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According to [URL="http://zooie.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/twitter-boss-real-time-search/"]Vik Singh[/URL] of the Yahoo! BOSS team, the combination of Twitter and BOSS is a real time news search facility that can mash Yahoo news with Twitter topics. What you end up with is the most timely delivery of news you can get, certainly much more so than the likes of even Google News for example. [URL="http://developer.yahoo.com/search/boss/"]BOSS[/URL], in case it has passed you by, is the Yahoo! open search web services platform and stands for Build your Own Search Service. The idea behind BOSS is simple enough, to foster innovation within the search industry. If [URL="http://tweetnews.appspot.com/"]TweetNews[/URL] is anything …

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According to [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7827518.stm"]reports[/URL] the new Yahoo! CEO will be Carol Bartz, the 60 year old former Autodesk chairman. She will replace Jerry Yang, the Yahoo! co-founder who was pretty much [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21770/53/"]forced into resignation[/URL] late last year following his handling of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2032.html"]Microsoft takeover[/URL] offer. Bartz has a good reputation in the industry, with nine years at Sun Microsystems during which time she ended up as the company number two after CEO Scott McNealy. Then came 14 years at Autodesk where she also rose to the top. Indeed, Bartz is one of the 50 most powerful women in business according to …

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Under new a new law adopted in the UK, the British police are now permitted to access data stored on home computers without benefit of a search warrant. Worse yet, officers are allowed to hack into computers remotely without notifying its owner. Even though officials say these methods would only be used in extreme circumstances, civil rights groups are understandably agitated. According to the [URL="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5439604.ece"]Times Online[/URL], "Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation of a rarely used power involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow …

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In a wide ranging [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/10/marissa-mayer-at-le-web-the-almost-complete-interview/"]interview[/URL] with Tech Crunch's Michael Arrington on Wednesday at [URL="http://www.lewebparis.com/"]Le Web[/URL] in Paris, Google's Marissa Mayer talked about all things Google, but what I found most interesting was when the conversation turned toward the future of search. Mayer said the key to the future of search lies in personalization. This harks back to my post the other day called [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3643.html"]The Online Information Pardox[/URL] regarding how we can find ways to deal with online information overload and get at the information that matters most to us as individuals. Search certainly has a key role in helping us …

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According to a recent [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/23/microsoft-to-rebrand-search-will-it-be-kumo/"]TechCrunch article[/URL], Microsoft is planning to rename its Live Search product, Kumar, which means cloud or spider in Japanese. What Microsoft needs to learn, and what the [URL="http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/"]Get a Mac ads [/URL]have captured so well, is that it's not about PR or branding or the name of the products, it's about the products behind the brand. Until they learn that, they are just going to wallow in corporate mediocrity and be subjected to well-deserved ridicule. [B]Seinfeld Didn't Change Vista[/B] This obsession with the surface seems to go back to last summer when Microsoft decided that the …

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It's been about a week now since the now infamous Motrin ad hit the air waves. It caused a social media firestorm the likes of which the internet might never have seen and that's saying something. If for some reason, you haven't heard, you can go to [URL="http://parenting.amuchbetterway.com/the-motrin-mom-videos/"]parenting.amuchbetterway.com[/URL] and see the ad for yourself along with a couple of comebacks. In fact, there have been many comebacks to this ad. My friend, copywriter extraordinaire [URL="http://writingroads.com/blog/if-i-had-written-the-motrin-ad/520"]Julie Roads[/URL], wrote her own ad, then recorded a podcast. Of course the ad was condescending to parents (not just Moms) and it was stupid, but …

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Google announced on Friday that it was adding on-demand indexing to its hosted Google Site Search product, giving customers the ability to instantly re-index a site after adding new content. This gives web site owners running Google Site Search much greater control over the indexing process than in previous iterations of the product where customers were forced to rely on a pre-defined Google algorithm to determine how often content got re-indexed, a method that proved problematic for customers who wanted to index whenever they added new content. [B]Lot for the Money [/B] Nitin Mangtani - Lead Product Manager, Google Enterprise …

