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Ask3D Cuts Back On ‘Search Skim’

The product managers for Ask.com’s revamped interface and presentation contend their design helps cut back on the wasted effort searchers expend when looking for good search results.

When The Weather’s Bad, People Shop More Online

If there’s a wicked storm going on (like the one raging outside the WebProNews offices at this very moment), then expect your online store to see a spike in activity.

AOL Takes Over Third Screen

I don’t know anything about numerology, but this seems like an odd coincidence: as announced on The Third World blog, Third Screen Media has been acquired by AOL, the company of three letters.

Who Gets the Majority of Your On-line Attention?

It just occurred to me that if I look at the on-line services I used most, there’s not really a clear winner when it comes to who gets the bulk of my online attention. Here’s the current list along with the current owner of each (since 3 of the 4 were acquisitions):

The Weather Channel Enters Second Life

The Weather Channel has become the latest company to announce the creation of a virtual headquarters in the popular virtual world Second Life. "Weather Island" will be available to gamers starting today.

The island will be the headquarters for The Weather Channel and offer an extreme sports park as well as a destination to screen episodes of the new program "Epic Conditions."

Virtual Earth Watches The Weather Channel

A new tool from The Weather Channel utilizes Microsoft’s Virtual Earth to let visitors drift through the clouds and weather systems from the desktop.

Google – Cultural Digital Archive?

Marc’s The Video Library of Alexandria post on O’Reilly Radar connected a set of dots for me that I can’t believe I never connected on my own.

In that, it certainly seems like an appropriate purchase for Google, much like DejaNews before it.

Shouldn’t We Blog About The Weather?

Winter time brings plenty of concerns about the weather. The Weather Channel has a little widget to add to blogs, showing the weather for the location picked by the site publisher.

MapQuest Has Gas. Prices, That Is

Online driving direction and map finder MapQuest has added tools to help people find per-gallon prices that do the least damage to one’s bank account.

Google Foes Shifting Tactics

Topix.net’s Rich Skrenta said that Google is the environment and not the competition in search; Yahoo, Ask, and Microsoft have been working to define a new environment where the top of the search results delivers what a person wants to know.

Microsofties Hit By Horrible Weather

Seattle was hit bad by violent winds and power outages over the weekend, and Microsoft’s employees blogged their experiences (in many cases only after days of waiting for the power to return). Todd Bishop has a rundown.

Google, Yahoo Offer Search Weather Reports

Both search engines have had updates taking place, with Yahoo issuing its customary “weather report” while Matt Cutts at Google discusses their latest tweaks.

Search Marketing Links

Matt asks for your favorite Web 2.0 companies. Here’s a huge list from Seth Godin and another from SEOMoz.

Yahoo Webzari and Weather Report

Some interesting info from Yahoo recently including an updated “Weather Report” announcing that a new and improved (Slurp) is in action.

Ask For A Weather Report

The Smart Answer Geeks at Ask.com know there is more to the weather than just the temperature and the amount of cloud cover floating around on a given day.

Weather Channel Pops Ads Over Alerts

It appears the popular weather reporting channel has found a new way to ensure users of its Desktop Weather application view ads, by popping them up when users go to check a severe weather alert.

Interesting Uses for RSS Feeds

The core use for RSS is generally considered news headlines and blog syndication, but innovative businesses are learning to use RSS in different ways.

Wunder Blog: A blog for Weather Junkies

For years now, the Weather Underground has been my first choice for on-line weather.

Lycos Launches Katrina Missing Persons Search

Since the affects of Hurricane Katrina crippled large portions of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans last week, the various search engines have been providing a great deal of support to the resulting humanitarian effort.

Google, Whats the Forecast for August 25, 2007?
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I have a challenge for the information science minds at Google or Yahoo! or any other star hopeful who wants to make a profound contribution to long-range event planners everywhere. Create an index that calculates probabilities of weather for any given day or time in the future.

MSN Introduces Weather Add-in For Search Toolbar

It appears as if MSN Search will continue to focus a good amount of their development skills on the MSN Search Toolbar, which is famous for finally introducing tabbed browsing to the Internet Explorer environment.