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IBM is going to offer free, downloadable, entry-level search software that looks like Yahoo to businesses so they can find information on the web or stored internally. It's called IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition and it can riffle through a maximum of 500,000 documents in 30 language and 200 file types per server while being integrated with Yahoo's web search. Google sells a hardware-based search appliance that does pretty much the same thing for, oh, $30,000. The widget starts at $2k. IBM will be using the Yahoo Edition as a teaser to upgrade folks to its real OmniFind search, which includes features such as business analytics, e-commerce and customer service self-helps. Yahoo gets to try to wean the corporate crowd off of Google web searches. IBM, which is also thinking about stalling Microsoft and Oracle, says the entry-level stuff takes only three clicks to install. It... (more)

Human Error Causes One Hour's Google Search Chaos

"Our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled," wrote Google Search VP Marissa Mayer yesterday, in a blogged explanation of the unfortunate fact than most Google searches conducted between 6:30AM-7:25AM PST on Saturday morning returned a message "This site may harm your computer" beside each and every search result. "This was clearly an error," Mayer added, "and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users." Google works with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with criteria ... (more)

Google Messes with Microsoft

Don't Mess with Microsoft. That should probably be a bumper sticker. Yet Google has reportedly tried this strategy recently, in hiring away search specialist Dr. Kai-Fu Lee from Redmond. Newly unsealed court documents apparently reveal that Google anticipated that it would face legal wrangling with its emerging search rival. Google apparently had a "Plan B," in which Lee would be given a year's worth of paid leave during which he could sit out his noncompete clause.  The previously relatively obscure Dr. Lee started Microsoft's research lab in China and is expected to do the same f... (more)

Indian Discussion Forum for SEO and Internet Marketing Experts Launched

“Our SEO Forum is all out to help SEO community from India to discuss and deliberate on all issues involved among the meetup group members serve their interests in the most satisfying manner, from India,” said founder Paavan Solanki (pictured) as he today announced the official launch of the Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing Forum - “Top SEO Guru." "The forum welcomes webmasters, website designers, software programmers, editors, writers and seo inductees to participate in the online and off line forum activities," said Solanki, who heads Internet... (more)

"Google Respects Copyright," Says Company VP as Google Rebuts Authors Guild Allegations

"Google respects copyright," declared Google's Susan Wojcicki (pictured), Vice President, Product Management, Tuesday as Google began its vigorous rebuttal of the Authors Guild lawsuit to try to stop Google Print. "The use we make of all the books we scan through the Library Project is fully consistent with both the fair use doctrine under U.S. copyright law," Wojcicki continued, "and the principles underlying copyright law itself, which allow everything from parodies to excerpts in book reviews." To underline the Google position, Wojcicki showed in her Google blog what an in-cop... (more)