A lot going down in the search engine area, so here’s a quick link wrap-up:
—Gada.be: Chris Pirillo, who is based in
southern California (UPDATE: Seattle, or so Dave tells us in comments), has unveiled a way to do a search directly from the address bar on your browser. At http://www.Gada.be, you enter your search term as part of the url before the domain gada.be, (for example, http://www.elephant.gade.be) and then hit return. More on this at Pirillo’s blog, and search engine expert Danny Sullivan has a good overview of how it works and insightful recommendations for improvement. So far, it shows top results from Yahoo, MSN, Flickr, Wikipedia, FindArticles, Google News, and others.
—Google adds tagging: Inside Google tells us Google has added a Bookmarks feature to My Search History, enabling you to quickly tag and comment any web page you’ve visited.
–Yahoo and MSN to announce cooperation on their Instant Messaging offerings: Our Merc story here. Om Malik adds that they must be worried sick about plans by others, including Michael Robertson’s IMFederation, and Google’s desire to make its Google Talk client work with other IM clients. And then there’s Skype.
—Google changes it Taiwan policy on Google Maps: As we noted earlier, a previous version of Google Maps displayed the text “Taiwan, Province of China” next to a map of the island. But on Monday, a search returned only a map of the island, simply labeled “Taiwan.” Here is the Merc story (free registration). This is another example of how the Blogosphere helped bring about the change. We saw Jeff Nolan write about the initial unfortunate policy, then we wrote about, then the Merc did a full story on it — not to mention a bunch of others who chimed in as well.
—Google gives money to environment, poverty: Here’s the Merc story (free registration) about the latest decisions by Google to donate $265 million to charity and social causes, and predictably, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin find some innovative ways to do it. For one, they’re focusing on the environment and poverty, areas that most other big companies haven’t focused on.
The Google Foundation, which will be one piece of Google.org, has already made several commitments of money, including about $500,000 to a group of professors from Harvard and the University of California-Berkeley to study the best way to create a clean water supply in rural Kenya.
And from the NYT:
“Most companies here focus on education, science, youth programs, social safety net and the arts,” said [Peter Hero, president of the Community Foundation Silicon Valley]. “The environment is much further down, for some reason, and I can’t think of a single organization that has adopted a big, hairy, audacious goal like global poverty.”