Apple Streaming Media Patent Filing Hints at New Approach for iTunes Store

A new patent filing from Apple may be a sign of changes to the way Apple presents music recommendations at the iTunes store. That change was hinted at last December when Apple acquired the streaming music site, Lala. The patent application lists Ryan Dixon, Digital Album Content Manager at iTunes, as the inventor, and provides … Read more Apple Streaming Media Patent Filing Hints at New Approach for iTunes Store

How a Search Engine Might Weigh Pages with Relevant Annotations Higher in Search Results

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Relevant Annotations One of the words that often appears when someone describes how search engines work is relevance. A search engine attempts to show searchers web pages and other results that might be relevant to the words that they used when they perform a search. Yet, there are a number of different ways that you … Read more How a Search Engine Might Weigh Pages with Relevant Annotations Higher in Search Results

Xerox Brings Patent Infringement Suit Against Google, Yahoo, and YouTube

Charles Knight, who is now the Search Editor at Nextweb pointed me to a Bloomberg report at BusinessWeek, Google, Yahoo Sued by Xerox Over Search Query Patents. The patent infringement complaint (PDF – 308k) contains claims that specifically name the following programs as infringing Xerox’s patented technology: Google’s Adsense and Adwords programs, Google Maps, Google … Read more Xerox Brings Patent Infringement Suit Against Google, Yahoo, and YouTube

SEO for Government: Trying to Find My Town on the Web

It may be possible that governmental web sites are at least as important, and in some cases more important that most of the other web sites online. They can provide information on when and where to vote, when and where laws are being made, when and where you can access elected and appointed officials, and … Read more SEO for Government: Trying to Find My Town on the Web

The Evolution of Search Results into Query Portals

When you perform a search at a search engine, you usually see a list of links to web pages in response to your search. Over the past few years, search engine have started showing a mix of other types of results, including images, links to related news stories or blog posts, videos, book and music … Read more The Evolution of Search Results into Query Portals