Google accuses Microsoft of copying search results- Google accused Microsoft of copying its search results after conducting a “sting operation,” which found that Internet Explorer is tracking user behavior and Microsoft uses that data to tweak Bing’s results. Google fed the story to Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land. In Sullivan’s post Google’s Amit Singhal explained, “I’ve spent my career in pursuit of a good search engine. I’ve got no problem with a competitor developing an innovative algorithm. But copying is not innovation, in my book.”
Initially, Bing did not explicitly deny Google’s claim. Stefan Weitz, director of Microsoft’s Bing, explained to Sullivan, “As you might imagine, we use multiple signals and approaches when we think about ranking, but like the rest of the players in this industry, we’re not going to go deep and detailed in how we do it. Clearly, the overarching goal is to do a better job determining the intent of the search, so we can guess at the best and most relevant answer to a given query. Opt-in programs like the [Bing] toolbar help us with clickstream data, one of many input signals we and other search engines use to help rank sites. This “Google experiment” seems like a hack to confuse and manipulate some of these signals.”
This story has turned into a blogosphere soap opera. Make sure to check out Danny Sullivan’s article for the full story as well as Chloe Albanesius’ article on PCMag and Nicholas Kolakowski’s article “Microsoft: Google Worried about Bing” on eWeek for more information.
Yahoo and Zillow team up- Yahoo and Zillow.com announced a new real estate network partnership on Thursday. The deal will enable Zillow to sell advertisements across both sites and Zillow’s house listings will now be integrated into Yahoo real estate. In a statement Zillow’s CEO, Spencer Rascoff, enthusiastically explained, “One phone call can now connect industry professionals to the biggest real estate network on the web. The launch of this partnership will simplify advertising decisions and bring Zillow listings to millions of additional users every month.” The announcement comes one week after Google announced they would be retiring their real estate listings from Google Maps.
Blogs to check out:
- The internet ran out of space this week. The last IPv4 Internet addresses have been assigned and the IP address system will soon be exhausted, meaning that a new Internet storage system is necessary- IPv6. Ben Parr provides an easy-to-understand and informative guide to IPv4 & IPv6 on Mashable.
- Nick Bilton posted an interesting article this morning on the NYTimes tech blog entitled “A Race Between Digital and Print Magazines.” In the article, Bilton addresses tablet devices’ impact on the publishing marketing, and the limitations of digital print.
- Kelly Gillease authored a helpful guide on Search Engine Land this week on applying SEM tactics to marketing mobile apps.