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Yahoo Adds Instant Answers To Its Search Box

Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is updating its search engine with a way for users to quickly find the information they are looking for right in the sear…

Google Updates ‘Social Search’

Google (NSDQ: GOOG), which for nearly a year-and-a-half has promoted a ‘social search’ feature which plays up content written online by frie…

Yahoo’s Chopping Spree Isn’t Done Yet

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s layoffs, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is either merging, folding in, or outright cutting a number of its products. A sli…

Can A ‘Spamless’ Search Engine Take Off?

After nearly a year of delay, high-profile search startup Blekko has finally gone live today. Blekko’s main differentiating feature is a fun…

Bing Takes Number Two Spot Away From Yahoo

Microsoft’s search engine has taken over from Yahoo as the second most-popular search in the U.S., according to new figures from Nielsen. The latest survey by the traffic-ranking firm shows that Microsoft’s MSN/Windows Live/Bing search had almost a 14-percent share of overall search volume in August.

Yahoo Cuts Jobs In Its Search Group

Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz said last fall that the company — which has had three major rounds of layoffs since 2008 — was “done” w…

Google Adds Apps To Its Mobile Search Results

Steve Jobs may claim that people are using mobile apps instead of search engines on their phones — but Google (NSDQ: GOOG) obviously doesn’…

Google Rolls Out New Search Interface to All Users

Google is rolling out a new look for its search pages. The biggest difference is a new left-hand navigation menu that appears by default, with colorful icons for different categories. The menu also displays only the sub-categories and related search tools that Google believes are relevant.

Google Spends a Bundle on Ads — But Why?

Three years ago, a survey found Google to be the world’s best known brand, topping Microsoft, GE and others. It did so with very little advertising. So why has Google spent nearly $2 billion over the past year to strengthen its brand?

Google Posts Big Jump In Sales

Demonstrating the continued strength of the search-ad market, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) added to its streak of strong quarters Thursday, posting b…

Mobile Search Firm ChaCha Gets $7 Million

Mobile search firm ChaCha — which lets users call or text message a query and receive an answer shortly afterwards — has raised another $7…

Google Launches Its Own Dictionary

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is entering yet another online business. The company has launched its own dictionary, which features authoritative defin…

Google Tests A New Look For Its Search Pages

With both Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) overhauling the user interfaces of their search engines, it only made sense that Goo…

Microsoft Licenses WolframAlpha Data For Bing

Data from search startup WolframAlpha is coming to Bing — the latest addition to Microsoft’s search engine, which is trying to battle Googl…

Yahoo Joins The Real-Time-Search Party

Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is testing a “search shortcut” that places real-time results above standard search results for some select queries, the c…

Microsoft Gives Bing A Touch-Phone Makeover

Most of Microsoft’s efforts since the relaunch of its search engine as Bing have been on the PC side — but the company now seems to be gett…

Chango Gets $750,000 For Search Targeted Ads

Chango, a startup that targets ads based on the search queries people enter to arrive at a website, has raised $750,000 in a round of fundin…

Yahoo CFO Morse: Business Has ‘Stabilized’

In its earnings report, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) emphasized that the company’s businesses had “stabilized” — and that word was repeated by CFO Ti…

Video Search Startup Bluefin Lab Gets Funding

Bluefin Lab, a stealth video search startup, has raised an undisclosed round of funding from Kepha Partners, in addition to a $500,000 gran…

Bing’s Three-Month Report Card

It’s been a quarter now since Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) relaunched its search engine as Bing — and so far Microsoft has been able to boost its…

Microsoft Plays The 'Cashback' Card Again

Buy products via Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Get money back. It’s a message that Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) keeps on pushing in its bid to b…

Yahoo Stock Drops Big

Apparently, the market is not so thrilled about the terms of the Microsoft-Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) deal announced this morning. Yahoo’s stock is…

UPDATED: Yahoo, Microsoft Ink Search Deal

Microsoft and Yahoo have reached an agreement on a search deal that will allow both companies to focus on their core strengths: Microsoft’s Bing will become the default search engine on Yahoo.com, and Yahoo will eventually take over the ad inventory on all Bing search results, eliminating complexity for advertisers (and internal overhead).

