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[ATTACH=right]16482[/ATTACH][URL="http://demandmedia.com"]Demand Media[/URL], a name that isn't well-known but tends to stir existential emotions in those who do know the Santa Monica-based content farm and domain services company, confirmed some longstanding gossip and rumor on Friday when it filed for its initial public offering (IPO). Demand operates something called [URL="http://demandstudios.com"]Demand Studios[/URL], which is essentially a backend content production system with over 10,000 registered freelance writers, editors and video producers working for wages often well below industry standard to churn out content for Demand-owned, operated or partner sites like [URL="http://ehow.com"]eHow.com[/URL], [URL="http://trails.com"]Trails.com[/URL], [URL="http://travels.com"]Travels.com[/URL], [URL="http://livestrong.com"]LIVESTRONG.com[/URL] and others. (Full disclosure: I'm a registered Demand Studios …

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I've criticized [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story245746.html"]Google's waste of power in several of my blog[/URL]s, and on my [URL="http://www.twitter.com/ry_satterfield"]twitter account.[/URL] Well, thanks to someone who posted a comment and a link on one of my pro ecosia articles I found out about [URL="http://www.google.com/corporate/green/datacenters/"]Google's green movement[/URL]. Google began their green movement in 2007 when they co-founded the Climate Savers Computing Initiative to help make computers more energy effecient. Ecosia's video used to be hosted on youtube and said that one Google search was similar to turning on a regular light bulb. Well, now [URL="http://www.ecosia.org"]Ecosia[/URL] has mysteriously changed their entire video and their video host as …

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A week ago today, the unthinkable happened. That's right, Gmail went down...for *two* hours. You would have thought, judging from the amount of chatter on Twitter that we were experiencing an epic attack, a horrible natural disaster, perhaps the end of life as we know it; but it was none of that. Just couldn't get our email for a couple of hours. I'm surprised the Obama administration didn't step in and declare a State of Emergency. It certainly seemed plausible based on the reaction to the outage. My favorite tweet, which captured perfectly, the level of hysteria we were seeing …

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Today even in the UK we have seen the news about the American First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the scandal over [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] searches throwing out a racist image. Let's leave aside the revulsion over this - it's a daft schoolkid prank and should be treated with that sort of contempt. Google had a decision to make about removing it or not and opted to support freedom even when it offends - we have similar stuff happening in the UK, check the recent media coverage of the British National Party over here. No link deliberately, otherwise they might get clicks. I'm …

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Awards from the first round of broadband stimulus grants are coming under criticism for duplicating existing infrastructure. "Now as the government awards the money, some phone and cable companies complain that not all of it is being used to bring broadband to places that lack it," said Joelle Tessler in a [URL="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iex_PENgwcwmc4mHV6f0LQOfbT8wD9F0L9800"]story [/URL]for the Associated Press. "Instead, these companies say, much of the money will fund new networks in places where they already offer service." The criticisms arose during a March 4 [URL="http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20100304/transcript.03.04.2010.cti.pdf"]hearing [/URL]on Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Broadband, by Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.). "In addition …

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It's not exactly news that the relationship between Google and China has soured over the last month or two and it looks as though [URL="http://www.macworld.com/article/147096/2010/03/china_google.html?lsrc=rss_main"]Google may quit China soon[/URL] leaving the vastly lucrative Chinese market to Microsoft and others. What's not clear is what the implications will be for the search giant which has found itself caught up in the political machinations of a repressive Chinese government. The story sounds like the start of a [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_le_Carré"]John le Carre novel[/URL], but the fact is it's very real and the stakes very high. [B]Chinese Fire First Volley[/B] It all started a couple …

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Google does a lot of things well, maybe too well, and it's adding to its portfolio of tools on a weekly basis. At some point you have to look at the number of pies in which Google has its fingers and start to get a little frightened of this company. I came across [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7yfV6RzE30&feature=player_embedded"]this video[/URL] the other day and it really summed up just how pervasive Google is. Here's just a sample of what they've done in the last few weeks: [LIST] [*]Announced an [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story259442.html"]initiative to bring high-speed broadband [/URL]to select cities and towns in the US. [*]Launched a new …

