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Google Image Search Ads

TechCrunch recently reported that Google has started to experiment with advertisement next to their image search results. Well honestly, this isn’t a big surprise, since Google announced back in May that they intend to test display ads in their search engine.

Checkout the screen shot below and notice how a Guinness Logo is appearing next to a Targeted ad where NHL Buffalo merchandise is being sold on a search for buffalo logos. I’m not sure why they are using a Guinness logo as a part of the ad, maybe its a glitch… only time will tell.

Here’s the screen shot:

There are currently different formats and positions for the ads, which combine a small image with a standard text ad. Google Operating System reports that Steve Poland has spotted a blended ad that looked deceivingly similar to an image result.
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Yahoo Election Shortcuts

2008 United States Presidential Election is just around the corner and there are quite a bit of activity ahead which are certainly a lot to keep up with. In order to help Internet users get quick updates on the presidential candidates, election news, polling numbers, and more on a state and national level, Yahoo! Search has launched a series of new election shortcuts. Yahoo Election Shortcuts will provide fresh, up-to-date information which will be pulled directly from the Yahoo! News elections hub as well as the Yahoo! political dashboard.

If you’re interested to know what is going on with a particular candidate, simply search for his name (e.g. Obama or McCain) and get up-to-date information on poll results, recent headlines and relevant discussions.

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Other Yahoo! Election Shortcuts:

For a Quick Snapshot of the Presidential Race: Search for [presidential election] and Yahoo! Search will give you a shortcut with fresh results on Obama and McCain news and national poll averages.

For Election News & Info of a Specific State: Simply add the state along with the Keyword “Presidential Election”. For Example: California presidential election.

New Search Results page for Election Queries: Yahoo has also made some changes to the search results page when you search for election related queries. You can simply click the “VOTE” badge in the top right hand corner to be taken directly to the Yahoo! News election page.


Google Chrome Release: 0.3.154.0

A new update of Google Chrome browser, 0.3.154.0 has been released to the Dev channel.

The Dev channel lets you test the latest fixes and get access to new features as they’re being developed. You can learn more about the Dev channel and how to subscribe here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/

Google Chrome Release Highlights: Plugin Fixes

This recent release includes several changes and bug fixes that improve the performance of plugins, especially Adobe Flash video. They have addressed the issues with plugins causing 100% CPU usage, locking up Google Chrome, and not playing at all on some pages.

The new release of Google Chrome has also improved the experience with some of the default search engines. It has improved results display with voila.fr (French), enabled search suggestions for voila.fr and daum.net (Korean), and fixed an issue that sometimes prevented importing Windows Live Search as your default from the IE settings.

There were many more minor changes. A more complete list of fixes can be found here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes


Google 2001 Index

In the Honor of Google’s 10th Birthday the company has posted the complete contents of Google’s oldest working archive, in this case from 2001.

So this is a nice way to figure out how Google was in 2001 and how web has advanced in the last couple of years. For instance I did a search for “Student Loan” and they only have 932,000 results..but if you perform the same search in Google’s current index, you would get over – 13,600,000 results!

A lot of the original Web pages that existed back in 2001 has changed and most of the deep links aren’t working anymore. But if you are really interested to see how a website looked in the past you can always use Archive.org.

This is how Yahoo looked like in 1996 –


Happy 43rd Birthday to Danny Sullivan

Today is the birthday of one of the most prominent blogger/journalist of the Search Industry – Danny Sullivan.

Danny has been a key figure in the search industry for over 12 years (He crossed a decade in year 2006). Thats really …. really…long….even long before Google Existed.

He has written numerous articles and blog posts keeping everyone up-to-date about the whereabouts of the search Industry. He has even created social bookmarking community like Sphinn which purely gathers Internet marketing related news & discussions.

Other than delivering the hottest news of search from his Search Engine Land blog, he also organizes many exciting search conferences that goes with the name Search Marketing Expo (SMX). 

 

On behalf of everyone, I sincerely thank him for all that he has done for this industry. 

Happy Birthday Danny! Even though you are a year older now, I hope that you will continue to contribute in the industry with the same level of spirit and enthusiasm… and also stay in good health & wealth =).

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Yahoo APT Digital Advertising

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Yahoo has started once again its take on digital advertising with a brand new platform called APT from Yahoo. This digital advertising solution was previously announced as AMP. APT from Yahoo aims to make the processing of buying and selling of online ads faster and it hopes to network publishers, advertisers, agencies, networks, partners and developers together under one roof. Jon Hamm, star of the AMC Drama Mad Men which is based on a 1940s ad firm, was on hand to celebrate. This really excited Yahoo’s CEO Jerry Yang.

The advertising landscape has changed dramatically since the days when Don Draper was roaming the halls of Sterling Cooper,” said Jerry Yang. “While Mad Men celebrates the Madison Avenue of 40 years ago, APT from Yahoo! clearly represents the future.

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Google Moderator – Ask a Question

Google Moderator Logo I was reading Matt’s blog the other day and he shared a new google service called – Google Moderator. It’s a small application initially created for submitting and voting on the questions for Google’s tech talks. So whats the purpose of Google Moderator? Matt Explains:

When we have tech talks or company-wide meetings, it lets anyone ask a question and then people can vote up the questions that they’d like answered.

The interface looks something like below:

Google Moderator

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Google News Malaysia

Google has recently launched their Google News for Malaysia providing 14.9 million Malaysian Internet users the latest news from more than 4,500 English news sources, including a wide range of Malaysian media outlets.

Google News for Malaysia is available Live at http://news.google.com.my. With this particular launch Google now has 56 regional editions of Google News available in 20 different languages.

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Twitter Redesign

I haven’t logged into my twitter in a while as I’m currently very busy with my ongoing postgraduate research on Semantic Web.

Anyways, today when I logged in I was presented with a brand new interface of Twitter. Yes, apparently Twitter has redesigned the whole twitter interface without letting its ‘users’ know! (Well, They could have at least sent an email…)

For a while, I was just getting my eyes to suit with the new interface…but eventually I kind of liked the new design! (Unlike the horrible ‘re-design’ of Facebook…)

Some key changes in the Twitter Interface –

Tabs: Twitter Redesign - Twitter Navigation The first thing that you would probably notice is that the twitter tabs in your twitter home page (../home) has moved from the top to the right hand side bar. Twitter blog explains that the main purpose of making this change is to facilitate more tabs in future.

Ajax Implementation: If you click on the Home or @Replies tab, you will be able to see the updates immediately as they are now refreshed using the AJAX technology instead of loading the whole page. So the new Twitter interface is faster compared to the previous one.

Action icons: If you take your mouse over any update, you will automatically see two action icons (Star & Reply) showing up right next to the tweet.

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Google Chrome Theme

I’m sure you are having fun using the amazing browser Google Chrome. Today I’ll be sharing with you a Google Chrome Theme that you can use in your blog. The theme is currently available for WordPress and Blogspot users.

Google Chrome Theme

Some of the features of Google Chrome Theme:

-2 columns fixed width
-widgets ready
-gravatar ready
-support WordPress 2.5 and above
-Tested on IE 6/7, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Google Chrome
-XHTML & CSS validated

Download Google Chrome Theme

Google Chrome theme for WordPress
Google Chrome theme for Blogspot


Sergey Brin’s Blog

Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin has recently started a personal blog on google’s very own blogging platform – Blogger. The blog URL is: too.blogspot.com.

“While Google is a play on googol, too is a play on the much smaller number – two. It also means in addition, as this blog reflects my life outside of work,” says Sergey.

Minutes after he has published his first post, he shared something very tragic and personal:

 

For more than 20 years, my mother has worked with computers at NASA. So, when she developed a pain in her hands the diagnosis seemed easy — Repetitive Stress Injury. Except that it wasn’t so easy. As her mysterious symptoms progressed it varied — RSI, fibromyalgia (unexplained pain), Lyme Disease, and so forth. It was only after visits to many specialists over a number of years that the diagnosis settled — Parkinson’s Disease. Since there is no clear test for Parkinson’s — it is defined by its symptoms — we only grew certain as those symptoms developed and as her medications began to alleviate them.

 
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LinkedIn Ad Network

When many popular social networking sites are still trying to figure out how to make money from online advertising, one social network is way ahead in the trend.

LinkedIn, which is a very popular social network for business professionals, has already so much demand from advertisers that it will be launching its own ad network this coming Monday.

LinkedIn will be working with another high-ed media ad network Collective Media, to let other select sites target its users when they visit those partner sites.

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Youtube Videos in Google Search

Google has been featuring relevant Youtube videos in the Google Search results for quite some time. But recently I have noticed that they are displaying multiple videos in the space of 1 result. So its like 1 result space has been cut into two columns and each displaying one video that is directly linked to youtube. Check the highlighted portion in the screen shoot:

I am not sure since when they are actually displaying two videos in the place of one, but it seems like a new implementation (At least in my region – Malaysia).

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Yahoo Search Boss

About two months ago, Yahoo first announced Yahoo Search Boss – (Boss stands for Build your Own Search Service). Yahoo Boss is an open search web services platform that aims to foster innovation in the search industry. Developers, small start-ups, and large Internet companies can use BOSS to build and launch web-scale search products that utilize the entire Yahoo! Search index.

In their official page they says:

Yahoo BOSS gives you access to Yahoo!’s investments in crawling and indexing, ranking and relevancy algorithms, and powerful infrastructure. By combining your unique assets and ideas with our search technology assets, BOSS is a platform for the next generation of search innovation, serving hundreds of millions of users across the Web.

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Picasa Web Album – Email Upload

If you love Picasa for managing and storing photos online, you must be thrilled to hear that now there is a very easy way to upload photos to Picasa Web Albums (if you don’t want to install Picasa). Simply send your photos by email to a secret address that will be only known to you.

Firstly you will need to go to the Settings page of your Picasa account and check the option – “Allow me to upload photos by email.” This option will provide you a secret email address where you can send your photos. The email address has the following format: username.secretkey@picasaweb.com, where secretkey needs to be defined in the settings page.

By default, Picasa Web will uploads your photos to the built-in Drop Box albums, but it’s always a good idea to choose your destination album by entering the name of an existing album in the subject of your email.
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