Search Queries Offer Clues on Health of Real Estate Market?

Bill Tancer is not surprised by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announcement that existing home sales dropped in July. He points to the decline in the number of people searching for “homes for sale” and plots the two sets of data on one chart. Interesting…

Dont’ panic, Bill tells Reuters that we’re in for a rebound in August.

Google Has Too Much Money

The Washington Post highlights an unusual problem for Google – it has too much money!

Companies whose securities make up more than 40 percent of their assets can fall under restrictions that govern the mutual fund industry. So Google, which has increased its cash and securities to almost $10 billion since its 2004 initial public offering, asked the Securities and Exchange Commission late last month for an exemption.

Google hopes to get an exemption, similar to the one Microsoft acheived in 1988.

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Legal Battle in Video Streaming Industry

Just how hot is the video streaming business right now? Well, forget YouTube and Google Video, they’re lightweights compared to Akamai ($283m revenue in 2005) and Limelight ($15m in Q2 of this year).

Akamai is now suing Limelight for unspecified damages, alleging that the company’s technology infinges on its patents.

Akamai is suing Limelight for alleged patent infringement, seeking unspecified damages and a permanent injunction to shut down Limelight’s operations. And it is bringing attention to the troubled past of one of Limelight’s founders, William Rinehart.

Experts believe the suit has merit and that Limelight should be worried. Consumers should also care about the outcome, Limelight counts both YouTube and MySpace as clients.

Become a Fan of Fanpop

What do you get when you add one part Digg, one part, MySpace, one part del.icio.us; mix ingredients and bake at 400F for 15 minutes? You get Fanpop of course!

Battelle likes the new concept and I have to admit that by combining the best features of other popular sites, Fanpop has a great chance of standing-out in a crowded social networking space.

Here’s how Fanpop describes itself…

Fanpop is a network of “social portals” called spots that are created for fans by fans. Share your favorite links and meet fellow fanatics. Find out what other fans are surfing on the web with “social browsing”.

Fanpop obviously knows it still needs the help of the reigning social bookmarking champs in order to become popular – each page has a “bookmark on del.icio.us” link! ;-)

Flickr Photos Now Showing in Yahoo Search Results

The Yahoo Search blog would like you all to know that you can now find Flickr photos via Yahoo Search.

Try searching for funny photos and you’ll find hilarious and wacky Flickr photos of animals, kids, and signs. Searching for things that people think are funny is a good example of a query where combining what the community knows (and tags) with what algorithms can compute can lead to better search results.

Three of the four images for “funny photos” are of cats. I guess the phrase “every dog has his day” is now obselete. Cats now rule cute photos! ;-)

NetSuite Matches Salesforce.com’s Search Tools

Hot on the heels of Salesforce.com’s new search marketing service, comes news that NetSuite has launched their own offering.

They’re clearly a tad upset that Salesforce.com beat them to the punch…

“We obviously didn’t write this code overnight, and we have released announcements about our earlier versions of this technology last year. Salesforce.com’s acquisition is an attempt to catch up with NetSuite in this space,â€? said the company.

Meow! ;-)

VideoEgg Launching Ad Platform for Consumer Videos

Google and YouTube both have plans for monetizing video, now VideoEgg is getting in on the game. VideoEgg provides video hosting and streaming for those looking for an alternative to Google and YouTube.

The company’s serving 14 million streams a day and plans to give users the choice on how advertising is displayed.

VideoEgg is presently avoiding pre-roll ads in favor of post-rolls and permission-based video, which uses a small banner under the video box to ask users whether they care to see an ad or not.

Alwayson has more details, including a video interview with VideoEgg founder, Kevin Sladek. One question, why the heck is the video interview using Google Video and not VideoEgg??? ;-)