mobile Development Challenge
    Google has released the Android SDK at and is offering $10 million in rewards to developers who can build out the best Android applications. You can learn about the SDK over here, plus there is a blog, FAQs, and discussion form. Here is a video showing you what Android…
  • December’s Battle Of The Search Conferences
    It’s mid-November, when WebmasterWorld’s PubCon is traditionally held. But all’s quiet on the Las Vegas front. What’s up? This year, PubCon has moved to December, running head-to-head against Incisive Media’s SES event in Chicago. What’s a search marketer to do?…
  • Google Won’t Hand Over Competitive Data If Hit With Subpoena
    Eric Goldman has updated us on the ongoing Connor Sport Court and Rhino Court case involving Google. The case, which we covered with Want Competitive Keyword Information? Just Subpoena Google! implied that Google was going to give over competitive keyword data simply because one company filed a subpoena for it….
  • Firefox: Google’s Secret Weapon Against Microsoft?
    Will Success, or All That Money From Google, Spoil Firefox? from the New York Times asks if all the money Google is feeding Firefox going to hurt the browser and the community behind the browser in the future. But if you look at this article the other way, why is…
  • Google To Acquire Sprint? Don’t Bet On It
    A TMCnet blog repeats a rumor that Google might buy US wireless carrier Sprint. This is based in part of Google’s aggressive push into mobile with Android, its willingness to bid on wireless spectrum licenses and its efforts to gain access to unused parts of the television spectrum, so-called “white…
  • San Francisco Oil Spill Maps & Wishing For Better Community Map Search Tools
    Trying to figure out the impact of last week’s oil spill in San Francisco Bay, which happened after the container ship Cosco Busan hit the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge? There are maps to the rescue! Links to them below, along with some observations on the difficulty in finding community-built maps…
  • Northeastern University Sues Google Over Index Database Design
    Northeastern sues Google over patent from The Boston Globe reports that Northeastern University and a company founded by a Northeastern professor, Kenneth P. Baclawski, is suing Google for patent infringement. The issue at hand in this case is that Northeastern has patented a method of storing database queries back in…
  • Diller On Ask’s Growth, Facebook & Buying AOL
    Barry Diller to Time Warner: Name Your Price for AOL from AdAge has a Q&A session with Barry Diller, the CEO of IAC, the parent company of In this question and answer session, Diller was asked about the split up of IAC into five business units, he was asked…
  • AOL Buys Q&A Provider Yedda
    AOL announced that it has acquired Israeli Q&A provider Yedda for an undisclosed sum. Comparable in many respects to Yahoo Answers, Yedda bills itself as a next generation “semantic” Q&A service. AOL will more broadly integrate the functionality into a number of its sites and properties, as Yahoo has with…
  • Google Getting Ready To Partner With Clearwire On Wireless Spectrum Licenses?
    Last week Forbes wrote that Google will “definitely” participate, according to CEO Eric Schmidt, in the upcoming 700MHZ wireless spectrum auction. Also last week, Google partner Sprint said that it was ending its relationship with wireless broadband provider Clearwire to build a nationwide WiMax network. (Sprint is a member of…
  • When Is Election Day?
    Election Day in the United States was last week, right? In fact, that was the “other” Election Day—when periodically, we as citizens gather to exercise our right to vote for governors, mayors, city councils, propositions, initiatives, referendums, etc. While we perused the positioning statements of local candidates, and cast…

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