Xinhua: Upgraded Tibetan-language search engine, input method software launched

Xinhua: Upgraded Tibetan-language search engine, input method software launched. “An upgraded search engine app and input method software designed for Tibetan-speaking users have been officially launched, according to local authorities in northwest China’s Qinghai Province. The search engine yongzin.com was launched in August 2016, which receives an average of 10 million daily visits, said the government of Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai.”

The MTA has a porn problem: Metro-North station websites feature X-rated search titles (Queens Daily Eagle)

Queens Daily Eagle: The MTA has a porn problem: Metro-North station websites feature X-rated search titles . “The website titles for at least 16 Metro-North stations contain an X-rated message in the Google search results — quite a surprise for anyone looking up Hudson Line train times…. The same dirty description — Flirtatious An*l D*ldo For C*ck Hungry Blonde Sl*t — accompanies 13 stations along the Hudson Line, including Metro-North platforms in Riverdale, Greystone, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, Scarborough, Ossining, Croton Harmon, Cortlandt, Garrison, Cold Spring and Breakneck Ridge. That’s one way to get page views. But the MTA says the issue is actually Google’s fault.” Asterisks NOT mine for once, but I’m certainly fine with leaving them there.

Daily Maverick: Huawei-Google clash is an opportunity for African search engines

Daily Maverick: Huawei-Google clash is an opportunity for African search engines . “The stand-off between the US government and tech giant Huawei presents an opportunity for African developers to step up and seize a slice of a massive potential market in the search engine sector. But small players will not be able to do it alone and the opportunity will slip by if governments on the continent fail to make proactive interventions.”

Bing Blogs: Get your WordPress content indexed immediately using Bing Webmaster Tools plugin

Bing Blogs: Get your WordPress content indexed immediately using Bing Webmaster Tools plugin . “Today, we are excited to announce the release of Bing URL Submissions Plugin for WordPress as open source project. The plugin allows webmasters of WordPress sites to get their content easily, automatically and immediately indexed by Bing as soon as their content is published! Who in the SEO community has not dreamed of such ability?”

A Beginner’s Guide to Inbound Links: What Are They & How to Get More of Them (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: A Beginner’s Guide to Inbound Links: What Are They & How to Get More of Them. “Inlinks, backlinks, inbound links.They all mean the same thing – someone else’s web property is linking to yours. A hyperlink from one webpage to another. A simple, integral part of the internet. Spend any time in the SEO industry and you would think links directly equal profit. Some SEO pros spend their entire careers specializing in obtaining links. Why are they so sought after and how can you get them?”

Bing Blogs: Extracting Covid-19 insights from Bing search data

Bing Blogs: Extracting Covid-19 insights from Bing search data . “As is true for many other topics, search engine query logs may be able to give insight into the information gaps associated with Covid-19…. We are pleased to announce that we have already made Covid-19 query data freely available on GitHub as the Bing search dataset for Coronavirus intent, with scheduled updates every month over the course of the pandemic. This dataset includes explicit Covid-19 search queries containing terms such as corona, coronavirus, and covid, as well as implicit Covid-19 queries that are used to access the same set of web page search results (using the technique of random walks on the click graph).”

The Next Web: Multiple service providers are blocking DuckDuckGo in India

The Next Web: Multiple service providers are blocking DuckDuckGo in India. “Users on Reddit have noticed they’re unable to access the site on their Airtel and Reliance Jio mobile network connections. While Some users on Twitter have further suggested multiple internet service providers (ISP) have blocked the site.”

New York Times: A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up

New York Times: A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up. “Nearly two years after he left Google, [Sridhar Ramaswamy] is testing his newfound conviction by mounting a challenge against his former employer. His new company, Neeva, is a search engine that looks for information on the web as well as personal files like emails and other documents. It will not show any advertisements and it will not collect or profit from user data, he said. It plans to make money on subscriptions from users paying for the service.”

Blockscan: The Search Engine for a Decentralized Web (Medium)

Medium: Blockscan: The Search Engine for a Decentralized Web. “Accessing decentralized, uncensorable websites has long been touted as one of the potential uses for Ethereum…. One challenge remains: users of such sites lack easy ways of discovery. Imagine looking up a topic on the Internet. You wouldn’t need to type an exact URL. Your browser’s native search engine picks out countless suggestions for any particular search item you look for. The same cannot be said of decentralized websites, where even entering exact URLs may not get you to the website you want on mainstream browsers. Enter Blockscan.”

How Search Engine Algorithms Work: Everything You Need to Know (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: How Search Engine Algorithms Work: Everything You Need to Know. “Often I find myself focusing on specific strategies to perform specific functions. How do I write compelling copy to rank on voice search? What structured data produces easy wins? Things like that. These important questions are often covered here on Search Engine Journal in very useful articles. But it’s important to not just understand what tactics might be working to help you rank. You need to understand how it works.”

India Today: Kerala university launches Covid-19 search engine for India, will let experts find latest research material

India Today: Kerala university launches Covid-19 search engine for India, will let experts find latest research material. “Though there are dozens of apps in the country that provide information on the coronavirus, the search engine is a first dedicated toward the medical community in India. The idea is that through this search engine scientists, doctors and researchers who are racing to better understand Covid-19 and the novel coronavirus will be able to keep a track of the latest research about the disease and the pandemic it has caused.”

Search Engine Land: Google testing Question Hub in US for COVID related queries

Search Engine Land: Google testing Question Hub in US for COVID related queries. “Back in 2018 Google began testing a way for searchers to submit questions to Google manually. It launched in Google India in 2019 as Question Hub, as a way for searchers to let Google know when they haven’t been able to find the content they are searching for. Now this is being tested in U.S. based Google searches as a way for Google to identifying content gaps for COVID-related queries, a Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land.”

Express Computer: New AI-powered search engine to fight COVID-19

Express Computer: New AI-powered search engine to fight COVID-19. “University of Waterloo professor Jimmy Lin has spearheaded the creation of a dedicated search engine for those who are engaged in the fight against COVID-19. The system, called Neural Covidex, provides quick and easy access to the Allen Institute for AI’s COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). CORD-19 is a publicly-available, curated resource of over 45,000 scholarly articles, medical reports, journal articles, and preprints about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.”

BusinessWire: Mendel Launches AI-powered Search Engine to Analyze More Than 50,000 Coronavirus Papers (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Mendel Launches AI-powered Search Engine to Analyze More Than 50,000 Coronavirus Papers (PRESS RELEASE). “Mendel, the leader in clinical AI technologies, announced the launch of a new search engine using proprietary AI to absorb more than 50,000 coronavirus research papers and answer questions related to COVID-19. DCM, a global venture capital firm with $4 billion in assets under management, is co-sponsoring this initiative. The search engine is now available for researchers at covid19.mendel.ai.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Trends is Useful During Coronavirus

Search Engine Journal: Google Trends is Useful During Coronavirus. “Coronavirus is creating extreme change. The search community is heading toward Google Trends for insights. Google Trends is becoming more useful now in this moment than at any other time. Google Trends offers a peek into search trends as the world goes through massive upheavals due to the coronavirus pandemic.”