For those of you who use MSN to check backlinks via the link:, linkdomain: and inurl: commands. MSN recently deactivated them because of "mass automated usage for data mining". From this post on the official blog it seems like this is only temporary and we can expect it back up running as soon as they rectify the problem.
I don't know what is happening behind the scene at Live Search, but it is a shame that something that is legitimately useful to so many is taken offline. I was really beginning to use MSN a bit more for research. I guess they lost me again in another facet of their business.
Back to Yahoo's Site Explorer.