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Ask.com Speaks Up With Mobile Directions

Dial Directions will provide Ask Mobile users with the ability to use a voice-activated service and get driving directions to their destination.

November Search Share: Google Still Tops

Fewer queries entering search engines in a soft November didn’t hurt Google’s market share, but Yahoo and Ask gave up a little bit.

Bloglines Beefs Up

Before we had Google Reader, the biggest kid on the RSS reader block was Bloglines. While Google has taken that title, away from the Ask.com owned service, Bloglines has been back to the gym recently and added some bulk.

Bloglines has rolled out a slew of new features today, including:

Ask’s Top Search Queries for the Year

We’ve seen Yahoo’s most popular queries this year; we’ve seen Google’s.

Bloglines Makes The Save

The Bloglines Beta feedreader began rolling out new features with the addition of a Save button for articles.

What Happens In Ask Doesn’t Stay In Ask

Ask.com isn’t being completely forthcoming about its highly touted AskEraser, which, the company promises, deletes searcher data in a matter of hours. Hours seems to be the amount of time required to send that data to Google first.

Ask’s AskEraser Release

I’m not sure what is more impressive. Ask.com’s official launch of its privacy protection called AskEraser, or all of the press coverage the company is getting from the announcement.

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Microsoft Dangles Deal: Products For A Peek
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Allow Microsoft to keeps tabs on your computer through the Windows Feedback Program, and fill out a few surveys, and the company will reward you with one of its software packages.

November Search Share, A Poem

Google picked up more than 65 percent of the US search market in November 2007, while Yahoo, Microsoft, and Ask all ceded a few tenths of a percent each in share.

Ask Releases Top Searches Of 2007

We saw Yahoo’s, then Google gave us its list of top searches.  Now Ask is stepping up, and I’m happy to say that the term “Cars” was the sixth most popular query of 2007.

Problems with Google Blog Search

Lisa Barone writing in the Bruce Clay Blog was kind enough to mention a thread I started over at the Cre8asite Forums suggesting that the Ask.com Blog Search was filling a Google vacuum.

ComScore: Yahoo, Microsoft Search Drop In October
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Time Warner’s sites including AOL saw a teensy drop in US search market share in October as well. Guess who gained?

Ask.com Gobbles Up Thanksgiving Week

Turkey queries and Black Friday deal searches rate among the places Ask believes its search engine can help the typical person around the holidays.

Hitwise: Google, Ask October’s Winners

A new report from Hitwise is here, and the short version is as follows: Google wins.  The long version includes a few other things of interest, though, including a small gain on Ask’s part.

New Ask Ads
As seen on Ask.com , a post called, "New Ask.com Ads Show You How it’s Done" has a list of all the latest TV commercials. Here goes:
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Compete: Ask, Google Gain In Search

The search engine market share for Ask grew incrementally by Compete’s figures for October, likely due to the heavy advertising being run by Ask’s owner IAC.

Ask the Hard Questions When it Comes to Social Media

In my world, this time of year is always crunchy, it’s an endurance race to the holidays. It means unfortunately that I don’t get to read as much, blog as much, breathe as much, etc., but oh well, so be it. I figure I can either put my head down to cover ground and get some creative stuff in the works for ’08 or stand still debating the finer points of bad PR vs. ugly PR vs.

Ask, Dell Continue Energy-Saving Efforts

About three months ago, Ask joined a tree-planting program created by Dell to offset carbon emissions.  Those trees are presumably doing just fine.  The bigger piece of news relates to energy-efficient servers the two companies discussed, and those are also on track.

IAC: Ask.com Growth Offset By Lending Tree

Search & Media performed well for IAC, but the continued troubles in the housing market reduced the impact of Ask’s gains.

States Ask Feds For More Microsoft Oversight

Provisions of Microsoft’s antitrust settlement involving oversight by the federal courts will end in November, and some attorneys general have demanded an extension of that ongoing supervision.

CBS Picks Up Dotspotter
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$10 million could buy a lot of stuff – cars, recliners, you name it.  Or it could – and apparently did – buy one celebrity gossip site.  The $10 million came from CBS, and went to Dotspotter.

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