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SearchCap: The Day In Search, Jan. 22, 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:


  • 10 Google Feeds You Should Subscribe To
    Over the past years, Google has added feed support to a number of services. I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorites and others that allow you to get Google material delivered straight to your newsreader. Below, a rundown of feeds offered ranging from Google Blog…

  • Google’s OneBox Patent Application
    One of my favorite search related articles is one that Danny wrote a few years back titled Searching With Invisible Tabs. It stands out because it describes one of the major difficulties involving how search engines work – making a user interface as simple as possible, while still somehow providing…

  • SuggestLocal Offers Collaboration Tools For Local Search
    A new site SuggestLocal seeks to solve the problem of figuring out where to go and what to do with a group of colleagues or friends. The site isn’t focused on rating local venues (it incorporates Yahoo ratings); rather it’s focused on enabling collaboration and helping people make group decisions,…

  • PublicRoutes.com Adds Languages, Personalization
    PublicRoutes.com, a service that helps you find directions from any point in several U.S. cities by subway, walking, driving or taking the bus, has added a translation feature that offers directions in 14 languages, and a feature called MyPublicRoutes, a personalization feature that remembers specific locations entered by users. PublicRoutes.com…

  • BBC To Partner With Google On Video Content Deal
    BBC in talks on Google link-up at the Guardian Unlimited reports that the BBC and Google Video are in deep discussions to work together. Under this agreement, Google will make some of BBC’s content available through Google Video and possibly, Google’s YouTube – much as how they do it with…

  • Farecast Offers Insurance Policy on Airfares
    Travel search engine Farecast officially launched its Fare Guard service, protecting flyers from volatile airfare prices. The service allows travelers to basically purchase an insurance policy on a flight for $10 ($3 until February 1), thus locking in the published rate….

  • Google Adds Sponsored Links To Your Search History
    Google Operating Systems reports that Google has added your sponsored link click activity to Google Search History. For example, I looked at my search history and limited it to just sponsored links, and I noticed I search for “gift dad” and clicked on an ad, yes my dad and father-in-law’s…

  • Google To Provide Downloadable E-Books
    Via Techmeme, Google plots e-books coup at the Times Online reports that Google is looking to make books more accessible to users. They hope to “allow readers to download entire books to their computers in a format that they could read on screen or on mobile devices such as a…

  • Wikipedia Nofollows Links Again – Due To SEOs Abusing Wikipedia
    Carsten at Search Engine Journal reports that the English Wikipedia has decided to add the nofollow attribute back to the English Wikipedia space. The decision came from the founder, Jimbo Wales, partially, if not completely, based on a discussion of a new SEO contest, where editors are warned of an…

  • Google’s Blacklist Of Phishing Sites Contained Bank Information & More Confidential Details
    Google Blacklist Contained Confidential Information at Techcrunch reports that Google’s phishing blacklist, which is publicly available for anyone to see, had confidential information enclosed. Such information included “usernames and passwords of individuals, including credentials for accounts at banks and other financial institutions.” Google has quietly removed the information that may…

  • Google Seeking To Place Ads In Video Games; In Talks To Buy Adscape Media
    Google’s Next Ad Frontier May Be Inside Videogames at the Wall Street Journal shows reports that Google is in talks with Adscape Media, an in-game advertising company. This shows that Google is interested in placing ads within video games such as PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and other game console units. Since…

  • Yahoo Search Index Update – January 2007
    The Yahoo Search Blog officially confirmed the recent speculations of an index update taking place. Priyank Garg of Yahoo says, that Yahoo is “in the process of rolling out some changes to our search results. As usual, you may be seeing some changes in ranking as well as some shuffling…

  • Are You In The Circle Of Link Trust?
    How do you define "link popularity?"I talk daily with SEO/SEM firms, content creators, interactive agencies, marketing firms, ad agencies, PR firms, and with other consultants. It’s amazing how varied people’s beliefs are with regards to link popularity, but as different as they are, all share a common purpose.Search ranking.I…

  • Social Search Webcast Next Week
    A quick heads-up for our SearchCap newsletter readers and also to anyone who visiting Search Engine Land. Next week the Social Search: New Marketing Opportunities webcast from our sister site Search Marketing Now will be taking place with Search Engine Land executive editor Chris Sherman. The webcast happens Thursday, January…

  • Google & Firefox 2 Anti-Phishing Warning In Action
    Last month, I covered a number of ways that browsers and search engines are working together to protect surfers from phishing sites. These are sites pretending to be run by someone else, such as bank, in hopes of catching your personal log-in information. This week while doing my banking, I…

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