Google Employee Search Lacking in UK

So if Google can’t attract top talent in London, it begs the question; where do all the smart people work in England?

Search Relevance is Dead!

I’ve been saying for a long time that the race for “relevance” among search engines is over. If you take the top 5 search engines, you’ll see that they all do about the same job of providing accurate search results. Instead, the race has moved on to who can launch the most features and products.

Anyway, a new study out of France confirms that Yahoo and Google are pretty much the same. The most interesting data is that, while true that most search engines are equal in relevance, they still all do a pretty poor job in satisfaction.

Google and Yahoo tied for first place, with a rating of 2.3, but the most striking result is undoubtedly the extremely low level of user satisfaction. None of the search engines even passed (2.5 out of 5)

Find Your Way to Ask Maps

Ask wants you to take the “taste test” and compare their maps tool to Google’s and Yahoo’s.

We believe our partners at GlobeXplorer have the most comprehensive and rich set of satellite and aerial imagery in the United States, and as some of you have noticed, in western Europe (check out this awesome view of The Louvre for all of you Da Vinci Code fans).

Google to Offer Online Hard Drive?

Lots of people jumping on the rumor that Google may be set to launch an online hard drive service, after slides alluded to such at the recent Google Analyst Day.

This sure looks like they’re building a Google “Live” product. Email, calendar, storage, desktop search all hosted online – who needs Microsoft?

Reputation Monitoring & Management

Must make mental note that getting up at 4:30am, to catch a 6:30am flight, SUCKS!

I’ll be catching up the rest of the day, so light posting ahead (ooh, I sound just like Battelle). I did want to point you to two great summaries of the session I spoke at:

DM News
Search Engine Roundtable

Thanks to the other panel members and Rebecca Lieb for another great session.

“Holla” to all the new friends I made at the show.

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Yahoo Claims Former Employees Stole Secrets

AP reports Yahoo is suing seven former exployees, alleging that they stole trade secrets when they left to start MForma Group Inc.

Yahoo alleges the technology theft coincided with MForma’s hiring of a former manager, David Chang. When Chang submitted his Nov. 11 resignation from Yahoo, the company alleges he electronically copied a wide variety of internal documents that would have spanned tens of thousand pages if they had all been printed out.

The suit alleges Chang then recruited another Yahoo employee, Erik Pavelka, who provided more confidential information before joining MForma last month. Five other former Yahoo employees are named in the suit: Michael Temkin, Thomas Dignan, Jeff Leung, Christopher Reid and James Liang.

Via SEW.

Don’t Win a Car with ImLive.com

<RANT> I stopped by the ImLive booth today and picked-up some of their materials, I had planned on speaking to them about the service they offer. At least, I was until I was curtly informed that I couldn’t enter to win the Jeep giveaway, as I had a “speaker” badge.

Hello? Who came up with that dumb ass rule? Does ImLive not realize that speakers are potential customers too? So are exhibitors (also banned from entering).

There’s a good way to create a buzz at SES and then there’s a bad way. Ironic, considering I spoke yesterday on how to monitor blogs and forums for negative posts about your company.</RANT>

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