Fortune on GOOG

Questioning the price of the stock. I found the Eric interview more worthy. (Sub required..I'll summarize it for you as soon as I can…) Update: Gary has an overview here….

Questioning the price of the stock. I found the Eric interview more worthy. (Sub required..I’ll summarize it for you as soon as I can…)

Update: Gary has an overview here.

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Sony TV: Missing the Point

Sony TV is Bigfooting Jason Kottke for his coverage of Jeapordy and perennial winner Kenn Jennings. Jason, we're with you on this one. Come on, Sony, wake up to the fact that Jason made Jeapordy bigger than it would have been, because of his coverage. You should be encouraging folks…

Sony TV is Bigfooting Jason Kottke for his coverage of Jeapordy and perennial winner Kenn Jennings.

Jason, we’re with you on this one. Come on, Sony, wake up to the fact that Jason made Jeapordy bigger than it would have been, because of his coverage. You should be encouraging folks like Jason. I’m going to lob a few emails into folks at Sony I know, and I encourage any readers with contacts there to do the same.

Anil covers the story well.

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Failure Becomes a Manageable Event

That's the best line from a story posted today on ZDNet UK. It's spoken by Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow, who is currently on a tour of Europe recruiting engineers. ZD "snuck into" one of his talks to potential recruits and has an extensive overview of what he said. The piece…

urs2That’s the best line from a story posted today on ZDNet UK. It’s spoken by Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow, who is currently on a tour of Europe recruiting engineers. ZD “snuck into” one of his talks to potential recruits and has an extensive overview of what he said. The piece includes metrics on Google’s infrastructure, but to my eye they seem understated (ie it mentions a 4 billion document index, when Google now claims 8 billion, and 30 clusters of up to 2000 computers, when I’ve got sources saying it’s more than twice that). In any case, it’s very interesting reading.

Highlights:

It is one of the largest computing projects on the planet, arguably employing more computers than any other single, fully managed system (we’re not counting distributed computing projects here), some 200 computer science PhDs, and 600 other computer scientists….

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New Google Groups

Will update this post later, been a bit swamped, but Google relaunched Groups today, with an emphasis on letting folks create their own groups. (Recall this was Usenet for a long time). While the company didn't say it was a driver, Groups will drive more registrations and more content into…

groups_largeWill update this post later, been a bit swamped, but Google relaunched Groups today, with an emphasis on letting folks create their own groups. (Recall this was Usenet for a long time). While the company didn’t say it was a driver, Groups will drive more registrations and more content into the core of Google’s services. The interface is similar to Gmail. Some info from Google is in the extended entry.

Update: Google Blog posted and then retracted a Google Groups announcement, but the cats over at Slashdot caught it. Slashdot appears to be tearing Google a new one for not supporting search by date and deep linking, among other things. I will check into the deep linking thing, if they don’t support that, I am sure it’s an oversight. Not supporting deep linking into content that you want as part of the Index is insane. Thanks to reader Brian for the tip.

More on GGroups and all that:

Inside Google
Evan Williams (nice note on Blogger here)

Slashdot (original thread)
Andy
SEWBlog (which notes in another post that “most of Google remains in beta”)
Google Blogoscoped

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Google News Top Story: Bush Arrested

From the WSJ's Online Journal: Google News is a great site…(but) If you want to know what the top stories are, you're better off going to a news site that has an actual human editor (at this point we'd be remiss if we didn't plug The Wall Street Journal Online),…

From the WSJ’s Online Journal:

Google News is a great site…(but) If you want to know what the top stories are, you’re better off going to a news site that has an actual human editor (at this point we’d be remiss if we didn’t plug The Wall Street Journal Online), but some of the stuff that makes its way through Google’s algorithms can be a source of high hilarity.

Example: A left-wing site called Axis of Logic published a satirical (though unfunny) article yesterday titled “Canadians Authorities Arrest U.S. President Bush on War Charges,” and it ended up as Google’s top story. Seriously.

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Census: 2003 A Good Year for Movies, Music Even

Movies rang up a healthy increase in 2003, from $60 billion to $64 billion, and music revenues stayed even. I imagine that fact will be used by both sides in the piracy debate, but my sense is this: if it weren't for Napster (the old Napster, that is), those revenues…

Movies rang up a healthy increase in 2003, from $60 billion to $64 billion, and music revenues stayed even. I imagine that fact will be used by both sides in the piracy debate, but my sense is this: if it weren’t for Napster (the old Napster, that is), those revenues would have been far lower, as no one would have sampled the tail, and begun to buy down it.

(Thanks for the tip, Gary)

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Several Worth Reviewing…

From SEW. First, the Google lawyers are busy, suing a competitor of their recent acquisition Keyhole. Second, Gary does an appreciation of Eugene Garfield, father of citation analysis, whose spirit was most definitely in the room last night as I spoke with Larry and Sergey (for the book.) Larry was…

From SEW. First, the Google lawyers are busy, suing a competitor of their recent acquisition Keyhole. Second, Gary does an appreciation of Eugene Garfield, father of citation analysis, whose spirit was most definitely in the room last night as I spoke with Larry and Sergey (for the book.) Larry was quite energized by the portion of our conversation that dealt with annotation and citation analysis. (After all, what is the web but one great big annotation engine, right?!)

Lastly, noting recent reports on the Chinese Google News controversy, Danny furthers an issue dear to my heart, transparency with regard to how results are obtained (my take on the China portion of this issue is here).

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AOL (Netscape) Tosses Hat Back In Browser Ring

From The Standard (I still love being able to say that, even if the site is only running IDG newsservice stuff): America Online Inc. (AOL) on Tuesday released a preview version of a new Netscape Web browser that is based on the open-source Firefox Web browser, but also supports Microsoft…

netscapeFrom The Standard (I still love being able to say that, even if the site is only running IDG newsservice stuff):

America Online Inc. (AOL) on Tuesday released a preview version of a new Netscape Web browser that is based on the open-source Firefox Web browser, but also supports Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser engine. IE is part of Windows and is used by the great majority of Web users. Many Web sites have been designed specifically to work with the Microsoft browser and may not work correctly in browsers using other engines, including the Gecko engine in Firefox.

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Overture Apparently Settles with Geico

Developing: According to MediaPost. Am trying to get confirmation and details. In any case, Overture always had a stronger case than Google, according to folks I've spoken with, as they protected trademarks more robustly and did not adopt the blanket "any keyword can be sold" policy that Google did back…

Developing: According to MediaPost. Am trying to get confirmation and details. In any case, Overture always had a stronger case than Google, according to folks I’ve spoken with, as they protected trademarks more robustly and did not adopt the blanket “any keyword can be sold” policy that Google did back in the Spring.

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