Google Not Taking Over the World, Just Mountain View

Google gets approval to provide Mountain View, CA with free wi-fi.

Google Interested in Riya Photo Search Engine

According to eWeek, Google is said to be interested in buying Riya/Ojos Inc., a maker of photo searching technology.

The rumored deal spotlights how search engines are focusing more on the caliber of their services, rather than just building the most extensive possible catalog of Internet locales.

Riya’s products can supposedly identify faces and read the text captured in photos. That level of recognition is a quantum leap for Internet search engines, now organizing photos and videos mainly based on written descriptions.

Let’s see how this pans out, shall we. Is this another un-founded rumor, or are we starting to see a news leak problem at Google (or a deliberate effort).

Channel Sponsors

Shoppers Shift to Online

ClickZ has a round-up of recent studies that point to more shoppers moving online.

Google’s Matt Cutts at WebmasterWorld

SEO Book and SE Roundtable each offer a summary of Brett Tabke’s chat with Google engineer, Matt Cutts.

Snippets..

Toolbar does not influence how frequently stuff is crawled. It is too easy to spam, and the toolbar does not have equal distribution across various regions. Many people assume some things provide clean signals which are not so clean.

Matt Cutts hates on paid links. He said they have manual and algorithmic approaches to paid links. Compares effectiveness of paid links going forward to how reciprocal link spam has largely died off with Update Jager.

Lots of SEO Staff Changes

Lots of people moving around…

Carat Fusion president Toby Gabriner leaves to join Poindexter Systems.

Heather Lloyd-Martin is back at SuccessWorks.

WebSourced names new execs.

New stuff from WebmasterWorld

Couple of new sites now bookmarked/subscribed, thanks to WMW.

RecentChanges.info – a cool new blog that covers all things wiki.

Whois.sc – raved about by many here, a great Whois tool.

Google Base Goes Live

Gary has details of Google Base going live today.

Not quite sure how they will overcome spam, but Google is probably happy to simply put it out there and let millions of users beat it up. You have to give them credit, they don’t waste time with lengthy internal market research. They simple put it out there and let the real world decide its value.