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Viacom: Thanks, But We're Still Suing

By - October 17, 2007


NOW THAT GOOGLE HAS UNVEILED technology to prevent the illicit access of copyrighted video on YouTube, what impact will it have on the Viacom copyright infringement lawsuit? ‘None at all,’ Viacom said this week.

“It doesn’t have any impact,” said Viacom spokesman Jeremy Zweig. “Or at least it’s very premature to try and figure out the impact it could have on the litigation.”

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The Yahoo Platform

By - October 16, 2007

Don’t count Yahoo out. They have tons of engaged users/readers/audience members, and a Valley ethos. From a report on their generally well recieved earnings, which came out today:

“Our goal is to create a motivated community of developers all building uniquely compelling applications that reach hundreds of millions of Yahoo users by plugging into the most popular properties or services,” Yang told analysts. Sounds familiar? Yahoo hopes to use its own big brand to create an ecosystem, a term tech companies love to use meaning a whole world unto itself, like Facebook.

I knew this whole Web as platform thing wasn’t a fad…

Designing Google For LinkBait

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What If Goog

This is funny. I saw a number of folks from Google at various parties tonight (Web 2 is about to start) and they were buzzing about this…

But if Google designed for Google, then, who would be Google?

I think I’ll have to ask Steve Ballmer and Mark Zuckerberg that question. Maybe Randall Stephenson, of AT&T….

What If Goog 2-1

Verizon Discloses A Glimpse of What It Discloses…To the Government

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The WaPo reports: Verizon gives up its customers’ database of intentions to the government on request, sometimes without proper legal construct. The same is most likely true for other telcos, but Verizon went furthest in providing details when asked by a Congressional oversight committee. The question then becomes: Do you trust the government to use this data properly?

The disclosures, in a letter from Verizon to three Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigating the carriers’ participation in government surveillance programs, demonstrated the willingness of telecom companies to comply with government requests for data, even, at times, without traditional legal supporting documents. The committee members also got letters from AT&T and Qwest Communications International, but those letters did not provide details on customer data given to the government. None of the three carriers gave details on any classified government surveillance program.

From January 2005 to September 2007, Verizon provided data to federal authorities on an emergency basis 720 times, it said in the letter. The records included Internet protocol addresses as well as phone data. In that period, Verizon turned over information a total of 94,000 times to federal authorities armed with a subpoena or court order, the letter said. The information was used for a range of criminal investigations, including kidnapping and child-predator cases and counter-terrorism investigations.

Verizon and AT&T said it was not their role to second-guess the legitimacy of emergency government requests.

Remember The Machine Is Using Us?

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I posted on Professor Wesch’s work here and here.

Check this out.

It’s a sequel of sorts, an furtherance and a reflection. Not as great, but still great.

NewTeeVee: A Discount For Searchbloggers

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Hey guys, the initial lineup for NewTeeVee Live is up. This conference, from pal and partner Om Malik, is happening mid November and promises to be the place to go if you have any interest in the future of video online. Check out the speakers for yourself.

Om has graciously offered a 15% discount off the early bird registration for readers of Searchblog, if you want to use it, head here!

PS: I Think There is A *Huge* Business in Social Advertising

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…just to put that on the record. I think there is a system of advertising that leverages what Mark has popularized as the “social graph”. It’s as big or bigger as AdWords/AdSense was. But I’m not convinced Facebook is going to nail this, any more than early search companies nailed AdWords. Why?


1. The social contract is not yet baked. By that, I mean the mainstream of society has not yet come to terms with the power/responsibility of our clickstream/digital social capital.This cannot be underestimated. AdWords came at the right time, in the right circumstances. It’s not like Bill Gross didn’t have it mostly right…

2. The entirely reasonable possibility that Facebook is entirely right, but not at the right time. In other words, as Alta Vista was to search, Facebook may be to social networking. What, then, was Friendster? Er…World Wide Web Wanderer?

3. The technology is hard, but not that hard. What might prove harder is getting the marketing supply chain to come along for the ride in time…

OK, there is SO much more to write. But soon, soon. I have a conference to produce first.