Microsoft-Yahoo — Some Key Numbers

Neither Microsoft nor Yahoo is speaking publicly about reports that they may announce a search partnership as early as Wednesday. But in pre…

Analysts Unimpressed With Bing’s First Month

After a month of a massive advertising campaign and almost universally positive reviews, what’s been the payoff for Microsoft’s Bing? A 0.4…

Yahoo To Launch New Search Note Feature

For a change, Yahoo’s search business is grabbing some headlines this evening with Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Search Pad, a tool it initially introd…

Yahoo Plans To Redefine Its Brand

In a Q & A with readers on Yahoo’s corporate blog last month, new Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz was asked what the “one thing’ was that…

Google To Bing: We Have Cool Features Too

Despite Eric Schmidt’s taunt last week that Microsoft’s search-engine relaunch was something Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) did “about once a year,

Microsoft’s Bing Posts Second Week Of Gains

It’s week two and Microsoft’s Bing is still going strong. New comScore (NSDQ: SCOR) data indicates that for the second week in a row the rel…

New (Lower) Odds For A Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

The new consensus on Wall Street about a possible Yahoo-Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) deal: Not so likely. In a report Tuesday, Collins Stewart ana…

Microsoft Targets Click Fraud With Lawsuit

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) filed its first ever lawsuit targeting click fraud Monday — and hinted that more might be on the way. The company al…

Yahoo Not Done With Its Bing Critique Just Yet

Updated: Some have suggested that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz doesn’t have a deep attachment to the company’s search business, which…

Google’s Schmidt Rips Microsoft’s Bing

Updated below: Earlier today, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CFO Patrick Pichette said the company was still analyzing Microsoft’s search-engine revamp…

Bing Racks Up Some Strong Numbers In Week One

It’s only one week, but Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) can claim some new traction in the search market, courtesy of its Bing search engine relaunch…

Topsy Joins The Real-Time Search Bandwagon

New search engine Topsy launched this week touting results ranked based on what people are linking to on Twitter. Not a new concept. And sin…

Peer39 Raises $10.5 Million Third Round

Semantic ad specialist Peer39 has raised a $10.5 million third round, the company announced. The round was led by Evergreen Venture Partners…

My Week With Microsoft’s ‘Bing’

With the revamped search engine it announced this morning — dubbed Bing — Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is introducing new ways to sort and manip…

Paid Search Traffic Down Sharply

Big brands just may have figured out that one way to cut back is to stop buying as many search ads considering their sites are already likel…

Search Spending Turned Back Up In March

Late last month, an informal survey of several search marketers suggested that search-ad spending might be on the way up again, after droppi…

Yahoo’s Search Share Due For Another Fall

Yahoo’s market share has dipped slightly over the last year, according to comScore, in the face of stiff competition from Google (NSDQ: GOOG…

Parsing Yahoo's Latest Search Gains

Is Yahoo’s slight gain in search share last month meaningful? Whether Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) can again become a contender remains an open questi…

Cuil’s Too-Cool Valuation: $200 Million

At least it has a valuation worthy of the hype… Cuil, the recently launched search startup, mainly known for the yawning gap between the q…

Google Dominates Mobile Search: Report

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) dominates the mobile-search market, owning up to 61 percent of the mobile searches in the U.S. during the first quarter,…

Google Makes Mobile Search Faster, Sort Of

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is making a pretty big deal out of this. It wrote on its blog this morning that they “are obsessed with making your mobi…

Smarter Agent Raises $6.2 Million First Round

Mobile real estate listing company Smarter Agent has closed $6.2 million in an over-subscribed first round of funding. The round was led by…

Earnings: UpSNAP Revenue Up 27.9 Percent

Mobile search and streaming audio entertainment company UpSNAP (OTC BB: UPSN.OB) has reported net revenue for the full year 2007 increased b…

Generation Y Wants M-Commerce Now

Generation Y isn’t just leaving parents behind when it comes to shopping using their cell phones — retailers too, are struggling to keep up…

Twenga Gets

Twenga, a comparative shopping engine, has raised a

Alltel Launches Child-Tracking Service

Alltel (NYSE: AT) has launched some family features. The Axcess Family Finder lets parents determine where their children are throughout the…

JustDial Launches SMS Service

We’d been told in the comments to this post that JustDial, a local search company, is in the process of launching an SMS service; apparently…

Garmin Offers $3.3 Billion For Tele Atlas

Navigation company Garmin has made a bid for Tele Atlas, overbidding TomTom’s July bid by a fair bit. Garmin is offering 24.50 euro (US$35.3…

