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Answers Looks Up Dictionary.com Purchase

Next to that term, Answers Corp found an entry for $100 million, and acquired Lexico Publishing Group.

Google (Finally) Gets To Map Russia

Presidents Bush and Putin may not be on the best of terms, but the Russian government is embracing (or at least nodding to) Google; a changed law has allowed the American search engine giant to release a Russia-specific mapping service.

Google Answers Resurfaces

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, a Russian mystic born in the 1800s, supposedly survived being poisoned, shot, and beaten (though a subsequent drowning did him in).  Now Google Answers is also proving hard to kill, and it has resurfaced in the same part of the world.

Map Instant Answers Added to Live Search

Windows Live Search added a new type of Instant Answer: Interactive maps at the top of search results. If you search for an address or a place, Live Search should detect that and put a map of that place right at the top. Search for “map” and it will try to figure out where you are (based on IP) and show you a map of your current location.

Questions For Semel, Schmidt, And Sullivan
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There are questions we would love to have answered from some of the top figures in the search industry: a pair of CEOs and the search world’s most respected pundit.

Speaker Pelosi Queries Yahoo Answers
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Yahoo’s efforts at heightening awareness of global warming has drawn a question from a very high-profile person for the Yahoo Answers audience.

Cutts (Finally) Answers Paid Link Questions
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Awash in good intentions, Google’s Matt Cutts paved a hellish road for himself by asking people to fill out a spam report for paid links. Matt followed up over the weekend (and while on vacation) with details that may have saved him some initial grief.

Briefly: Clash Puns, George Lucas, AdWords

Yahoo has a shortcut to its lyrics search, while Ask has a Smart Answer for the master Jedi among other May birthday celebs. Google puts everyone back to work with an updated AdWords Editor.

Looking for Answers from Yahoo Answers

Yahoo Answers has some explaining to do.

Yahoo Builds Home For Brick Awards
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Yahoo has built a site for the Brick Awards, which recognize the achievements of people under 25 who have made a positive social impact on their community. The site will feature a voting campaign to decide which 4 people will receive a $15,000 community grant towards their cause.

Pet Food Scare Sends Searchers Chasing Answers
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When news of a major pet food recall got out, pet owners hit the search engines over the weekend worried about their furry best friends.

One dog, nine cats. That’s the death toll so far in a mysterious outbreak of kidney failure linked to Menu Foods, Inc.’s various pet foods distributed by well-known grocers like Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart, and PetSmart.

Yahoo Runs For The White House

The creation of the Presidential Election 2008 "über site" at Yahoo represents the portal’s desire to be the ‘town hall for voters across America.’

Yahoo’s Core Rings A Little Hollow

Yahoo’s properties have gained overall by Compete’s computations, but the gains haven’t been led by the big name content areas like Search, Maps, or Sports.

Yahoo Answers Launches New Social Network
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Much was made of Yahoo’s widely publicized failure in reaching a deal to acquire Facebook, the social network that is second only to MySpace in terms of popularity and usage. Rather than focus on the past, however, Yahoo has simply decided to create it’s own social utility.

Ex-Googlers Launch Q&A Site

This just in: Uclue.com is a new website by a number of researchers who used to work for the (now cancelled) Google Answers program.

This is cool, and I wish my former colleagues all the best! (Disclosure: I watched the site come to life from afar, though I wasn’t actively involved in it.) I’m also happy to have another way now to pose urgent questions, and I’m curious how well the system will work out in the future. Certainly the biggest obstacle will be marketing the service right to find lots of people asking questions (especially people with little time… because with competing services like Yahoo Answers, while you don’t invest money, you usually have to invest more time).

Is Yahoo Becoming a Clone of Google?

Brett Tabke recently opened up a forum thread on WebmasterWorld titled: Yahoo SERPS vs Google SERPS – If you can’t beat em – join em?. Brett also provides a screen shot comparing the results screens of the two engines.

AdWords Team Answers My Prayers

Remember looking at your web analytics and seeing higher bounce rate from visitors coming out of Google content network? Ever wanted to know exactly who these

Google Answers Censorship Questions
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Countries such as China are slowly beginning to allow outside Internet influences to establish a presence within the nation

Answerbag Stuffs Answers On Your Site

There’s a new API and web service available on the Internet. This one comes from question and answer site Answerbag, whose founder Joel Downs said the API offers sites flexibility in monetizing their pages.

Yahoo Answers Unicef And Widgets Vista

They have long supported charitable works by their employees and users, with the latest effort combining star power and Yahoo Answers to bolster the Up Close 2007 campaign to benefit Unicef.

AOL Wants To Play Show & Tell

America Online has announced the arrival of it’s “Show Me” website, a user-generated forum geared at providing a means of self-help for visitor in any number of various topics.

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