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SearchCap: The Day In Search, Feb. 14, 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
    Webmaster Central Leaves Beta; Its Blog Gains Comments

    Google Webmaster Central has officially come out of beta, about a
    year-and-a-half after Google Sitemaps — core of the service later renamed
    Google Webmaster Central — launched. To celebrate, a new era for Google. The
    Official Google Webmaster Central Blog becomes the first official Google blog
    to gain comments. Google…
  • Google
    Officially Opens Gmail To World

    Google finally makes it official. Gmail is open to all. An announcement on the
    Official Google Blog confirms what everyone already discovered last week, that
    Gmail restrictions have been dropped. You still can invite friends and family
    to use Gmail, like you did before. However, invitations are no longer
  • Google Earth
    Adds KML Search Feature

    The Google Maps API Blog announced that Google Earth has added a feature built
    into the Google Earth application to enable you to search for Keyhole Markup
    Language (KML) files. KMLs allow developers add elements such as geographic
    structures and overlays; here are some samples. By searching in Google
  • VSearch:
    Embedded Voice Mobile Local Search

    Voice technology provider VoiceSignal and directory services company INFONXX
    are launching an "embedded" voice-driven local search product for mobile
    phones called "VSearch." Available starting in March, the two companies
    described the service in their announcement this morning:…
  • Google Scores
    Higher On Forbes Tests

    Google Boosts Its GPA at Forbes rates each of Google’s products and then gives
    Google an overall GPA (grade point average). Overall, Google did better than
    last year, gaining a B- rather than a C+. Here is a look at how each product
    was graded….
  • Eurekster Adds
    More ‘Wiki’ To Swickis

    Eurekster, the social-vertical search engine, has introduced some new features
    that make its flagship product Swickis more social. Swickis are social
    site-search widgets. Eurekster has added "Q&A" functionality to Swickis and
    the ability for site users to add links directly into the site’s index. And
    you can now vote on…
  • Google News:
    Top Of Mind, Even If Not Top Of Traffic

    I’ve often written about how Google News comes under far more criticism and
    attention than its apparent usage as a news resource, considering other sites
    like Yahoo News have more traffic. Is Google News the Tail Wagging the News
    Search Dog? from Greg Jarboe at Search Engine Watch tries to…
  • Google’s Matt
    Cutts Keynote At SES London

    A Keynote Conversation with Google’s Matt Cutts from Search Engine Roundtable
    provides live blogging of Google’s Matt Cutts talking to Search Engine Land
    executive editor Chris Sherman during the keynote at SES London today. Matt
    covers: Eloping, a nice Valentine’s Day topic His typical day fighting spam
    Google search algorithm…
  • Google Ads
    Getting New Google Checkout Badges

    Since Google Checkout was launched last June, merchants in the program who
    also advertise on Google through Google AdWords have had little Google
    Checkout shopping cart icons in their ads. Today, Google Checkout announced
    the icon will be updated to a badge format similar to the Google Checkout

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