$55 a day?

When Bill Gross announced his search company, Snap, at Web 2.0, I never imagined the financial juggernaut it would become. Silicon Beat has the dirt. Gross on Snap's transparency: "It's kind of scary to put that data out there,' he added. "But it's liberating at the same time. I think…

grossWhen Bill Gross announced his search company, Snap, at Web 2.0, I never imagined the financial juggernaut it would become. Silicon Beat has the dirt.

Gross on Snap’s transparency:

“It’s kind of scary to put that data out there,’ he added. “But it’s liberating at the same time. I think it’s good in the long-term. I think it will be a trend. In every aspect, it’s better to be open.”

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Linden Keeps On Truckin’

I really like Greg Linden's blog, he always has something interesting to say about search. So much so, that I sometimes forget he runs an interesting company too, Findory, and that every so often (more like very often, lately) Findory announces cool new features. Like the personalized news and blog…

I really like Greg Linden’s blog, he always has something interesting to say about search. So much so, that I sometimes forget he runs an interesting company too, Findory, and that every so often (more like very often, lately) Findory announces cool new features. Like the personalized news and blog search he announced today. Way to go, Greg!

PS – It’s kind of neat to read this site on Findory.

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News: Google Motion of Summary Judgment Denied in Geico Case

Why, oh why do I find trademark stuff interesting? I have no idea – well, actually, I do – commercial speech is fascinating, and it underpins the entire economic base of search. I've been following this stuff for a while now, as my long suffering readers know. The two big…

Why, oh why do I find trademark stuff interesting? I have no idea – well, actually, I do – commercial speech is fascinating, and it underpins the entire economic base of search. I’ve been following this stuff for a while now, as my long suffering readers know. The two big cases (and there are others) are Geico and American Blinds.

In the Geico case, Google filed for a motion to dismiss in late summer, which was denied in the early fall. The case went to early discovery, and then Google filed a summary judgment, which is something parties to a lawsuit often do when they believe there is no merit to the case.

I haven’t seen any coverage of this part of the case, but this marks another milestone: Last week (Nov. 19th to be exact) the judge denied Google’s request for summary judgment, according to the clerk at the Alexandria, Virginia court where the case resides. (I discovered this while researching the book). Hence, this one looks like it’s going to full throated trial (or…close mouthed settlement, though I don’t think so, as that would encourage a lot more suits). It also means the odds rise for the American Blind case going forward – that one awaits a judgment on Google’s initial motion to dismiss.

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Stefanie on Video Search

Stefanie Olsen of Cnet has dug up some dirt on the big three's plans for video search. Of particular note is her work uncovering Google's plans: Google's effort, until now secret, is arguably the most ambitious of the three. According to sources familiar with the plan, the search giant is…

TVStefanie Olsen of Cnet has dug up some dirt on the big three’s plans for video search. Of particular note is her work uncovering Google’s plans:

Google’s effort, until now secret, is arguably the most ambitious of the three. According to sources familiar with the plan, the search giant is courting broadcasters and cable networks with a new technology that would do for television what it has already done for the Internet: sort through and reveal needles of video clips from within the haystack archives of major network TV shows.

The effort comes on top of Google’s plans to create a multimedia search engine for Internet-only video that it will likely introduce next year, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. In recent weeks, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google has demonstrated new technology to a handful of major TV broadcasters in an attempt to forge alliances and develop business models for a TV-searchable database on the Web, those sources say.

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Google Desktop: Too Good For Its Own Good?

From an eweek piece by respected security expert Bruce Schneier: The problem is that GDS indexes and finds documents that you may prefer not be found. For example, GDS searches your browser's cache. This allows it to find old Web pages you've visited, including online banking summaries, personal messages sent…

From an eweek piece by respected security expert Bruce Schneier:

The problem is that GDS indexes and finds documents that you may prefer not be found. For example, GDS searches your browser’s cache. This allows it to find old Web pages you’ve visited, including online banking summaries, personal messages sent from Web e-mail programs and password-protected personal Web pages.

GDS can also retrieve encrypted files. No, it doesn’t break the encryption or save a copy of the key. However, it searches the Windows cache, which can bypass some encryption programs entirely. And if you install the program on a computer with multiple users, you can search documents and Web pages for all users.//

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Google News And China: More Issues

Google News in China has had a speckled past; recall that Google agreed back in the summertime to block sources from the index which the Chinese government had specified. I and many others had issues with this. Now comes word that Google's English version of News is being blocked in…

greatwall-tmGoogle News in China has had a speckled past; recall that Google agreed back in the summertime to block sources from the index which the Chinese government had specified. I and many others had issues with this. Now comes word that Google’s English version of News is being blocked in China.

Shanghai. (Interfax-China) – The English version of Google’s news service has been inaccessible in China for more than a week. Zhang Junwei, a Google Media official stationed in Beijing, acknowledged that the company’s English News channel was inaccessible when contacted by Interfax, but could not provide further comment.

I’ve emailed Xiao for more info, if anyone can get to the bottom of this, it’ll be him.

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More AdWords Trademark Suits

This one has Company A (Brannock, the maker of those foot measuring devices) suing a Company B (ABC Industries) because Company B has purchased Company A's trademarks as AdWords. This is distinct from Company A suing Google and/or Yahoo, as is the case with Gieco, American Blind, et al. Brannock…

George McGuireThis one has Company A (Brannock, the maker of those foot measuring devices) suing a Company B (ABC Industries) because Company B has purchased Company A’s trademarks as AdWords. This is distinct from Company A suing Google and/or Yahoo, as is the case with Gieco, American Blind, et al.

Brannock files keyword lawsuit

The article also reminds us of the Rescuecom case, in which Rescuecom took the Geico et al approach of suing Google. Rescuecom is a computer services franchiser. (Nod to Gary for putting the PDF up, and to Google for making it HTML).

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Want Music? Go Fish

Silicon Beat has the early word on this music search engine….I must say, while I have not checked out Go Fish yet, I remain particular to Music Plasma…….

gofishSilicon Beat has the early word on this music search engine….I must say, while I have not checked out Go Fish yet, I remain particular to Music Plasma….

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Xmas Bells and Whistles

Google has added a "wish list" feature to Froogle. As Andy Beal puts it: You can now create a "Wish List" of items that you would like for Christmas, using Froogle. You need to either have a Gmail or Groups account in order to use the tool, which is a…

frooglelistGoogle has added a “wish list” feature to Froogle. As Andy Beal puts it:

You can now create a “Wish List” of items that you would like for Christmas, using Froogle. You need to either have a Gmail or Groups account in order to use the tool, which is a great way to boost members before Q1 ’05.

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