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With the proliferation of search-oriented online content providers such as AOL, Yahoo!, Demand Media, and, internet users are increasingly likely to find that most of the general searches they do return results from these SEO-oriented content creators and so-called "content farms". Whether this is a good or a bad thing from the user perspective remains to be seen—and opinions vary. But from general tactics, to long tail search and universal search strategies, SEO remains critical to web publishers.

Posted Sep 29, 2010

dtSearch Corp. announced the beta release of the dtSearch Engine, which makes available dtSearch's file format and data searching support for use in several internet, intranet, and commercial applications. The dtSearch Engine beta includes native 64-bit Visual Studio 2010 support as well as a .NET 4.0 SDK, which covers a sample application for the Microsoft Azure CLOUD platform, the dtSearch API, and the Spider API.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

ISYS Search Software, a developer of embedded search and federated access solutions, is teaming up with Janya to provide its ISYS Document Filters solution for use in the latter's Semantex text analytics platform. The augmented platform will give customers a complete solution for information integration, trend mining, and analysis of large volumes of unstructured content, according to the companies.

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Lexalytics, Inc., a software and services company specializing in text and sentiment analysis, announced the availability of enhanced reporting on the conversations occurring around, about, and between different accounts on Twitter based on the sentiment analysis of commonly used emoticons and acronyms. With the use of emoticons, abbreviations, and confusing "social speak" grammar, micro-blog services such as Twitter present a difficult task for natural language processing systems.

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Vivisimo has announced the release of Velocity 8.0. A key new feature of Velocity 8.0 is IO Pro, which introduces new controls for business users, content owners, and knowledge workers to optimize the way content is discovered by and presented to users. Business users can use IO Pro to promote and highlight the most relevant content, best bets and other important information

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Sophia, a provider of enterprise search products and software, announced Sophia Search, a new search service which makes use of a semiotic-based model called the Contextual Discovery Engine to identify intrinsic terms in unstructured content in order to make it easier to recover and consolidate. Through this service, Sophia reports that organizations will be able to minimize compliance risk and reduce the cost of storing and organizing enterprise information.

Posted Sep 21, 2010

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Netezza, a developer of analytics software based in Massachusetts, at a price of $27 per share or approximately $1.7 billion after adjusting for cash. IBM will utilize Netezza to expand its business analytics initiatives and allow clients faster interpretation of business data at a lower cost.

Posted Sep 21, 2010

Search giant Google announced the latest addition to its search engine. Dubbed Google Instant, the feature constantly updates a live window of search results as the user types in a query, refining the results in real time as the user updates the contents of the search bar, without the need to launch a new search with each new term.

Posted Sep 09, 2010

Connecticut Innovations (CI), a quasi-public authority responsible for technology investing and innovation development operated by the state of Connecticut, announced a follow-on investment of up to $550,000 in ExeCue Inc. of Stamford, Conn., through its Eli Whitney Fund. The investment is part of a round of up to $1.6 million also involving individual investors.

Posted Sep 02, 2010

A few months ago, Autonomy announced its plans to acquire CA's (formerly Computer Associates) Information Governance assets. This was a surprising acquisition from two angles: first that CA saw so little value in this division that the company decided to dump it, and secondly that Autonomy, which has overlapping technologies, felt the need to buy still more overlapping technologies.

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Sybase, Inc., a developer of enterprise and mobile software, is launching a variety of partnerships through its Sybase IQ partner program. The long list of companies involved in the partnerships include such names as ISYS Search Software, Kapow Technologies, SAS, Tableau Software, Zend Technologies, and Fuzzy Logix. According to Sybase, the relationships will allow the company to strengthen its Sybase IQ analytics solution.

Posted Aug 19, 2010

ECM developer Open Text Corporation announced Open Text Semantic Navigation, an innovative tool that helps audiences naturally navigate through volumes of information based on content meaning. The tool is designed with an eye towards increasing web marketing and online search effectiveness and is available as both a cloud-offering and an on-premise installation.

Posted Aug 19, 2010

StoredIQ, a creator of compliance, information management, and ediscovery solutions, announced that its Intelligent Information Management (IIM) Platform is now compatible with the Microsoft File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) technology included in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. StoredIQ says that this new compatibility will allow IIM to combine its resources with Microsoft's own data-classification technology.

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Information infrastructure software provider MarkLogic Corporation announced a value added reseller (VAR) agreement with Koios Group, a consultant in the defense and intelligence markets in the U.K. Koios serves the publishing, medical, and governmental markets, including international organizations such as NATO.

Posted Aug 10, 2010

Question and answer-based site began testing a newly revamped version of its flagship site, which will focus more on answering questions. The new site is part of an announced strategy by the company to move away from providing links in response to queries, instead providing specific answers.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

Virtual directory technology provider Radiant Logic lifted the curtain on ID-Connect and Context Browser, two web-based client applications from version 5.3 of RadiantOne VDS Context Edition. ID-Connect allows businesses to connect to social networking services through a single interface integrated through Microsoft SharePoint.

Posted Jul 27, 2010

A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report titled "Trial by Fire," found that in a global survey of 7,200 senior managers responsible for information security, not one reference to the problems arising from search security are to be found. Securing search should be a key concern in search implementations, however.

Posted Jul 21, 2010

Endeca Technologies, Inc., and hybris, a vendor of multi-channel commerce and communication software, announced Endeca Multichannel Commerce with hybris. The new release, the product of a partnership announced in late 2009, combines the hybris ecommerce platform and built-in product content management (PCM) system with Endeca's user experience and contextual marketing capabilities.

Posted Jul 20, 2010

San Diego-based business software company Anacomp, Inc. sold its document review software, CaseLogistix, to Thomson Reuters for an undisclosed sum. CaseLogistix provides document review, data ingestion and production tools to help litigation teams manage the electronic discovery review process.

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Chemidex, a specialized search engine for the fields of chemical and life science, as well as the world's largest repository of product technical literature for those industries, announced that it has changed its name to Innovadex. According to the newly renamed company, the move reflects its expansion into more diverse fields, including a majority of industrial, scientific, technical, and medical markets.

Posted Jul 15, 2010

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, committed to constructing the first online digitized presidential archive, will undertake the project with assistance from Endeca Technologies, Inc. Endeca will provide the technical and software assistance required to establish search capabilities at the archives' website.

Posted Jul 13, 2010

CABI announced a number of improvements to its CAB Direct reference service. In addition to the more than 8.8 million bibliographic records and 85,000 full-text articles available through the platform, users can now easily keep track of research with permanent marking of records, set aside up to 1000 records for additional examination and manipulation, and export citations and abstracts into tools such as RefWorks and EndNote.

Posted Jul 08, 2010

SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services, has acquired Memex. Memex offers intelligence management solutions that help improve intelligence processes, enhance public safety, and prevent and deter crime, terrorism, and other threats.

Posted Jun 24, 2010

Lijit Networks, a provider of search and discovery tools for online publishers, announced it has closed a $6,000,000 financing round led by Foundry Group. Also participating were Boulder Ventures and Colorado Fund I, managed by High Country Venture. The new investment brings the total venture capital investment in the company since its launch in 2006 to $17,000,000.

Posted Jun 24, 2010

Version 2.0 of Cambridge Semantics' Anzo platform is now available. Anzo 2.0 is a semantic technology application development suite designed to help businesses discover, integrate, analyze, and report on information contained within the enterprise without reliance on IT.

Posted Jun 22, 2010