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Instant Previews now available on Google search results

Last month, Google began beta testing instant search previews -- a la Bing or Ask. The feature, now dubbed Instant Previews, shows you a preview of what the search result looks like. Today, Google has announced that previews have been officially turned on and are now rolling out across the globe. Initial impressions of the feature were mixed here at Download Squad, with many users preferring...

The AskJeeves butler returns from the dead - in the UK

Remember Ask Jeeves? Before Google took over the world, it was one of a number of scrappy search engines competing with Yahoo!, AltaVista, Lycos, and Hotbot for your attention. And then about 3 years ago the Jeeves character was retired and the site was rebranded Ask.com. But it turns out that even after three years Ask Jeeves still has better name recognition in the UK than Ask.com. So the UK...

More acquisitions: Comcast buys Plaxo, Ask.com buys Dictionary.com

There must be something in the water this week. While the biggest new media acquisition story of the day has to be CBS buying CNET for $1.8 billion, big companies are swallowing up smaller ones left and right. Media company Comcast is buying social networking site Plaxo for something like $150 million, while Ask.com is shelling out an undisclosed sum for Lexico, the company that runs...

Microsoft gets set to launch new Live.com Search interface

Microsoft is headed towards the rollout of a new Live.com search today, including a brand spankin' new interface. There will be a gathering in Mountain View at the Microsoft campus for industry insiders to get a glimpse at Microsoft's latest search interface and redesign today. The new redesign will see a refreshing look for the search interface taking cues from both Ask and Google Universal...

Embed maps with Ask City

One of the growing new trends in the online space has been embedding objects. From news feeds, twitter notifications, product recommendations and IM chats. Google has a great embeddable maps addition for the ever popular Google Maps. However, other major online mapping providers have been late to the game, Yahoo! and Microsoft included. Ask has stepped up to the game, and now offers embeddable...

Google and Yahoo sued for automating email

Seems like the big guys could be getting in a little trouble for violating patents. Among them, AOL, Amazon, Borders, Google, IAC (ASK), and Yahoo have all been accused. The charges from this IP-related company that stem from a patent infringement make notes about the violating parties implementing systems that 'comprise interpreting electronic messages with rule base and case base knowledge...

Bloglines finally gets a redesign

Bloglines has just packed a bunch of new features into its online news feed searching, subscribing to and reading service, and it all begins with a start page. Bloglines headlines its new feature developments with a personalized start page. This is the page that brings everything together in a quick and easy view with an AJAX interface. There is nothing like starting feed reading off with a view...

Ask gets a clock in local searches

Ask has a helpful little feature in all searches that have to do with local information. A clock is now embedded on the right hand side of the screen, with the time clicking by in seconds. The date is also present, with current weather conditions underneath. Thanks Ask. This is an extremely handy feature when researching new locations for travel or business, and a first of its kind for search...

Ask.com to launch anonymous web search tool

Sure, Google says it plans to reduce the amount of time it hangs on to personal user data for. But Ask.com is aiming to win the anonymous web search war (is there a war? Did somebody forget to tell us?) with a new weapon: AskEraser. Here's how it works. You enter a search term into the world's 4th most popular search engine. Ask.com will perform the search. And then it will immediately forget your...

Ask.com gets a major overhaul

Search engine Ask.com has launched a new site design. When you first navigate to the website, you'll see a clean page with a search bar and a couple of icons representing different types of searches (web, images, city, news, blogs, etc). It's a bit like Google, if Google had icons next to its search types. But once you enter a search term, things are very different. First off, if you pause for a...

Calacanis launches human based search engine, Mahalo

Jason Calacanis, the man behind the Weblogs Inc empire, (that this blog is a part of) has officially announced his latest project, Mahalo, and its main goal is to help people - a lot. Jason has kept a great number of people itching to know what he's been working on during his Entrepreneur in Action at Sequoia Capital and the news was dropped today at the Wall Street Journal's D conference. ...

Ask bashes Google in the UK

Ask has been running some new controversial ads in the UK recently informing people about Google's huge success and the impact it could have. The campaign is trying to get across that 75% of all searches performed in the UK are done through Google, thus limiting the sources that people are getting information from. Ask is trying to ramp up its search engine market in Europe by creating a tiny...

Ask.com adds official blog feeds to web results

Ask.com has started including official blog feeds in their search results when you search for popular brands or web site names. The feed listing displays the last three or four posts on the website's official blog at the top of the results page, along with a link to the blog itself. The feed even appears above the sponsored listings. When you search Download Squad, for example, you'll see our...

Search results are getting safer

It seems like the world of search is getting a bit safer after all. SiteAdvisor has reported that search engines linked to 12% fewer sites that showed risky content, as deemed by McAfee. The report also found that search results by Google, AOL and Ask are far less likely to contain risky leads like MSN and Yahoo!. Some surprising results, though, were that paid results in search engines were...

Ask.com adds... emoticon search?

The latest post at the Ask.com blog begins, "For a long time people have wanted the ability to search for terms and phrases on the web using non-letter (A-Z) characters. Put another way, searching using non-alphanumeric characters." This is a promising start--I've occasionally been annoyed by the fact that Google interprets almost all non-alphanumeric characters as spaces--but then things go off...