June 14, 2021

US Senators Call For FTC Investigation Into Google’s Search Results

From an Article by Matt McGee on Search Engine Land: US Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google unfairly favors its own properties in search results. Kohl and Lee are both members of the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee — that’s where Google’s Eric Schmidt testified in-person back […]

YaCy: Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine

From the IDG News Service (via ITWorld): Free software activists have released a peer-to-peer search engine to take on Google, Yahoo, Bing and others. The free, distributed search engine, YaCy, takes a new approach to search. Rather than using a central server, its search results come from a network of independent “peers,” users who have […]

New From Google for Web Searchers: "Search Using Your Terms, Verbatim"

Note 1: Looks like the new feature is rolling-out at the moment, if you don’t see it now, check back in a few hours. Note 2: We’re working to find out if: + You first have to run a search and then refine by clicking “verbatim” or if you can activate the verbatim search from […]

Google Briefs: Interior Views of Businesses Formally Launch & Indexing of Facebook Comments Now Available

1. Google eBooks opens a new chapter for Canadian readers (via Google Canada Blog) We’re excited to announce partnerships with both major international and Canadian publishers, including Random House, McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi and Dundurn. What’s more, we’ve also partnered with your favorite retailers, like Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson, […]

Bing Begins Roll Out "Adaptive Search"

Rolling out over the next few days in the U.S. From a Search Engine Land Post by Barry Schwartz: Bing has announced at SMX East today a new personalization feature named adaptive search. It seems a lot like Google’s previous query feature but supposedly, it goes well beyond just the previous query. Bing said the […]

Oh Good Grep! Web Grepper: A New Web Intelligence Feature From Blekko (It's Free)

Here’s a Search Engine Land post that Gary (as in INFOdocket’s Gary Price) wrote. He’s a contributing editor at SEL. Web Grepper allows users to run searches on the ENTIRE Blekko index (more than 20 billion URLs according to a recent presentation) to reveal data that you could not search and find using keywords. In […]

Google News & New Resources Roundup (Late August/Early September 2011)

Google Roundup (Late August/Early September 2011) Note: Items in this roundup were published between August 16, 2011 and September 6, 2011. 1. [Oops!]: “Closed, Says Google, but Shops’ Signs Say Open” (via NY Times) 2. See Also: Google Aims to Close Google Maps Loophole (via PC World) 3. “Google Customer Support Surprise: Phone Reps Handling […]

Research Paper: Search Engine Data a Useful Predictor of Stock Returns

From a University of Kansas Story: New research by a team of researchers at the KU School of Business demonstrates that online ticker searches – for example, “XOM” for Exxon Mobil – can predict abnormal stock returns and trading volumes during the subsequent week. The research also shows that highly volatile stocks will be more […]

Offline: "Google News Archive Search Page: Gone Forever Or Temporary Bug?"

Here’s a report by none other than INFOdocket’s Gary Price posted on Search Engine Land (he’s a contributing editor there). Direct to Search Engine Land Report In a nutshell, the interface was taken down sometime in the past few days (without notice) but the material, the millions of digitized articles remain online. Now, they’re a […]

"Search needs a shake-up" According to University of Washington Computer Scientist

“Search needs a shake-up” is the the title of a commentary in the latest issue of Nature by Dr. Oren Etzioni. If you don’t know Etizioni by name you do know his work. His accomplishments are many and include: Co-Developer of MetaCrawler (an early web metasearch tool) Farecast (now offering fare predictions on Bing Travel) […]