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Steve Ballmer, [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/03/microsoft-bing"]speaking[/URL] at the [URL="http://searchmarketingexpo.com/"]Search Engine Marketing Expo[/URL] this week, credited Google with being the first company to get internet search done right. Google certainly wasn't the [URL="http://searchenginewatch.com/2175241"]first internet search engine[/URL]. Yahoo!, InfoSeek, Excite and Alta Vista to name but a few, came along long before Google emerged in the late 90s. What Google did was provide relevant results in a way that no other search engine had done before. It simply had (and still has) an uncanny way of finding the information you need in the first few results. Amidst all of the expansion at Google from search …

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Lately everyone on the Web has been wanting to know about one thing Google Buzz, well I'm tired of that subject. I would probably write about a different company but when I found out that [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/pictures-worth-thousand-translated.html"]Google is getting into the food industry[/URL], I felt that I had to write about it. Google isn't going to be opening up a Google Diner or anything like that but they are working on enhancing the types of food you can eat by breaking the language barriers that so many of us have run into at restaurants. What am I going on about? An …

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I started writing about [URL="http://www.ecosia.org"]Ecosia[/URL], the new, "green powered" search engine, the very first week it launched. I can't help but admit that I'm a bit envious that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story244378.html"]Davey Winder wrote the very first article about Ecosia[/URL] the very first day it launched. But, hey, if he hadn't written about it I wouldn't know about it. Well, now to my news story. Ecosia is a search engine like Google, Yahoo, and Bing, except Ecosia has a unique twist to internet search, they donate a large amount of the profit they make from ads to the[URL="http://www.worldwildlife.org/"] WWF [/URL]an organization which helps …

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Ryanair has lost almost 60% of its visibility online since September 2009, according to search marketing agency Greenlight which has just published its research. The report, [URL="http://www.greenlightsearch.com/sectorreports/flights.html"]Flights Sector Report – Issue 4[/URL], analysed key search terms used by UK consumers looking on the Internet for a flight and profiles search behaviour, assesses which brands, aggregators and websites are the most visible in natural and paid search results, and hence have the greatest share of consideration when UK-based searchers go to Google to look for flights. The report is based on search volumes for the last quarter, with a focus on …

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Earlier this week [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story244378.html"]I read a very interesting article [/URL]written by my colleague Davey Winder about the new search engine[URL="http://www.ecosia.org"] Ecosia[/URL]. After reading Davies article, I decided to do some research comparing Ecosia vs. the monster search engine [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL]. Ecosia claims that one search via Google uses around the same amount of energy as it would take to power one light bulb for an hour. I found Ecosia’s claims very interesting so I decided to do some research. A non-eco-friendly light bulb usually uses about 60 Watts of energy with that said, if Google received 1000 searches in an hour …

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Given all the media excitement that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story229555.html"]Apple[/URL] can generate with the mere mention of a new 'i' product such as the new iPad, you might think that the iPod would kick television ass in terms of SEO. But hold your horses, according to UK [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story254786.html"]search marketing[/URL] agency Greenlight, it's the other way around. In the newly published '[URL="http://www.greenlightsearch.com/sectorreports/browngoods.html"]Brown Goods Sector Report[/URL]' (and oh boy does that sound like an exciting read - irony detected, irony detected) Greenlight reveals that televisions were the most searched for entertainment product online at the end of last year. It reckons that in November 2009 …

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The business world might still be struggling to shake off the recession but one sector has been enjoying truly extraordinary growth: the search market. What's more, according to digital metrics specialist [URL="http://www.comscore.com/"]comScore[/URL], one company has dominated this booming marketplace and unsurprisingly it is called Google. Of the 131 billion searches conducted around the globe during the month of December, an astonishing 87.8 billion of them (or 66.8 percent of the global search market if you prefer) were made using Google. And not all of them were [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story247799.html"]searching for sex[/URL] or [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story232001.html"]long lost messages[/URL]. Google owned sites enjoyed a 58% increase …

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If it is so concerned about the online rights of users, as the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story252590.html"]Google statement about pulling out of China[/URL] would suggest, maybe it should consider pulling out of Italy next. Unless of course the China crisis is more to do with commercial failure to dominate an emerging and important online market and less to do with censorship after all. As I may have mentioned before, it is nice to see Google taking a stand but a real shame that it has taken so long for the company to locate its backbone. Now it has a chance to act a …

