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Search Blog — Jan 2006

  • January
    30

    Live Labs & Search labs

    Live Labs is live! Live Labs is a joint venture between MSN and MSR that is chartered to create new research opportunities, new prototypes, and new academic funding for internet research. Search Labs is a companion organization building innovative new products, and with a presence in Silicon Valley as well. The labs will be headed by Gary Flake who joined us from Yahoo, and Ashok Chandra who was at IBM and Verity before joining Microsoft in December. This is going to be a great opportunity for all of us in MSN to work closer with research. You can find the announcement here ( feed ). The Search Champs were here for the announcement and have had quite a bit to say about it . Brady Forrest, PM PS- they are hiring ! Live Labs is live! Live Labs is a joint venture between MSN and MSR that is chartered to create new research opportunities, new prototypes, and new academic funding for internet research. Search Labs is a companion organization building innovative new products, and with a presence in Silicon Valley as well. The labs will be headed by Gary Flake who joined us from Yahoo, and Ashok Chandra who was at IBM and Verity before joining Microsoft in December. This is going to be a great opportunity for all of us in MSN to work closer with research. You can find the announcement here ( feed ). The Search Champs were here for the announcement and have had quite a bit to say about it . Brady Forrest, PM PS- they are hiring !
  • January
    20

    Privacy and MSN Search

    There’s been quite a frenzy of speculation over the past 24 hours regarding the request by the government for some data in relation to a child online protection lawsuit. Obviously both privacy and child protection are both super important topics – so I’m glad this discussion is happening. Some facts have been reported, but mostly I’ve seen a ton of speculation reported as facts. I wanted to use this blog post to clarify some facts and to share with you what we are thinking here at MSN Search. Let me start with this core principle statement: privacy of our customers is non-negotiable and something worth fighting to protect. Now, on to the specifics. Over the summer we were subpoenaed by the DOJ regarding a lawsuit. The subpoena requested that we produce data from our search service. We worked hard to scope the request to something that would be consistent with this principle. The applicable parties to the case received this data, and the parties agreed that the information specific to this case would remain confidential. Specifically, we produced a random sample of pages from our index and some aggregated query logs that listed queries and how often they occurred. Absolutely no personal... Read More There’s been quite a frenzy of speculation over the past 24 hours regarding the request by the government for some data in relation to a child online protection lawsuit. Obviously both privacy and child protection are both super important topics – so I’m glad this discussion is happening. Some facts have been reported, but mostly I’ve seen a ton of speculation reported as facts. I wanted to use this blog post to clarify some facts and to share with you what we are thinking here at MSN Search. Let me start with this core principle statement: privacy of our customers is non-negotiable and something worth fighting to protect. Now, on to the specifics. Over the summer we were subpoenaed by the DOJ regarding a lawsuit. The subpoena requested that we produce data from our search service. We worked hard to scope the request to something that would be consistent with this principle. The applicable parties to the case received this data, and the parties agreed that the information specific to this case would remain confidential. Specifically, we produced a random sample of pages from our index and some aggregated query logs that listed queries and how often they occurred. Absolutely no personal... Read More
  • January
    17

    More Instant Answers

    When we ask people what they think of our Instant Answers, a common response is “they are great, but I want MORE”. We hear you and recently added about 1 million facts for your querying pleasure. Here are a few examples: Baseball stats Numerous statistics for historical baseball players and teams along with season data for current players. babe ruth home runs , babe ruth home runs allowed , ichiro suzuki hits 2003 , Seattle Mariners attendance 1981 Football stats Many lifetime and season facts for popular players and coaches. peyton manning passing yards 2003 , shaun alexander yards per catch Weather facts Weather statistics for US states and major cities. average temperature in January in Michigan , rainfall in honolulu Government officials Government leaders and world cabinet officials. defense minister of india , premier of russia Holidays Current dates of major holidays and info about how holidays are celebrated. memorial day in 2006 , christmas eve customs We’re constantly adding new factual instant answers and want to hear your feedback. Notice a problem with existing answers? Looking for an answer that’s not there? Please let us know . Thanks, Mark Stumpf Instant Answers Team When we ask people what they think of our Instant Answers, a common response is “they are great, but I want MORE”. We hear you and recently added about 1 million facts for your querying pleasure. Here are a few examples: Baseball stats Numerous statistics for historical baseball players and teams along with season data for current players. babe ruth home runs , babe ruth home runs allowed , ichiro suzuki hits 2003 , Seattle Mariners attendance 1981 Football stats Many lifetime and season facts for popular players and coaches. peyton manning passing yards 2003 , shaun alexander yards per catch Weather facts Weather statistics for US states and major cities. average temperature in January in Michigan , rainfall in honolulu Government officials Government leaders and world cabinet officials. defense minister of india , premier of russia Holidays Current dates of major holidays and info about how holidays are celebrated. memorial day in 2006 , christmas eve customs We’re constantly adding new factual instant answers and want to hear your feedback. Notice a problem with existing answers? Looking for an answer that’s not there? Please let us know . Thanks, Mark Stumpf Instant Answers Team