SearchCap: The Day In Search, October 24, 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:

  • Congress May Penalize Tech Companies That Cooperate With ‘Internet Restricting’ Governments
    Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are all doing business in China. There’s been bad PR and even congressional hearings for Yahoo about its cooperation with the Chinese government in the country’s effort to censor the Internet and crack down on dissent. Turkey and Thailand have blocked YouTube, and so on. Now…
  • Local Search Site Judy’s Book To Shut Down
    TechCrunch first reported (confirmed on CEO Andy Sack’s blog) that local search site Judy’s Book is shutting down and/or looking for a buyer. After struggling to monetize its traffic, the site shifted its business model to emphasize coupons and local deals. The firm had raised over $10 million in two…
  • Google’s PageRank Update Goes After Paid Links?
    Seems like there is a PageRank update taking place now that seems to be impacting sites that sell links. Can’t say that we were not warned about this? Danny Sullivan wrote Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google over two weeks ago, and now it…
  • AOL’s Big Mobile Push
    Yesterday at the mobile trade show CTIA in San Francisco, AOL made a slew of mobile product announcements. The arguable centerpiece of that was the new AOL MyMobile application, not yet available. It offers considerable personalization opportunities and a Yahoo Go-like experience. The application seeks to bring together AOL desktop…
  • Report: Microsoft & Google Compete To Own Stake In Facebook
    Online Faceoff from NY Post reports Google is in a heated battle with Microsoft to own a stake in Facebook. The two companies would like to own a 5 percent and 10 percent stake in Facebook to leverage the huge opportunity of advertising revenue from the site amongst other opportunities…
  • Yahoo To Partner With Mobile Operators In Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong & Malaysia
    Yahoo to announce new Asia mobile tie-ups from Reuters reports Yahoo is expected to announce several partnerships with mobile operators in Asia. Yahoo is in talks with operators in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Yahoo’s President, Susan Decker, said: We will have a number of announcements in the…
  • Ullah, Google’s Director Of Corporate Development Quits
    Another day, another key Googler departs from Venturebeat reports Salman Ullah, Google’s director of corporate development, has left Google. Ullah has started his own venture firm named Merus Capital according to GigaOM, and has brought with him Sean Dempsey from his team at Google….
  • Google And Nielsen Partner For TV Ads Demographic Measurement
    Google has teamed up with Nielsen to offer demographic data to advertisers in its TV Ads program. Google is currently working with distributors EchoStar and San Francisco Bay Area cable provider Astound. Nielsen demographic data are being combined with “aggregated set-top box data” in the new program to offer the…
  • The IT Group: Friend Or Foe Of In-House Search Marketers?
    The battle lines are drawn. On one side stands our plucky heroine: the redheaded stepchild of the corporation, the search marketer. Armed only with her knowledge and expertise, she stands, all alone. On the other side stand the massed hordes of the IT department. Armed with their “best development…
  • Gmail Now Supporting IMAP Protocol
    It appears that Gmail is now supporting the IMAP protocol as of today. Download Squad was one of the first to report the new functionality found under the Gmail settings section. There is now a ton of coverage on the new Gmail feature. On the Gmail What’s New page, we…
  • Lessons From Baseball: How to Discover & Track Your “Quality Starts”
    For millions of sports fans October means one thing—the Major League Baseball playoffs! And as any ardent fan of our national pastime will tell you, it’s “do or die” time. Without a doubt, the post season is all about wins and losses— with little regard for how the game…
  • Next Week: Join Us For SMX Stockholm!
    The first Search Marketing Expo – SMX Stockholm is next week. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend SMX Stockholm, an event tailored to the needs of SEMs in one of the most sophisticated search marketing regions in the world. Register today and join us October 31 and November 1 at…

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