Google Gives Bloggers AdSense Choice

Google recently pulled its mandatory ads from Blogger, and the expected next step has arrived. From the announcement: This may shock you at first so steel yourself for the idea. Ready? We are going to start paying bloggers. Soon you will be blogging for dollars. That's right people, chocolate is…

blog_senseGoogle recently pulled its mandatory ads from Blogger, and the expected next step has arrived. From the announcement:

This may shock you at first so steel yourself for the idea. Ready? We are going to start paying bloggers. Soon you will be blogging for dollars. That’s right people, chocolate is to peanut butter like AdSense is to blogs. Or is it the other way around? Either way, we’ve got something big here folks.

You may have noticed that we recently removed our ads from Blogger powered blogs. We were making money from those ads but you weren’t getting any of it. Now, we’re inviting you to set up your own Bloggerized AdSense account so that you make the money.

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More Playboy Goodness

Seems Hef knows a good thing when he sees it. Given that the SEC ruined his Google interview scoop, he's posting outtakes from the interview on Playboy's site, the NY Post reports. And this time, the interview is in a pop up box, forcing you to the home page, (which…

pboySeems Hef knows a good thing when he sees it. Given that the SEC ruined his Google interview scoop, he’s posting outtakes from the interview on Playboy’s site, the NY Post reports. And this time, the interview is in a pop up box, forcing you to the home page, (which is not worksafe):

Page: “We don’t have as many managers as we should, but we would rather have too few than too many,” he said. “We want a thin structure. It could be too thin. The downside is that people don’t get the attention they need, especially the more junior people. ” …

…Playboy: How do you manage hundreds of projects without many levels of management?

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Do You Care About IM and Search?

Then read this thread over at Slashdot. "How Google Could Overthrow AIM." Classic line: " I don't think that "Gim" is going to fly — I failed it in high school, and don't want any more to do with it." But seriously, there has been a fair amount of talk…

slashdotThen read this thread over at Slashdot. “How Google Could Overthrow AIM.”

Classic line: ” I don’t think that “Gim” is going to fly — I failed it in high school, and don’t want any more to do with it.”

But seriously, there has been a fair amount of talk about what Google might do next. And IM is not exactly a bad idea. I’d wager it’s made their Top 100 list.

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Lycos Makes People Search Official, Launches Discussion Search

Lycos has launched People Search and Discussion Search. For a full review I'll point you to Gary's post. Thank God for Gary – when I'm taking most of the day off trying to write, he actually is writing… (Press release in extended entry)…

logo_lycos.gifLycos has launched People Search and Discussion Search. For a full review I’ll point you to Gary’s post. Thank God for Gary – when I’m taking most of the day off trying to write, he actually is writing…

(Press release in extended entry)

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Web 2.0: Program Highlights, Your Input Wanted

Every once in a long while I'll use this space to baldly promote something I am involved in, and Web 2.0 certainly qualifies for that treatment. Back in May I announced I was going to be Program Chair for the event, which I am also co-hosting with Tim O'Reilly, but…

web2.gifEvery once in a long while I’ll use this space to baldly promote something I am involved in, and Web 2.0 certainly qualifies for that treatment. Back in May I announced I was going to be Program Chair for the event, which I am also co-hosting with Tim O’Reilly, but I’ve been pretty quiet since. But I’m way too proud of the lineup we’ve assembled not to plug it here.

Our theme is “Web As Platform,” and we’ve built a program around the idea that we’re in a far more robust second generation era of the web, one that has become a platform for innovation and business growth. We’ve got an incredible lineup of folks coming to discuss this theme and all its permutations. In addition, we’ll have a ton of time for self-organized BOFs (birds of a feather meetings), workshops, and networking.

The conference is this October 5-7, in San Francisco at the Hotel Nikko.

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Google Guy Responds

Down here, we had a bit of a debate about what was going on with Blinx, Feedster, and Google. Seems the problem has been solved, Google Guy showed up in the comments with what seems to be an explanation. Thanks, Google Guy!…

Down here, we had a bit of a debate about what was going on with Blinx, Feedster, and Google. Seems the problem has been solved, Google Guy showed up in the comments with what seems to be an explanation. Thanks, Google Guy!

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Google Breaks Into Original Range

GOOG closed today at $108.31, thirty one cents above the low end of the range within which Google originally valued itself. (It was $108-$135). It was up nearly $8 from its first close yesterday….

GOOG closed today at $108.31, thirty one cents above the low end of the range within which Google originally valued itself. (It was $108-$135). It was up nearly $8 from its first close yesterday.

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