Judge to rule Tuesday in Kai-Fu Lee case

CNet has the best summary of today’s closing arguments in the ongoing Google/Microsoft law suit.

The more you read about it, the more you can read between the lines that really Microsoft just hates Google and wants to mess with their plans. By hiring Lee, Google gave Microsoft the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Aegis Makes Predications on Digital Media Growth

ClickZ summarizes some thoughts recently released by Aegis. These include…

…half of all media consumed to be digital by 2007…television’s share of ad spend leveling out and newspaper’s share declining…online expenditure will grow past six percent next year.

So, more marketing dollars are being shifted online, nuff said.

Thanks for your support

Thanks to each of you for your kind words of support for the launch of this new blog. I truly hope that you will find it to be just as informative (and entertaining) as my previous blog.

Some of you have asked my next steps, with regards to my career. I’m still keeping that under wraps, but I should have an announcement over the next couple of weeks.

The “Google of” Blog Search Engines? Yawn!

The “Google of” tag is now reaching the blog search engine space with this article at WSJ. Subscribers can read about the different search engines focusing on blogs and how they can vary in results.

For those who want just a small taste of what prominent bloggers are saying, DayPop is a good place to go. It culls its search results from fewer than 60,000 blogs chosen by editors. That means it’s likely to offer up relatively few links to well-known bloggers like Andrew Sullivan and Dan Gillmor. Sites like Technorati, Feedster, IceRocket and BlogPulse scour far more blogs — between 15 million and 20 million each — so searches on those sites deliver far more results, often from obscure sources. While Technorati and BlogPulse focus exclusively on blogs, other sites — Feedster and IceRocket included — offer the option to bring in mainstream news sources.

MSN Search Adds RSS Search Operators

Pandia is reporting that MSN has added special search operators that allow you to search only RSS and Atom feeds.

Use the feed: operator to search for documents that are RSS or atom feeds. For intance, you can type feed:pandia into the MSN search box if you want to find Pandia’s search engine news feed.

Obviously don’t try “feed:marketingpilgrim” just yet, but give us a few weeks. ;-)

Affiliate Company LinkShare Sells for $425m

According to MarketWatch (via Webmasterworld) Linkshare is being bought by Rakuten a Japanese Internet portal operator. The all cash deal is expected to close in 4 to 6 weeks.

Sun Microsystems Working on Search Software

Looks like Sun is working on three different software projects that are designed to help the world find what it needs.

Lots of details, but here’s the 411…

…a system that studies the sound qualities of a song a user likes. It uses that information to find similar or diverse music, depending on the listener’s mood.

…software that would automatically organize text documents into folders with related files.

…the speech search project, Sun researchers are using speech recognition technology to create a searchable index of text. It combines that with time stamps on the recording so users can zero in on the audio snippet they’re looking for.

There you go, that should save you a few minutes of reading. ;-)