Singapore has launched a contest for developing a next-generation multi-media online search engine. The contest has allowed for eight months time to build the engine and the reward is a 100,000 US dollar cash prize, as has been reported at Physorg.

The competition has been organized by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. The contestants are required to submit an engine that can, in addition to text, identify and search music and video files as well.

Recently, Yahoo! Began testing the integration of Delicious' user generated bookmarks into its search results pages. It was during the late 2005, when Yahoo! acquired Delicious, the social bookmarking service created by Joshua Schachter.

For the time being, users will see the Delicious icon as part of their normal search results, which indicates the number of people who have bookmarked those pages along with the tags people have supplied.

Google's latest tweak with Google accounts is to invite the users to associate an extra email address to their existing account with Google, observes Tony Ruscoe. Google offers the benefit of providing this information as “Adding and email address helps Google associate useful information with your Google account. For example, Google calender can show invitations sent to any of your addresses.”

20 Analytical Tools For Your Blog!

Jan 21, 2008 | 9,847 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Analytics are important to help you build a brand and to effectively promote your website. The criticality of blogs cannot be understated in helping you build your brand and credibility. There are many parameters and metrics which can help you mold and control your campaign for promoting your blog. In an insightful blog post Lee Odden has compiled a list of analytic tools for assessing a blog's performance.

In a recent thread titled, “Yahoo Rankings are GONE!” at WebmasterWorld, there are reports submitted by users that the update for the month of January has already begun. This is however an early sign for a Yahoo! Search index and algorithm update as the last update happened on 3rd December, 2007.

With the beginning of the reality awards season, Yahoo! has announced the dates for the 3rd Searchlight Awards. This time the award ceremony has been scheduled to take place on February 12 in New York City. This is a great event that showcases the relationship between search and both online and offline media.

Yahoo! Made news when it launched the Go 3.0 Beta a couple of days back, see: Yahoo! Launches Go 3.0 Beta Featuring Open Mobile Widget Platform And A Redesigned Mobile Homepage. The latest from Yahoo! is the beta release of its personalised mobile portal.

 Yahoo!: Personalized Mobile Portal Launched

All that happened in the world of search engines in the third week of January 2008. All the blogs are all in chronological order. Enjoy!

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CEO of Google Spain & Portugal, Isabel Aguilera, Quits!

Yahoo! To Support OpenID Standard

Jan 18, 2008 | 2,990 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Racing in the direction of the Internet's interoperability, Yahoo! has announced that it is going to support the OpenID 2.0 standard enabling a universal Internet log-in for users.

openidyahoo Yahoo! To Support OpenID Standard

Picture Credits: Yahoo! Inc, OpenID

January 30, 2008 has been reserved as the date for the public beta launch, consolidating the Yahoo ID to an OpenID account at the partners sites.

When the original PageRank algorithm was conceived, it was built around the a mathematical formalization called random walk or RW. Considering a normal surfer to be a random walker, it was assumed that an individual would browse the Internet and randomly visit one of the pages followed by more pages through the hyperlinks on each of the landing pages. When the process ends the visitor would have surfed all the pages. Out of all the pages, the most visited pages would get the highest rank as they are the ones with the maximum number of incoming links.