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SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 21, 2010

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google Launches Encrypted Web Search

    Want to keep your searches from being seen when using open WiFi or other networks? Google’s introduced a new “secure” encrypted version of its search.
    Anyone who has been to a bank web site will be familiar with the idea of encryption, where a little “lock” symbol appears at the bottom of Firefox or the top […]

  • Why I’m Not Deleting My Facebook Account (Yet)

    Jason Calacanis plans to commit “Facebook suicide” today and become the latest in a line of prominent tech people to delete their accounts. I considered doing the same back in December but have hung in there. That’s not due to gaining more faith in Facebook. Instead, I shifted to sharing via a fan page. You […]

  • Google Captures Cougars And Releases Them Into The Wild

    A dating website for older women looking for younger men is no longer able to advertise in the Google Content Network. The website CougarLife.com has told The New York Times that its advertisements have been removed from the Content Network because Google deemed them “non-family safe”.
    Claudia Opdenkelder, founder of CougarLife.com, said the campaign, which cost […]

  • FTC Decides Not To Block Google-AdMob Acquisition

    The champagne is flowing in Mountain View; the FTC has declined to sue to block Google’s $750 million acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob. It appears that the public-facing rationale for the decision is the entry of Apple into the mobile ad market.
    The FTC put out the following statement:
    In a statement issued today, the Commission […]

  • Google Analytics Releases New, Faster Tracking Code

    Last December, Google Analytics announced an alternative tracking setup by using a “parallel rail” to execute JavaScript, meaning analytics wouldn’t slow down your site, and your site wouldn’t hold up analytics. They call it their asynchronous code, and it’s now out of beta and available right in the Google Analytics setup process.
    This is important for […]

  • Insert Coin, Play Pac-Man — In The Google Logo! A 30th Anniversary Tribute

    Over the years, I’ve played Pacman on platforms from the original coin-operated arcade game, to my PC, my Xbox, my PSP, my Nintendo DS and the iPhone. I never expected I could add playing Pacman inside the Google logo to the list. Now I can, and so can you, in a special […]

  • The Anti-Apple: Google Is The New Microsoft

    Microsoft is apparently no longer the target for Google. Apple is now the symbol of all that’s wrong with the world.
    I was struck at yesterday’s Google I/O Android keynote by how directly and repeatedly Google’s Vic Gundotra slammed erstwhile partner Apple about its philosophy and its devices. Again and again the message was “we’re […]

  • Inside Google, Consumer Watchdog Group News Site On Google Privacy

    A new web site named Inside Google has launched aimed at tracking and reporting on Google’s privacy issues and other issues surrounded around Google’s “dangerous dominance over the Internet,” as the site explains. The Consumer Watchdog group, backed by the Rose Foundation currently has four bloggers reporting on these concerns.
    In fact, […]

  • Caution: Reported Trends In Search Query Length May Be Misleading

    We constantly are hearing reports about how web surfers are getting increasingly savvy with their searches. For example, Hitwise reports that average query length is getting longer. Search marketers have interpreted this information in the following way:
    If queries are getting longer, the long tail of search must be increasing; further, if web users are […]

  • What Skills Do Successful Website Teams Require?

    If you have the role of quoting jobs for clients or working out budgets for outsourcing to contractors, you know it’s no easy task. There are many things to consider, from staff to skills to job requirements. Your client, however, wants to know just one thing: how much is it going to cost?
    Let’s […]

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