Yahoo Debuts New Search/List Driven Shopping

It's the "Shoposphere." From the blog posting: The Shoposphere and Pick Lists are examples of social commerce. We believe the community of shoppers is one of the best sources for product information and advice. The Shoposphere is a place to discover interesting and cool products thematically arranged into Pick…

It’s the “Shoposphere.” From the blog posting:

The Shoposphere and Pick Lists are examples of social commerce. We believe the community of shoppers is one of the best sources for product information and advice. The Shoposphere is a place to discover interesting and cool products thematically arranged into Pick Lists by other shoppers.

Meanwhile, the LA Times has a piece (reg required) on how the Hollywood culture is clashing with Yahoo’s culture in its new Santa Monica offices.

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B2 on Yahoo’s “Flickrization”

The magazine covers how Flickr and other acquisitions has changed Yahoo. From it: Indeed, the Flickr purchase helped ignite a larger strategy. Thanks to a new generation of managers like Butterfield and Fake, Yahoo is starting to see how user-generated content, or “social media,” is a key weapon in…

The magazine covers how Flickr and other acquisitions has changed Yahoo. From it:

Indeed, the Flickr purchase helped ignite a larger strategy. Thanks to a new generation of managers like Butterfield and Fake, Yahoo is starting to see how user-generated content, or “social media,” is a key weapon in its war against Google (GOOG). ….

Social media “is going to be a gigantic piece of what we do,” says Yahoo CEO Terry Semel. “I don’t think old media is what people are going to spend most of their time doing on the Internet. This paradigm needs its own inventions, its own methods, its own way to go forward.”…

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More Database of Intent and the Law

The content of a suspect's Google searches were used in a murder trial. Story here, Slashdot ponders here. From that post: Will police in the future simply serve a subpoena to Google to find out what you've been thinking about? While this use of that information makes sense, at…

The content of a suspect’s Google searches were used in a murder trial. Story here, Slashdot ponders here. From that post:



Will police in the future simply serve a subpoena to Google to find out what you’ve been thinking about? While this use of that information makes sense, at what point does your privacy give way to public concerns? Should police be able to search through your search history for “questionable” searches before you’ve been arrested for a crime, and what effect would this have on the health of society?”

From the story:

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London This Week

Searchbloggers – I am heading to London Weds for a few days, culminating in the FT/Goldman award dinner Monday night. I'm pretty booked throughout the time I am there, but if any of you Londeners are around and about, ping me!…

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Searchbloggers –

I am heading to London Weds for a few days, culminating in the FT/Goldman award dinner Monday night. I’m pretty booked throughout the time I am there, but if any of you Londeners are around and about, ping me!

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News of the Day

Good Morning….Today: – Google announced it is making its web analytics (Urchin, which it purchased some time ago) free to all. My big beef with Urchin is how much disk space it uses (it keeps everything so it quickly eats up your storage). So I hope this hosted solution…

Good Morning….Today:

– Google announced it is making its web analytics (Urchin, which it purchased some time ago) free to all. My big beef with Urchin is how much disk space it uses (it keeps everything so it quickly eats up your storage). So I hope this hosted solution will solve that.

Update: Not a swift rollout...

– AOL announced a big video deal (not surprisingly, with Warner). Clearly it intends to compete here.

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From Service to Application

Late last week – and it was certainly an odd week for all sorts of reasons – I had the honor of appearing before the SDForum's Search SIG in Mountain View, on the Microsoft Valley campus. First I was interviewed by Dan Farber about the book (here's Dan's write…

Late last week – and it was certainly an odd week for all sorts of reasons – I had the honor of appearing before the SDForum’s Search SIG in Mountain View, on the Microsoft Valley campus. First I was interviewed by Dan Farber about the book (here’s Dan’s write up), then I got to interview four entrepreneurs in the search business – folks from Trulia (real estate search), Truveo (video search), Healthline (medical) and Simply Hired (jobs). Om has more on that here (though I have a rant in me about the “exit” – more later).

As usual, Dan focused his write up on what proved to be, for me anyway, the most interesting comment of the night. It came from Simply Hired CEO, Gautam Godhwani, when I asked him if he feared Google. “Google does search very well, but we have yet to see Google do applications well,” was his reply.

Interesting. As I thought about that, it struck me that what we are seeing right now is indeed the evolution of search companies from their roots providing a single service – one thing, done well – to a application suite that does many things. What does that mean, exactly?

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Google Continues Publication Ad Test

This time with newspapers. As I said earlier when news of the magazine test started, I think this is in fact a very good thing for the industry….

This time with newspapers. As I said earlier when news of the magazine test started, I think this is in fact a very good thing for the industry.

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