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Google has signalled, in the strongest possible manner, that it will be pulling out of China unless something is done to address censorship of searches. It has also accused China of launching a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" on the Google corporate infrastructure, along with another twenty large companies from a range of business sectors in the US. Such attacks are nothing new, just last year the Pentagon was allegedly subject to a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4266.html"]successful hacking attack[/URL] with details of the F35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter and the most expensive jet fighter ever, the target. However, …

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A new search engine officially launches today, the same day as the World Climate Summit in Copenhagen commences. According to [URL="http://www.ecosia.org"]Ecosia[/URL] you can help battle climate change by switching away from Google and here's how. Not only will the new guy on the search block give 80% of the advertising revenue it earns to a World Wildlife Fund environmental protection project to help save the Amazon rain forest (and therefore reduce global warming and save polar bears in case you were wondering) but it also reckons each search will use much less electricity than Google Ecosia will also be running …

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According to a Search Software Quality survey of 492 IT professionals, 22 percent struggle most with requirements gathering. Yet the same group said they spend less than 12 percent of their time doing it. Not so at [url=http://www.lsi.com]LSI Corp.[/url], which probably made some of the storage silicon in the computer you're using right now. "During development phase, we take an idea to 10 choice customers and ask what they think," said Steve Hochberg, senior director of high performance computing at LSI. "We ask where the requirements are going in two years and whether [our idea] meets them. 'Are we headed …

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If the new [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/searchengineland/4117327765/"]Google interface design[/URL] is any indication, it appears that Google might actually be feeling a little heat, or at least some influence, from Bing. [URL="http://searchengineland.com/staff"]Danny Sullivan[/URL], who has been covering search for years, had a [URL="http://searchengineland.com/google-streamlines-search-options-30143"]post in his Search Engine Land blog [/URL]last week about the new interface overhaul Google is undertaking for its core search product. When I looked at the screen shot that Sullivan provided, it's hard not to see the Bing influence here. The question is what does it mean? Well, first of all, it means competition is good for consumers, a point I've …

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It would appear that Ask.com, the search site which used to be known as Ask Jeeves, [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/cnet/20080704/tc_cnet/830110784399841617"]has purchased[/URL] Dictionary.com Dropping the 'Jeeves' branding after 10 years, the search engine retained the same 'ask a straightforward question' approach to Internet searching. With the acquisition of Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com that concept will take a huge leap forwards. Assuming, that is, there is to be some kind of back office integration to unleash this new power from within a single search interface. Currently Ask is ranked the fourth biggest search engine in the United States with a 4.23 percent share of the …

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Once upon a time, Usenet newsgroups were the Twitter, Facebook and forums of the online world. All the early Internet community makers were there, and important announcements such as the arrival of Mosaic by Marc Andreesen broke there first. Then the inevitable happened, and Usenet slowly imploded. That could have been the end of it, but everyone assumed this fairy tale would come with a Hollywood ending after Google got involved and waved a magic wand over the Usenet archive and turned it into [URL="http://groups.google.com"]Google Groups[/URL]. Unfortunately, not a lot happened in the years since February 2001 when Google acquired …

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In [URL="http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20091007/live-from-new-york-google-cofounder-sergey-brin-meets-the-press/"]wide ranging interview[/URL] with Peter Kafka of the [URL="http://allthingsd.com/"]Digital Memo Blog,[/URL] Google CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brinn did their best to give people the impression that Google was run by a couple of arrogant SoBs. Whether it was purchasing Android or suggesting that Google could never be evil because of the fundamental trust between Google and its users, they came off as cavalier and pretentious. (But to their credit, they weren't afraid to mention Microsoft by name or admit that Bing is good for competition, unlike [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story226546.html"]Steve Ballmer who refused to name Google[/URL] in an interview last …

