SEO tools and technologies - typical subject matter would include RSS and CMS systems

Yahoo! Hires Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Ricardo Baeza-Yates wrote Modern Information Retrieval, which is considered to be the book on search. Yahoo! recently announced they hired him:

IBM Messenger Interoperable With Everyone Except M$FT

IBM is opening up their messenger to work with other popular instant messaging platforms. All the major players are in on the deal, except Microsoft, which is left out in the cold.

IBM Open Source Search Framework

I'm pretty sure that a few people around here would like to poke a stick into this - IBM Open Sources Search Framework.

IBM is open sourcing its Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) in a bid to foster wider participation and create a new open standard.

Ning Out of Beta

Ning, the social software platform headed up by Marc Andreesen, is out of beta.

Ning allows you to create social applications like Craigslist, Flickr, and Hot or Not. Early popular applications include beer, food, girls and Los Angeles.

Web Trends reporting

We've been using Web Trends 5.0 for the past two years to report our clients' monthly stats and will be moving on to the new and improved (sic) Web Trends Enterprise 7.0 - the big Kahuna....I've noticed that when comparing stats results between 5.0 and 7.0, the figures reported by 7.0 seem higher by anywhere between 3 and 14 percent.

Google Analytics Invitations Sent

The Google Analytics progress page - has announced that they will be sending out invites (a la the Gmail system) for new Analytic signups.

Levi makes iPod controlling jeans

If this was not on the BBC I would have thought it was fake. Out in August, cost $200.

Sony Electronic Book Reader

I am impressed by this gizmo. Sony have launched a new Electronic Book Reader. They bill themselves as trying to do for e-books what Apple has done for downloadable digital music. They claim it will make reading copy as easy as reading directly off the printed page.

Matt gets his own GOOG Module

Jason Ward has created the uber module for keeping tabs on Mr. Cutts' blogging activity. Check it out on

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Social RSS Readers

An RSS start up by the name of Attensa recently received 12 million dollars in funding, and promises to offer social recommending features and news clustering within their feed reader service. Here is a brief description:

Digg the Pligg

Think Digg is cool? Want to make a similar site? Try Pligg, the free open source equivalent to Digg. I doubt the technology will scale well in many fields (can't imagine a weight loss Digg being full of anything but spam, for exampe) but the concept seems cool and I may have a play with it soon. Other than the potential of getting sued the user generated content and collaborative editing seems like a great idea, especially if you subscribe to hundreds of feeds.

Google Reader part of an overall RSS API

via digg

It seems that underneath the rather clunky AJAX exterior of Google Reader lies a rather robust API that should be, if the comments are anything to go by, be announced in the future.

Internet Archive Updated

Stuntdubl noticed the Wayback Machine has been updated to include the first half of 2005.

Create an RSS Aggregator with PHP and AJAX

I wish I knew a bit more about programming, because I would love to be able to program something like this if it could mash feeds together based on published time or other criteria.

Google Says the Hell With Open Source, this is OUR Extension!

A while ago we mentioned how Google thought people who viewed Google FireFox toolbar source code were scammers. Google, continuing to support open sourced software, recently launched a Firefox Blogger comments extension and made against the TOS to modify the code.

Mac Version of IE, The End is Neigh

News Report that Microsoft has advised Mac users of IE to switch to rival browsers such as Apple's Safari.

Quote: No more security updates will be provided as from the New Year. The browser itself will be removed from Microsoft's Mactopia site and no longer be available for download.

TrustRank in Action

It seems that TrustRank is not the PageRank-replacement beast it has been made out to be in some quarters of the internet.

I made a post on DigitalPoint, based on this analysis of a flaw Google's Anti-Phishing Toolbar extension for Firefox:

Top Five Mobiles and Smartphones

The Times runs and article looking at their top 5 mobiles and top 5 smart phones. As many readers here may have their own views, I leave it for your annoyance.

Search Panel Podcast

John Battelle linked to an 83 minute podcast of a search panel done at MIT.

Google and MicroSoft = Research Partners

With receding federal spending university research labs are reaching out to more corporate sponsors. Bizarre to see Google and MicroSoft working together on distributed computing research, but apparently they are.