Yahoo Adds Universal Search; Tries

Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has added a significant change in its search: embrace of “universal search,” a results-blending concept being used by Ask…

Once Again, ValueClick Rumored To Be For Sale

The market is once again digesting rumors that ValueClick (NSDQ: VCLK) is on the block. The latest batch started yesterday and are now bein…

SEO Community Site SEOmoz raises $1.25 Million

Seattle-based SEOmoz.org, an SEO blog and community site with 30,000 users, has raised $1.25 million from VC firm Ignition Partners (via Ala…

Google Includes AdWords In Google Mobile Search

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will start showing AdWords ads within Google Mobile Search in the next few days, although it will only show ads for si…

Local Search Firm Innovectra Gets Funding

Local search company Innovectra has raised $1.79 million of a planned $2.3 million third funding round from previous investors Longworth Ven…

Google Launches Local Search For India

You’re reading this here first: Google has launched a local search engine for India: Google Local. The site is currently in beta, and at htt…

AAA Roadside Assistance Launches Mobile App

Roadside assistance organisation AAA has launched a mobile application, which makes sense considering the nature of the business — AAA clai…

AOL Launches New Mobile Search

AOL may be losing points in a customer satisfaction survey for Internet portal usage released today by the ASCI, but it is still looking for…

Mobile Search $2.4 Billion By 2011: Report

eMarketer has predicted that the general mobile ad spending market, along with ad spending that supports mobile multimedia, should reach ove…

Webdunia Launches In Five More Indian Languages

Webdunia, a portal with channels such as Bollywood, lifestyle, religion, science, IT, career, astrology, literature, etc, is making its cont…

Search Engine Quintura Raises First Round

Quintura, a search engine that uses graphics to pinpoint tags, has raised “several million dollars” in a first round funding entirely from M…

Google Buys GreenBorder Technologies

Another web app acquisition by Google: it has bought spyware prevention provider GreenBorder Technologies, according to Google Operating Sys…

Is Mobile Search Too Much Too Soon?

Reams have been written about Yahoo’s oneSearch launch and how the blend of functionality and relevancy give it the jump on Google, so I won…

BIG 92.7 FM Launches Local Search On Mobile

BIG 92.7 FM, the radio network from Adlabs Films Ltd, has launched mobile search on its short code 5454. The station has partnered with loca…

Is Google Gearing Up To Take The Airwaves?

That’s what BusinessWeek concludes in a detailed article that recounts Google’s recent efforts to influence the outcome of the U.S. governme…

Yahoo Expands Mobile Onesearch Internationally

Yahoo is expanding its mobile oneSearch beta offering into six more countries — the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Canada. The servi…

Advertising On Mobile Search

Jupiter Research analyst Julie Ask has written about mobile search for RCR News, claiming that the mobile form factor is still inhibiting mo…

Philips Launches Mobile Recommendation Service

Philips Electronics has announced the Philips Simplicity Concierge as part of its Sense and Simplicity campaign. The service lets people sen…

AskMeNow In Talks To Acquire Expert Systems

AskMeNow has signed a letter of intent to acquire Italy’s Expert Systems, a company specialized in natural language query technology, after…

MoMoSyd — Monetizing Off-Deck Services

I went to the Sydney Mobile Monday today — I’m sorry to say the first one I’ve been to, but a worthwhile event. It was the launch of My247.…

Google Upgrades Mobile Search

Google has made its new mobile search service available to the public after a few customers spent some weeks trialling it. The new service c…

Yahoo Expands OneSearch To WAP

Yahoo has expanded its oneSearch service (launched in January this year) to the mobile web — meaning that you don’t have to download the Ya…

Cameraphone Pictures Aid LBS — Microsoft

One of the new technologies on display in Microsoft’s TechFest is a service which would tell people where they are based on the nearby build…

Local Shopping Via SMS

The New York Times has a good story up on companies helping people find what they’re looking for at local stores or malls via mobile phone.…

Community Searcher Yedda Receives $2.5M

Yedda, an Israeli company that is currently developing a semantic search engine, has raised $2.5 million in a financing round led by Genesis…

Israel

Israeli mobile operator Cellcom has introduced a new mobile music service that takes a detour around search engine and personalization schem…

