Below is what happened in search today, as reported onSearch Engine Land and from other places across the web

From Search Engine Land:

  • WSJ: Microsoft, Yahoo Talking To Avoid Hostile Proxy Fight
    The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Microsoft and Yahoo are holding talks to try and avoid the promised proxy battle/hostile takeover effort that is certain to be wearying for both sides. According to the paper: “Talks between Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. intensified Friday as the two sides…
  • Local Internet Marketing Firm Spams Google Maps Bigtime
    In another case of major mapspam (discovered first by Imnotadoctor), a SMB-local internet market firm, Big Local, has captured many of the top positions in the Google Maps “onebox” for the category “internet consulting.” Below are some examples from various cities….
  • Thanks For Taking Our Survey; And The SMX Ticket Winner Is…
    A big “thank you” to all 375 of you who completed our Search Engine Land audience survey. We won’t ask again for another year. Promise. You’re a very impressive group in terms of seniority and buying power. Here are a couple of the survey results:…
  • Search In Pictures: Yahoo Baby, Google Megaphone, Alanis Morissette
    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more….
  • Indiana Jones Search: Indy Meets Microsoft Live Search
    For over a year, Microsoft has been experimenting with games to help build its search marketshare. Yesterday, I learned of one that certainly caught my eye: Indiana Jones Search….
  • Google News Comes To iPhone, Plus Goes Global With Interface
    The Google News Blog announced that they have launched a special interface for the iPhone. To access it, all you need to do is go to on your iPhone or iPod Touch and navigate to the news section via the “more” link at the top right or you can…
  • Microsoft Releases “Renaissance” Version of Live Search QnA
    The Live Search QnA Blog announced a new release of Live Search QnA. Live Search QnA is Microsoft’s question and answer engine, similar to Yahoo Answers. This new release was coined the “Renaissance release,” and includes the following enhancements….
  • SEM News, The Single Best SEM Report & Nielson’s BlogPulse Trend Search
    In The Trenches is a weekly spotlight of tips, tricks, and news about the tools search engine marketing professionals use to give them a leg up on the competition. Today: News from the search engines, today’s in-depth look, “The Single Best Report in SEM” and this week’s free tips…
  • Human Hardware: You’re Looking, but are You Seeing?
    So far in the Human Hardware series, we’ve dealt with working memory (a just released study confirms the limitations of this. See my note at the end of this column), differences between sexes and Dunbar’s number (Parts One and Two). Today, I want to explore how we can look…
  • WSJ: Yahoo Poised To Announce Google Ads Deal; Ballmer Says Microsoft Could Go It Alone
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo is ready to formally announce a deal to incorporate Google AdWords into its search results — potentially within a week. The deal could be part of a larger “open” system in which Yahoo serves the most lucrative ad in search results from its…

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