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Google quietly introduced an audio search tool called[URL="http://labs.google.com/gaudi"] GAudi[/URL] this week in [URL="http://labs.google.com/"]Google Labs[/URL]. For now, Google is using to the tool for experimentation purposes to index political content on YouTube videos, but chances are they are exploring this for more than good citizenship points and will expand it at some point in the future. Arnaud Sahuguet, the Product Manager for the Google Audio Indexing project explained to me exactly what this new development means. Up until now, only a few small multimedia search companies have been able to index audio effectively including [URL="http://www.nexidia.com/"]Nexidia[/URL] and [URL="http://www.tveyes.com/"]TVEyes[/URL], two pioneering companies in …

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ZDnet's Deb Perelman asks if it's a good idea to ask IT job candidates to [URL="http://blogs.zdnet.com/careers/?p=178"]prove they've got the technical chops[/URL] to do the job they're after. You bet your server farm it is. Perelman says, "...increasingly, IT professionals are asked to take some sort of test when they go for a job interview, to prove they know the technology that’s on their resume. This is the subject of a long–and heated–discussion on Slashdot this week, wherein an IT job candidate says that even with more than one university degree, a couple of IT certifications, over ten years work experience …

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If you have ever been vaguely interested in search beyond the simple 'where can I find x' type question, and perhaps more from an 'who is asking about y' or 'where is z the most popular' instead, then listen up. Google has announced the launch of [URL="http://www.google.com/insights/search"]Insights for Search[/URL] which aims to answer just those sort of questions. OK, so Google Trends helps with this stuff to a certain degree, but Insights for Search promises toe let you dig much deeper into current Internet interests than ever before. It is being aimed at advertisers and marketers primarily, but bog-standard inquisitive …

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According to [URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/07/25/microsoft-inks-deal-facebook"]reports[/URL] it looks like Facebook and Microsoft have agreed a deal which will see Microsoft Live Search integrated into the Facebook service. Along with the related advertising of course. This should come as no great surprise to anyone who watches the technology market for trends, as Microsoft had already 'expressed an interest' in Facebook when it bought $240 million worth of shares in the social networking giant last year. OK, so $240 million only got it a measly little 1.6 percent Facebook stake, but it did enable Microsoft to get an exclusive deal on advertising outside of the …

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Code search company [URL=http://www.krugle.com/]Krugle[/URL] on July 8 will begin shipping Krugle Enterprise 2.3, an update to its code repository appliance that it claims now allows more fine-tuned searching, increased storage and search capacity and the ability to search using custom data fields. Krugle positions its enterprise search appliance as a means to maximize reuse of source code and related resources with little change to development practices. It also maintains [URL=http://www.krugle.org/]Krugle.org[/URL], a two-billion line central repository amassed from more than 500 open source repositories. Krugle.org, which is free, is a way to help your team avoid having to reinvent the wheel …

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I’ve been highly critical of many of Microsoft’s moves lately, mostly because they have felt like the awkward ramblings of a company one step behind the curve, but the other day Microsoft made, what in my view, is a smart play. They bought [URL="http://www.powerset.com/"]Powerset[/URL], a San Francisco-based semantic search company and with it, they got themselves a nice piece of technology that could vault them ahead of the pack. [URL="http://www.enterprisesearchcenter.com/Articles/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=49605"]Semantic search [/URL]involves looking beyond keywords at the meaning of the search itself. When you search for “jaguar” are you looking for information on the car, the operating system or the …

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According to the official [URL="http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/06/improved-flash-indexing.html"]Google Webmaster Central Blog[/URL] it would appear that much better Adobe Flash indexing is heading for Google. In fact, if the Googlebot engineers posting to that blog are to be believed, the ability to index textual content in SWF format files, including Flash, has already improved. The engineers claim that any text that a user can see when interacting with a Flash file can now be properly indexed by Google. So, for example, the textual content of Flash files can be used when Google generates a snippet for your website. Which is cool. As is the …