ContentNext Digital Media Vertical Search

Nothing grand, but give it a spin…I was playing with Google Co-op, the custom search service from Google, and developed a digital media fo…

Google

Sure looks like it. This brief post reports Google has filed an intriguing patent revolving around methods to vastly improve how it will ser…

Retrevo Recieves $3.2 In Venture Capital

Retrevo, a search engine for consumer electronics products, has received $3.2 million in second round funding from Norwest Venture Partners.…

Guiness World Records On Mobiles

Guiness World Records has announced a mobile service by teaming up with text answer service AskMeNow, it is set for launch by the end of the…

Opera Ditches Google For Yahoo Search

This is a significant enough move that I wanted to point out separately from Yahoo announcements below: this is the first major switch in th…

Guruji.com Launches Pune City Search

Guruji.com, an Indian search engine backed by Sequoia Capital India, just announced that they have launched city search for Pune. The statem…

Russia

Are European mobile operators, like their U.S. counterparts, growing worried that branded mobile search providers could be out to eat their…

Google Opens India Sales Office In Gurgaon

If Google opens a mere sales office, that makes news. The search giant has opened its online sales and operations office in Gurgaon, near De…

YouTube’s Mobile Competition

There’s a list of user-generated mobile video services at GigaOm which will be competing with YouTube and Verizon, but without the big brand…

Weather Wins On Mobile, Search Wins On PC

Telephia and ComScore have teamed up to offer MobileWeb Metrix, which compares the reach of services on mobiles and PCs. The first result is…

Give Up & Give In To Google?

This interesting and highly controversial post suggests that this is the action mobile operators should take. Rather than reinvent the wheel…

SK Telecom: Mobile Search Sure To Rise

According to this article, all signs point to mobile search as the next mega-trend in South Korea. For one, the country

Google Services To Appear On Cricket Mobile

PC Mag: Leap Wireless has signed a deal with Google to put the internet giant’s services on its Cricket mobile phone service. The Google pro…

Every Move You Make

Do search engine companies and providers of recommendation engines, that promise to use the analytics they gather on our click behavior to d…

Yahoo Q3 Earnings Call — Mobile Important

Yahoo gave its third quarter earnings call…the important thing for MocoNews are the comments indicating the behemoth directories intention…

Mobile Industry: Beware of Google?

Is Google’s strong brand a boost or a burden to mobile operators and providers that offer its popular search engine on their portals? This a…

AskMeNow Begins TV Advertising Push

AskMeNow has launched a national TV advertising campaign to promote its search service…The 30-second spots demo the service and will “appe…

Searching for Personalization

Mobile search is poised to become the next mega-trend. On the Internet and – even on the desktop – search is more than an activity; it is ho…

Mobease Launches Mobile Search Engine

French company Mobease has launched a search application for Symbian (series 60) mobile phones, Mobifindit. It indexes all the content on th…

Google Launches Text Ads on Mobiles in U.S.

So says this RCR story (though is it new? I thought it was already there)…Google has quietly launched Google AdWords through its mobile se…

TV Mobile Guide Offers Mobile Search

Gemstar TV Guide and 4INFO have signed a deal which will see the TV listings available through 4INFO’s SMS search service. “Cell phone users…

411 Survey — Everybody Loves Pizza

Harris Interactive has done a survey commissioned by Tellme Networks on how people use the 411 directory service. The results are interestin…

Google Hunts for India M&A Execs

Slightly speculative: Google has already launched sales and R&D operations in India, as regular readers of ContentSutra know, and judging no…

Google Adds Overlay Feature To Mobile Maps

Google has added a new feature to its mobile maps service in a bid to make it more popular. “The search company released on Thursday a subse…

UpSnap To Launch Mobile Audio Search

Ed’s note: Peggy Anne Salz, who you know has been doing our executive interviews for a couple of months, will now be contributing on mobile…

TellMe Joins Voice Search Race

Mike McCue co-founded TellMe Networks with “the notion of using the Internet so people could pick up a phone, say what they want, and get it…

Ramping Up Mobile Search

Companies up and down the mobile search value chain “regard the next year as a ramp-up period and are moving full steam ahead on a raft of s…

Yahoo and Mobile Search

Russell Buckley has an interesting post about the Barcelona Mobile Monday and the talk given by Ricardo Baeza-Yates Director of Yahoo! Resea…

