Print, The Comeback

Google Print, that is. Bizweek in essence wrote it off (or rather, gave folks a reason to write it off), but I'm not so sure it's RIP. It's a learning game, and Google seems intent on continuing…….

Google Print, that is. Bizweek in essence wrote it off (or rather, gave folks a reason to write it off), but I’m not so sure it’s RIP. It’s a learning game, and Google seems intent on continuing….

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Note to Bloglines Readers

There's some kind of bug in Bloglines which causes all my prior posts to be marked as "unread" each time I post anew, Bloglines is aware of the problem and working on it. Very sorry about that…….

There’s some kind of bug in Bloglines which causes all my prior posts to be marked as “unread” each time I post anew, Bloglines is aware of the problem and working on it. Very sorry about that….

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AOL and Google Make It Official

Journal reports (paid link): Under the deal, Google would buy a 5% stake in AOL for $1 billion. AOL will continue to use Google's search technology and to share the revenue generated by ads appearing alongside search results. But importantly for AOL, it will now have the right to…

Journal reports (paid link):

Under the deal, Google would buy a 5% stake in AOL for $1 billion. AOL will continue to use Google’s search technology and to share the revenue generated by ads appearing alongside search results. But importantly for AOL, it will now have the right to sell those ads directly to advertisers instead of directing advertisers to Google.

AOL will also sell some ads on behalf of Google and Web sites that outsource ad sales to Google. Meanwhile, Google will work to ensure that AOL’s content appears among its search results, but says it won’t compromise the integrity of its results. AOL will also receive advertising credit valued at about $300 million toward buying ads on Google.

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2005 Zeitgeist Is Up

From it: Google.com – Top Gainers of 2005 1. Myspace 2. Ares 3. Baidu 4. wikipedia 5. orkut 6. iTunes 7. Sky News 8. World of Warcraft 9. Green Day 10. Leonardo da Vinci Google News – Top Searches in 2005 1. Janet Jackson 2. Hurricane Katrina 3. tsunami…

From it:

Google.com – Top Gainers of 2005

1. Myspace

2. Ares

3. Baidu

4. wikipedia

5. orkut

6. iTunes

7. Sky News

8. World of Warcraft

9. Green Day

10. Leonardo da Vinci

Google News – Top Searches in 2005

1. Janet Jackson

2. Hurricane Katrina

3. tsunami

4. xbox 360

5. Brad Pitt

6. Michael Jackson

7. American Idol

8. Britney Spears

9. Angelina Jolie

10. Harry Potter

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Icahn: Beware Google “Disaster”

Yow. Though I have no idea if, honestly, anyone is listening to Icahn, it's still quite a quote. From the SF Chronicle: In a letter to the board Monday, Icahn told directors they "may be on the verge of making a disastrous decision." Any agreement with Google that precludes…

Yow. Though I have no idea if, honestly, anyone is listening to Icahn, it’s still quite a quote. From the SF Chronicle:

In a letter to the board Monday, Icahn told directors they “may be on the verge of making a disastrous decision.” Any agreement with Google that precludes a future merger or transaction with another company would be a breach of their duty, he said.

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So, One Year Later, How’d I Do?

Each year I make predictions. Each year, I review them and see how I did. Then, I make some more. Alright then. Here's my 2004 predictions post, written in late December, 2004. As much as I might wince at the one or two clunkers, I'd say I did pretty…

Crystal Ball-TmEach year I make predictions. Each year, I review them and see how I did. Then, I make some more.

Alright then. Here’s my 2004 predictions post, written in late December, 2004. As much as I might wince at the one or two clunkers, I’d say I did pretty well on most. Here’s running commentary on each – original in itals, my comments in bold:

1. We will have a goat rodeo of sorts in the blogging/micropublishing/RSS world as commercial interests push into what many consider a “pure medium.” I’ve seen this movie before, and it ends OK. But it’s important that the debate be full throated, and so far it looks to be shaping up that way. I’m already seeing these forces at work over at Boing Boing, and I am sure they will continue. We’ll all work on figuring out ways to stick to our principles and get paid at the same time, however, I expect that things might get more contentious before they get better, and 2005 may be a more fractious year in the blogosphere as we evolve through this process.

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Remember Current?

I first wrote about Google's investment in Current back in July. There's new news, thanks to reader Gary. From USA Today: The utility TXU Corp. said Monday it will offer high-speed Internet service over power lines to several million Texans as part of a $150 million project aimed at…

I first wrote about Google’s investment in Current back in July. There’s new news, thanks to reader Gary. From USA Today:

The utility TXU Corp. said Monday it will offer high-speed Internet service over power lines to several million Texans as part of a $150 million project aimed at improving its ability to monitor the power grid.

The “smart grid” buildout will enable what would be the nation’s largest broadband-over-power line Internet rollout.

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