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February 26, 2007

Ask.com's Google Pen Service Restored

After our Google Pen issues a couple of weeks ago, we thought you folks might be interested in a package we received recently...

...and the letter that came with it:

Thanks, Google!

--The Ask.com Team

Related post:
The Latest Google Flatline

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February 23, 2007

Know your Road Rules with Ask.com


We've been waiting to go public with this news for weeks now (and definitely when the new season started the other week): Ask.com is the official search engine of MTV's Road Rules 2007: Viewer's Revenge.

How are we celebrating? With MTV's help of course, and a spanking new online contest called The Ask.com and MTV "You in the Crew" Sweepstakes.

The contest gives you a shot at joining the Road Rules 2007 Viewer’s Revenge Pit Crew--and maybe even win a chance to join the rest of the Road Rules team on the road.

All you have to do is answer a pair of RR trivia questions each week (a.k.a. "the weekly Ask.com Search Mission"). Road Rules has 14 seasons of history behind it, so you'll want to use Ask.com to help you dig up the info. Answer the questions correctly and you'll be entered into a drawing for the Pit Crew slots.

We're glad that the ROAD RULES crew agrees: when victory is on the line, depend on Ask.com.

You can watch Road Rules 2007 Viewer’s Revenge Tuesdays on MTV at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time. All the contest details at ask.mtv.com. And look for Ask.com to pop up on the show when you least expect us!

Happy hunting,

--The Ask.com Team

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February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!



--The Ask.com Team

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February 12, 2007

Love at First Site: Valentine's Day Smart Answers

Find out how many days until Valentine's Day--or any national holiday--with Smart Answers.

Normally, with a national holiday coming up, we talk up our Smart Answers as the ideal way to help you prepare for it. But this year, we think a picture (or in this case a few screen shots) can say it all:

Our Valentine's Day Smart Answer.

Who was St. Valentine? Find out with  Ask.com Smart Answers.

Find the best e-cards, and places to buy real holiday greetings, with Smart Answers.

Smart Answers link you to all sorts of helpful "romantic date" ideas.

Yep, Smart Answers eve shows you where to find Valentine craft ideas.

Cooking something special for your Valentine? Smart Answers can help you find  special recipes--each with its own review rating!

Have a great Valentine's Day!

--The Ask.com Smart Answers Team

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February 08, 2007

Grammy Check with Ask Smart Answers

One hundred and eight. That's how many categories the Grammy Awards honors. And if you're keeping track of it all, you either work for The Recording Academy or have a lot of free time on your hands. Fortunately, Ask.com Smart Answers make it easy for the rest of us.

Artist Smart Answers

Want info on a Grammy-nominated artist you've never heard of? Type his or her name into Ask.com. You'll get a bio, links to discographies, credits, ringtones and more.

Album Smart Answers

Want details on one of the Album nominees? Just type in the album title. If it's rock, blues, pop, rap, electronica, dance, country, or R&B, you'll get the album artwork and the a review of the record. You'll find reggae, gospel, comedy and bluegrass albums as well.

Search tip: if you don't get the album info on the first try, add the artist's name to your query.

News Images

If you're more the visual type, type "grammy" into Ask.com Image Search. You'll get the latest news images associated with the awards.

Ask.com makes expanding your musical vocabulary easy. No need to thank us--it's all part of the service.

--The Ask.com Smart Answers Team

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February 05, 2007

The Latest Google Flatline

Talk about your coincidences. No sooner did we read Nick Gonzalez's Google Flatlines Again article in Techcrunch than we had a Google product let us down as well:

February 2, 2007: Google Pen Runs Out.

Scott Grieder, Ask.com Group Product Manager, was taking notes on an important conference call when his Google Pen ran out of ink without warning. The lapse in this fundamental Google product/service forced him to switch pens at a critical moment, resulting in considerable inconvenience and loss of data.

"I should have known better than to use a free Google product for business purposes." Scott told us in a recent interview. "Google Pen is fine for home use, but not when my company's productivity is on the line. I had to switch pens in the middle of taking notes. There's no telling how much data I lost."

Below is a screenshot showing the sudden drop in productivity as a result of the Google Pen flatlining:

The barrel and cartridge of the pen are transparent, allowing the user to see inside the pen, and presumably determine when Google Pen will run out of ink. But due to possibly sub-par materials, the ink stains the inside of the clear cartridge, giving the impression that the pen still has plenty of ink.

"Now I have to apply all my current behaviors and processes to another pen," Grieder explained. "How long will that take? I used to trust Google to stand behind their products. I guess I was wrong."

He added, "Thanks a lot, Google Pen. I guess you get what you pay for."

--The Ask.com Team

UPDATE: It's working again. Turns out there was ink in it after all. Thanks to Matt Cutts who suggested we "try shaking it a lot."

UPDATE: It just ran out again.

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February 02, 2007

The Cure for Super Bowl Fever

It's Bears Vs. Colts in a grand battle the likes of which…oh, who are we kidding? You're not coming to Ask.com for hype. You're coming to us for these Super Bowl goodies:

- Everything worth knowing about the event, like the brackets, the match-ups, the halftime show, all in one time-saving place.

- The latest News images of the game, updated in real time.

- The latest Super Bowl news as it happens.

- Names, addresses, and directions for sports bars within stumbling distance of your home.

- What to do in Miami if you're there for the game.

And during the broadcast, we'll have a special "Super Bowl Ads" Smart Answer, so you can find all the TV spots instantly online. That's a lot of bathroom breaks that just opened up.

So no matter who you're rooting for, Ask.com has you covered. We'll keep you in the know.

--The Ask.com team

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