More on Print, Books, Etc.

It's a land grab of book-related journalism: – Journal (free this week!) on book scanning. – USA Today: You're missing the point! – Larry Lessig says (Wired): This is bigger than books, bigger than just Google Print, it's about the Code! (I agree!)…

It’s a land grab of book-related journalism:

Journal (free this week!) on book scanning.

USA Today: You’re missing the point!

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Google Personalized Search Out of the Labs

Google's personal search is out of the Labs. It's based on your search history, like A9 and others. Details at SEW here. One thing that kind of bugs me is Google's unwillingness to call a spade a spade. From the email announcement I got: Personalized Search also now includes…

Google’s personal search is out of the Labs. It’s based on your search history, like A9 and others.

Details at SEW here.

One thing that kind of bugs me is Google’s unwillingness to call a spade a spade. From the email announcement I got:

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Meanwhile, What I Told MacArthur

From time to time I get emails from the MacArthur Foundation, the folks behind the genius grants. I have no idea why, but I'm not going to question them – it's sort of nice to be asked your opinion by such a reputable place. The last one I got…

From time to time I get emails from the MacArthur Foundation, the folks behind the genius grants. I have no idea why, but I’m not going to question them – it’s sort of nice to be asked your opinion by such a reputable place.

The last one I got asked for my input on “an issue coming over the horizon in the intermediate term where a modest investment by the MacArthur Foundation might make a substantial difference in the future…. the object of this exploration is to identify opportunities for philanthropy currently at the margin or edge…even if the optimal path of action is not certain…. focusing on those challenges where an early investment of philanthropic resources could be instrumental in mitigating negative effects or magnifying benefits for society in the future.”

Here’s what I came up with. If you all have modifications, input, criticisms, why, I’ll pass them right along. (They asked for up to six pages, which terrified me, hence the throat clearing in the first graf….)

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Another Slow Day

I write that partially in jest, as there are many announcements today, but I have to travel again, this time on personal, family related business. Please forgive my lack of posts….and I'll post later (mid afternoon if I am lucky). Unfortunately the personal stuff has forced rescheduling of my…

I write that partially in jest, as there are many announcements today, but I have to travel again, this time on personal, family related business. Please forgive my lack of posts….and I’ll post later (mid afternoon if I am lucky).

Unfortunately the personal stuff has forced rescheduling of my talk at Yahoo today (originally slated for 2 pm), and that’s a real bummer. We’re going to do it, but just not today. I will still be making my evening chat with Dan Farber and four search startups at the SDForum’s Search SIG on the Microsoft SV Campus. Looking forward to that….

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Gates, Microsoft Ponder the Future of … Microsoft

If you've been meaning to get caught up on the whole Microsoft/Web services/Web2 threat meme, then read this Cnet piece on Gates' recent memo to employees (Winer has full text there of it and Ozzie's as well), which I very much doubt was intended solely as an internal rumination,…

Cnet Plasma

If you’ve been meaning to get caught up on the whole Microsoft/Web services/Web2 threat meme, then read this Cnet piece on Gates’ recent memo to employees (Winer has full text there of it and Ozzie’s as well), which I very much doubt was intended solely as an internal rumination, on the threats tendered by web based services. (By the way, the plasma like Cnet interface to related stories – I’ve used part of it as the art at left – is cool, if only we had blog plasma…)

Microsoft truly does face the second coming of the Web, and this time it’s not conveniently packaged as one killable company a la Netscape (Google notwithstanding).

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PATRIOT Act: Act!

(image credit) CDT, among many others, is urging all of us to take action on the PATRIOT Act, a terrible piece of legislation that I've written about before. I also featured this Act in the book. From it: ….under the PATRIOT Act, the government now has far broader rights…

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CDT, among many others, is urging all of us to take action on the PATRIOT Act, a terrible piece of legislation that I’ve written about before. I also featured this Act in the book. From it:

….under the PATRIOT Act, the government now

has far broader rights to intercept your private data communica-

tions—a reinterpretation of the Fourth Amendment, which states:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, pa-

pers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall

not be violated.”

The PATRIOT Act certainly puts a new spin on the word

“search.” But this is to be expected, right? After all, if the government

has probable cause and a search warrant, nothing has really changed,

has it? As all good civics students know, the Fourth Amendment con-

tinues: “no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported

by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be

searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Under PATRIOT, prior interpretations of these constitutional

presumptions don’t necessarily hold true. To summarize, the PA-

TRIOT Act holds that your private information can now be inter-

cepted and handed over to government authorities not via a search

warrant tendered to you, but rather via a request to your ISP, your

community library, or another service provider. That means that

should the government decide it wants access to your information, it

no longer needs to serve a search warrant on you; it can instead go to

the company that you use—be it Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL,

or any number of others.3 In the past, the government could cer-

tainly tap your phone or search your effects if you were a suspect in

a crime. But under the PATRIOT Act, not only can the government

tap a suspect’s clickstream; the standards for who the government

can tap and how it informs a suspect have loosened as well.

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Google Automat (Base)

More on this as it develops, first saw Jarvis's post here…Long and short: This is Google's AdWords-eBay mashup, without eBay… Update: Internet News, Forbes coverage….

More on this as it develops, first saw Jarvis’s post here…Long and short: This is Google’s AdWords-eBay mashup, without eBay…

Update: Internet News, Forbes coverage.

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Too Much Stuff

Apologies, Searchbloggers, for my absence. Travel plus some Real Life stuff have intervened on my abilities to properly post. Meantime, much afoot. Here are some highlights. Looksmart is branching into vertical search in a big way. Reactions are varied. Searchblogger Chris Zaharias has started a site on SEM. Find…

Apologies, Searchbloggers, for my absence. Travel plus some Real Life stuff have intervened on my abilities to properly post.

Meantime, much afoot. Here are some highlights.

Looksmart is branching into vertical search in a big way. Reactions are varied.

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On the Road, And the Search SIG

I'm at ad:tech Monday, in NYC. Back online Tuesday…and this Thursday, I'll be part of the SD Forum's Search SIG. From the description on Jeff Clavier's blog: The topic of this month is “The Search: A ten year perspective”, during which we will look back at the early days…

I’m at ad:tech Monday, in NYC. Back online Tuesday…and this Thursday, I’ll be part of the SD Forum’s Search SIG. From the description on Jeff Clavier’s blog:

The topic of this month is “The Search: A ten year perspective”, during which we will look back at the early days of the search industry, its key turning points, and discuss its short term outlook and its future.

The event will be held on the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus, Mountain View. Hope to see you there!

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It’s A Searchblog Reader Photo Series

First we had readers in the Dublin airport, now it's the Munich airport, with reader Oliver Thylmann deep in the pure literary joy that is The Search (nice bubble chair, buddy). By the way, last week you guys pushed the book to #10 on the BusinessWeek best seller list….

First we had readers in the Dublin airport, now it’s the Munich airport, with reader Oliver Thylmann deep in the pure literary joy that is The Search (nice bubble chair, buddy).

Oliverreads

By the way, last week you guys pushed the book to #10 on the BusinessWeek best seller list. THANK YOU!

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