Search Engine Milestones for September 2003

Notable news and announcements from the web search world during the past month. Announcements without links to online versions were received via email.

Warning: The links and descriptions below are from official press releases, and may contain marketing hyperbole, claims or euphemisms not necessarily endorsed by Search Engine Watch.

September 1

Agence Virtuelle Launches Clicktracks In Europe

Agence Virtuelle has developed a European version of ClickTracks 4.0 software, a web traffic analysis tool designed to identify the behaviour of Internet users and measure the return on investment of online marketing campaigns.

Lycos Europe Launches New Version Of HotBot

Lycos Europe today launched a new version of its professional search engine HotBot with a new lean design and navigation concept that has been adapted from the US version.

September 3

Dogpile Search Engine Gets New Look and Features

By bringing together the best results from the Web’s most popular search engines, the new Dogpile offers a fast way to search as much as 50% more of the Web than any single engine.

Findwhat.Com Announces Plans To Acquire Miva Corporation today announced plans to acquire privately-owned Miva Corporation, a supplier of e-commerce software and services to small and medium-sized businesses, for $5.5 million, plus the assumption of approximately $2.5 million in notes and other liabilities.

Vivisimo Announces Release 4.0 of its Clustering Engine

Vivmsimo today announced the upcoming Release 4.0 of its award-winning Clustering Engine, which organizes internet or intranet search results on the fly into meaningful folders.

September 8

Google Enhances Froogle Product Search Engine

Today, Google announced new enhancements to Froogle. New features include Sort by price,View by picture and simplified navigation. Re-Launches As Dedicated Yellow and White Pages Destination Site

The new site was built from the ground up with end users in mind and seeks to make it as fast and easy as possible to locate and research businesses and to find people.

September 9

Intasys to Focus Exclusively on

Intasys Corporation announced that it had received and accepted, subject to completion of due diligence, an offer for the sale of its wireless billing subsidiaries, Intasys Billing Technologies in order to concentrate exclusively on its meta-search engine and on-line marketing business, Inc.

Overture Launches in the Netherlands

As part of its entry into the Dutch market, Overture also announced it has signed search distribution agreements with portals including MSN, Lycos, HotBot, 1stekeuze, a large Dutch portal, as well as Ixquick, a meta search engine.

September 17

Overture Launches in Spain

At launch, Overture’s Spanish distribution partners include sites such as MSN, Tiscali, Lycos, Excite, Wanadoo, and Ya, a Spanish Internet Service Provider. In addition to its core paid placement product, Overture will be providing the Wanadoo Group in Spain with Web Search results from FAST.

September 19 Renegotiating Merger with Espotting and Espotting are engaged in negotiations as a result of’s post-signing examination of Espotting’s historical and projected financial performance. As a result of its examination, is retracting all previous statements it has made regarding Espotting’s historical and projected financial performance.

September 22

DealTime Relaunches as

DealTime today officially became, reflecting the complete integration of DealTime and Epinions into a single site.

Moreover Technologies Launches Enterprise-Grade Weblog Search

The product harvests information from over 25,000 hand selected, business-critical weblogs in real-time and enables corporate users to gain access to news, commentary and consumer opinion that resides within weblogs.

September 23

Yahoo Introduces Product Search

Yahoo Shopping is now integrated with Yahoo Search and has been completely redesigned with a new focus on comparison-shopping.

September 25

FindWhat.Com Expands into Asia Through Relationship with Mitsui In Japan

Under the terms of the revenue-sharing-based licensing agreement, is to provide the technology and business operations expertise for Mitsui to launch a new keyword-targeted paid listings service in Japan. The service will employ the existing infrastructure and systems at, which have been enhanced to accommodate the needs of international partners, including language differences.

Google Launches Search and Advertising Program in Spain

Google now has 21 offices worldwide and more than 150,000 advertisers participating in the Google AdWords program. Google also announced the launch of, the country domain for Google Spain, and the Google Toolbar 2.0 in Spanish.

September 30

Google Acquires Kaltix Corp.

Google Inc. today announced it acquired Kaltix Corp., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based search technology start-up. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lycos Selects Google AdSense for Content Ads

Google will provide contextually-targeted ads to pages of Terra Lycos U.S. properties including Angelfire, HotWired,, Matchmaker, Quote, Raging Bull,, Tripod, Webmonkey, WhoWhere and Wired.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication’s search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Yahoo Customizes Ads for ‘New Yorker’
Adweek Online sub Oct 1 2003 8:13AM GMT
Google AdSense Goes Multilingual
High Search Engine Ranking Oct 1 2003 7:07AM GMT
Lycos Goes Contextual with Google Oct 1 2003 3:56AM GMT
Google Buys Web Search Company Kaltix Corp
Boston Globe Sep 30 2003 10:31PM GMT
Google buys search engine – PageRank RIP?
The Register Sep 30 2003 9:35PM GMT
Network Solutions Launches Privacy Site
theWHIR Sep 30 2003 9:24PM GMT
Google bowls Yahoo a googly Sep 30 2003 4:57PM GMT
Optima Sues VeriSign Over URL Transfer Sep 30 2003 10:37AM GMT
VeriSign’s redirect page leaking data
Sydney Morning Herald Sep 30 2003 5:00AM GMT
MSN Next to Hook Up with Reuters Sep 30 2003 4:14AM GMT
The Coming Search Engine War, Part 2 Sep 30 2003 4:14AM GMT
Legal download service for PCs debuts
USA Today Sep 30 2003 0:12AM GMT
Spam worries are only going to get worse, Gartner says Sep 29 2003 8:31PM GMT
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