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Google Creative Commons Search

Google now offers a license filter on their "advanced search" page which allows you to filter the search results according to a certain Creative Commons license. Even though Yahoo has been offering a similar facility for a quite while now, it's still great to see Google join the game, and it sure shows the importance of the Creative Commons.

There's tons of Creative Commons materials out the (images, music, podcasts, videos, ...) — search facilities are essential now.

(via Lawrence Lessig)

Yahoo launches blog search and podcast directory

If you do a search for "yahoo blog search" on Yahoo Blog Search, you will find out that Yahoo has launched Yahoo Blog Search today. Or something.

They also launched a podcast directory, which lists my music podcast twice for whatever reason.

Looks like Google and Odeo are getting some competition.

(via Steve Rubel)

Google Blog Search

Looks like Google has finally launched Google Blog Search. Unlike Technorati, it's quite fast and could be serious competition (at least in some fields). There's a FAQ, which answers a few questions regarding the search.

A very nice feature, IMHO, is the possibility to subscribe to an RSS feed of any blog search you perform.

(via Search Engine Watch, and Inside Google)

Google Earth

OK, I heard lots and lots of stuff about Google Earth so far. Yesterday, I actually installed it on some not-so-free-OS box and gave it a try. Two things are floating on my mind now:

  1. w00t!
  2. This is the scariest shit one can imagine!

I "browsed" different parts of the world and got more and more fascinated... and scared. For instance you can see the Statue of Liberty, and if you zoom in enough, you see people walking around on liberty island! Nice on the one hand, major security and privacy problem on the other hand.

There are loads of interesting ways to use Google Earth, e.g. over at Google Earth Hacks. I'm afraid most of my spare time during the next few days has just crumbled to dust... Now, if they would only port it to Linux, that'd be really nice...

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