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Comscore/Bear Stearns: Google Gains Again

By - October 04, 2006

From a report just issued by Bear:

Following the international market share loss in July, 2006 where Google lost 230bps of international search market share, Google’s position rebounded nicely in August, 2006 by regaining 140bps to reach a 70.7% of market share according to comScore’s release yesterday. The results were consistent with the results on the domestic platform reported earlier. We note that this follows a similar pattern in the corresponding months of 2005 where Google lost share in July 05 but regained share in August 05. We view this as a positive for the company as Google was able to demonstrate its commanding position in the search market, and reaffirms our view that the company should report a solid 3Q.

· Google’s share gain came largely at the expense of Yahoo, who lost 180bps in August 2006 after consistent market share gains in the past three months. Yahoo’s market share came in at 16.7%. MSN also lost share moderately to 7%, down from 7.2% in July. AOL gained share slightly and came in at 1.7% in August, up from 1.6% in July while Ask stayed flat at 2.2%.

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Adios, A9, and Let's Hope Alexa Doesn't Follow

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Many have noted the apparent passing (at least in all but domain) of A9, a search site from Amazon that got me and a lot of others very excited when it debuted two years ago with then innovative features like roll your own search and search history. I recall the gleam in Udi Manber’s eyes as he told me about it, and I believed him when he said he had carte blanche to do whatever he wanted in search from Bezos and Amazon. But Manber is at Google now, and A9, apparently, is nearly dead. Too bad.

The Information Factories

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This month’s Wired has a long piece (not up, but will be soon) by George Gilder on the “information factories,” the massive server farms that Google, Microsoft and others are building up in Oregon and in other places about the globe. I read it (and the rest of the magazine) on a trip to NY over the weekend, and found the piece singularly frustrating.

Gilder has always been a shiny eyed fetishist of the first order, and he keeps the breathless pace up with this piece, which does a good job of laying out they why of the plants (cheap power, “peta” processing efficiency, etc.), but fails utterly to even engage in the consequences of having the world’s data stored in top secret high security locations owned by private companies with little if any transparency about how that data might be used. What about the social impact? Privacy, reconstruction of relationship of self to society, policy, data rights, etc.? Irrelevant in this blinkered paen to boundless techno utopianism. Even as I love blinkered paen to boundless techno utopianism, I’d expect more from Wired on an issue of this significance.

Conversational Ads

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Cisco is trying something new in an ad campaign – they came up with a Wikia (the commercial version of Wikipedia) definition of “The Human Network“, the catchline to their current campaign, and asked a bunch of authors to pen their own definitions. They also purchased advertising on those authors’ sites. This was done in collaboration with FM, and I think it’s a neat spin on what folks like Snap and Symantec have done. I contributed my own definition here. Obscure Jesuit priests? Yep, I did edit that piece in Wired so long ago….

(and thanks to
Louis Rossetto for the inspiration!)

Investing in the First Google Lab

By - October 01, 2006

MenloparkGoogle Inc. invests in a company landmark, the 18-by-12 foot garage in which Sergey Brin and Larry Page first developed the Google search engine. Google won’t disclose the buying price for the house that incubated its corporation, now worth about $125 billion, but the AP reports that neighboring homes sell in the $1.1 to 1.3 million range.