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When a complaining consumer starts topping the Google search rankings for your company, perhaps it is time to start taking them seriously? Who says that blogging is a waste of time? Not me, but then I've been blogging for a while now, admittedly in a professional capacity as a technology journalist rather than the perhaps more usual rant and ramble personal way. Andrew Sharman did the rant thing recently, and oh boy is he glad he did. It seems to have led to him getting a pretty hefty refund from a tour operator after a particularly poor vacation experience in …

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I think I must be turning into some sort of freak (fill in the kneejerk comment of your choice at the end of this blog, there are plenty to choose from). I've just read this interesting story that says Google is going to launch a microblogging search engine. It's [URL="http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2009/06/google-to-launch-microblogging-search.html"]here[/URL]. You're going to be able to search Twitter and similar services using Google. Search engines have been going through a torrid time lately with Wolfram Alpha, Google Waves and Bing; this inclusion of Tweets in Google is the latest salvo. It was a bit of a worry to me, though, …

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Yesterday was the major league baseball trade deadline and lots of teams made [URL="http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4369463"]big deals[/URL] and took huge gambles for short-term gain, while possibly risking the future in the form of younger, cheaper, but unproven talent. [URL="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/31/EDQR191T6C.DTL"]Microsoft and Yahoo![/URL] also made a trade of sorts when they signed an historic agreement this week, a move I consider mostly mostly positive, but like the baseball deals, it could take years to figure out winners and losers. One thing is clear, however, I find the length of the agreement, and the decision to use Bing as Yahoo's underlying search engine, a huge …

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Speaking about consumer search [URL="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/06/18/ballmer-we-should-have-built-search-sooner/"]last week[/URL], Steve Ballmer said he now regrets that Microsoft quote "didn't start earlier" unquote. But it seems to me that Microsoft has been all in for a long time and they just haven't been very successful at consumer search. It wasn't so much they gave in, as consumers simply preferred Google. It's unclear if Bing can change that in spite of Ballmer and Microsoft's best efforts to convince us otherwise. [B]Did They Give Up or Get Rolled Over?[/B] According to [URL="http://www.searchenginehistory.com/"]searchenginehistory.com[/URL] Google launched in 1998 and Microsoft launched its first search offering MSN Search the …

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First let's deal with the big negative I've seen on a number of websites including the BBC: [URL="http://www.wolframalpha.com"]Wolfram Alpha[/URL] is American-centric. Well, yes, it kind of is. This will be because it's starting up and America is the biggest market it has to serve. Personally I find that understandable - presumably others feel differently. For those of you who may have missed the hype, Wolfram Alpha is the new search engine (sorry, computer knowledge system or whatever they want to call it instead). I blogged the beta version [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4301.html"]here[/URL] and it's gone public today. My initial problems still stand, it's …

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A new search engine, Wolfram Alpha, has gone into public beta. I say search engine but it's not quite that; it's a new concept that takes a question asked by the user, goes and has a look online and offers a proper answer in return rather than a series of web links. The BBC's coverage is [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8026331.stm"]here[/URL]. I have two reservations about this, attractive though the idea might appear initially. First, last time Google faced a new rival it was the [URL="http://www.cuil.com/"]Cuil[/URL] site, almost a year ago. It's still there but does anyone use it? Certainly in the UK it's …

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It is about time, but Twitter has now announced that it is rolling out a real time search function for users. Unfortunately the 'Search and Trends' feature is currently only available for a "limited set of accounts" [URL="http://blog.twitter.com/2009/02/testing-more-integrated-search.html"]according to[/URL] Twitter founder Biz Stone who adds that most people "will not see this test, just a small, random subset." Still, it has to be a good thing to get any inconsistencies ironed out before releasing the new search facility into the wild as it were, especially given the incredible growth in popularity of Twitter in recent months. With [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23063/53/"]celebrity tweets[/URL] being …

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The usual image of a stalker is some creepy bloke obsessed by some TV star, following them around and making unwanted advances. When it comes to the online realm, however, it would appear that we might have to redraw that stereotype. New [URL="http://www.yasni.co.uk"]research[/URL] has revealed that while 50 percent of the Brits polled admitted to using search sites and social networks in order to spy on former partners and enemies alike, women were more likely to be doing the online stalking than men. Yes, some 62 percent of women 'fessed up to searching for an ex-partner using online tools while …

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