The most striking aspect of Google’s new Universal Search pages is the embedded video, where searches relevant to content on Google Video and YouTube will be rewarded with actual video viewable on the page along with the usual relevant text links.
Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, suggested that YouTube might be seen in a new light other than pure entertainment. He said: Read more
Continuing our live notes from the Googleplex on Google’s Searchology event, 11.30 am Pacific time, Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products and User Experience, is now speaking and finally we have some meaty announcements:
"Our first announcement today is Universal Search breaking down the silos of search integrating Books, Local, Images, News and Video. When you search on Steve Jobs you get pictures of Steve, news, video of Steve, related searches, news archive results – all these items integrated on a page to give you a much more holistic answer. Nosferatu, the horror movie still gives you an IMDB link, but also a video is there – 84 minute video uploaded to Google Video. We are also bringing it in from other providers such as Metacafe, for Google and YouTube you can watch it in the results page, for others it’s a link to their sites. Read more
Continuing our live notes from the Googleplex on Google’s Searchology event, 11 am Pacific time, Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products and User Experience, and Udi Manber, VP Engineering, are up next talking about the next step in the evolution of search:
Udi talks first, he joined Google 15 months ago, but has been working on search for 18 years, he is head of search quality efforts. Read more
Live notes from technology director Craig SilverStein’s talk at Google’s Searchology event. He was Google’s first employee:
“Comprehensiveness, relevance, speed and user experience were the important things, we decided at the start. Read more
9.30am pacific time: Google’s Searchology event is just starting here in Mountain View. It’s a day for the press and analysts to learn about what the agenda describes as the next step in the evolution of search. We’re starting with Search of Days Past from Craig Silverstein, Google’s Technology Director, then Search as We Know It Today, a talk by Ben Gomes, software engineer and Kerry Rodden, senior user experience researcher.
Then it’s Next Step in Evolution of Search – Udi Manber, VP engineering and Marissa Mayer, VP Search products and User Experience, before we get a Q&A and some search demos.
I’ll keep you updated on the morning’s events.
Virtual worlds are to get their own Oscars and two of the richest and best known in-world characters are behind the new Virtual Academy.
Ansche Chung, a real-estate developer in Second Life, and NeverDie, a nightclub owner in the Entropia Universe, announced the academy on Tuesday and said its first award nominations would be made in February 2008. Read more
Benchmark Capital, the Silicon Valley VC firm, is building itself an interesting portfolio of online gaming and social networking companies, sometimes choosing start-ups that fuse both elements.
On Monday, it announced an $8m investment in the Swedish online sports games publisher and developer Power Challenge. Read more
Electronic Arts held its summer preview of forthcoming attractions in San Francisco on Wednesday, with the announcement and demonstration of The Simpsons game taking centre stage.
This is not based on the forthcoming movie. It is 8,000 lines of original dialogue from the TV show’s writers – the equivalent of three episodes. Read more
Steve Jobs was in a feisty mood on Thursday as he took questions from the audience at Apple’s shareholder meeting.
In his first public comments about backdating since the scandal broke last year, Mr Jobs defended his role, swatting down a question from an AFL-CIO representative who asked "what did you know, and when did you know it?" Read more
While Intel was launching its Centrino Duo and Pro platforms on Wednesday and showing off colourful laptops, its venture capital arm was announcing an investment that revealed part of its strategy for smaller devices.
Intel Capital said it was leading a 3rd round $15m funding of Jajah, the Silicon Valley-based internet phone company with more than 2m users. Read more