Ask.com relaunches its search engine
"We're launching a new look and feel to our site as well as offering some exciting enhancements to our users' question and answer experience. [...]
We've put more emphasis on our popular questions section and made the Question of the Day available to everyone, even those who chose a custom theme. We also listened to your feedback (thanks!) and rolled in new product enhancements, like improved site navigation."
Google enhances dictionary results and image search
"We added implicit triggering, which means you can simply search for [flummox] and find the definition, you don't have to search for [define flummox] or [what is flummox]. We've also improved the definition result snippet to show more details such as parts of speech and pronunciation. Stay tuned for more enhancements here, including an expanded mobile experience. [...]
We have introduced a new design for Google Images. You'll now see a dense, tiled layout that makes it easy to view many images—up to 1,000—on a single scrollable page. In addition, we made the thumbnail previews on the results page larger, so all you have to do is hover over an image to get an even larger view."
Big Money: AOL's beauty pageant with Google, Microsoft for new search deal
"[AOL's] long term Google deal expires in December. And from what we hear both Microsoft and Google are gunning for AOL's search traffic.
Why? AOL is the fourth largest U.S. search engine, but they have just 2.5% market share. If Microsoft could add AOL’s searches, though, they’d be, with Yahoo’s share, above 30%.
Search volume brings more advertisers, and more advertisers means a more robust bidding system. Microsoft needs that 2.5%. But there’s more.
AOL visitors tend to click on search ads at more than twice the rate that people click on ads on Google’s search engine. So that 2.5% market share is really more like 6% of total search advertising market share."
Yahoo says brief outage wasn't because of Microsoft tests
"Yahoo was out for some users today, but the company says the outage wasn't part of tests the company is conducting with Microsoft. Bloomberg News The Internet company says the brief outage prevented some users from accessing some of the company’s Web properties and was due to 'issues' at a third-party Internet service provider."
Yahoo Japan to switch to Google's search engine
"Yahoo Japan, Japan's largest Internet portal operator, said on Tuesday it will adopt Google's search engine instead of teaming up with Microsoft like partner Yahoo Inc. [...]
Yahoo Japan, which currently uses Yahoo Inc's search technology, and Google together would control the bulk of Japan's search market."
Search engine newslets
- Is your AdSense code used on other websites? (discussion)
- Google improves maps for Android.
- Google's sway on Web policy feared.
- Tracking AdWords clicks from mobile devices.
- Google's first employee speaks to hometown crowd.
- IAC's Barry Diller: Not everything has to be Twitter.
- Google's John Mueller about hacked websites.
- Google's Matt Cutts about hacked sites (video).
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