- It's official: Google's Knol, a Wikipedia-like source of user-contributed information, is now available to the public. Lots of people are talking about it. I found the interface a little lacking... there's a search box and a list of some randomly selected Knols, but I can't figure out how to browse by subject (of course it's difficult to do this in Wikipedia as well). Also I can't tell how many knols there are yet; a search for "a" shows about 80 knols, and most appear to be health-related. My guess is the tech guys may stick with Wikipedia.
- At this week's SIGIR'08 conference, Microsoft Research presented a paper called BrowseRank: Letting Web Users Vote for Page Importance. The paper introduces a new relevance ranking algorithm called BrowseRank. Instead of relying on the web graph to assign web page importance as PageRank does, BrowseRank assigns importance based on users' browsing behavior. A good summary of the paper is at CNET News.
- Facebook will soon be using Microsoft's web search technology to give search results and sponsored ads. Currently Google is powering MySpace.
- According to a new report from the antivirus company Sophos, they have detected over 16,000 malicious web pages each day in the first half of 2008, most using SQL-injection techniques. Blogspot.com hosts the largest number of malicious web pages, mostly because of how easy it is to setup a blog with this service and to inject
- You'd better hurry: The domain ☼.com is still available! Oh, and Google has discovered at least 1 trillion pages on the Web.
Friday, July 25, 2008
My pick of this week's top 5 items of interest: