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Saad’s Hot Picks – Jan 8, 2009

Search Industry News

Yes, Google Is Doing Semantic Search – Clint Boulton of Google Watch asked Google for clarification on the recent post by  Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb where he speculated that Google is doing Semantic Search and displaying the data in the Search Results. And guess what, Google gave a Positive response! But I find it very hard to believe and here is why.

Interview of Muhammad Saleem, Social Media Expert – Aaron wall, owner of SEObook.com recently did an Interview with Muhammad Saleem, a social media expert and also a Digg power user. In this interview, Muhammad talks about his social media success and how he managed to get a huge coverage for his own social network – Tip’d without having to spend any money on PR. If you are new to social media marketing, you should definitely read this interview.

SEO Trends From 2008 & A Look Into 2009 – Jill Whalen, CEO and founder of High Rankings wrote an article for Search Engine Land in regards to the SEO trends of 2008-2009.

Google AdWords Downtime on January 10, 10am-2pm PST – Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported that Google AdWords login console and the API will be offline between 10am and 2pm pacific time on January 10, 2009.

3 easy ways to make a customized search engine – Pandia Search Central recommended  3 services that let you make a customized search engine for your website.

Report: Apple Dominates the Mobile Web – The latest data from AdMob, the world’s largest mobile advertising marketplace, shows that Apple now dominates the mobile web in the U.S. with a 48% market share. Read more about it on ReadWriteWeb.

Testing the Value of Anchor Text Optimized Internal Links – Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz recently shared some of his finding in regards to Optimization of Internal Links with Anchor text.

Tech Industry News

Police Use Google Street View to Solve Kidnapping Crime – Police in Massachusetts were trying to track down a missing 9-year-old girl who had allegedly been kidnapped by her grandmother. Thanks to GPS & Google Street View, they were able to recover the little girl safely. Read more at Techcrunch

Ballmer sets loose Windows 7 public beta – The rumors turned out to be true. Microsoft will release a public beta of  Windows 7 on Friday. Microsoft is hoping that it will address the problems that have made Windows Vista perhaps the least popular OS in its history.

Semantic Web Wish List 2009 – Do you love Semantic Web? ReadWriteWeb has just released their Semantic Web Wish List for 2009.

Sony to launch world’s lightest 8-inch notebook PC – Japan’s Sony Corp plans to launch the world’s lightest 8-inch notebook PC, taking aim squarely at a rapidly growing market for ultra-portalbe personal computers.

Cramming for Your Next Exam? Try Cramberry = Whether trying to study for a geography quiz or learning a foreign language, the method of using Q&A cards to train your brain to remember has remained a popular study method. But, the concept hasn’t really made the leap to the Web, until now. Introducing Cramberry, Read more at ReadWriteWeb.

So, what do you think ?