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Google Book Search Gets Commendable UI Update

I keep a list of books and stories that I’d like to read, and, thanks to an update to Google Book Search, I believe my list is about to get a lot longer; the Google Book Search homepage now essentially gives suggestions every time you visit it.

Search Update Rolling At Yahoo

The latest ‘weather report’ from Yahoo Search said an ongoing update should wrap up very soon.

MSN Video Gets Update

Microsoft has released a new version of MSN Video, offering users and advertisers a better experience by improving the ability to find premium and user-generated video content from the MSN Video library along with adding new sharing features, and introducing a new time-based advertising delivery model.

Kevin Rose Presents New Digg Features

Digg’s main dude provided the narration for a video about new features on the social media site, as the company announced some forthcoming updates on Digg through the rest of 2007.

Google Moon Gets Major Updates
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When I think of incredible sights, a bunch of bumpy gray rock is not the first thing that comes to mind.  But toss in some astronauts and a few lunar rovers, and now we’re talking.  And now Google’s showing – an updated version of Google Moon has become available.

Universal & Blended Search at SES

The Search Engine Strategies session on Universal and Blended Search was the highlight of the day at SES on Monday. A great panel made up of a cross section of industry luminaries made for stimulating and varied discussion of one of the biggest things to launch in search for years. Panelist Greg Jarboe of SEO-PR suggested that Universal search is a huge development and rivals the Google Florida update.

SES – TopRank Day 1 Wrap Up
If you see these smiling faces at SES, be sure to say hello!

Skype Brought Down By Microsoft Update

Patch Tuesday became a Friday the 13th for Skype this month, as a Windows Update devastated Skype’s authentication network.

Update to LighthousePro/JSON/Spry Post

Yesterday I blogged about how I moved Lighthouse Pro over to JSON using CFJSON and Spry. In general it worked nice and gave me some size savings on the data, but I had run into one problem.

Update: Wikipedia Benoit Saga
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An anonymous Wikipedia user has admitted to editing the Wikipedia page of professional wrestler Chris Benoit, in which it said that Benoit’s wife had passed away

Google Update Video Search Engine
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Google Video is now more search engine than video site as the search giant revamps it to include framing similar to how they present images on Google video.

Google Video Search
Google Video Search

Google’s Search Gurus Spill Algorithm Beans

Ok, so the New York Times doesn’t exactly get Google’s top algorithm execs to tell us how the search engine calculates search results, but they do get fresh insight as to how Google decides to update it’s technology.

The article includes interviews with Amit Singhal, Matt Cutts and Udi Manber.

Insights include details of Google’s internal system for evaluating search queries, called Debug.

Google Update Over?

After nearly 2 weeks of seeing my referrals from Google plummet to pretty much nothing, I am finally seeing referrals climb back to normal. During the update I noticed major drops in rankings for phrases I used to rank quite strongly for, such as: Web Analytics Comparison, Web Analytics World, Embed Audio, WebTrends vs. Google, etc…

MyBlogLog Update Makes Misstep

Updates are usually good things, resulting in a cool new design, added features, or greater reliability.  But MyBlogLog seems to have goofed – while introducing tagging to its site, the Yahoo-owned social network basically called social media optimizers “spammers” and “schmoes.”

Technorati Refreshes With Major Update
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Spring cleaning at blog search site Technorati has yielded an updated interface and a more intuitive way to search for blog content.

Yahoo Begins Unlimited Email Storage

The global rollout of Yahoo’s shift to endless email started today, with all users expected to be upgraded in the coming months.

Gmail’s Normal Spam Filtering Returns

After an extended period of time during which I simply couldn’t trust Gmail’s spam filter to Do The Right Thing, I’m happy to report that for the last few weeks it has been performing exceptionally well.

Twitter, Ustream (How Much is Too Much?)

Way back in the mists of time, Internet-wise, there was Jenni-cam — a camera (and later, cameras) trained upon Jennifer Ringley 24 hours a day, regardless of what she was doing. That seemed kind of weird, but after awhile it wasn’t really that weird at all. Now there’s Stickam, where hundreds of people stream their video-cameras, and Justin.tv and now Ustream.tv, which lets anyone create their own personal version of the movie EdTV.

Google AdWords Gets Update Along w/ Outage
When I saw that Google had announced a new look for AdWords, my heart skipped a beat as I envisioned a sexy new interface that would put Yahoo’s recently launched Panama to shame. Alas, if it weren’t for the announcement, you get when logging in to AdWords, you may not have even noticed a change.

The State of Technorati

Sifry’s Alerts: The State of Technorati, April 2007: One of my favorite things to read are the "State of the Blogosphere" reports that Dave Sifry puts out. They provide a great overview of the overall popularity of blogging and are an excellent update on how fast this thing called blogging is still growing.

Does Google Investigate All Bad SERP Reports?

A statement made by Google recently bagged lots of critical feedbacks on a WebmasterWorld thread. In a Google update on spam reporting Google claimed that they will investigate all bad SERP reports.

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