Happy Birthday to us! Today, Search Engine Land officially turns one yearold. Below, I wanted to share some thanks to all those who’ve helped make itsuch a successful year, and I’m going to save the in-depth "what have weachieved" statistics for sharing for January, when the entire 2007 calendar yearhas passed. But I will highlight a few stats now. There are so many people who have contributed to what we’ve built, and myapologies to anyone I inadvertently leave out. But among those I wanted to callout… Barry Schwartz, our news editor who deserves the title of hardestworking blogger in search. He’s constantly online, constantly looking for thelatest stories to highlight for readers and ensuring we have a rockingSearchCap daily newsletterthat goes out each day along with our regular blogging coverage. Chris Sherman, our executive editor who has built up an amazingnumber of columns for the site and helped bring in contributing writers, notto mention … [Read more...] about Search Engine Land Celebrates Its First Birthday!
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As we covered earlier, US Representative Joe Barton sent Google a letter with 24 questions relating to privacy — along with a week to answer them. I was annoyed that some seemed basic and already answered in a way that one of his interns could easily uncover. But Google’s now replied to the letter with a 19-page response with answers. You’ll find the responses in this PDF file. It’s the weekend, so I’m off and leaving a deeper analysis until Monday. Google is providing the PDF file to media outlets that asked for it. I think we’re the first to have done so. Below, the contents of the letter in HTML format: 1. Please describe Google’s retention policy with respect to the following data. Include in your response a description of the type of data retained (for example, URL, Internet Protocol [IP] address, date, time of connectivity); the length of time the data is retained; where the data is retained; who has access to the retained data; and how … [Read more...] about Google Responds To Rep. Joe Barton’s 24 Privacy Questions
In a world where we’re distracted by some 30,000+ brand messages per day, effortlessness in the user experience is becoming a highly desirable quality. Crafty Google, in realization of this, has been working overtime on the most effortless experience possible. Released as a standalone app for Android and as an integrated update to the Google App for iOS, Google Now assesses the behavior of a user logged into his or her Google account, and, over time, develops an understanding of what that user wants and needs. As engagement with the app progresses, customized content begins to filter into the UI in the form of categorical “cards” – weather alerts, breaking news, calendar reminders and so forth – all compiled based on past behavior, current context, and ongoing interaction. The more you search and use other Google tools like Gmail and Google Calendar, the more Google learns until your need to actually expend any effort whatsoever – talking, tapping, … [Read more...] about Google Now: Taking the Search Out of Search
Smart calendar app Tempo announced a $10 million “series A” funding round this morning. The app aims to replace the native calendar apps on smartphones. Needless to say, that’s a tall order. However, the technology behind the app is derived from the same US Defense Department (DARPA) SRI-led research that produced Apple’s Siri and Yahoo’s Summly, among a few other “assistant” apps and services. As part of the Tempo investment round, Norman Winarsky, VP of SRI Ventures, has joined Tempo’s Board of Directors The original DARPA project was called CALO, which stands for Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes. The project began in roughly 2003 and concluded in roughly 2008. SRI has been using the technology to launch companies and apps since that time. Siri is the best known among them. Tempo doesn’t rely on exactly the same technology as Siri; its core capabilities are drawn from a different aspect of the CALO project. Tempo … [Read more...] about Tempo “Calendar Assistant” Uses Search Like Google Now
Microsoft’s new predictive search agent Cortana is finally becoming available to the general public. How does it compare to longstanding champion Google Now? After months of using them both, it’s no contest. Google Now easily wins, in my daily life. But Cortana does gives Microsoft an important foundation in the predictive search space and puts it well ahead of Apple’s own Siri. Welcome, Cortana Microsoft announced that Cortana would be part of Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this year. Developers and others who chose to install the Windows 8.1 preview on their phones have had access to Cortana since that time. Now Cortana is becoming generally available to the public, pre-installed on Microsoft’s newest Nokia phone that’s out in the U.S., the Lumia 635, plus those with older Nokia Lumias are getting updates that began last week. Microsoft has not said when the update will come to other Windows Phone 8.0 devices. With Cortana, Microsoft now will have a digital … [Read more...] about Life With Cortana, Microsoft’s Predictive Search Challenger To Google Now & Siri