oneSearch, Yahoo's mobile search service is now available in UK, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Internet-enabled phones can use this tool to reach specific destinations rather than skim through unwanted trivial links. The service is quick and smart as with regular use, the technology anticipates the results we want.

Microsoft and Google have come out with voice enabled search. Google’s service is known as Google Voice Local Search or GOOG-411. The service is free and it will make local-business search accessible over the phone. To access this service one have to dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone. Though you can call from Europe too, the search results are from US only.

Is Google trying to be the sole vendor of paid links? Not many have doubts anymore. However, Google is also trying to make a good PR activity out of it. There is Matt Cutts trying to convince how paid links are spam and reporting them is for everyones’ good.  In a recent interview Adam Lasnik said:

Yahoo! has been making quite a few helpful improvements lately. The latest is robots-nocontent tag which will help webmasters differentiate main content and unrelated content for the Yahoo! crawler. Content in these restricted sections will not be used by Yahoo! for indexing the page or as excerpts in the SERPs.

Microsoft adCenter was all about greater relevancy, more traffic. Based on their April 29th notice, the world waited in anticipation. With their upgraded version the truth seems otherwise. As we reported earlier, we all know how the results affected users.

The End Of Overture In UK?

May 3, 2007 | 3,177 views | by Navneet Kaushal

It has been reported at WebmasterWorld Forums that users suggest Yahoo! has exited its UK version of the Overture Keyword Suggestion tool. Of late, the Keyword Suggestion tool which would load here without complications has proven unaccessible time out most quickly.

As it was promised with the US version, a better version too could be on the way. However, closer reading of the previous Yahoo! announcement suggests subliminally a new keyword tool, rather than improving the Overture tool.

Just when you think all is said and done about link building something new occurs. Rand Fishkin in a blog post draws attention to the typical patterns of external link equity that flows to sites. The graph often resembles mountains to heavily linked-to pages and valleys to link-poor pages. Good content gets more inbound links. Pages related to e-commerce or business receive very little link love.

Thomas Claburn, in a post titled "Dear Microsoft: Enough With the Interactive TV" at Information Week, explains why Microsoft should shut down the interactive TV project even before its begun.
Reeking of rationalism that would put any philosopher to shame, he says this interactive TV:

The idea seems to be that this would somehow improve TV watching.

Following the PR update many webmasters have noticed a drop in their PR scores this week. Some have found the value of their page rank drop to zero but traffic was not hampered.

Adam Lasnik of Google will have a look into the matter. He commented at a WebmasterWorld Forums thread that “ If you've seen your PR adjusted to a non-zero number OR you've lost significant traffic, this thread does not really apply to you.

Google has made its personalized homepage still better and named it iGoogle. The new homepage comes with a new look and many interesting features.

Users can add gadgets like Framed photo slides, Google gram, Daily Me, Free Form, You Tube Channel and Personal list by using the default iGoogle templates. Now it is easier to share photos, personal videos, posting blogs and sending messages on the web.