300 Years to Go, Says Schmidt

Today's Journal runs a piece on Google and the content biz. It's behind the wall, but some good stuff: … the farther Google ventures beyond the Web, the tougher the road gets — as its dealings with some big TV companies show…. …Google "didn't show proper respect for us…

Today’s Journal runs a piece on Google and the content biz. It’s behind the wall, but some good stuff:

… the farther Google ventures beyond the Web, the tougher the road gets — as its dealings with some big TV companies show….

Google “didn’t show proper respect for us as potential partners,” says Larry Kramer, president of digital media at CBS. “We’re not just going to give this away for free.”…



… there are growing signs that Google is finished with the easy stuff. Its attempts to search other information — starting with books, TV and scholarly works — promise to be more costly and time-consuming than the simple Web searches that propelled its first years of growth….

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AOL Rolls Out Improved Video Search

AOL has launched a beta of their new video search (they've had it for a while, this is the improved version). SEW has the details. AOL also has a video player, like Google, as well as cool features like playlists, previews, and various ranking levers….

Aol VidsearchAOL has launched a beta of their new video search (they’ve had it for a while, this is the improved version). SEW has the details.

AOL also has a video player, like Google, as well as cool features like playlists, previews, and various ranking levers.

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More on Yahoo’s MyWeb2.0

One of the most oft-asked questions in search is "what's next." Yahoo hopes that My Web 2.0 is an answer – according to the folks who created it, My Web is an entirely new approach to relevance based on social inputs such as your group, your search history, and…

Myweb2One of the most oft-asked questions in search is “what’s next.” Yahoo hopes that My Web 2.0 is an answer – according to the folks who created it, My Web is an entirely new approach to relevance based on social inputs such as your group, your search history, and your own personally tagged webspace (which I’ve been calling the PersonalWeb for sometime).

Yahoo has dubbed the secret sauce driving relevance in My Web “MyRank,” and it seems to be Yahoo first truly focused effort to steal some of Google’s PageRank mojo.

But back to that “what’s next” question. In my upcoming book, which I swear will feel about a decade out of date by the time it finally f*cking gets here, I write this:

Search is no longer a stand-alone application, a useful but impersonal tool for finding something on a new medium called the world wide web. Increasingly, search is our mechanism for how we understand ourselves, our world, and our place within it. It’s how we navigate the one infinite resource that drives human culture: knowledge.

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Blinkx Searches Podcasts

Cool, but….I'm still waiting for a reliable recommendation service for podcasting. What do you guys use? This version of Blinkx also searches videologs…. SEW coverage….

Cool, but….I’m still waiting for a reliable recommendation service for podcasting. What do you guys use? This version of Blinkx also searches videologs….

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Update to Google Video: Hacked Already

According to Techdirt, the same fellow who hacked the DVD encryption – DVD Jon – has hacked the Google video player, just as we predicted. Now it plays on any site. Update: Sure, I guess you can say it's not a hack if it's an open source tool, but…

According to Techdirt, the same fellow who hacked the DVD encryption – DVD Jon – has hacked the Google video player, just as we predicted. Now it plays on any site.

Update: Sure, I guess you can say it’s not a hack if it’s an open source tool, but then again, this response from Google – sent to me by Google PR – sure makes it feel like a hack:

“This modification of Google’s open source video viewer does not compromise

the integrity and security of content available from Google Video in any

way. We strongly advise Google Video users to not download this modification

because it could result in security vulnerabilities on their computer and

may disrupt their computer’s ability to access Google Video.”

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Bad Idea

From Rajat's blog via Blogoscoped: I installed the Greasemonkey Gmail Delete button and now Google has locked me out of my Gmail account for "between one minute and 24 hours". I'm surprised – use Greasemonkey and Google whacks you. Oh mighty and benevolent Google, can I have my freakin'…

From Rajat’s blog via Blogoscoped:

I installed the Greasemonkey Gmail Delete button and now Google has locked me out of my Gmail account for “between one minute and 24 hours”. I’m surprised – use Greasemonkey and Google whacks you. Oh mighty and benevolent Google, can I have my freakin’ email back?

Update: let back in after an hour.

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Yahoo Launches MyWeb 2.0

I'll have thoughts on this later, but for now, know that MyWeb 2.0 is live. This is a major push from Yahoo in the realm of social search. It's somewhat complicated to explain, which is an issue, but the implications are important. More soon….

I’ll have thoughts on this later, but for now, know that MyWeb 2.0 is live. This is a major push from Yahoo in the realm of social search. It’s somewhat complicated to explain, which is an issue, but the implications are important. More soon.

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