Google's work culture could not get more laid back than this. During the weekend an employee python went missing in Google's Manhattan office. The three foot long snake called Kaiser made the Google's search engine experts leave their work and scoured the complex in search for it.

Dom on MSN UK blog confirms that the experiment of pre-populating the search box didn't work so well. MSN did bagged a lot of negative comments for their marketing strategy. Moreover, they Dom clearly suggests that the statistics did not showed a positive result as well.

SEOmoz has launched a new version of the factors that accounts for search engines' ranking algorithms. The new version addresses the current picture and significance of various factors in the algorithms. Thirty five search engine experts have poured in their views and expertise to compile the new version. The previous version was launched in 2005.  

Mysterious billboard advertisements have been seen along Highway 101 between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Valleywag has confirmed that they are by Ask. The slogan on one of the billboard says, “The Algorithm Killed Jeeves”. This message has got everyone confused. Many are wondering whether Ask is trying to target Google because of their 'world conquering' algorithm.

Live search has announced the release of about a dozen new enhancements for its Live Search Maps service available at maps.live.com!

  • Firefox users can now enjoy zooming around the virtual plug-in by clicking on the 3D button at maps.live. A user will be prompted to download and install the plug-in without having to search for it.

With greater power comes greater responsibility. Matt Cutts has failed the test. His April Fool blog hack joke was careless at best. The joke as David Naylor has pointed out at Threadwatch is in "bad taste" or a "linkbait." But whatever it is, it is at "WORDPRESS's Expense."

In November last year we informed you that MSN might be closing its small Biz Directory. Marketing Pilgrim informs about an email 'with instructions for making any last minute changes to your directory listing, before editing permissions are removed and the directory changes format.'

According to Andy the existing listings will retain their “link friendliness and search ranking value”.

The email states:

Finally Google has plunged into the television world after months of rumors and speculation. Google announced yesterday via press release that it is partnering with Echostar and Astound Cable to run 'a trial to deliver better ads to viewers and help advertisers, operators and programmers more efficiently buy, schedule, deliver and measure ads on television.' 

doubleClick MSN Vs Google, The Winner Gets DoubleClickSome days back we reported that DoubleClick might be acquired by MSN. However, a report on Wall Street Journal states that Google has emerged as a strong contender in the race to acquire DoubleClick.   The price of the acquisition is expected to go much beyond $2 billion now. The price hike may not be a good sign for MSN. 

Vanessa Fox on official Google blog talks about the power of community in blogging. Linking to those sites that are most relevant from the readers point of view and commenting on relevant blogs helps in increasing the relevancy of the blog. Content as always is the most significant thing of all. Good content and other bloggers will link to it.