Friday, January 28, 2011
  • Laurie Sullivan, January 28, 2011, 4:27 PM
  • How Smart Are Search Engines?Stephen Wolfram Blog

    They turn out to be about as smart as humans, according to scientist Stephen Wolfram, the man behind the computational engine WolframAlpha. He tested how the correct answers to "Jeopardy" questions appear in the title or text of Google and Bing search results pages. In a long blog post, Wolfram explains the test and how it related to "Jeopardy." He also analyzes the findings.Read the whole story...

  • What Search Contributed To Microsoft Q4 EarningsSeeking Alpha

    Microsoft Kinect, the add-on to the Xbox 360 entertainment console, and more than 300 million Windows 7 OS copies sold made the tech giant more profitable than Apple in the final quarter of 2010. Although search isn't a driver, Peter Klein in the question and answer session of the earnings call said the the Yahoo alliance was a key component for earned revenue per search.Read the whole story...

  • 404s, Good, Bad And UglySearch News Central

    Matthiew Diehl explains the process of fixing 404 errors. First, he provides a definition. "The harmless 404 is when a website visitor mistypes a URL for a page that never existed," he writes. "The harmful 404 is when a page previously existed and has been removed from the site." Then he runs through how they are used.Read the whole story...

  • Follow Your WorldGoogle Lat Long Blog

    Google has added imagery update alerts in Google Earth. Notifications go out after new images are added, but but before -- not yet, anyway. With Google's Follow Your World application, folks can register points on the globe. Jeral Poskey, Google Earth support team, provides links to the neat little app.Read the whole story...