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Yesterday [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zFiu3aqfmg"]a (slightly) risqué ad[/URL] for JC Penney made the rounds on the internet. It depicted two teens getting ready for a date by timing how fast they could get dressed. At the end of the ad, the boy comes over to the girl’s house and they let the stern looking Mom know they are going to “hang out” in the basement. By late morning, JC Penney officials had foolishly tried to distance themselves from the ad, claiming they never authorized it, all because supposedly it meant they condoned teenage sex. What JC Penney failed to understand is that this …

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Google released a shiny new version of its hosted enterprise search product today that includes new custom indexing and a synonym dictionary. While they were at it, Google changed the name of the product to [URL="http://www.google.com/sitesearch/"]Google Site Search[/URL], which replaces the old (rather awkward) moniker Custom Search Business Edition. If you are like me, you may be wondering how Site Search is different from the free Google search widget I have on my Typepad blog, [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com"]By Ron Miller[/URL]. For one, the widget is free and Site Search starts at $100 per month for 5000 pages (reasonable I think by anyone’s …

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American readers will have been delighted by l[URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7413099.stm"]ast night's announcement[/URL] ('last night' is relative, it was last night in the UK) that Microsoft is going to offer cash back on items bought through its partners from its search engine scheme. The idea completes a notion that began over a decade ago with affiliate marketing; Microsoft affiliates to a load of sites, it gets a kickback every time someone buys something and in the US at least it'll start splitting the difference with its customers. The idea on the surface is to get people searching with Microsoft rather than Google. The …

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[URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080408/tc_pcworld/144243"]News is breaking[/URL] that the European Commission could push for laws to restrict the personal search data held by search companies to no longer than six months, after which it must be discarded. The EC Article 29 data Protection Working Party seems to be heading for a confrontation with search engine giants, most of whom hang on to such data for much, much longer. The European Commission will argue that this data can be used to build profiles even when some identifying information is deleted, and historically the privacy implications surrounding such profiling have been made pretty clear it has …

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Figures released earlier by ComScore reveal that Google's web-search market share dipped Janurary to Feburay overall; even though the US share was up slightly. Google's lions share of the search world still sits at 62.8% though; down from 63.1% in Janurary. The number of searches going through Google is also declining - in Janurary Google users carried out around 6.14 billion searches, Feburarys figure is down slightly to 5.86 billion. "We are continuing to see deceleration in growth in web search," said Jefferies & Co analyst Youssef Squali. "Google's month-over-month five percent decline is a little surprising, but all the …

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The last few days have been interesting ones for those of us who have nothing better to do than follow online gossip and trends. Especially so when you consider that the big gossip in the world of search has been how some rather well known sites have seen their PageRank shot down in flames by an invisible assassin. Well, perhaps not so invisible as the sniper has come out from cover and revealed itself to be [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL]. No surprise there of course, who else could have been responsible for the Great PageRank Massacre? The interesting question to ask is who …

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Microsoft has been keen to get me to take a look at a new experimental site launched to showcase the potential of its Silverlight technology. [URL="http://www.tafiti.com"]Tafiti[/URL], which apparently means 'do research' in Swahili, is the site in question. An exploration of two trends: search specialization and the Web 2.0 rich user experience. It is meant to help people use the Web for research that spans multiple queries and sessions, and does this by letting them visualize, store and share the results. Or at least that is the theory. In practice what you get is an undeniably visually attractive interface that …

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Ever since I interviewed Bradley Horowitz, Head of Technology at Yahoo!, 18 months or so ago I have been keeping a keen eye on pretty much everything the company does in the search realm. Not least because Bradley is a man with a real vision for the future of social search, and with his enthusiasm and passion for the technology you just know that some good has to come out of it. So it was that I noticed the Australian arm of Yahoo! had launched a new search service into Beta testing which seems to have escaped the blogosphere radar …

