More Personal

Google is rolling out a new version of personal search today, one based on your search history rather than the rather anemic approach it previously took. More soon, but for an overview, head to SEW….

GoogpersGoogle is rolling out a new version of personal search today, one based on your search history rather than the rather anemic approach it previously took. More soon, but for an overview, head to SEW.

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Google Earth Officially Launches

It's official, Google Earth is here. Google calls it "A 3D interface to the planet." Now tell me that search isn't the new GUI…. you have to download an app, but it integrates all manner of stuff. Except, of course, the Mac. Release in extended entry. From it: Key…

GoogleearthIt’s official, Google Earth is here. Google calls it “A 3D interface to the planet.” Now tell me that search isn’t the new GUI…. you have to download an app, but it integrates all manner of stuff. Except, of course, the Mac.

Release in extended entry. From it:

Key features of Google Earth include:

· Free software download available at
http://earth.google.com

· 3D buildings in major cities across the United States

· 3D terrain showing mountains, valleys, and canyons around the world

· Integrated Google Local search to find local information such as

hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and transportation

· Fast, dynamic navigation

· Video playback of driving directions

· Tilt, rotate, and activate 3D terrain and buildings for a different

perspective on a location

· Easy creation and sharing of annotations among users

Update: Google Earth is at capacity….as Andy notes

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Supreme Court Kicks, Punts

Three decisions today. You've heard about em already, I'm guessing. Grokster – a kick in the head, but at least they sent it back for full trial, as opposed to outlawing P2P entirely. The right of our culture to know things which otherwise may not be known, thanks to…

SupremecourtThree decisions today. You’ve heard about em already, I’m guessing. Grokster – a kick in the head, but at least they sent it back for full trial, as opposed to outlawing P2P entirely. The right of our culture to know things which otherwise may not be known, thanks to the institution of the anonymous source – not struck down, but not clarified, either: the Court punted. And lastly, the kick to the ribs: Cable companies do not have to share their monopoly networks. However, I consider this a boon – to new approaches to infrastructure and distribution, ie, Google and Yahoo, muni wifi and wimax. Let’s hope they don’t f*ck it up with walled gardens and paternal business models.

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Google Closes Above $300

Wall Street likey the video play. BTW, interesting Slashdot comment – this fellow claims Google contacted his company asking him to upload commercial video. But he found Google's approach maddening. Thread here. From it: Me: How are you going to protect copyrighted material from being copied? Google: We're working…

Wall Street likey the video play.

BTW, interesting Slashdot comment – this fellow claims Google contacted his company asking him to upload commercial video. But he found Google’s approach maddening. Thread here. From it:

Me: How are you going to protect copyrighted material from being copied?

Google: We’re working on that.

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News: Google To Launch Online Video Playback This Monday

I've confirmed that Monday Google will launch an in-browser video playback feature based on the open source VLC media player. This is the logical next step for Google's video search and upload function, which began taking uploads from anyone who cared to submit back in April. Google will not…

GooglevideoI’ve confirmed that Monday Google will launch an in-browser video playback feature based on the open source VLC media player. This is the logical next step for Google’s video search and upload function, which began taking uploads from anyone who cared to submit back in April.

Google will not disclose the raw numbers of videos that have been uploaded to date, but the company will make all those which were tagged as “free” available for real time streaming through the VLC player, which Google has modified and will make available for download Monday morning. The company also intends to make its VLC code available to the open source community as part of their Google code project.

The video will be searchable via the meta data provided by the submission process (no, there’s no PageRank for video, yet).

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Off to Gnomedex

I'm excited to go be part of my first Gnomedex today, but bummed I can't stay for very long. I am quite sure there'll be plenty of coverage in the b'sphere, as the conference is built on "unlimited wifi and power strips." Expect some announcements from Microsoft, a major…

I’m excited to go be part of my first Gnomedex today, but bummed I can’t stay for very long. I am quite sure there’ll be plenty of coverage in the b’sphere, as the conference is built on “unlimited wifi and power strips.”

Expect some announcements from Microsoft, a major sponsor, around RSS support. Winer has a preview here. Watch Scoble for more.

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Louis Monier On Why He’s Going To Google

I caught up with Louis in email, and got a chance to ask him a few questions. Here's the interview: Why did you leave eBay? It's been four years, during which I have done many things for eBay. For example my new search engine has been kicking butt for…

Louis Monier-1I caught up with Louis in email, and got a chance to ask him a few questions. Here’s the interview:

Why did you leave eBay?

It’s been four years, during which I have done many things for eBay. For example my new search engine has been kicking butt for about two years; it’s perfectly adapted to eBay’s needs and is in the same league as Google in query volume. In return eBay gave me a fancy Fellow title and a corner conference room. I got to play with all sorts of large problems and see the solutions used by millions of people, exactly what I like to do. So I’m leaving in great terms.

The main reason for me to leave is that eBay does not absorb innovation at the pace I enjoy, and its focus is narrower than Google. So rather than chewing on variations of e-commerce for the next few years, I’m very tempted to play with radically new stuff: satellites images, machine translation, ways to extract knowledge from giant bodies of data … who knows what else? And frankly, I’m dying to peek under the hood and see the infrastructure they have created. For someone like me, it’s the ultimate Christmas toy.

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Dear Google: Please Embrace Porn

This is a fascinating "open letter" from a blogger who covers the porn industry, asking Google to embrace his industry, especially given its dependance on payment systems just like the one Google is working on. The conclusions are quite interesting. Banking is a perennial thorn in the side of…

SugarbankThis is a fascinating “open letter” from a blogger who covers the porn industry, asking Google to embrace his industry, especially given its dependance on payment systems just like the one Google is working on. The conclusions are quite interesting.

Banking is a perennial thorn in the side of even the largest and most successful adult websites. All adult companies are overcharged by merchant banks poorly equipped to deal with transactions they consider to be ‘high-risk’.

Before PayPal withdrew from offering billing services to adult companies (around the time they were acquired by eBay), they were the preferred customer choice for the websites that offered them as a payment option.

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Yahoo Looks at Behavioral

PaidContent has a summary of how Yahoo is looking at behavioral targeting in its quest to compete with AdSense. MarketingVox reminds us that Usama Fayyad, the founder of digiMine and co-founder of Revenue Science, joined Yahoo late last year as chief data officer….

PaidContent has a summary of how Yahoo is looking at behavioral targeting in its quest to compete with AdSense.

MarketingVox reminds us that Usama Fayyad, the founder of digiMine and co-founder of Revenue Science, joined Yahoo late last year as chief data officer.

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Russell Groks Yahoo

He's been there for months, but he's finally starting to use Yahoo search. Interesting writeup, and also, he notes Twingine, a Google/Yahoo comparison engine….

He’s been there for months, but he’s finally starting to use Yahoo search. Interesting writeup, and also, he notes Twingine, a Google/Yahoo comparison engine.

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