Microsoft on Determining Search Engine Spam From Email Spam

Are there enough connections between email spam and search engine spam that exploring and understanding how they might be related may be helpful to search engines in fighting search engine spam?

A patent recently granted to Microsoft explores some ways that might help a search engine eliminate spam from the search results it shows by paying more attention to spam in emails that people receive.

It’s not unusual for an email spam to contain a web address where a recipient of that message can go to learn more about the product or service described in the email.

The patent goes into a lot of details involving how spam might be identified in both emails and on web pages, and is worth spending some time with if you are interested in learning more about search engine spam and email spam, and some ways that both might be identified.

The most interesting part of the patent is in using the relationship between email and search spam.

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Google Granted Patent Can Filter Distortion in Unused TV White Spaces

Google is aiming at providing wireless internet access in unused television channels in the white space between channels 2 and 51 on TV sets that aren’t hooked up to satellite or cable services.

While many stations broadcast between these ranges in the US, most areas have gaps where there aren’t broadcasts carried on those channels.

Google filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission on March 21 – Authorized Ex Parte Contact – Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (pdf) – presenting plans to use those gaps for wireless broadcasts in those TV bands to unlicensed personal and portable devices.

The access could be used for mobile devices, such as those that could be built to use Google’s open source Android platform.

The letter provides some details on the type of measures and technology that might be needed to enable the use of these unused airwaves.

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Yahoo Turning Talent Scout?

Yahoo is exploring an automated way of becoming a finder of talent, of top reviewers, of social network influencers. Could a search engine replace music label A and R departments, Hollywood talent agencies, publishing house manuscript readers?

I’m terrified of the idea.

Commercial exploitation of talent is traditionally a slow and subjective process, in which talent scouts would experience artistic works and discover artists, by doing such things as reading manuscripts or listening to musicians, watching movies, and viewing artistic works.

Those talent scouts would then make decisions about how likely it was that an author or performer would become popular or successful based on a subjective assessment of the performances or works in question.

The scope of media has expanded from traditional literary and musical and artistic works such as “books, articles, songs, plays, movies, fine art or photographic images” to newer forms of media, such as “weblogs, video games, music samples, ringtones, websites, descriptive terms such as tags or keywords, or digital ratings and reviews.”

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