Barbara Starr of Search Engine Land recently wrote, “Ever since the Hummingbird update, there has been a ton of Internet buzz about entity search. What is entity search? How does it work? And what exactly is an ‘entity’? However, the topic of entity search as it relates to e-commerce and Google Shopping has been neglected. Everything you have learned to date about entity search, semantic search and the semantic Web also applies to e-commerce. The big difference in the shopping vertical compared to other search verticals is that all entities searched for are of the same type. Every product in Google is, in fact, an entity of type ‘product.’ It should therefore be treated and optimized as such.” Read more
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MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Senzari® today announced MusicGraph, the world’s first knowledge engine for music, which will be available as a consumer app across most major mobile platforms, as well as a powerful “graph API” that can be leveraged by developers to enhance their applications with deep musical intelligence. MusicGraph contains over a billion facts that have been organized into a rich music ontology, which includes acoustical and lyrical features, detailed artist, album and song information, as well hundreds of other data points related user preferences. Read more
Jim Edwards of Business Insider recently speculated on Apple’s acquisition of Topsy Labs earlier this week. Edwards writes, “Why would the maker of iPads and iPhones need a small company that culls data from Twitter? The likely answer is that Apple needs help with something that is as old as the Internet itself: search. For most people, ‘search’ stopped being sexy more than 10 years ago, when Google proved that its search engine was pretty much the only one you needed. But Apple just dropped $US200 million on Topsy, likely in hopes of using Topsy’s data to improve recommendations when people search for apps and stuff in iTunes and the App Store.” Read more
A new survey is just out reporting on how people are using Facebook. Just over 300 users were randomly selected by Stone Temple Consulting to gain some insight into Facebook feature awareness.
While not a definitive study (nor is it touted as one), one finding of interest to Semantic Web Blog readers is this: Below one-third of users have even heard of Graph Search, its functional semantic search engine for discovering relationships between entities in users’ networks of friends. It’s recently expanded from enabling queries around people, places, photos and interests culled from people’s profiles or pages (books your friends liked, for instance, or photos they took in San Francisco) to include searches of status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments. Of those who do know what Graph Search is, just over one-third said that they had used it.
Last week, Emil Protalinski of The Next Web reported on Google’s latest search update: the arrival of the Chrome voice search “hotword” extension. The extension brings Google’s “OK Google” feature to the desktop. Protalinski writes, “You can download the new tool, currently in beta, now directly from the Chrome Web Store. Android users with version 4.4 KitKat will recognize the feature: it lets you talk to Google without first clicking or typing. It’s completely hands-free, provided you’re already on Google.com: just say ‘OK Google’ and then ask your question.” Read more
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vertical Search Works (VSW), a top semantic search technology platform, today announced its expansion into the European marketplace with the opening of its London office supported by a dynamic team that will help give publishers and advertisers access to new and innovative solutions to reach consumers in more meaningful ways. The company will now be able to better offer its proprietary products in search, video and mobile technology to regional customers – delivering valuable and relevant online and mobile experiences for consumers, and new monetization opportunities for content creators and advertisers. Read more
Jim Edwards recently wrote an article in Seattle PI stating, “Adchemy, the Foster City, Calif., adtech startup, sold its lead generation business to XL Marketing earlier this month. So we thought it was a good time to check in with Murthy Nukala, the company’s founder and CEO, to see where Adchemy is going now. Business Insider named Adchemy one of our hottest adtech startups recently in part because the company has taken a huge amount of venture capital funding — $119 million over eight years. Its backers include Accenture and Microsoft. (For contrast, Rocket Fuel, which staged an IPO this year, had taken only $77 million before it went public.) Nukala is also a prominent brain in the adtech world: He attended both MIT and Harvard Business School.” Read more
It’s got to be a happy Thanksgiving for a number of tech companies that made their way to Deloitte’s recently-released Technology Fast 500. The 2013 ranking of the fastest-growing tech companies based in North America also has something to show for anyone who’s doubted that there’s money to be made taking advantage of semantic and other Web 3.0 concepts, a look at the list should show it’s time for the doubting to stop.
Have a look at some of the winners with their overall rankings:
#2 Acquia. Drupal claims the title of being the first mainstream content management system to support semantic web technology in its core. The Drupal-powered project Acquia was co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to provide cloud, SaaS, and other services to organizations building websites on Drupal – and has on staff software engineer Stéphane Corlosquet, who had a big hand in bringing those semantic capabilities to Drupal’s core. In fact, Corlosquet spoke at the most recent SemTechBiz about Acquia as an example of a Drupal-powered project managing its content as Linked Data.
MENLO PARK, Calif. — November 21, 2013 — Today Desti, a top 10 travel app in the Apple App Store, announces a suite of new features for its marquee iPad application that makes planning trips, far and near, easier than ever before.
Desti has expanded its app to make planning road trips visual and painless, save and search vacation rentals, as well as allow users to connect with friends to organize trips together and log their travel history. This smart travel app provides a unique travel planning experience that cuts organizing time in half by aggregating any information travelers could want about a location, restaurant or activity all in one place, and making it easily searchable. Read more
Bill Drolet of Reel SEO recently wrote, “Significant changes are under way in online video and will begin percolating into the everyday experiences of consumers in the coming year. Videos will be more interactive, relevant to interests, and found in more places than ever as they displace display ads on top Web sites. End of year predictions are not unusual, but changes are rarely so impactful as what’s in store for online video in 2014. New technologies and the rapid growth of ad spending are driving it. 2013 brought the single largest percentage growth in ad revenue ever, and the market is predicted to exceed $9 billion in the U.S. in the coming months. A 2013 study by Cisco found that online video is the fastest growing consumer service offering, with over 1 billion users.” Read more
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