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Yahoo's purchase is a big buzz here at PCForum. Everyone wants to know how much – just as they did with Bloglines. I don't have an exact figure, but my sources, which saw the deal but did not do the deal, say around $15-$17 million. I do not know…

Yahoo’s purchase is a big buzz here at PCForum. Everyone wants to know how much – just as they did with Bloglines. I don’t have an exact figure, but my sources, which saw the deal but did not do the deal, say around $15-$17 million. I do not know if there is an earn out as well, there may well be.

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IAC Thoughts

"We believe that in the future it has the potential to become one of the great brands on the Internet and beyond, and by beyond we mean in wireless, in the search for anything on any device." That's Barry Diller on his company's pending acquisition of Ask. Now, this…

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“We believe that in the future it has the potential to become one of the great brands on the Internet and beyond, and by beyond we mean in wireless, in the search for anything on any device.”

That’s Barry Diller on his company’s pending acquisition of Ask. Now, this bears some thinking. I wish I had an open morning to make some calls, but I’m at PC Forum, which is nearly as good as there are no shortage of opinions on this deal here. Also, last night I had dinner with a director at Ask at another event.

The long and short of it is this: This is a media play, pure and simple. Here is the third paragraph of the IAC press release, in it’s entirety.

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IAC Buys Ask, Fourth Network Ho!

Ask is being acquired by IAC, Diller's outfit. I sensed something was up when I spoke to Barry earlier in the year, but man, this is a big deal. I'll have more on it later, I'm on the road, but…fourth network, ho!…

Ask is being acquired by IAC, Diller’s outfit. I sensed something was up when I spoke to Barry earlier in the year, but man, this is a big deal. I’ll have more on it later, I’m on the road, but…fourth network, ho!

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Agence France Press Sues Google News

Man, the French really don't like Google. AFP is suing Google News for using its images and news headlines without permission. Big deal? I'm not sure. But these kinds of cases are certainly not going to help the service get out of beta. Best story I can find on…

Man, the French really don’t like Google. AFP is suing Google News for using its images and news headlines without permission. Big deal? I’m not sure. But these kinds of cases are certainly not going to help the service get out of beta.

Best story I can find on this is here, from Ireland.

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Comment Spammers: 1, Open Conversation: 0

Today we had to implement comment registration on Searchblog, and across all the sites hosted by my fearless Webmaster Scot Hacker. He explains the reasoning here, I commented at the end of his post on my thoughts. In short, comment spam is borking his servers, and because Searchblog is…

Today we had to implement comment registration on Searchblog, and across all the sites hosted by my fearless Webmaster Scot Hacker. He explains the reasoning here, I commented at the end of his post on my thoughts. In short, comment spam is borking his servers, and because Searchblog is such a target, this site is unfortunately responsible for much of it . I am saddened that this friction has to be thrown into the conversation, I much prefer the ability for anyone to read these posts and comment at will, without first having to register. I particularly appreciate those of you who post anonymously, I know many of you work at companies that I cover here, and often you make your thoughts known under cover. Do not worry, you can keep doing that, but you have to register under a pseudonym. I very much hope this will not stunt the conversation I have grown to count on to keep me on my toes, please let me know how you think it’s going. jbat at battellemedia dot com, if you can’t stand to register and comment!

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Help Defend Blogger’s Rights

Boing Boing is filing an amicus brief in the Apple V. the Blogosphere case. I've refrained from comment as it's not totally search related, but honestly, this is a very bad precedent. I break news here, and intend to keep doing it, much as I did for MacWeek back…

Boing Boing is filing an amicus brief in the Apple V. the Blogosphere case. I’ve refrained from comment as it’s not totally search related, but honestly, this is a very bad precedent. I break news here, and intend to keep doing it, much as I did for MacWeek back in 1988. Apple didn’t sue me then, because I was working for an “organization.” But now, if it’s just me, they can? Hogwash.

In any case, we’re looking for examples of blogs breaking news stories. If you have em, send em to BB’s counsel. More info on where and how is at this post.

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Google Code

Yesterday I spoke with Chris DiBona, Google's open source outreach point man. He told me of plans to launch Google Code, a place where Google makes some of its code-innovations back to the open source community. The site went live today with four developer tools, which are way beyond…

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Yesterday I spoke with Chris DiBona, Google’s open source outreach point man. He told me of plans to launch Google Code, a place where Google makes some of its code-innovations back to the open source community. The site went live today with four developer tools, which are way beyond my ability to grok. Chris told me that Google had been planning to do this for some time down, and that this is not a response to recent postings complaining that Google only takes from the OSS community. On the other hand, surely this move will be welcomed.

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AdSense TOS Updated, Google Adds Ad Links

You can now talk about how much money you make. Fred must be relieved. SEW reports. Also, Google has added an "Ad Links" Unit to AdSense (pictured at left). I kinda like it!…

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You can now talk about how much money you make. Fred must be relieved. SEW reports.

Also, Google has added an “Ad Links” Unit to AdSense (pictured at left). I kinda like it!

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