A Gem

Reader David Gordon sent this link to me, from German publication Die Zeit, but in English. A gem, if you like your joints after midnight fare. Focuses on the man behind Teoma/Ask Jeeves and his quest to beat Google, but asks the Big Questions about search as well….

Reader David Gordon sent this link to me, from German publication Die Zeit, but in English. A gem, if you like your joints after midnight fare. Focuses on the man behind Teoma/Ask Jeeves and his quest to beat Google, but asks the Big Questions about search as well.

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“Comcast searches for way to be television’s Google”

I just love that headline, from the Chicago Tribune. From the article: For Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts, the key challenge in today's digital video world is how to become the Google of television. Roberts, who heads the nation's largest cable TV provider, said broadband Internet makes the…

Comcast GuideI just love that headline, from the Chicago Tribune.

From the article:

For Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts, the key challenge in today’s digital video world is how to become the Google of television.

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More NewsCorp

Murdoch's plans for the web have been much speculated about, for good reason – there's a whiff of Diller about Murdoch, in that sense that whatever he ends up doing will matter a lot. Fortune has a Q&A up outside their traditional pay wall with Ross Levinsohn, the point…

Murdoch-1Murdoch’s plans for the web have been much speculated about, for good reason – there’s a whiff of Diller about Murdoch, in that sense that whatever he ends up doing will matter a lot. Fortune has a Q&A up outside their traditional pay wall with Ross Levinsohn, the point man behind Murdoch’s web push. The interview was done by Adam Lashinsky, who also penned a piece on Murdoch last week in Fortune, which he reminds me is outside the pay wall as well. In it, he describes Murdoch’s Internet retreat last month, which I, among others, was invited to and presented at. From it:

“When you’ve got a big, expanding world economy, you’d expect a boom in advertising, and it hasn’t been there,” [Murdoch] explains a couple of weeks later in his Los Angeles office, a spacious fifth-floor redoubt overlooking the sprawling lot of his 20th Century Fox movie studio. Even as traditional ad sales failed to boom, he says, small in-house websites like Foxnews.com and Britain’s Times Online started generating meaningful revenue on puny investments. “You start putting two and two together, and we decided to abandon our defenses and get offensive.”

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Journal Focuses On Spam Blog

This free link from the Journal focuses on a story that has grown over the past few months into a national discussion – what to do about spam blogs. Google's blogger is a major culprit – some claim as much as 90% spam on that platform. From the Journal's…

This free link from the Journal focuses on a story that has grown over the past few months into a national discussion – what to do about spam blogs. Google’s blogger is a major culprit – some claim as much as 90% spam on that platform. From the Journal’s piece:

Spammers have created millions of Web logs to promote everything from gambling Web sites to pornography. The spam blogs — known as “splogs” — often contain gibberish, and are full of links to other Web sites spammers are trying to promote. Because search engines like those of Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. base their rankings of Web sites, in part, on how many other Web sites link to them, the splogs can help artificially inflate a site’s popularity. Some of the phony blogs also carry advertisements, which generate a few cents for the splog’s owner each time they are clicked on.

The phony blogs are a particular problem for Google, Microsoft and Yahoo because each offers not only a Web search engine focused on providing the most relevant results for users but also a service to let bloggers create blogs.

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Here We Go Again: Publishers Sue Google

If this sounds familiar, it's because the Author's Guild sued Google last month. Now, the Publishers (via their trade group the AAP) are joining in. It seems Eric's WSJ Op Ed was timed ahead of this news… I really don't get this. I have been both a publisher and…

If this sounds familiar, it’s because the Author’s Guild sued Google last month. Now, the Publishers (via their trade group the AAP) are joining in. It seems Eric’s WSJ Op Ed was timed ahead of this news…

I really don’t get this. I have been both a publisher and an author, and I have to tell you, these guys sue for one reason and one reason alone, from what I can tell: Their legacy business model is imperiled, and they fear change. Of course, if they can get out of their own way, they’ll end up making more money. But that never stopped these guys – the MPAA, the RIAA, and now, the AAP.

Sure, I hear them when they complain about how Google has been seemingly arrogant, and how the company has presumed rather than politely requested permission. And maybe this truly is an issue of principle. I just called Pat Schroeder, who runs the AAP, and left word that I want to understand this better. Hopefully, she’ll call back. When she does, I’ll post more.

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The Natural Progression of Google Maps/Earth…

…is to have real estate information integrated (SJ Merc). Seems the CoStar Group the Navteq of real estate. As Tim says, data is the new Intel Inside…….

…is to have real estate information integrated (SJ Merc). Seems the CoStar Group the Navteq of real estate. As Tim says, data is the new Intel Inside….

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MSN AdCenter Gears Up

MSN's answer to Yahoo and Google's ad platform has been a long time coming, but they are finally gearing up here in the US (MSFT launched AdCenter in Singapore and France – an alpha of sorts – earlier in the year). Today marks AdCenter's pilot launch in the US…

MsnadcenterMSN’s answer to Yahoo and Google’s ad platform has been a long time coming, but they are finally gearing up here in the US (MSFT launched AdCenter in Singapore and France – an alpha of sorts – earlier in the year). Today marks AdCenter’s pilot launch in the US – you can go here to sign up to be a charter advertiser (no guarantee they will take you…). Microsoft claims to already have 500 folks signed up (word of the recruitment leaked out a week or so ago and here is the site of one of them, JenSense), and I am not surprised. I am sure that advertisers will flock to a well-considered new avenue for search advertising.

No, the question is not “will advertisers want to test AdCenter?” And the question is also not “will Microsoft innovate in massively scaled advertising platforms?” – I think the clear answer there is yes. (Microsoft is offering audience targeting, for example, and what I have been told by many is far more detailed reporting). Advertisers will very much want to try out AdCenter. Why not? If it works, great! If it doesn’t, no harm, no foul, it’s CPC!

The real question, to my mind, is will Microsoft have enough traffic of good intent to satisfy advertisers’ demand – or put another way, will Microsoft get to scale on the traffic side of the equation? To do so, it needs to enter the syndication business. Microsoft needs more than MSN Search traffic if it is going to compete. It has to learn to play nice with others – and partner with the long tail.

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Speaking of Lists….A List of Google Domains

For those of you who like to read tea leaves, Gary has compiled this list of domains owned by Google. Some fun ones: Googleporn.com Googlequiz.com Googlesex.com Googletv.com Googlevideo.biz Mygoogle.com Sergeybrin.com…

For those of you who like to read tea leaves, Gary has compiled this list of domains owned by Google. Some fun ones:

Googleporn.com

Googlequiz.com

Googlesex.com

Googletv.com

Googlevideo.biz

Mygoogle.com

Sergeybrin.com

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Yahoo Earnings

(Updated, with chart at left from Safa) Yahoo just announced earnings. Apparently, they were quite good – but then, that's what the Street expected. The chart at left shows how, in general, Yahoo beat Street expectations, but the stock is not up sharply in after hours trading, mainly, I…

Yahooearn305

(Updated, with chart at left from Safa) Yahoo just announced earnings. Apparently, they were quite good – but then, that’s what the Street expected. The chart at left shows how, in general, Yahoo beat Street expectations, but the stock is not up sharply in after hours trading, mainly, I sense, because folks pretty much priced this in already.

From Yahoo’s announcement:

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