Federated Is Hiring

Every so often I use this site to promote something – well, something besides the book, of course. This is one of those times, so bear with me. FM is hiring. If you're interested or know someone who might be, here's the info…….

Every so often I use this site to promote something – well, something besides the book, of course. This is one of those times, so bear with me. FM is hiring. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, here’s the info….

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CES

Now, look. I've been to a lot of CES's. I'm not there this time, but…. this is a big deal. You have three major CEOs/Founders – Gates, Semel, Page – duking it out to be the most spectacular, most important, most talked about (oh, and yeah, Dell, Otellini, Stringer…)….

Now, look. I’ve been to a lot of CES’s. I’m not there this time, but…. this is a big deal. You have three major CEOs/Founders – Gates, Semel, Page – duking it out to be the most spectacular, most important, most talked about (oh, and yeah, Dell, Otellini, Stringer…). Really cool.

So Gates started today. Semel is later in the week. Then Page Friday. All will make announcements, I am sure. Gates already did. All about search and entertainment. Scoble’s notes are here.

Update: Journal is reporting (via CMP) that Page will release a full throated, pay service video and a software bundle. I’ll have more to say on this Friday afternoon. WSJ link.

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Is The Database of Intentions Just a Concept?

Nope. (Thanks, BB). From the post: Vast deposits of personal information sit in databases across the internet. Terms used in phone conversations have become the grounds for federal investigation. Reputable organizations like the Catholic Worker, Greenpeace, and the Vegan Community Project, have come under scrutiny by FBI "counterterrorism" agents….

Nope. (Thanks, BB).

From the post:

Vast deposits of personal information sit in databases across the internet. Terms used in phone conversations have become the grounds for federal investigation. Reputable organizations like the Catholic Worker, Greenpeace, and the Vegan Community Project, have come under scrutiny by FBI “counterterrorism” agents.

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Om Says: Watch Google Video Announcement

So Larry Page is giving a keynote at CES this Friday, which is what got the whole Google Cube/PC thing fibrillating, but Om thinks what he's going to launch is some kind of Google Video enhancement/deal….

So Larry Page is giving a keynote at CES this Friday, which is what got the whole Google Cube/PC thing fibrillating, but Om thinks what he’s going to launch is some kind of Google Video enhancement/deal.

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Google Braille

Longtime readers will note I do not post on the Google doodles, which honestly, I don't much like (hey, I know folks love em, but I'm allowed to dissent). But I love this one. Today is the birthday of Louis Braille….

BrailleLongtime readers will note I do not post on the Google doodles, which honestly, I don’t much like (hey, I know folks love em, but I’m allowed to dissent). But I love this one. Today is the birthday of Louis Braille.

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Stock Market Predicting That Yahoo and MSFT Will Hook UP

From Reuters. I have no doubt they are considering it. But I'm not so sure it will happen. Remember, they recently got divorced with regard to ad systems (MSFT used to use Yahoo's Overture service), and it's not clear what MSFT brings to Yahoo's party that the company does…

From Reuters. I have no doubt they are considering it. But I’m not so sure it will happen. Remember, they recently got divorced with regard to ad systems (MSFT used to use Yahoo’s Overture service), and it’s not clear what MSFT brings to Yahoo’s party that the company does not already have. Thoughts?

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Podzinger

This looks like a useful search engine for podcasting. From its FAQ: PODZINGER takes search a step further by searching the spoken words inside the podcast in order to find more specific and relevant results. The text-based search results include snippets from the audio to help you figure out…

PodzingThis looks like a useful search engine for podcasting. From its FAQ:

PODZINGER takes search a step further by searching the spoken words inside the podcast in order to find more specific and relevant results. The text-based search results include snippets from the audio to help you figure out if the result is relevant. You can even click on the words to listen to the audio from that point.

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The Google Cube/PC/Big Iron/Digital Fantasy Train

Many readers have asked me – "Hey John, why so silent on the rumors that Google might 1/create a parallel Internet using portable containers and massive bandwidth (see Cringely here) and 2/connect them to cheap and powerful "Google Cubes" that do everything we wish Apple, Dell, and Tivo would…

GoogcubeMany readers have asked me – “Hey John, why so silent on the rumors that Google might 1/create a parallel Internet using portable containers and massive bandwidth (see Cringely here) and 2/connect them to cheap and powerful “Google Cubes” that do everything we wish Apple, Dell, and Tivo would do but for some reason are not?” (see more Cringely, Cnet, and the LA Times).

The simple reason: I find both hard to buy. Really hard to buy. Why? Well, it’s not like Apple, Dell, and tons of others don’t want to make the same thing (the cube, anyway), and it’s not like they haven’t thought it through. I know, I know, plenty of folks were playing in search when Google came along….so… I’ll keep watching, and thinking, but….well, it feels a bit like our the Google Rorschach effect at work….for now.

Update: Google has denied the PC angle, in any case.

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