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The Oldest Domains

By - October 18, 2005

What a fun list. Spotted via Threadwatch, the 100 oldest domains. The Top Ten:

1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM

2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM

3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM

4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM

5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM

6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM

7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM

8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM

9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM

10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM

And I was told by a very reliable source, Gordon Bell, who I quoted in the book, that DEC.COM was the oldest. So I stand corrected, assuming this is right.

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Schmidt Writes an Editorial…

By - October 17, 2005

In the Wall St. Journal on the topic of Google Print. In it (paid reg is required), Google’s CEO makes the case for why he and his company believe Google Print is fair use, and that the folks suing him (the Author’s Guild) are misguided. From the op ed piece:

Imagine the cultural impact of putting tens of millions of previously inaccessible volumes into one vast index, every word of which is searchable by anyone, rich and poor, urban and rural, First World and Third, en toute langue — and all, of course, entirely for free. How many users will find, and then buy, books they never could have discovered any other way? How many out-of-print and backlist titles will find new and renewed sales life? How many future authors will make a living through their words solely because the Internet has made it so much easier for a scattered audience to find them? This egalitarianism of information dispersal is precisely what the Web is best at; precisely what leads to powerful new business models for the creative community; precisely what copyright law is ultimately intended to support; and, together with our partners, precisely what we hope, and expect, to accomplish with Google Print.

I agree with Eric on this one. Steve Langdon, a press relations fellow at Google, also pointed me to

this piece in Slate, with which I also agree. In it, the author points out the tension between authorial control and exposure to the author’s work. He also reminds folks that you can’t rip off a book via Google Print – it’s not Napster. I think this relates to the whole Craigslist/Oodle dustup, and I’m brewing a post on that, though it ain’t quite ripe, yet. This is a major issue in our culture, and one worth more consideration by us all.

Google Gets Us Ready for Pro Forma Earnings

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In its S1, Google claimed it was going to be different, in particular in how it provided information to the Street. But in this blog post (from last week, I’m a bit behind in my reading, clearly), it is reminding us that, well, sometimes it’s good to be like the other guys. Google reports its earnings this Thursday, a much anticipated news event. What’s new? Starting this past quarter, Google is going to start reporting its pro forma, non GAAP earnings.


Well, to be pretty brief, the earnings number looks better (by comparison to analyst figures) when you subtract accounting charges for things like stock based compensation, which was used as the example in the post. Wall St. analysts already do this as a matter of course, so Google has decided to do it too. I’m looking forward to grokking this earnings report. I sense it’s going to be an interesting one.

Search Engine for Sale, Starting Bid: One Cent

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Jux2-TmSome while ago I wrote about jux2, a meta search engine which let you compare results across major engines. It was a neat idea, and the site got some good reviews. But as happens, jux2’s founders’ attention wandered to other projects, and they could no longer keep the service running. One of them, Aaref Hilaly, emailed me yesterday and informed me that he was still getting requests about the service, and he figured that someone might want to run it. Now, if he was really smart, he’d dress it up and try to sell it to Rupert Murdoch, but barring that, he’s offering to the highest bidder on eBay.

Current price: One cent.

“There is no reserve,” Aaref wrote me, “so someone can get a bargain. After all, given the times in which we live, shouldn’t everyone have their own search engine?”

Heilemann on Diller

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My pal John Heilemann’s NY magazine column on Diller is out today. A fun read. From it:

Consider: When Diller, with Murdoch’s what-the-hell backing, started the Fox network, he was up against a troika—ABC, NBC, and CBS—with virtually 100 percent of the prime-time audience. The Big Three had deep pools of talent, vast resources, and a hammerlock on national advertisers. To any sane observer, they looked granite-solid, impregnable.

Fast-forward to today and it’s déjà vu all over again. In the booming search business, you have another apparently indomitable Big Three in Google, Yahoo, and MSN. (AOL is No. 4, but everyone assumes, Dick Parsons’s protestations notwithstanding, it will soon become an appendage of either Google or Microsoft.) The new Big Three account for 83 percent of Web searches. Having developed a ludicrously profitable form of advertising, they are making money by the bucketload. They have deep pools of talent, vast resources, and, as they are quick to tell you, impossibly high IQs.

Google Updates Privacy Policy…Somewhat

By - October 14, 2005

Google just reworked its privacy policy, the updated policy is here. I plan to have a lot more to say about this once I speak with the company. I stared at the policy for the book, and found it to be a bit wanting when it comes to some issues. But then again, that’s true for nearly every major company. And this new policy is an attempt to both clarify and bring attention to these issues, which I think is admirable. As I’ve said many times, Google’s main asset is trust…

More when I have more…

Update: Via SEW, this comparison of past and present policies.