GoogleBase, Craigslist, Oodle, Oh My

(Ongoing Thinking Out Loud based on the conversation spawned by this post) So my question for Craigslist is this: Once Yahoo or Google decide to do a vertical listings engine – and they will, at some point or in some fashion – will Craigslist bar them as well? If…

(Ongoing Thinking Out Loud based on the conversation spawned by this post)

Craigslist

Oodle-1

So my question for Craigslist is this: Once Yahoo or Google decide to do a vertical listings engine – and they will, at some point or in some fashion – will Craigslist bar them as well?

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Google Makes Another China Hire

From the release: Johnny Chou will join Google as President, Sales and Business Development, Greater China. In this newly created role, Chou will be responsible for building Google's sales and channel businesses, and expanding the company's strategic partnerships in the region. Chou comes to Google from UT Starcom, where…

From the release:

Johnny Chou will join Google as President, Sales and Business

Development, Greater China. In this newly created role, Chou will be

responsible for building Google’s sales and channel businesses, and

expanding the company’s strategic partnerships in the region.

Chou comes to Google from UT Starcom, where he was President of the

company’s China Operations for the past 9 years, and brings over 20

years of diverse business management experience to Google. With the

addition of Chou and the recent hire of Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, Google has

brought together two of the most respected and experienced executives

in China and their hire is a reflection of Google’s commitment to the

Chinese market.

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Joel on AdSense

Joel Spolsky is a well known software guru, and the man can write, making him something of a hero for folks like me. But he rarely opines on Google. Today he takes on click fraud and spam blogs. Worth a read. There might be a technical solution to this,…

Joel Spolsky is a well known software guru, and the man can write, making him something of a hero for folks like me. But he rarely opines on Google. Today he takes on click fraud and spam blogs. Worth a read.

There might be a technical solution to this, although I can’t think of one offhand. The minute companies start cutting checks to “affiliates” at the end of the month that are based on nothing more than clicks, you’re bound to get the AllAdvantage phenomenon. AllAdvantage was probably one of the most spectacularly stupid business ideas to come out of the first Dot Com bubble: a company that paid you to look at ads. That’s because they fell victim to one of the better business ideas from the first Dot Com bubble: hiring armies of low-paid workers to look at AllAdvantage ads.

Eventually, it stops benefiting the advertiser, and the advertiser figures it out, and stops paying for the whole charade.

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base.google.com (Or…All Your Base Are Belong To Google)

Word is ripping around the web that Google is testing a new subdomain called base.google.com. A screen shot – the site has been up and down – shows a Google database of sorts where you can "Post your items on Google." It's a tagged database of stuff that heads…

55908013 C00F7A76B9Word is ripping around the web that Google is testing a new subdomain called base.google.com. A screen shot – the site has been up and down – shows a Google database of sorts where you can “Post your items on Google.” It’s a tagged database of stuff that heads directly into the world of Paul Ford’s classic “Google Takes All” essay.

Apparently this will be debuted at Google’s invite only Zeitgeist conference today. Philipp has more.

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Last Minute: Book Passages

Last minute note – in other words, I forgot to mention – but I am doing what may be my last official book tour reading tonight on my home turf of Marin, at the Corte Madera Book Passages. 7 pm, here's a link to it on Yahoo Maps. Though…

Last minute note – in other words, I forgot to mention – but I am doing what may be my last official book tour reading tonight on my home turf of Marin, at the Corte Madera Book Passages. 7 pm, here’s a link to it on Yahoo Maps.

Though this marks the last official book reading, what I have come to realize is that the tour really never ends. Loads of folks have come calling asking me to come and speak, and I am trying to do as much as I can. And I still get to go to London next month for the FT book award. Cool!

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A Busca

OK, this is entirely self referential, but I just love seeing the cover of my book in Portuguese. Here's the Brazilian version of The Search – a Busca. I must say, the Brazilian press has been a joy to work with….

AbuscaOK, this is entirely self referential, but I just love seeing the cover of my book in Portuguese. Here’s the Brazilian version of The Search – a Busca. I must say, the Brazilian press has been a joy to work with.

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$94, er, $106 Billion

That's a very large market cap. Today is a quiet posting day, for various reasons, but I did find the time to step into a CNBC studio and mull why Google seems to be pulling away from everyone else in search related earnings. My really, brilliant, over the top…

Google MoneyThat’s a very large market cap. Today is a quiet posting day, for various reasons, but I did find the time to step into a CNBC studio and mull why Google seems to be pulling away from everyone else in search related earnings. My really, brilliant, over the top observation? Google is the leader in search. Since it has more searches than anyone else….it has more earnings. It also seems to be better at monetizing its searches, though exactly how is anyone’s guess…

Also, notably, Google is pulling in more and more searches on its own google.com site, which of course are the most profitable kind of searches there are. No pesky publishers to whom you must pay TAC. Just pure marginy goodness. Now do you understand why they are pushing the Toolbar?! (Besides that long term idea of knowing loads about you so they can personalize search, of course…)

A few tidbits from the earnings worth mentioning, many from Comscore data that Street analysts are quoting:

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Google Earnings:

More holy sh*t numbers from Google. Bloomberg: Google Inc., the No. 1 Internet search engine, said profit jumped sevenfold, surpassing analysts' estimates, as new mapping and instant messaging features attracted users and the company added advertising space. The shares gained 8.4 percent. Third-quarter net income rose to $381.2 million,…

More holy sh*t numbers from Google. Bloomberg:

Google Inc., the No. 1 Internet search engine, said profit jumped sevenfold, surpassing analysts’ estimates, as new mapping and instant messaging features attracted users and the company added advertising space. The shares gained 8.4 percent.

Third-quarter net income rose to $381.2 million, or $1.32 a share, from $52 million, or 19 cents, a year earlier, Mountain View, California-based Google said today in a statement. Net revenue doubled to $1.05 billion, topping the $944 million average estimate in a Thomson Financial analyst survey.

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The AAP/Google Lawsuit: Much More At Stake

I spent some time yesterday and this morning speaking with Allan Alder, counsel for the AAP (see my initial post on this here). I came away convinced of what I initially suspected but so far had not stated: this is a far bigger issue than simply book publishers wanting…

Book Open-1I spent some time yesterday and this morning speaking with Allan Alder, counsel for the AAP (see my initial post on this here). I came away convinced of what I initially suspected but so far had not stated: this is a far bigger issue than simply book publishers wanting to protect their business models (though there’s plenty of that in here as well.)

Today David Drummond, counsel at Google, posted another missive in the ongoing communications battle over this issue. In it he positions Google as the innovator which is making incumbents nervous, a position that certainly has a long history (he quotes the Sony Betamax/VCR case) as well as plenty of support amongst the technology elite.

We think you should be able to search through every word of every book ever written, and come away with a list of relevant books to buy or find at your local library. We aim to make that happen, but to do so we’ll need to build and maintain an index containing all this information.

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