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Google has [URL="http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/01/quick-word-about-googlebombs.html"]announced[/URL] that they have put an end to Googlebombs - for the moment. Previoulsy a search for "failure" would bring up George Bush's White House page, but [URL="http://www.google.ca/search?q=failure"]as you can see[/URL], they've fixed it. Specifically Google bombs are created by linking to some unused phrase that brings up irrelevant results when searching for the bombed phrase. The articles linked go into this in more depth. It's been quite some time that the George Bush bomb has been on Google. At least a few years. If they [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/googlebombing-failure.html"]claim[/URL] they are against this kind of bombing, then WHY didn't they …

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Google looks like the next thing it's going to do is take over the world. Or at least, Microsoft. I'm sure you've all heard the rumors about Google creating an operating system, but is it really happening? I just found this [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nono/369373656/"]screenshot[/URL] of a supposedly-leaked upcoming version of GooOS. Kind of stupid, considering that the only thing different from this screenshot was a changed desktop background. So I kinda doubt that some random person of Flickr is going to have the world's newest operating system. Anyway, if the rumors that we've been hearing are correct, it is supposed to be …

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Google Earth gives users the ability to fly around the earth - so why not allow people to fly through space? That's exactly what Google's trying to do now, and they've joined [URL="http://www.lsst.org/lsst_home.shtml"]the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project[/URL] to make it happen. The telescope is a "proposed ground-based 8.4-meter, 10 square-degree-field" that will capture the heavens every 15 seconds. But the telescope won't be built until 2013, so don't expect a Google Space program to come out anytime soon. I like the idea of doing this, although it wasn't such a suprise that a thing like this was coming. For …

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As I sit here shivering in the North of England cold and fog, it seems kind of appropriate to be writing about a technology that has been developed by [URL="http://www.polarrose.com"]Polar Rose[/URL] who are based in the even colder region of Malmo in Sweden. Using face recognition technology originally researched at the Universities of Lund and Malmo, Polar Rose have combined this with a 3D modeling process that creates the 3D image from a single 2D photograph using 2D to 3D polygon extrusion, to produce a unique visual search application. An open Beta phase will start early in the new year, …

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A UK company has launched what it claims to be the first search engine that lets you not only search for specific moments within a video, but click on and interact with moving objects during online playback. [URL="http://coull.tv"]Coull.tv [/URL] has adopted a community approach, which we thoroughly approve of here at DaniWeb, that brings true user-generated interactivity to video footage. OK, so video search itself is nothing new, the likes of [URL="http://www.blinkx.com/"]Blinkx[/URL] and [URL="http://video.google.co.uk/"]Google Video[/URL] have long since offered video searching, not to mention [URL="http://www.youtube.com"]YouTube[/URL] of course. The difference being that these engines find the complete video clip containing your …

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Webmasters are becoming increasingly aware of the power of the sitemap as an SEO tool, enabling search spiders to crawl more pages in less time with the end result of getting more or your links indexed faster. Because sitemaps require only those pages that have changes to be visited, valuable bandwidth can also be conserved. The news that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have all finally agreed to support the single Sitemaps 0.90 protocol will only make this process ever easier. Given that, according to most sources, the big three have around 85% of the search engine market share, this announcement …

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I have long been a fan of [URL="http://www.blinkx.tv"]Blinkx[/URL] the video search engine that, as far as I am concerned, pretty much prompted the whole genre and introduced the idea of live video search and stream done properly. So I was interested to receive word from Blinkx founder and CTO Suranga Chandratillake today that they have entered a partnership deal with Lycos. Now usually, I admit, such news bores me senseless. But this is different, because it doesn’t involve coughing up millions to serve up web search and listings to Face Party, as Microsoft have done, or $900,000 to do the …

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While working on the new DaniWeb Event Calendar feature, I did a Google search regarding the vBulletin built-in calendar feature. Built right into the search engine results pages was the statement: In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may [URL="http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=898"]read the DMCA complaint[/URL] that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org. I've never seen this before. The ChillingEffects website doesn't seem to be affiliated with Google but a browse around the site shows that the organization is, indeed, affiliated with a couple universities …

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