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Monday, May 23, 2005


My friend Alex Ksikes recently talked about a nice idea: create a quiz game by pulling articles from Wikipedia (which has a very liberal copyright allowing this kind of application). And here it is – WikiTrivia. It’s very hard.

Y!Q Challenge

Yahoo announces the following to webmasters & bloggers:

“Get a head-start using one of many new Yahoo! services for publishers, and enter to win $5,000. Show the world an innovative use of our Y!Q contextual search technology on one of your web sites and you could win the Y!Q Challenge!”

[Via an email by Yahoo which suspiciously looked like phishing – no link pointed straight to]

Official BitTorrent Search Coming

“Whiz kid inventor Bram Cohen and a small cadre of developers and entrepreneurs are in the final stage of launching an advertising-supported search engine dedicated to cataloging and indexing the thousands of movies, music tracks, software programs and other files for download over Cohen’s popular BitTorrent protocol.”
– Kevin Poulsen, Next for BitTorrent: Search (Wired), May. 23, 2005 [Via Waxy]

Try Alternate Searches

While searching Google for “SEO”, I came across a “Try alternate searches” link at the end of the page. (Note its layout is somewhat broken in Firefox; it works in Internet Explorer.) Clicking on it will reveal a page with sorted cluster search results for “seo optimization”, “seo c”, and “seo uk”. While the selection of terms by no means stellar (the term “search engine optimization” would have more sense), I find this to be a nice integration of cluster search results – it doesn’t distract from the main SERPs.

Porsche reveals Cayman S

Porsche went live with a new Flash site today showing videos of the Cayman S.


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