AOL Digs for Gold

Perhaps another publicity stunt to push attention away from their recent release of search data, billing dead people, and hour long conversations to simply cancel your account, but AOL is literally digging for gold.

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To google or not to google? It's a legal question Search engine's sense of humour crashes as it fires off warning letters over use of name as a verb

http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article1218805.ece

Google to Keep Storing Search Requests despite the AOL fiasco

It appears that Google will continue to store our search results regardless of the AOL fiasco. Full Story

AOL Searcher No. 4417749

It was easy to trace Thelma Arnold, a 62-year-old widow just by her searches. Though her 'assigned Searcher No. 4417749', just by looking at the searches she made, it was pretty simple to figure out everything about her, down to the fact that her dog had a bladder problem and that she was looking for a landscaper to help around the house.

Google Tracking Clicks Via Private Messages in Google Talk

It appears that Google likes to track what your friends or co-workers send you via Google Talk IM.

I was on Google Talk, .. my friend points out a link and I clicked on it.. low and behold it goes though Googles Redirect:

New Google Toolbar blocks Yahoo and MSN

Enabled by default, Google's Toolbar blocks any attempt by the competition to modify your default search in Internet Explorer. Full Story

The Way We Were

So usability is important, and I know I'm preaching to the choir here at TW. But whether doing A/B split or Taguchi multivariate tests, or going for deliberate crap usability to turn ridiculous pageviews while people are looking to gossip, find bands and get laid, we can all agree that usability is has an important impact on business.

Google Adsense to be plastered in your desktop software

C|Net reporting a firm called 'spiceworks' , a free network monitoring desktop app, that is supported by Adsense.

Wankers

Although not search related I couldn't let this one evade TW.

El Reg are reporting that Channel 4 will be airing a Wank A Thon.

Matt Cutts, Google Renegade Engineer, Offers Up Indie SEO Forum

C U T T L E T S abound.

Microsoft Issues Threat to Google

It appears that Microsoft has resorted to threats rather than improving search , at least on the company wide level : "Those people are not going to be allowed to take food off our plate, because that is what they are intending to do."

HotorNot Captchas - Mashups for Security

HotCaptcha would have probably been a much better solution for remedying blogspam.

Quote: Using mashups to reach new heights (or new lows?) in security

PPC hyperinflation reported at 2000%

Wow, Google’s Quality Score is really starting to bite hard on some PPC budgets. I’ve just taken a call from Auctioning4U, a UK-based firm that helps people sell goods on eBay, and they are reporting that average click costs have risen by almost 2,000% in just one week.

Yahoo - How dare you say MySpace has more Traffic

Yahoo says Hitwise report is bollocks and should be discarded Full Story

Pilot to Copilot - We Going Down in Flames

Hehehe. This is a fun one. Apparently Google's private jet is a party jet somewhere in the supplmental results, with progress on it potentially being held up due to lawsuits.

Google pushes that different kind of company angle. The WSJ published an article [sub req] about Google's corporate governance at its finest.

Google Lawsuit names 'Google Sandbox'

It appears that this LAWSUIT (PDF) names 'Google Sandbox' as reason. The lawsuit is older from last year, but I never re

Shock and Horror - Coffee is hackable!!

On a quite Thursday morning I was checking my email and one email stood out above the others so I dived in to read it 1st.

I should say that for security reasons I subscribe to the Full Disclosure email list where vulnerabilities are often 1st spoken about and released. This gives me a few days heads start over script kiddies who will take these vulns and deploy ready made scripts for the masses to abuse them.

The life of an SEO is the life for me

Ran across article on ProBlogger and got me thinking about how my "SEO time" of the day ebbs and flows between 30 minutes and 12 or more hours.

Viral Link Expirement EXPLODES

iN A POST MODERN SELF-REFERENTIAL ATTEMPT AT LINKBAIT LINKIE WINKIE BUSTS ONTO THE SCENE.

Spam Countdown Clock

Spam seems to be having an easier time at Google right now with "bad data pushes" and billion page spammers (no offense adam :) In case you are wondering how long this window of opportunity will last you can check out this spam clock.