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Anonymous Source Shoots Down Ask Rumors

Amid blog-driven hype over possible layoffs at Ask and the abandonment of the search engine in favor of Google comes a rebuttal of those potential moves by Ask parent IAC.

Bloglines Users Abandon Ship
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When a company’s last press release was put out in June of 2005, it’s probably wise not to expect a quick response.  Still, users of RSS reader Bloglines are disappointed (and increasingly angry) following a long outage.

Search Share Stays Steady In January

comScore’s first search share report of the year looks a lot like the last report of last year, except that only Yahoo is a loser.

In January, Yahoo lost 0.7 percent of the search market, dropping from 22.9% share to 22.2%.

Everybody’s favorite juggernaut? Google picked up part of what Yahoo dropped—a small part. Google’s share of the search market increased from 58.4% to 58.5%.

Ask scopes out Compete for Binoculars

Search engine Ask.com added data feeds from analytics vendor Compete to expand the view of a website via the Ask Binoculars feature.

Not President’s Day At Google, Apparently

Ready the vegetable-tossers, conspiracy theorists, and patriotic guillotiners: Google and Yahoo have snubbed President’s Day.

Google especially (in part because nobody pays attention to Yahoo unless Microsoft tries to buy them) is known for spicing up its logo on special days, to commemorate artists, historic accomplishments, and often, national holidays.

Digg This: Ask Opens BigNews

A joint project by Ask and Digg led to the opening of BigNews, a service for tracking important and widely discussed news stories.

Google Holds On To Search Share

US search market share for Google held in place from December 2007 to January 2008, while Yahoo and Ask gained at Microsoft’s expense.

Create Your Own Ask Homepage
Ask.com has launched a new facility, in case you don’t like the backgrounds already available on Ask.com.

The new feature lets you upload any image of your choice, a family snap or your company logo perhaps.

ComScore on Search Engine Rankings for December

comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace for December 2007.

Among core search engines in December 2007, Google Sites remained the top search property with 5.6 billion core searches conducted, representing a 58.4 percent share of the search market.


December U.S. Core Search Rankings

AskEraser Already Under Fire

Privacy watchdog groups have filed a complaint with the FTC about AskEraser, claiming that the six-week-old service doesn’t live up to its promises of erasing all user search data even when enabled.

Google Slides a Bit in December

ComScore today released their numbers for December 2007 and Google took a bit of a slide. Here’s what happened in December:

Ask Hires Former Google Exec For Europe

It’s not as if Eric Schmidt switched sides; Cesar Mascaraque was hardly a central figure.  Still, we have to applaud Ask for snatching up the former Googler, and think Mascaraque’s experience will serve his new company well.

EPIC Slams Ask, Google On Privacy
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In an FTC filing in the US about Ask.com, and testimony before the European Parliament about Google’s DoubleClick acquisition, the Electronic Privacy Information Center complained of the potential threat to individual online privacy.

comScore’s US Consumer Activity Analysis
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), today released its monthly analysis of U.S. consumer activity at top online properties for December 2007 from the comScore Media Metrix service.


Search in the Third Dimension

The quote on the home page of SpaceTime is intriguing:

"I think I’ve found a product that makes the Google interface look like it was designed by Apple."
Rob Enderle, Enderle Group.

Ask Displaying Google Ads through its Contextual Ad Program

So you want to get into the arbitrage game by serving Google ads on Yahoo?

If so, you have quite a few hurdles to overcome. Google’s quality team is gunning for you, countless advertisers are watching their logs, and just about everyone under the sun is excluding you from their content network campaigns. What’s a gray hat arbitrager to do?

Perhaps the answer is a back door method to arbitrage Google ads.

Search – The Need For Speed

Google isn’t only fast on the browser side, where queries come in, but on the indexing side, where the voracious BigTable on Google’s back end chows on the content the Googlebot delivers.

Compete: Google Edges Closer To 70 Percent

The December 2007 US search market share figures from analytics firm Compete peg Google’s portion of queries at 68.1 percent.

IAC Jimmies The Ask CEO Office

A management reorg at Barry Diller’s IAC has Match.com’s former CEO Jim Safka heading up the Ask.com division, with outgoing CEO Jim Lanzone heading for the world of venture capital.

Google Close To Two-Thirds Of Search Market

Market share for Google search virtually reached 66 percent for the month of December 2007, while the next three major search sites gave back a little bit.

Some of the Most Innovative Products of the Year

PC World has a list of the 25 most innovative products of 2007. While most of them are actual gadgets—the iPhone, the Kindle, and various other pieces of hardware—many of them are web apps. Among the most interesting picks:

1. Google Gears—heralded as a step toward the browser as a desktop

9. Facebook API—duh.

17. Zoho Notebook—compiles all kinds of information and enables you to share it

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