"These latest add-ins provide people with the opportunity to add value to
their MSN Search Toolbar for one of the most popular online activities -
online games - while protecting their browsing experience," said Dane
Glasgow, product unit manager for MSN, as MSN today unveiled two new MSN
Search Toolbar add-ins: the first phishing filter for any web search toolbar
and easy access to MSN Games.
These latest add-ins for MSN Search Toolbar include a beta of the Microsoft
Phishing Filter Add-in, which helps protect customers from potential risks of
phishing Web sites and online identity theft, and the Games Add-in, providing
one-click access to some of the Web's most popular online games via MSN
"Our ongoing mission for MSN Search is to help people find precisely what
they want and seamlessly access the information they care about," Glasgow
The Microsoft... (more)
According to Australia's Sydney Morning Herald, the 26-year-old Israeli-born
student Ori Allon - a University of New South Wales doctoral candidate - has
not only successfully created his own search engine, called Orion; he has
also succeeded in having himself (and the engine's all-important algorithm)
be snapped up by Google.
Allon's research project, "RichProlog, a System for Deducing, Inducing and
Learning in the Declarative Programming Paradigm" was aimed at what the
Sydney Morning Herald summarizes as "improving the relevance of responses to
a search - and displaying a more ... (more)
Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales has commercial designs and that three-year-old
for-profit ad-based Wikia Inc venture of his is aiming to build an open
source search engine to take on Google. He wants 5% of the market according
to reports out of Tokyo following a speech he gave.
Wales apparently thinks that search is an essential facility and shouldn't be
a "secretive black box." He's also unimpressed with Google's "super-duper
rocket scientists" legend and reckons it's only trading on its name.
He's hoping for a rough test version late this year and intends to give it
away, which me... (more)
On Thursday, April 12, 2007, SYS-CON's SEO/SEM Journal News Desk reported a
story entitled "Is Google Buying DoubeClick?" Today, on Saturday, April 14,
2007, Google's DoubleClick acquisition news crossed the wires.
We reported in our original story: "Google, which is reportedly building its
own DoubleClick-like ad-serving mechanism, is now supposed to be trying to
buy DoubleClick since Microsoft was reported to be in talks with the online
media buyer. The competition is supposed to make any deal more expensive.
Last week they were already talking about the price for the $100 mill... (more)
Google has bought a site called FeedBurner that distributes and helps manage
blogs and RSS feeds, tracks usage and serves ads. It supports 721,000 feeds
representing upwards of 400,000 publishers. Google will put more ads on those
feeds giving it a new revenue stream. It looks like FeedBurner will be
integrated into the Google Reader. Terms were not disclosed but the number
circulating is around $100 million in cash. The four-year-old Chicago company
and its 30 people had raised $10 million in venture capital.