LBS Real Estate Service On Mobiles

Smarter Agent has released a mobile real estate application that uses GPS location data to provide information about surrounding properties.…

Geographic Searching On Mobiles (reg required)

People have been talking about location-based search for a while, and we’ve covered Geovector’s “World search” idea here too. NYT has a fair…

SEraja Gearing Up For Alpha Launch In July

The Kamla Bhatt Show has a nice audio interview with Arun Katiyar, CEO of SEraja, a Bangalore-based event search company. I enjoyed the 19-m…

V-Enable Gets Voice Search Process Patent

V-Enable, the San Diego based voice search vendor, has received a patent (#7,054,818) which it says covers the process for creating applicat…

Google Targets Mobile Future

For a while now Google (and Yahoo, and other internet search engines) have been criticized in their attempts to go mobile with the point tha…

AskMeNow Files for Mobile Search Patent

AskMeNow has filed for “a patent related to what it considers a unique method of generating projectable advertising revenue for mobile searc…

Tales Of Mobile Woe

This is a fairly damning account of mobile content and its ability to help people roaming the globe. Gord Hotchkiss found the mapping functi…

Searching For The Google Of Cell Phones

An interesting article comparing the chances of mobile search pureplays like 4INFO and Promptu against web search giants Google and Yahoo. “…

Yahoo Monetization Of Mobile Search

Yahoo had its analyst day yesterday, and while most of the talk focused on online, some slides from the presentation focused on mobile, espe…

GeoVector Gets Mobile Search Patent

GeoVector has received a patent for its point-based mobile search technology. “Users can point their phones at retailers, restaurants, billb…

UpSNAP Brings Bible Quotes to Mobile Devices

Is it just me, or is this pretty much the exact opposite of what’s needed? “UpSNAP…today announced the launch of a new service that delive…

AskMeNow To Acquire Intelligate

Mobile search company AskMeNow has announced plans to acquire Israeli-based Intelligate in the next 45 days. Intelligate has “patent-pending…

Mobile Video Has A Long Way To Go

Watching video on mobile devices has a long way to go before it becomes a money spinner. Here are some key findings of a survey by The NPD G…

4INFO + Mission Movers = Community-based SMS

4INFO has teamed up with Seattle community group Mission Movers to offer a community-based SMS service. “This community network allows the m…

4INFO Adds Downloads

4INFO has made the rather unsurprising move of offering mobile content downloads…under the name “Project Generation” users can SMS “ringto…

Google Patents Voice Search

Google has scored a patent for voice-activated search, which was applied for five years ago. I haven’t seen the patent, but there are other…

In Search Of Ideal “Mobile Search”

Silicon.com: Here is a nice article by Quocirca’s Rob Bamforth on mobile search and the challenges faced by content providers to reach the m…

Local Search Firm Insider Pages Raises $8.5M

Idealab-hatched local search firm InsiderPages has raised $8.5 million..the round was led by Sequoia Capital and Softbank Capital, with addi…

First Look: Congoo

Spent a little time with start-up Congoo today, which has agreements with numerous providers for limited access to premium content. It only…

@ Contenido Movil: Searching For Search

This info was in the post below about adult mobile content, but I thought it was so interesting it deserved it’s own post. On Mooobl’s searc…

Google Changes Mobile Content

Russell Buckley has pointed out that when Google changes websites to make them fit on mobile phones it strips out the advertising…at least…

Benq Goes With Google

Benq — which got a leg-up in the mobile handset business last year when it bought Siemens — has signed a deal with Google to embed a numbe…

Mobile Search Offers Loyalty Bonus

The latest “SearchInsider newsletter was about how loyal users of online search engines are (answer: not very) and compared this to people u…

More Google Mobile Stuff

Textually has a couple of post about some movements by Google on mobiles…
Pocket-Lint reports that Sony Ericsson has signed a deal with Go…

V-ENABLE Closes $6 Million Round of Funding

V-Enable — which does voice search technology — has secured $6 million in funds in a round led by SoftBank Capital and Palisades Ventures.…

Seattle’s The Hub of Mobile Search

Yesterday at our mixer in Seattle, I met a lot of mobile content and search people. If LA is the hub of mobile content, then Seattle is beco…

TV Navigation: Video Search Challenge

A decent overview of the TV navigation and video search sector, and look at companies like AOL, Google, Gemstar-TV Guide, Hillcrest Labs and…

