A fun “blind taste test” between Yahoo, MSN, and Google is here. Really interesting.
Google is starting to poke around the pay per call market, and the company has also begun accepting local merchant info into its Froogle application. Whether local merchants will list is an open question, for more read the wine anecdote.
Google also announced a $3 million gift to the LoC for its digital library project. The Print/Book Search issue is really not going away, by the way, and remains a seminal debate. More to come on that, interesting to note folks changing sides on the issue…
Via Silicon Beat, Pandora, a music search site, takes in $12 million. This feels like a hell of a lot. Also from SB, Dipsie, which has been very quiet for a year, has launched with a different, deep web model.
Watch this site: Xooglers, the blog of Google’s former Director of Consumer Marketing Doug Edwards (he left after five years, he acknowledges that “my life is good”). The posts are fascinating. From one of them:
It’s a long story, but one I now have lots of time to tell. This blog is partly about that, but mostly about what happened during the following five years and three months, while I served as Director of Consumer Marketing and Brand Management for Google.
For the last eight months, I’ve been gathering my thoughts in preparation for writing a book. That may still be forthcoming, but the more I think about it, the more convinced I become that a book would not be the Google way to do this.
Your S.A.T. score was the measure of your intellectual capability; your GPA represented the numerical summary of your ability to execute on that potential. Your value to Google could be plotted using those two data points.
Sergey’s desire to reduce every decision to an equation would cause me a fair amount of frustration in the years to come. While it forced a discipline on me that was likely lacking in my career up to that point, it also went against my deeply-held conviction that some things are not expressible simply by deriving the correct algorithm.