Google and Yahoo are back together again, but not by their own design. Premshree Pillai, a 22-year-old self-described hacker from India, has written a script to insert a Yahoo tab on the Google home page with the use of dynamic HTML. That way, he can easily click to Yahoo search results (without retyping the query) when Google's listings fall short. Clever, but it won't bring smiles in the corporate camps of Yahoo and Google.
An enterprising programmer has combined Google Maps with Craigslist's real estate listings to create a tool that lets people find housing simply by looking at a map.
Paul Rademacher, animation tools technical leader at DreamWorks Animation, created a service that skims real estate listings from Craigslist--an increasingly popular free classified ad site. Each house or apartment's location is then overlaid onto a map drawn by Google's new mapping service.
Each listing is shown as a pushpin, and clicking on the pushpin pops up a small window with the price and sometimes a thumbnail image of the … Read more
Yahoo's watching Google and Google's watching Yahoo. So expect any new feature from either search gaint to be matched in short order.
That's why it comes as no surprise that Yahoo unveiled new personalized search features Tuesday, following last week's buzz over Google's My Search History service. To be fair, Yahoo has been testing personalized search for months. But the company clearly was pressed to match a feature from Google for easily finding and using an archive of personalized Web pages from its main search page. And that's just what Yahoo did, while making … Read more
Commercial search kingpin Overture Services is turning up the heat in Latin America.
On Tuesday, the Yahoo subsidiary said it bought TeRespondo, the largest Brazilian paid search company. Financial details were not disclosed, but Overture said the deal will close soon. The acquisition will give Overture more solid footing in Brazil, where it launched only late last year. And with the buyout, Overture reunites with one of its biggest clients in the United States, but whose affections may soon fade: Microsoft. TeRespondo, founded in 2001, provides sponsored search ads to several Web portals in Brazil, including MSN.
Microsoft on Monday said it has hired away Gary Flake, a principal scientist at Yahoo Research Lab and former head of research at the Web portal's Overture Services division.
Flake will set the "technology vision and future direction" for Microsoft's MSN portal, its Web search engine, its desktop search software and its paid search business, according to Microsoft spokeswoman Kathy Gill.
Microsoft recently dropped Yahoo, which acquired Overture in 2003, as its paid search provider to launch its own competing service.
Yahoo, Google and MSN have all benefited from the surge in paid search revenues, adding … Read more
In singing the praises of Flash video at the Flashforward conference in San Francisco Thursday, Macromedia's technical product manager for Flash authoring, Mike Downey, cited video on the front page of CNET.com as example No. 1 of a successful implementation.
Downey had just lampooned the process by which Web surfers click on video clips only to be greeted by a "puzzle" asking them their bandwidth speed and what player they want to use, and then by a cascade of windows as they try to download an instance of the RealPlayer.
Downey pressed the play button on … Read more
So many upstarts are slicing Web search into so many niches--e.g., travel, shopping, tickets, teens--it's easy to imagine that many of them will be too thin and slip through the cracks of consumer interest. But while the search-marketing dollars keep adding up, "vertical" players will continue to line up for a share. (Or for a buyout by the three kings, Google, Yahoo or MSN.)
InterActiveCorp bought Ask Jeeves for $1.85 billion, furthering consolidation in the search market.
On the surface, Diller acquired an unsexy, yet profitable company in the hottest sector of online advertising: paid search. But underneath, the deal underscores a trend in search toward marrying content and navigation. Jeeves, among many other search companies, had been heading in that direction, with "smart answers" embedded in search results, e.g. a "San Francisco weather" query would call up the current temperature. But InterActiveCorp could expand on the theme by harmonizing its CitySearch local guides with Jeeves, for example.… Read more
IAC/InterActiveCorp made it official, announcing a $1.85 billion takeover of Ask Jeeves. CEO Barry Diller stressed the importance of the local advertising and search market in announcing the deal, saying he would integrate the Ask Jeeves search engine throughout IAC's community of web sites, which include Expedia, Ticketmaster, Home Shopping Network, Match.com and CitySearch.