A Goto.com Time Capsule: Looking at a Four Year Old Vision of Paid Search

Back before, there was Yahoo! Search Marketing, and before Overture, there was Goto.com. Goto.com changed its name to Overture in September of 2001 and was purchased by Yahoo! a little over two years later for the small sum of $ 1.6 billion. John Battelle’s book, The Search paints an interesting picture of what this search … Read more

Yahoo Acquisitions since Overture

Yahoo! has a history of looking for and acquiring companies and their technology and hiring employees from those businesses. I focused upon the most recent companies with this post and will follow up soon with the rest that I can uncover. Here are several Yahoo acquisitions since October 2003: 3721 Network Software Co. 3721 Network … Read more

Can Google Read Your Mind? Processing Predictive Queries

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A patent application published this morning doesn’t involve ESP but attempts to anticipate what searchers are looking for. In addition, the document has the names of some prominent Google employees on it. Anticipated query generation and processing in a search engine United States Patent Application 20050283468 Published: December 22, 2005 Filed: June 22, 2004 This … Read more