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Switch to Bing and they Donate $3.00 to Schools
By Nathan Enns on Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 6:10 AM
Switch Bing to your default search provider and they will give $3.00 to schools.

Do it here or read more about it.
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Google Beats Viacom
By Nathan Enns on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 7:55 AM
Google is apparently protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from copyright infringement claims against user generated content on

More from their blog.
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FyberSearch Re-Design
By Nathan Enns on Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 5:35 AM
FyberSearch is in the process of being re-designed. and sub-pages are close to finished. Sub-domains are coming up next...
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Clusty Is Now Yippy
By Nathan Enns on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at 4:08 AM
The meta search engine Clusty was acquired and changed into Yippy.
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Google Design Update
By Nathan Enns on Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at 1:23 AM
Google announces that they have updated the design of their search results page to look like this.
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Google Reveals Info About Government Requests
By Nathan Enns on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 11:01 AM
Google announces a tool to view government requests targeted at various websites they own.

The governments with the most removal requests are:
1. Brazil
2. Germany
3. India
4. United States

The governments with the least removal requests are:
1. Turkey
2. Thailand
3. Taiwan
4. Switzerland

China is listed with a question mark instead of a number...
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Keyword Research for Advertisers
By Nathan Enns on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
We just updated our keyword research tool for our advertisers. The statistics are now based on more recent search queries that users have made on our network of search engines.
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Google Webmaster Tools Update
By Nathan Enns on Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 3:45 AM
Google updated their webmaster tools so that you can view the clicks pages of your site received in various search results.
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Mojeek to Relaunch
By Nathan Enns on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 7:12 AM
The crawler-based search engine Mojeek has announced that they will re-launch sometime this year.

This will involve updates to the infrastructure, design, API and more.

Looking forward to it!
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Watch Which Google Services China Blocks
By Nathan Enns on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 4:47 AM
If you are interested in which Google services China blocks, check out this report.
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White House Visitor Records Online
By Nathan Enns on Sunday, March 14th, 2010 at 3:55 AM
Check out the over 150,000 white house visitor records that are available online as of Feb 26th 2010.

Via ResearchBuzz
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Restrict Google's Results by Location
By Nathan Enns on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 2:20 AM
Using Google's search options panel on their results page you can now restrict your search results to a specific location. It defaults to your location and allows you to change it.

Here is their announcement regarding this option.
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Google Buzz - A Social Network Extension of Gmail
By Nathan Enns on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 12:51 PM
Google recently announced an extension of Gmail called Buzz.

Anyone ready to commit online suicide yet? The more everyone is only about other people the less they are about themselves... which is where the things people enjoy about each other come from.

Community is only good if there are people behind the society.

And no... this is not about the search industry but the title contains the word "Google" which makes it relevant enough to post on a blog that is about the search industry.
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Search In Christ - Bible Search Engine
By Nathan Enns on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at 11:55 PM
If you ever read the bible Search In Christ is another way to search it for keywords and look up verses.

You can enter search criteria directly into the top search form or use the drop down menus to select a book, chapter or verse to view only the books chapters and verses that correspond to your selection.

If any of you are LDS or curious about the Book of Mormon there is also an option to search it along with the bible.

This technology is provided by FyberSearch in case you have an aversion to using services that we both make and announce... ;-)
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More Data Added to Wolfram|Alpha
By Nathan Enns on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 11:53 AM
Wolfram|Alpha announced that they added physical activity data to their already large collection of indexes.

I wonder how many people regularly use it when searching for information? While it does save you the time of hunting through third party websites it still seems like it takes more work than using other search engines to just get a list of web pages...
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Do Free For All Sites Hurt Rankings in Search Engines?
By Nathan Enns on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 10:38 PM
If a free for all page links to your site then it will not hurt your rankings in search engines (probably won't do much else either).

If your site links to a site that has been flagged as spam it may hurt your rankings in some search engines.

What is a free for all page/site? It is just a list of links ordered by the date that each link was submitted without a search feature and without any other content.
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Google URL Shortener for Google Products
By Nathan Enns on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 at 6:14 PM
Google released a URL shortener that functions with other Google products.
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Real Time Social Networking News Feed Search
By Nathan Enns on Friday, December 11th, 2009 at 2:08 PM
Social networking news feeds are short announcements that users publish to alert their acquaintances about recent updates (kind of like an easier to read real time version of the once a year holiday update some family members send to each other).

The only people who *may* read *some* of these updates are people who know the author or people who are fans of the author.

So.... who wants to read this??? And more importantly, who can decipher it?

I have been trying to search for a word that returns results that are legible, comprehendible and that anyone who isn't already visiting that person's social networking page regularly would want to comprehend.

Either there is nothing left for search engines to index, people don't know how to parse what they have not indexed or the priority is to write a lot of simple programs that can be promoted instead of fewer complex programs that are useful.
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Ask Reaches 400 Million Answers
By Nathan Enns on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 7:36 AM
The search engine Ask announced that they now have 400 million pairs of questions and answers.

It functioned well even when asked: How much does it cost to pull wisdom teeth? by returning a quote from Yahoo answers.
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Save Money with Google Checkout
By Nathan Enns on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 7:28 AM
Google announced that holiday shoppers can save money when they use Google's checkout service.
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Adsense Accounts Updated
By Nathan Enns on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 3:06 PM
Google re-designed their Adsense interface with several reporting enhancements and the addition of options to customize them.

It is not the default design yet but is is accessible in the top right corner of accounts via a link that switches to the new version.

Not sure if it is available to every account holder yet or if they are just testing it on a few.
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