Rush To Mobile Search Begins

Infospace is set to sign up a number of operators to its mobile search service. It “wants to capitalise on its parent company’s web-based se…

4INFO Placement Begins In USA TODAY

USA Today has begun its placements of ads for 4INFO’s SMS search service, there are images at the above link of how it’s being done. Like wi…

Sub-second Mobile Speech Search

V-Enable has released mobile speech search applications veCLIENT 3.0 and veGATEWAY 6.0 which it claims breaks the “sub-second” latency barri…

InfoSpace Merges Online and Mobile Unit

This is rather unexpected, but makes sense considering the search as the defining thread across the two business units (online/search and mo…

Yahoo Takes Lead In Mobile Portal Recognition

M:Metrics has found that Yahoo! is the most popular mobile content brand in the United States. “During the quarter ended December 2005, 12.8…

Mobile Search Next Profit Maker

The Mobile Marketing Association has called mobile search “the next significant value creation opportunity for mobile operators around the w…

Movie Candy

Mobile Candy Dish has launched Movie Candy, an application to search for movie times and locations. The service can be accessed via SMS (50c…

Top Mobile Search Categories

JumpTap has launched a paid keyword mobile search service targeted at operators available as pay-per-click and pay-per-call…there’s no inf…

Google Personalized Goes Mobile

The Google personalized homepage has hit the mobile…
“Deep Nishar, Director of Wireless Products at Google, says the new service is basica…

Google Preps Move to Mobile Content

Everyone knows Google is making a play for the mobile market…it’s apparently searching for a wireless content strategic partner developmen…

Location Based Movie Searches

Zingy has signed a deal with Sprint to provide a series of location-based services. The first will be MovieGoer, which will incorporate the…

Mamma.com Buys Copernic, Again

Meta search engine Mamma.com has bought desktop search engine company Copernic Technologies, finally. Mamma announced that it had finally cl…

4INFO Launches Event-Based Alerts

4INFO has picked some low-hanging fruit — event based alerts. They already had a service that would send you information at a particular ti…

The Battle Over Fast

A fascinating battle has broken out over the control of Norwegian B2B search company Fast Search & Transfer…the machinations are too compl…

Medio to Debut Mobile Search in U.S.

Medio Systems, which recently received $11 million in funding (read below), will launch its service with an unnamed operator next week…
Me…

Affiliate Program For Mobile Search

Want to cash in on mobile search but don’t have the technology? Now there’s a way…
SMS-based mobile search company UpSnap has set up an af…

Is Mobile Search About Local?

Russell over at MobHappy has written a piece arguing that mobile search has very little to do with “local” and a lot to do with “need to kno…

Mobile Search Vendor UpSnap Goes Public

Mobile search company Upsnap has gone public, issuing “nearly 12 million shares of common stock for the initial public offering. At $2 a sha…

4.INFO Gets New Partners

4INFO has some new service providers for its SMS search service… the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is providing movie information and We…

The Big Google Brother

Paul Munford has written in his Monty’s Gaming And Wireless Outlook newsletter, linking the recently launched mobile Google maps with advert…

M-Spatial Raises $1.75 Million Funding

m-spatial, the Cambridge, UK-based mobile search and UI company, has received a $1.75 millio round, led by Prelude Trust, alongside co-inve…

Google To Launch Google Local on Phones

Google is launching a number of its services on mobile: Starting today consumers using some types of cellphones will be able to access satel…

AskMeNow Launches

Mobile search/information service AskMeNow has left beta mode and officially launched today. After registering at the site people have three…

Disney’s Mobile Video Push

Disney plans to put more content onto the iTunes for consumption of video iPod, by early next year, the recently-appointed executive VP of d…

Yahoo Buys Whereonearth For Local Search

Yahoo has acquired a small UK company called Whereonearth to help improve its local search and mobile LBS. The company, which has 25 employe…

Yahoo Adds Blogs To News Search

Following Google’s lead, Yahoo new version of its news search has added blog search..there’s no direct way to search blogs yet: A keyword se…

USA Today Gets SMS Savvy

USA Today, the largest newspaper in the US, has recently added a couple of SMS enabled features to its paper based product. One feature is a…

Voice Activated Ringtone Search

411-Song (previously Musikube) is launching a service in the fourth quarter that will allow people to search for ringtones by speaking into…

