Web 2, A Few Highlights

It's hard to both post and run this event, but a few things have been so interesting I wanted to note them. First, Terry Semel, who I interviewed yesterday morning, had some choice words for Google. In essence, he suggested that if Google and Yahoo were to be judged…

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It’s hard to both post and run this event, but a few things have been so interesting I wanted to note them.

First, Terry Semel, who I interviewed yesterday morning, had some choice words for Google. In essence, he suggested that if Google and Yahoo were to be judged as competitors, perhaps they should be judged as portals, since that’s what both companies are now. And by that measure, SemelGoogle is “number four.”

I also got to ask Terry a question suggested by Indeed CEO Paul Forster. If Google does jobs.google.com (which is expected by many shortly), would Semel let Google crawl hotjobs.com?

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Google Merges Maps, Local

Long time readers know I am a fan of Google Maps but think Google Local has a bit of work to do. Now the two have been mashed up by Google. From the release: Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the official launch of Google Local, merging the technologies…

Long time readers know I am a fan of Google Maps but think Google Local has a bit of work to do.

Now the two have been mashed up by Google.

From the release:

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Google Appts Princeton President to Board

From the release: MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 5, 2005 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that Shirley M. Tilghman, Princeton University's President and Professor of Molecular Biology, was unanimously elected to join Google's Board of Directors. Dr. Tilghman is a world-renowned scholar, an exceptional teacher, and is…

TilghmanFrom the release:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 5, 2005 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ:

GOOG) today announced that Shirley M. Tilghman, Princeton

University’s President and Professor of Molecular Biology, was

unanimously elected to join Google’s Board of Directors. Dr. Tilghman

is a world-renowned scholar, an exceptional teacher, and is respected

worldwide for her pioneering research and advocacy of women in science

“It’s an honor to welcome a woman of Dr. Tilghman’s reputation to

our board,” said Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google. “Google

is a company born out of university research, so we look forward to

tapping into her extraordinary talents as an accomplished academic, and

as a champion of discovery.”

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Web 2.0 Time

I'm heading into the conference this morning, and very much hope to have time to post, but it's going to be iffy – so much is happening. Check out the lineup, and the workshops. Amazing….lots of news coming from here, I sense….you might check out a Technorati or Feedster…

Web205Logo-3I’m heading into the conference this morning, and very much hope to have time to post, but it’s going to be iffy – so much is happening. Check out the lineup, and the workshops. Amazing….lots of news coming from here, I sense….you might check out a Technorati or Feedster search for coverage….

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Google-Sun – The Toolbar, Ay, There’s the Rub

I have been trying to grok this Sun/Google announcement, and beyond a lot of handwaving about sharing and working together, I've not seen much to really dig my teeth into. Then I saw this passage in a Bloomberg story, including a quote from Eric: At Google, Schmidt is pushing…

I have been trying to grok this Sun/Google announcement, and beyond a lot of handwaving about sharing and working together, I’ve not seen much to really dig my teeth into.

Then I saw this passage in a Bloomberg story, including a quote from Eric:

At Google, Schmidt is pushing further into Microsoft’s territory. The company has moved beyond Internet search, where it leads Microsoft and Yahoo! Inc., into desktop search, allowing users to plow through all files on their PCs. About 78 million individual users visit Google sites each month, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.

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Beer, The Search, and Amazon

Quite a few readers have emailed me asking why the heck Amazon is suggesting a book on beer might be what they want next. I think it may be that the Author, Steve Hindy, has written about technology in the past, and folks who bought those books also bought…

Quite a few readers have emailed me asking why the heck Amazon is suggesting a book on beer might be what they want next. I think it may be that the Author, Steve Hindy, has written about technology in the past, and folks who bought those books also bought The Search.

But this next book he’s written is pretty far off the mark: “Steve Hindy’s Beer School : Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery.”

I take no credit for this. I drink far more wine than beer as of late….

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Blodget on MSFT v GOOG … And Role of AOL

Check it out. Highlights: So the big story these days is that Google and Microsoft are going to war and that either could win. This is a big story because it's a great story: two undefeated heavyweights preparing to bash each other's brains out. Alas, it's also fiction. ….In…

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So the big story these days is that Google and Microsoft are going to war and that either could win. This is a big story because it’s a great story: two undefeated heavyweights preparing to bash each other’s brains out. Alas, it’s also fiction.

….In the absence of disastrous mistakes by Google and Yahoo!, Microsoft’s best chance to win with MSN is to merge it with AOL and spin it off. This would be extraordinarily challenging, and it would not guarantee success: the merged company would still run third behind Google and Yahoo!. A combined MSN-AOL, however, would be far stronger than either company alone.

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Google And Sun

As most have probably read elsewhere, Google and Sun plan an announcement today – the speculation is that Google will host an "Office Killer" on its infrastructure, featuring StarOffice from Sun. Why Google needs to directly poke Microsoft in the eye, is beyond me, but I'll wait for the…

As most have probably read elsewhere, Google and Sun plan an announcement today – the speculation is that Google will host an “Office Killer” on its infrastructure, featuring StarOffice from Sun.

Why Google needs to directly poke Microsoft in the eye, is beyond me, but I’ll wait for the details….clearly Sun and Google have a long co-mingled history (in people and financiers) …

Update: It’s a pact for Sun’s desktop and office, alright. I really don’t understand why Google wants to do this. But I’ll keep staring at it. T’rati search.

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Ning Is Live

This is the super secret project from Marc Andreessen and friends. It's called Ning. It's a social app/mashup/remixing "playground." Wish I had more time to grok, but Web 2 starts tomorrow…….

This is the super secret project from Marc Andreessen and friends. It’s called Ning. It’s a social app/mashup/remixing “playground.” Wish I had more time to grok, but Web 2 starts tomorrow….

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