Vint Cerf Joins Google

My my. Release in extended entry. From it: Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that it hired Vinton (Vint) Cerf, the longtime technologist who is widely known as a "founding father" of the Internet, as Chief Internet Evangelist. …Cerf will continue his leadership in the Internet community, and help…

Cerf My my. Release in extended entry. From it:

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that it hired Vinton (Vint) Cerf, the longtime

technologist who is widely known as a “founding father” of the Internet, as Chief Internet Evangelist.

…Cerf will continue his leadership in the Internet community, and help Google build network infrastructure, architectures, systems, and standards for the next generation of Internet applications.

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Book Stuff, Version 1

Well, the book is shipping from Amazon, I am told, and some folks are saying in comments that they are seeing it in bookstores as well. So despite the fact that the official launch date is not till this coming Monday….I guess that means…this is getting very real. The…

Thesearch Bookcover-5Well, the book is shipping from Amazon, I am told, and some folks are saying in comments that they are seeing it in bookstores as well. So despite the fact that the official launch date is not till this coming Monday….I guess that means…this is getting very real.

The books’ Amazon ranking has jumped from nearly 3000 on the list to around 1000 – it was near 600 this afternoon….so that must be good, right? If you have any desire to buy the thing, boy, now would be a nice time to do it…I’m told that if the book makes the top echelons of Amazon’s list in its first week, why, that’s a platform for all sorts of good momentum.

The Harvard Business School reviewed it and had nice things to say, so that’s good too….I’ve been warned that reviews are coming from many others in the next week.

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Yahoo and the Imprisoned Journalist

By now you may have heard that Yahoo helped Chinese authorities track down a Chinese journalist (via his Chinese Yahoo email) who was subsequently jailed for "leaking state secrets" or somesuch brilliant bullshit. Here's the SJMN coverage (reg) and Search Engine Journal's coverage. From the Merc: Yahoo has provoked…

Greatwall-TmBy now you may have heard that Yahoo helped Chinese authorities track down a Chinese journalist (via his Chinese Yahoo email) who was subsequently jailed for “leaking state secrets” or somesuch brilliant bullshit. Here’s the SJMN coverage (reg) and Search Engine Journal’s coverage.

From the Merc:



Yahoo has provoked the ire of a media watchdog group for allegedly giving information to the Chinese government that led to the jailing of a Chinese journalist for leaking state secrets.

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It’s A Long Tail, But A Very Short Head

Check out these stats from SEW: Some new and amazing numbers released today show that search sponsored links from eBay, Shopping.com, and InterActiveCorp made up 34 percent, or nearly 13 billion, of online advertising impressions for a one week period. Update: In the comments Chris points out we read…

Check out these stats from SEW:

Some new and amazing numbers released today show that search sponsored links from eBay, Shopping.com, and InterActiveCorp made up 34 percent, or nearly 13 billion, of online advertising impressions for a one week period.

Update: In the comments Chris points out we read the release wrong, it’s 34% of ALL ad impressions are search/paid links, not that 34% of search impressions are those three companies….

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Monthly Temperature Taking: Keyword Prices Fall

Fathom reports that prices were down an average of 9 percent last month. Why? Stating the obvious – er, summer – may be too, well, obvious. But I'd wager that's what's up….

Fathom reports that prices were down an average of 9 percent last month. Why? Stating the obvious – er, summer – may be too, well, obvious. But I’d wager that’s what’s up.

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The Power List

I've always been fascinated by Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" power list, dominated nearly always by media folk (there's always a photo taken at media banker Herb Allen's retreat in Sun Valley). The idea was that the moguls of media controlled information and public opinion, and therefore were the most…

I’ve always been fascinated by Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” power list, dominated nearly always by media folk (there’s always a photo taken at media banker Herb Allen’s retreat in Sun Valley). The idea was that the moguls of media controlled information and public opinion, and therefore were the most powerful men in the world.

Now, Sergey Brin and Larry Page hold the crown, above Murdoch and Redstone. You think this doesn’t stick in those guys’ craw? You’d be wrong.

Details in this Daily News coverage.

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Google’s Rebuttal….

Well, it didn't take long for Google to file a rebuttal to the injunction covered in my last post on this matter. The first quote (that was not redacted – both documents have been redacted by either Google or Microsoft to protect what the companies believe is confidential information,…

GoogrespWell, it didn’t take long for Google to file a rebuttal to the injunction covered in my last post on this matter. The first quote (that was not redacted – both documents have been redacted by either Google or Microsoft to protect what the companies believe is confidential information, Microsoft has redacted far more than Google so far) Google uses to make a point at the top of the document is familiar:

“I’m going to F….g kill Google.” Steve Ballmer.

To clarify, today both sides are arguing on the preliminary injunction, which MSFT would like enforced so Dr. Lee cannot work at Google pending a full trial. Much of it points out that much of the allegedly confidential information Microsoft claims is at risk is in fact public. The response to the request for injunction opens by stating:

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More MSFT v. Google: Tantalizing Court Records

This Kai-Fu Lee case is starting to look less like an employment dispute, and much, much more like the first of what will likely be many protracted battles between the once mighty king (MSFT) and the young princely upstart (GOOG). Another reliable source sent me the 26 page document…

MsftinjuThis Kai-Fu Lee case is starting to look less like an employment dispute, and much, much more like the first of what will likely be many protracted battles between the once mighty king (MSFT) and the young princely upstart (GOOG).

Another reliable source sent me the 26 page document Microsoft filed to support its request for a preliminary injunction which would stop Dr. Lee from beginning work at Google. (The injunction request – and Google’s response to it – is being heard today in Washington state). The injunction makes for damming reading, as it is supposed to – it’s very one sided, of course, but I found it fascinating for what it shows about Microsoft and how clearly vulnerable the company feels in the presence of Google.

Besides the stuff you would expect in such a filing – that Lee violated his non compete agreement, that Google knew what it was getting in hiring him, that Google and MSFT are active competitors – there were some pretty extraordinary facts as well. For example, Microsoft claims that Lee actively tried to get hired by Google, using his knowledge of MSFT’s competitive plans as bait.

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