Yahoo Is Testing Mobile Search Ads

Yahoo is testing mobile advertising in Japan and Britain, text ads that are added to search queries. “Yahoo! started offering travel ads on…

Mobile Search Demand Remains Low

A report from JupiterMedia claims that demand for mobile search is still low. Apparently on one-fifth of consumers are willing to pay for 41…

InfoSpace In Play

That it didn’t come out earlier is a surprise…InfoSpace, among the few independent medium-sized search players left in the market (well, p…

Google Launches Blog Search

The blog search field is getting hot: Google has just launched a blog search engine, in beta …the site is now live here. The FAQs are up h…

GoFish Launches Integrated Search Engine

GoFish has launched a search engine — www.searchwebmedia.com — which integrates web and multimedia searches…so a search will not only br…

Google Shortcuts

A little bit more on the Google film search announced yesterday…”If you type [movies] or [weather] and a location, or enter a stock ticker…

Google Launches Mobile Sitemaps

Developers of mobile web pages can now use Google Mobile Sitemaps to inform the search engine when there are changes to the web pages.

4INFO Signs Up Mobix Interactive

4INFO has signed a deal with mobile video provider Mobix Interactive has signed a deal to include the video content in 4INFO’s upcoming “mob…

Search For Video Mobile

Searchforvideo.com is now available on mobile phones…
“With http://www.searchforvideo.com people can now access news, sports, entertainmen…

Google Talk Redux

Another reason for the explosion of babble over Google talk: it’s August. Actually, now that the suspense is over, the biggest question bein…

4INFO Inks Mobile Content Deals

4INFO plans to launch a “mobile content search” feature later this month and is creating partnerships in preparation. “The company has seale…

Froogle Mobile Launches In UK

Google has launched its comparison shopping engine Froogle for UK… The service means high-street shoppers can quickly check to see if a be…

The Weather Channel’s Mobile Ambitions

The Weather Channel has been in the mobile market for a while, selling weather info via premium SMS for 75c. Eventually the company wants to…

Autonomy Upgrades Mobile Search

Autonomy has upgraded its mobile search service to appeal to network operators who want to provide consumers with targeted opt-in mobile con…

Reuters TCS: Search on TV

Search on TV will become big, with cable and telcos fighting it out, execs said at the Reuters TCS summit. Comcast is talking with Google, a…

Ringtone Search Engine

Michael Jones sent me an e-mail pointing to this nifty offering, a search engine for ringtones called Ringbits. The company has licensed Goo…

The Business Of Mobile Search

Forbes has dones a good article on mobile search…or at least in comparing the experience of Google, Yahoo and 4INFO. The result? “We recom…

An (Almost) Fruitless Mobile Search

Mobile search is still not really ready to be used….a quick anecdote from someone trying to buy flowers on their Blackberry only to find i…

Google vs Yahoo: Time Spent

Google generates nearly all of its revenue from search advertising, but search accounted for only 21 percent of the time that U.S. visitors…

4INFO Officially Launches Mobile Search

4INFO has launched a WAP page to complement its SMS and e-mail based search services. All of 4INFO’s info appears to be available on the pag…

Technorati Launches Mobile Search

Famed blog search engine Technorati has launched a mobile version of its site…I like the fact that the mobile URL has only one letter adde…

Mobot Bought By NeoMedia For $11 Million

That was very quick: Mobot, a Boston-based new mobile content/commerce startup formally launched earlier this year, has been bought out by…

AOL Enters Mobile Search Fray

AOL is testing a web search for mobile phones. It’s partnering with InfoGin to offer the AOL Search service, Pinpoint Shopping Search and AO…

4INFO Adds Hotspot Information

4INFO has signed a licensing agreement with JiWire for the latters WiFi hotspot locator, which lists more than 69,000 hot spots in more than…

GuruNet To list On Nasdaq, Changes Name

Gurunet, the parent company of online reference site Answers.com, is changing its name to, well, Answers Corp, and is moving from AMEX to Na…

Snap.com Gets $10 Million Funding

Snap.com, the reborn search engine backed by Bill Gross, has raised $10 million in a venture capital round led by Mayfield, and additional m…

Jobster Acq-Hires WorkZoo

Looks like another acq-hire … two-person WorkZoo, a vertical meta-search engine for job boards, is now part of Jobster; the idea is to mix…

