Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring Tellme Networks, Inc., which is a “leading provider of voice services for everyday life, including nationwide directory assistance, enterprise customer service and voice-enabled mobile search.”

According to Steve Balmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, “Tellme brings to Microsoft the talent, technology and proven experience in speech that will enable us to deliver a new wave of products and revolutionize human-computer interaction.”

Google has announced a few new steps aimed at improving user privacy. While previously, Google stored search data, such as search query and IP addresses for an indefinite period, a new policy will be effective from now on. In a post at the Google blog, it has been said that:

An article on Wall Street Journal explains how a simple change in a site can cause it go missing from Search engines.This is what happened with Topix.net Chief executive Rich Skrenta. The news site “paid a Canadian company $1 million for the Web address Topix.com in January. Mr. Skrenta intends to switch his site over to the more popular .com Web address from .net soon to help eliminate confusion and increase credibility with consumers.” This simple change has caused this site to disappear from the top search results in Google search.

In a press release Blinkx has officially announced the launch of Wiki-like Video Search Engine Optimization community site to assist advertisers, marketers as well as content owners maximize traffic to online video.

The press release states:
Blinkx, the largest video search engine on the Web, today unveiled a set of guidelines and a community site at http://www.seowiki.blinkx.com to help advertisers, marketers and content owners maximize traffic to online video.

Barry on Search Engine Roundtable has informed about a  WebmasterWorld thread which inquires the possibility of achieving a perfect 5/5 quality score in Yahoo!'s  Panama Platform.

Text Ads In Gmail

Mar 14, 2007 | 2,323 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Barry has written a post on Search Engine Roundtable, how do you get your ads in Google's Gmail?

A thread in Digital Point inquires how does one place an ad in Gmail:
I want to place text ads solely in Gmail. Trouble is, Google forces you too choose between content advertising (that includes millions of other sites) and site targeted (that don't let you choose the word that are interested in). Is there any way out.

Viacom yesterday made an official announcement that it has filed a lawsuit against YouTube and Google for massive intentional copyright infringement of Viacom's entertainment properties seeking a whooping $1 Billion in damages. Viacom claims that Google and YouTube have programmed more than 1,60,000 clips without any authorization. And these clips have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

A press release states:

The March Madness is here. This time, as Loren Baker reports, a few SEO professional have got together to form a Yahoo Fantasy Sports March Madness competition for the SEO world. You can sign up for the SEO group, SEO Gang, using the password feelinglucky. The group URL is http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/men/group/74465b.

Barry Schwartz has written a post on Google officially requests webmasters to block internal or external search results. Barry informs about a Matt Cutts post namely Search results in search results which revolves around a query raised on Google's Webmaster Help Group.

SEO Buttons For Google Toolbar 4

Mar 13, 2007 | 2,600 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Google Toolbar 4 is out. As ever, Aaron Wall has published a new set of buttons for it. As per now, the buttons are for Internet explorer and US only. The buttons are listed in different sections, such as Link Reputation / Link Popularity, Domain Age, On Page Content Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Blogs Link Search. There is also a helpful lesson on creating your own buttons.