Bon Voyage, Northern Light

Anne writes \"There is An Articlein Searchday on the end of the public Northern Light general search engine.

They say news search and search alerts, as well as access to Northern Light\'s Special Collection will remain available to all users, but The company is eliminating its free search engine as part of an effort to concentrate its focus on enterprise customers.

There\'s also some related Words from, where they say they\'ve successfully completed the integration of Teoma search technology into Ask Jeeves.


Welcome To Googleplex

USAToday has a Fun Story on Googleplex, the headquarters of Google, in Mountain View.

They say Google is is used by millions of viewers of \"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire\" and the statistics show spikes in usage after each question.

\"Scooters lean against walls. Big exercise balls are everywhere. Walk around and you\'ll see piles of roller hockey equipment, random toys, a bin offering 13 kinds of cereal including Lucky Charms, a wall mural of the company\'s history done in crayon, a spalike room marked by a sign that says \'\'Googlers massaged here\'\' and a cafeteria where gourmet meals are served by the former chef for the Grateful Dead.\"

Sure beats my office!


UK 1901 Census Goes Offline

This story from BBC News is reporting that the Public Record Office has had to take the England and Wales 1901 Census offline for a week while they try to improve the computer systems in order to cope with the huge demand.
As this earlier story reported, it went live last week and promptly got an average of about 30 million hits per day while they had only designed the site for a \"generous estimate\" of 1 million per day. It\'ll be back in a week, hopefully sleeker and ready to face its users but until then, it\'s probably more helpful not to provide a link to it here!


The geeks who saved Usenet

Bob Cox sent along This Story on Google\'s restoration of digital history and how some packrat mentality [you may think of that as librarianship] and a mountain of decaying mag tapes brought back some old messages.

Oreillynet has another story, as seen on slashdot.

There seems to be no shortage of Other USENT History info out there as well.


More On The Death Of Free

americanpressinstitute and CNET both have year-end collections of stories on the bust, and how it has changed what we read for free on the web.

CNET notes To keep their businesses afloat, a number of dot.coms turned on the charm by giving advertisers just about anything they wanted, not a good sign.


SearchDay 2001 Year in Review

Ryan passed along SearchDay 2001 Year in Review from
It\'s a personal and admittedly idiosyncratic look back at some of the most newsworthy or notable stories from SearchDay\'s first year of publication.

They also ran 2001\'s Most Wanted Search Terms, which covers all the major search sites, and more.

If you like the \"year in review\" kind of things, Year in Review 2001 from Yahoo is pretty spiffy.


Appeals court upholds anti-spam law

SFGate and CNET both have stories on the California appeals court thatupheld the state\'s anti-spam law, ruling that it does not violate a clause of the U.S. Constitution.

California\'s anti-spam law requires unsolicited messages to include a viable return address or a toll-free phone number that recipients can use to tell the sender to stop sending documents. The statute also requires unsolicited e-mail to include \"ADV:,\" for advertisement, in the subject line of the message--or in cases where the advertisements relate to adult material, \"ADV:ADLT.\" Violating the law is a misdemeanor.


It\'s a smaller World Wide Web after all

Bob Cox passed along A Story on The Web Server Survey from Netcraft that found that the number of Web sites dropped by 182,142 from November to December last year. That decline marks only the second time the company\'s survey, first released in 1995, has found fewer sites online in a monthly period.

The BBC has a story as well.


Commercialization May Limit Internet

Here\'s An AP Story that says big corporations have a significant and growing presence on the Internet. In March, just 14 companies controlled 60 percent of users\' online time, down from 110 companies two years earlier.

\"There is a role for commercialism The concern is how the commercial interests might want to change the features of the Internet to better protect themselves.\"


Good Googling To You

Google\'s Press Area has added a Nifty Timeline that shows how events in the real world influenced what people searched for on Google.

I love these year in review things, anyone know of any more good ones out there?



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