This is a discussion of a Microsoft patent granted today that may not have been implemented, and may never be. It’s unclearly written, but worth discussing… When you perform a search at a search engine, the page that shows the results of your query is often referred to as a search results page. Search engines … Read more Is Microsoft Removing Web Results When the Same Page Also Appears in Paid Results?
Patent applications and granted patents from last week cover a wide range. The ones I enjoyed the most were three from Fujitsu which allow people to move their smart phones in different gestures to navigate around applications. I’m looking forward to watching people use those phones. Patent Applications Wireless Emergency-Reporting System University of South Florida … Read more Mobile Patent Roundup 2-26-2007 – Fujitsu’s Motion Controlled Handhelds
Moving right along, world-class software systems always have an extension language and a plug-in system â€” a way for programmers to extend the base functionality of the application. Sometimes plugins are called “mods”. It’s a way for your users to grow the system in ways the designer didn’t anticipate. – Steve Yegge, The Pinocchio Problem … Read more Google Gadgets Patent Application: Plug-In Modules in a User Interface
Google’s Desktop Search is probably more well known for a mix of features and gadgets than it is the ability to index content on a computer or network directories. There’s also an Enterprise edition that enables a company to share the use of desktop search. Most of what I’ve seen written about this Google search … Read more A Peek into Google’s Desktop Search Indexing Algorithms
In the future, we may all be able to join Google Engineer Matt Cutts in fighting spam on Google. Or at least in removing pages from our searches and browsers. A new patent application from Google points at giving people the power to remove pages or even sites from web searches and browsing. Matt Cutts … Read more Google on Letting Searchers Remove Pages from the Web