New .MP Domains: SEO.MP <-- notice the cool pics in the right hand column. MP (mobile phone) domains cost $50 a year for non commercial sites and $300 per for commercial sites, which seems a bit steep (if you can't resist go buy one today)...although I hear Nick W may have one or two left, maybe? There are some funny comments in Nick's thread too.
More drama... WebGuerrilla posts on SES and Shak leaves the moderating team. WMW has lost many of its prominent community leaders recently.
It took me about 15 minutes to write a Google API app with PHP to fish these out of the SERPs, using a very small list of seed terms (<20 words). I stopped it after a while, but it's like shooting fish in a barrel to find these "unfootprintable" pages. It will get even easier as these sites get indexed, because it increases the odds of a "hit" when searching for them.
There aren't many details behind the story or how exactly the debut will be different to the currently available MSN technology preview. Danny states limited details are available and gives a brief history of MSN search.
New AdWords Classifications
"Google will use its predictive modelling to know what words are not going to do well and give them more time to run. Instead of the 1,000 impressions and you're out... this new system may allow terms as much as 10 times more access to eyeballs." ... coming in November
MSN Search Sponsors SES Chicago
Which likely means that they intend to have their technology ready before the end of the SES conference (which starts December 13).
MSN Search Research Block level link analysis (PDF) - talks about breaking page down into each of their visual sections to extract semantical information. Builds upon Hits and PageRank by taking it to the block level.
If this technology takes off it would require those who rent links to use a bit more page space for each link rental by requiring it to be embedded in content. I have already seen some link brokers renting links in this manner.