Amazon Strips A9 of Search Features

I’m a little puzzled as to why Amazon has decided to remove some key features from its A9 search engine. When it first launch, they made a bid deal of their personalized search options and street-level images of major cities. With the update, those features vanish.

The Internet retailer removed the functions, along with several others, late Friday. spokesman Drew Herdener said the company is “shifting its priorities to areas where it can provide the greatest benefit for customers.”

I guess they discovered either users didn’t like, or use the features, or the company simply couldn’t scale the technology to accomodate a larger user-base.

Google Quietly Tests New Search Engine Interface

Nathan’s discovered a new search engine interface being tested by Google. SearchMash uses the same index as, but has a completely different GUI. For example, there’s no “Search” button!

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Google Opens New Office in NYC

I received an invite to the opening of Google’s new Manhattan offices but had to pass due to a full schedule – it looks like I should have found the time….

The office space at 111 Eighth Ave., which real estate experts estimate is costing the company $10 million a year in rent, is similar in design and functionality to its headquarters in Mountain View. This includes a fully equipped game room that would make any high school boy drool. Foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and pool tables are all available for employees to take a break and “blow off some steam.” The room also has a video game area, bean bag chairs, massage chairs and even a full basketball hoop setup.

CNET has photos.

More Praise for SEO Business Consulting

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– Brett T. Smith, President, World Wide Internet Publishing Ltd.

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Congrats to Jennifer Laycock!

Congrats to Jennifer on the birth of Emmitt Charles Laycock. My best wishes to you and your family!

PayPerPost Gets $3m for Turning Blog Tricks

Marketing Pilgrim readers will no doubt remember the subtle jab I gave PayPerPost when they launched their service back in June.

It seems the service is doing well enough that an investment group just gave them $3m, according to TechCrunch.

Ask Upgrades Sponsored Listings and Bloglines has given users a twofer to start off their Monday morning.

First, the company has upgraded their Sponsored Listings program.

A new dashboard interface, bulk management tools, and an available application programming interface (API) simplify management of ASL for advertisers and agencies managing multiple campaigns.

Second, comes news that Bloglines has added some Ajax features to its navigation.