New Ad Type for Google Local

Google AdWords launched a new type of an ad for Google Local, called Local Business Ad. On Local Business Ad you'll be able to place a custom icon, a 125x125 logo and ability to display a special ad. In order to use it you are required to be listed in Google local, if you have not added your business to Google local, you can by visiting local business center.

Google plans to sell 5.3 million shares, in attempt to raise more than $2 billion dollars to finance it's plan to expand the company beyond it's search engine. This comes after the Standard & Poor’s added Google to the S&P 500. Google's market value has went up by more than 15 percent since S&P said it would add Google's stock in the blue-chip bellwether. It's thought that the shares will be sold sometime next month.

Microsoft opens a public bug database for Internet Explorer. This is the first time Microsoft has encouraged people to give feedback on Internet Explorer. They are also for the first time in a long time coming out with a new version of it's browser, Internet Explorer 7, previously they only added updates to Internet Explorer 6. This is all in response to the popularity Microsoft is loosing in the browser market.

Looksmart announced that Zeal was closed down a few days ago (March 28th). Zeal was never real popular and wasn't getting any better. It was slow at getting new web sites listed and often had web sites listed that were terrible.

MSN Plans on Launching a Classified Ad Website

The new service code name is Fremont, but it's final name is suppose to be TBA. It allows you to buy, sell or swap things with friends, family and the public. Microsoft also plans to index each item and add it to the search results of their search engine, MSN. If you ask me it's just another way for spammers to mess with their search results, but can their search engine get any worse than it is now? You can sign up now at, but you need a email address for verification though.

Firefox 1.5 was recently relaesed, Firefox claims that it has better security, improved pop-up blocking and faster browsing. It features all new automatic updates, so that you have the latest security and feature updates for Firefox. Firefox automatically downloads these updates in the background and when done downloading it prompts you, so that you can install the update. They also added "Live Bookmarks", which allows you to stay up to date with your favorite web sites.

Gmail now offers antivirus protection. Each time you send or receive attachments, Gmail automatically scans them for viruses. If a virus is found in an attachment you have received, Gmail will attempt to remove it or clean the file, so you can still access the attachment, but if it can't be cleaned or removed, you won't be able to download it. On the other hand, if you are trying to send a email with a attachment that has a virus you won't be able to send the message until you remove the attachment or virus.

AOL going to be sold soon?

Google and Comcast partnered together trying to buy a minority stake in Time Warner's America Online. AOL, who is under major pressure, has previously been talking to Microsoft over a possible combination of AOL with the MSN online service. This would be a major blow to Google because AOL uses both Google ads and search results on their search engine. AOL receives 8% of internet searches.

Later on Yahoo decided to consider buying a stake in America Online, joining Google/Comcast and Microsoft. Microsoft needs that 8% that goes to Google now, so that they start to make their search engine popular. Microsoft also has it's own Pay Per Click program coming out soon, so AOL is needed if they want to move forward in the search engine war.

Yahoo! is Working Hard?

Yahoo launched an audio search, which is still being testing. Results don't look to bad right now, but still needs a little more work done on it, but you can't say much because they are still testing out the search results. Yahoo bought out Konfabulator software. Yahoo plans on giving Konfabulator software away for free. They were charging 20 dollars for the software.

Yahoo also is launching an ad network for small web publishers. This will allow their PPC (Pay Per Click) search engine to gain ground against Google's PPC search engine. There was a major update to the search results. It seems that they are using on-site factors more they were. Such as the title tag and header tag. Maybe even the Meta tags, but I haven't looked at that to hard.Mozilla is now a corporation.

The Mozilla Foundation runs the FireFox browser which is gaining popularity very fast, mostly tech people use it, but that's slowly changing. They created a corporate to support its money making activities. Most of the people who worked for the Mozilla Foundation will now become employees at the corporation. Mozilla claims that FireFox will remain free and open-source, however some wonder about that.

I'm back!

Well, I got back a few days ago, I would have posted sooner, but had a lot of work that had to be done and didn't get back when I expected to. We decided to stay a little longer. The UK was cool, but I like it here in USA much better! Really I didn't think it was fun as it could have been, but my girl keep on saying "Let's go shop", is there a girl in the world that don't shopping?

MSN search engine updated while I was gone around the 22nd of june and at the same time Yahoo! did the same thing. It looks like MSN is using on-page factors much more then before. And Yahoo!, well, I am still looking at it. MSN also started local search, which looks like shit, I wouldn't use it, maybe a 14 teen year old could show them how!?!?

Google plans on starting a payment processing service. It will be interesting to see how this affects PayPal and what they plan on doing to fight Google. Google could get large numbers of webmasters to sign-up with little effort. A lot of webmasters already use Google for Adwords and Adsense.

Happy 4TH of July!

Google's Has a Secret Evaluation Lab? (Which stands for Passive Evaluation.) is a testing lab for Google search engine. The testing lab collects feedback and quality ratings from human editors, which are then passed onto Google engineers. The editors cannot directly fine tune, tweak, filter, or otherwise modify the search results and is supposed to still be in testing period. This could be testing for TrustRank that Google Trademarked a while back.

Other things going on...

Scripps said it would pay $525 million in cash for 100 percent of Shopzilla, which is a shopping search engine. Shareholders of Shopzilla would get Shopzilla's net working capital at the time of closing, estimated at around $35 million. The bought out is expected to be completed early in the third quarter of this year.

Espotting/FindWhat is going to be rebrand to Miva. The Company's ticker symbol will be changed to NASDAQ: MIVA. They expect the re-branding to be complete by the end of June 2005.

Little brother back home...

My little brother came back home from serving in the Army in Iraq yesterday. We didn't know he was coming home, but he wanted to surprise us all, so he didn't tell us. I glad to see him, he's got big and looks like he's in good shape, he no longer the tiny brother I use to know. It was probably the best thing that's happen to him, although I wish he wouldn't had to see some of the things in war.

Before enlisting in the Army he was getting into some trouble and seemed like he was never going to learn from it. Since I was in the Army and really grew up because of it, I told him he should join and see if he could learn to stay out of trouble. But I never knew he would be sent to Iraq (He joined before 9/11/2001), so I always felt bad and thought if he died it would be caused by me telling him to join. In 2003 he was sent to Iraq and mostly he was in northern Iraq, but was all over the place.

Am I the only one upset with all this blog Spam? Recently I was searching for information on England (I will be going there in a few weeks.) and couldn't find anything useful, so I went down to page four of the search results and found nothing but blogs that were spamming the search engines. There were nothing but these blogs for at least the next six web pages of the search results. Why can't Google or Yahoo! with all that money for once get it right?