CSIRO Video Search Goes Global

Australian mobile services provider Communicator Interactive has won global distribution rights for the CSIRO’s innovative mobile video sear…

Google Moves SMS Into Beta

Perhaps in response to Yahoo’s recent SMS search launch Google has moved Google SMS from the ‘Labs’ section to the beta section.
“The servi…

Yahoo! Launches Mobile Price Check

“Yahoo! UK and Ireland has launched a new mobile service which allows consumers to check prices on the move, using Yahoo! WAP services…The…

Mobile P2P

I haven’t heard of any mobile p2p services currently in operation, although some services are coming close. “Verizon Wireless customers with…

Yahoo Expanding Its Mobile Search

Yahoo is expanding its mobile search..it is a short-code based SMS search system: Users send a message to “92466” — the numerals used to sp…

Report: Google To Enter Premium Search Realm

Why am I not surprised? I expect to hear a round of “Anything you can do I can do better” any minute now. Yahoo went public with its premium…

ShotCodes Now Optimize Web Pages

This is a fairly sensible undertaking…OP3 released ShotCodes earlier this month, which are graphical shortcodes. You take a picture of one…

Google To Intro Video Playback Monday

Another piece of the Google video puzzle is slated to fall into place today, according to John Battelle: video playback via an in-browser me…

Alatto Claims To Make WAP Sticky

Alatto, which offers a content discovery service that involves sending preferences to friends, has claimed that trials of its service by O2…

Google Makes Mobile Search Easier

Maybe each search engine could have their own day for announcements, sort of like DVD Tuesday. The latest enhancement comes from Google, now…

Google Zeros In On Mobile Web

Google has started a service that targets sites that are designed for use on mobile devices, using XHTML. “To use the Google service, people…

Blinkx.tv-IFILM Are Pairing Up

Blinkx.tv will provide rich media search for IFILM under the terms of what both are calling a “partnership.” The deal offers broadband user…

Mooobl Mobile Search Launches

A new mobile search/directory service has launched, Mooobl. Launched by Enquire SL, Mooobl is a “mobile search engine and directory with tho…

Holy Search Service, Batman!

Next month Ask G.o.d. (Go Online Data) will launch its “phoneternet” information service that “will offer users their own personal internet…

JupiterMedia Is Bullish On Search

Not sure about Alan Meckler’s posts as a search health barometer but one way to track booms and busts is to follow the conferences. Based on…

Personalized Recommendations For Mobile Content

PurpleAce has sold its Ripple product to Information Gateway. Ripple is a recommendation product…when customers go to Information Gateway’…

Battle For Planet Earth, Take Two

Price is one of the key differences between MSN Virtual Earth and Google Earth, the two services unveiled in the last week. Microsoft’s ver…

Search Engines Battle For Planet Earth

Last week it was Google showing off a high-density gigapixel version of Keyhole. Today at “D”, Bill Gates announced and previewed MSN Virtua…

New Personalized Google Home Page

:Google literally just launched the beta of a personalized home page that integrates all Google products. Users still have the option of the…

More On Visual Search Tool Grokker

Good follow-up from InfoToday on the Groxis web tool Grokker that debuted last week as a way of visually mapping some Yahoo search results -…

Groxis Moves To Ad-Supported Search

Groxis was charging $49 for the desktop version of its visual search mapping tool “Grokker” but, like so many companies these days, hopes ju…

Searching On Mobile Phones (reg required)

This article on using mobile phones to search for information steers clear of the 3G-whizz stuff and focusses on things that anybody can do.…

Medio Reshapes The Mobile Search World

The guys over at i-Mode Business Strategy are very excited about a new search product…”It appears that Medio search is the centerpiece of…

Google Local To Hit UK WAP Phones

“Google is planning a WAP version of its new local mapping service for the UK, but admits it will make no revenues from its SMS service…Ka…

Making Video Easier To Search And Find

The BUSMAN project has developed a system to search within videos for specific events, or for similar scenes. It’s interesting that although…

Most Mobile Content Too Difficult To Get

A report has found that “users consider 12 clicks to be an acceptable click-distance (the number of clicks/menus to arrive at the desired co…

A Roundup of Local Mobile Search Tools

A roundup of other mobile local search tools for users in the U.S.: Google, Yahoo, AOL, MSN, InfoSpace, Maporama etc…