North Carolina Desperate to Lure Google

Yesterday’s print edition of the Raleigh News & Observer has a huge piece on what NC is doing to try and convince Google to build a server farm in Lenoir (which is located in the west of the state).

Lenoir and Caldwell County are in dire straits, especially since they relied heavily on a now defunct furniture industry. It’s so bad there that Caldwell County Economic Development Commission and Duke Energy have bought up 150 acres just in case Google selects Lenoir. In addition, state and local governments are willing to forgo real estate taxes for 30 years, worth $100 million, in a desperate effort to attract the $600 million operation and the 210 related jobs.

Busy Morning, Lots of News

I had the pleasure of grabbing coffee with PR diva Cindy Akus this morning. She’s the one who helped us get many media mentions for WebSourced and Fortune Interactive, and is now available for your company via Crossroads PR.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for blogging this morning – maybe this afternoon I’ll have time. So, in the meantime, here’s what’s hot on Pilgrim’s Picks today:

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Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Acquisition Timeline

Pete Abilla has put together a neat timeline of acquisitions by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft using Ajax.

SEO Gets Its Own Rock Song

You know you’ve been in the SEO industry too long, when you decide to perform a rock song about the topic.

It’s definitely time to get out, if you find yourself tapping your foot and singing along to the lyrics. :-)

Google, Yahoo Gain Market Share; MSFT, Ask.com Decline

According to new comScore data, both Google and Yahoo have something to celebrate today, they each gained search engine market share – Google up 0.4% to 47.4%; Yahoo up 0.3% to 28.5%.

Bad news for Microsoft and Ask, they both slid this time around. It was only yesterday that we reported on MSFT’s search engine woes, now they’ve dropped half a point to 10.5%. Meanwhile, Ask.com can’t afford any dips, it it wants to gain ground on the others. A slide of 0.1% is not a catastrophe, but doesn’t help either.

Yahoo’s Impressive Collection of Acquisitions

Read/WriteWeb has a pretty cool summary of all the acquisitions made by Yahoo since around 2005. I’d forgotten one or two, but the list is pretty impressive. What’s even more impressive is how cheaply Yahoo managed to acquire a lot of these companies.

While Google’s out spending $1.6 billion for video technology that it already had in Google Video, Yahoo’s put together an impressive list of Web 2.0 technologies for what appears to be less than $100 million.

WikiSeek Offers New Wikipedia Search Engine

I had planned on publishing an in-depth review of the new Wikipedia-based search engine, WikiSeek, but it wasn’t supposed to launch until tomorrow and now TechCrunch has decided not to wait on their coverage.

So, I’ll let you read their post, while I go over to the corner of the room and sulk. :-(

WikiSeek is a search engine that has indexed only Wikipedia sites, plus sites that are linked to from Wikipedia. It serves two purposes. First, it is a much better Wikipedia search engine than the one on Wikipedia (and has been built with Wikipedia’s assistance and permission). Second, the fact that it also indexes sites that are linked to from Wikipedia means that, presumably, it will return only very high quality results and very little spam. It won’t show every relevant result to a query, but it will certainly give a good overview of a subject without all the mess.