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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

Desktop Search News

It is expected that AOL will be integrating its own desktop search technology into the AOL Browser Beta; AOL’s latest push to compete against rival Microsoft. The technology they will be implementing will allow users to search for files on their own computer as well as the Internet. Files such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and just about any other textual format will be searchable including the user’s browser cache, allowing the viewing of sites already visited.

Microsoft’s desktop technology has been touted again and again without a lot to go on other than the ability to search the desktop and the Internet in one tool. Fortunately, we can offer you a glimpse of the technology that will be integrated because it will be taken from one of Microsoft’s recent company purchases – Lookout Software. Lookout offers “lighting-fast search for your email, files, and desktop integrated with Microsoft Outlook” according to Microsoft. You can try this rather cool software by accessing the MSN Sandbox web site . There are also other technologies available that they are working on.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

What? More Search Engines?

The search engine industry has received massive attention over the past few years including incredible increases in gross profit. The fact is, the search engine industry is extremely hot these days and many investors are leaping at the chance to enter into the market and take their piece of the pie. The following are a sampling of the new search engines on the block:

Snap.com

Another Idealab creation, Snap appears to have some truly winning concepts in place; namely that the search engine reveals a great deal of its user data to the public. This data is normally treated like gold on search engines because it can provide valuable information on user habits and referrer data. In this case though, Snap shows all of this data front and center on its home page for all to see. This combined with a unique method of sorting results by popularity, satisfaction, web popularity, web satisfaction and domain has really shone a spotlight on this entry engine. We will be sure to keep an eye on it for you. In the meantime, try taking a tour of its capabilities. And I can’t help but to mention… what a great name!

MaZaZZ.com

Touted as “The Men’s Only Search Engine”, MaZaZZ is a meta search engine with a few gadgets that appear to be created for men. This search engine retrieves its result data from: HotBot, MSN, Alta Vista, AlltheWeb, Teoma and Yahoo!. Personally my first impression of this site is lackluster; I think the concept is relatively sound but there just does not seem to be enough that sets it apart from other search engines. It doesn’t help that it looks just like Google used to look.

Clusty.com

Ahh! There is that frightening name again. Last weeks article on this search engine pretty much sums it up: an excellent resource with a very bad name.

CPASE.com(link no longer valid)

Dubbed the first “Cost Per Action Search Engine”, CPASE.com offers advertising based on commission. Advertisers on this search engine do not pay per click but pay a percentage for every sale or lead they generate. Here is a press release with some more information.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

MSN PREVIEW

A REAL MSN PreviewThere has been mucho chatter on the airwaves about the up and coming MSN search engine. For the second time there is a preview for tech users to check out and run searches on. Check it out here and see where your site sits within the database right now.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Clusty.com… why oh why

Well Vivisimo finally launched a user friendly interface for its information clustering technology. Unfortunately they decided to name it “Clusty.” Aside from the rather unfortunate name, however, I believe they really have something worthwhile using here. The site appears simple to use and the results appear to be of sound quality on the few searches I have completed. Anyway, we recommend checking it out because it has a few tricks up its sleeve that many of the other search engines will likely integrate. Read more…

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Thursday, August 12th, 2004

For the past nine months the financial and Internet world has been watching Google in anticipation of what could be the largest Initial Public Offering of stock in history. If you are reading this column and have not been living on Mars for the past year, you know that Google is about to go public, and soon. The stock options are being offered to investors using an unorthodox method known as a Dutch Auction. The site taking registrations and bids is scheduled to close tomorrow at 5:00PM, Eastern Daylight Time. Read more…

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Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Cuban's Ice Rocket

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is taking on a new challenge, Google. Last week, Cuban introduced ICE ROCKET, a new search tool that mixes algorithmic and meta search to produce very relevant results. Long-term Internet users will remember Cuban’s last challenge, Broadcast.Com, now the largest streaming broadcaster on the web. There are many features to IceRocket including thumbnail views of the page referenced in search engine results.

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Major Players Updates

Google IPO – Gentle-investors, Start Your Engine

The Google IPO auction has entered its first phase with the call for investors to register their names in order to get an identification number allowing them to participate in the modified Dutch Auction. Under the terms of the auction, potential investors will enter the price they are willing to pay for each share and the number of shares they would be interested in buying. Google has stated their expectation is that bids will come in between $108 and $135 per share, placing the overall value of the company around $36 – 40 Billion. Many investment advisors are questioning the actual value and growth potential of Google however, with the sustained and continued growth of paid-advertising, investors appear to be bullish. If you are interested in registering, visit http://ipo.google.com Read more…

Google is still down in many areas, one hour after we first noticed.  Oddly enough, some folks in our region (Pacific North West) can see Google while most can not.  We have also received reports from the Eastern Seaboard (USA) stating that some in Virginia can see Google while most others can’t.

The BBC website states that the cause of this outage is a varient on the My Doom virus.  We’ll continue monitoring and will post information as it comes in.

As of 10:15AM, Pacific Time, Google appears to be down.  We have tried visiting several of the International Google domains such as .CA, .CO.UK, and .DE but, when we try to run a search we get a page reading “Server Error”.  This has gone on for the past 20 minutes.

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

MSN Search is ALMOST in the House

Bill Gates has announced that MSN is about to revamp its search feature and introduce a new, proprietary back-end database to run it. Speaking in Sydney Australia, Gates informed journalists, “The format of the site will change and so will the quality of what you get.” We expect the look of the site to change before the technology does but when the back-end is introduced, it may act like no other search tool currently does. Having conducted linguistics and taxonomy research for the better part of a decade, the Microsoft team expects to be able to not only find documents based on specific keywords and phrases, but to also find documents based on the context of the keyword phrase or full sentences entered into their new search tool. While Gates did not set a firm date, the new tool is expected to be released before the end of 2004.