Kosmix

I'm speaking with these guys next week. For now, you can read about them here….(SiliconBeat) Meet Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, two of the co-founders at Junglee, and who twice seriously considered acquiring Google in its early days, but decided their friend Brin was too bold, if not arrogant,…

I’m speaking with these guys next week. For now, you can read about them here….(SiliconBeat)

Meet Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, two of the co-founders at Junglee, and who twice seriously considered acquiring Google in its early days, but decided their friend Brin was too bold, if not arrogant, to deal with.

Now they plan to officially launch an ambitious search engine company, Kosmix at the Demo conference to begin the week of Feb 6 in Phoenix. They’ve also raised $7.4 million in venture capital.

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What Info Does Google Keep?

A reader asked me: Does Google keep logs of searches correlated with IP address or other personally identifiable information for users who have not logged in? I knew it kept parts of this data, but was not sure. So I pinged Google PR, which checked in for me (thanks!)….

A reader asked me:

Does Google keep logs of searches correlated with IP address or

other personally identifiable information for users who have not

logged in?

I knew it kept parts of this data, but was not sure. So I pinged Google PR, which checked in for me (thanks!). The response was to quote Google’s privacy FAQ:



Like most Web sites, our servers automatically record the page

requests made when users visit our sites. These “server logs”

typically include your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser

type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or

more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.

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Ugh. This Just Doesn’t Feel Good, Does It?

Who wants to have stories like this written? It just feels so … wrong. A day after Google's buggy censorship of sites for Chinese-users was revealed, the search giant has responded by fixing its filters so topics such as beer and jokes are no longer deleted. An investigation published…

Who wants to have stories like this written? It just feels so … wrong.

A day after Google’s buggy censorship of sites for Chinese-users was revealed, the search giant has responded by fixing its filters so topics such as beer and jokes are no longer deleted.

An

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But There’s Always Music….

In a PDF report (download from Searchblog), Bear Stearns Analyst Robert Peck speculates that Google will launch a music store soon. Sure they will, and it will take lessons from video. Gary Price groks it here. From Peck's report: Why is Google Tunes attractive to Google? According to Nielsen/Net…

In a PDF report (download from Searchblog), Bear Stearns Analyst Robert Peck speculates that Google will launch a music store soon. Sure they will, and it will take lessons from video. Gary Price groks it here. From Peck’s report:

Why is Google Tunes attractive to Google? According to Nielsen/Net ratings, unique visitors to Apple’s iTunes site

increased 241% YoY to 20.7M, for a 14% reach. Further, Nielsen indicates that iTunes users form a distinct target

audience with brand preferences along autos, alcohol beverages, magazines, and television.

*** We would expect Google to rollout a Beta service within 3-6 months. We note that Google has not confirmed our

expectations, and that our thinking is based on Mosaic theory. However, we do think this fits with Google’s recent

moves and its ultimate goal of organizing the world’s information.

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Video Store: Yeah, We Blew It

From the Seattle PI: "We made a big mistake," Mayer, who oversees all of Google's search products, said Tuesday. "You can't come out and launch a product like Google Video and say 'CSI' and 'Survivor' are there if they're not on the home page."…

From the Seattle PI:

“We made a big mistake,” Mayer, who oversees all of Google’s search products, said Tuesday. “You can’t come out and launch a product like Google Video and say ‘CSI’ and ‘Survivor’ are there if they’re not on the home page.”

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Google China: Congress Wakes Up

I'm still thinking about this, but this is an interesting development. Yahoo and Microsoft can go into China no problem, but once Google does, then the US Congress gets into the act….

I’m still thinking about this, but this is an interesting development. Yahoo and Microsoft can go into China no problem, but once Google does, then the US Congress gets into the act.

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Yahoo: All About My?

Om reports from a Yahoo retreat (I wanted to go, but had a school board meeting, sounds like it was really interesting!). My contention is that forget search, because Yahoo has something better than that. My.Yahoo.Com is no longer a portal page, but instead an “attention page” which can…

Om reports from a Yahoo retreat (I wanted to go, but had a school board meeting, sounds like it was really interesting!).



My contention is that forget search, because Yahoo has something better than that.

My.Yahoo.Com is no longer a portal page, but instead an “attention page” which can be and should be leveraged to become the aggregator site for complicated digital life.

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HumpDay

Long week here in Searchblog land. And much, much happening. Here's my roundup. I am working on longer posts on Google/China and Nexidia (an interesting phonetic search company) but running out of steam for today. FM, the company we're building so that creating Searchblog-like sites is easier, is taking…

Long week here in Searchblog land. And much, much happening. Here’s my roundup. I am working on longer posts on Google/China and Nexidia (an interesting phonetic search company) but running out of steam for today. FM, the company we’re building so that creating Searchblog-like sites is easier, is taking a lot of time right now, but I expect that to slow a bit later in the month. Meanwhile….

Andy finds an odd Googlebug. Seems to push IE users to download Google Desktop. More here.

Slate has fun with the Google/DOJ story – some good editorial cartoons. Click around (thanks Bill).

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Pontiac Says: Google Proves It

GM says Google Pontiac. Perhaps the first time a major (and I mean really major) marketer has used search marketing so directly in a television campaign. From the MediaPost coverage: Television ads often stimulate Internet search behavior by increasing brand awareness or sparking curiosity, as often demonstrated by Hitwise….

GoogpontiacGM says Google Pontiac. Perhaps the first time a major (and I mean really major) marketer has used search marketing so directly in a television campaign. From the MediaPost coverage: Television ads often stimulate Internet search behavior by increasing brand awareness or sparking curiosity, as often demonstrated by Hitwise. But this GM spot was significant because it ended with an unusual call to action: “Don’t take our word for it. Google Pontiac and discover for yourself.” And the ad ended not with a URL or phone number for a local dealer, but an actual Google screenshot with Pontiac typed in.

This is a regional campaign, and certainly demonstrates how Google has become an authority/integrity call to action for marketers. Screenshot here.

Now, when I Google Pontiac, I see two sponsored links up top, both from Pontiac (if I were, say, Toyota, I might just think about bidding that keyword….but I digress). In any case, since many folks have no idea that those blue shaded links are in fact ads, I am sure that they are going to be making Google a lot of money over the course of this campaign. Innaresting.

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Here Comes Google China

As reported earlier, Google decided to go into China a while ago. I spoke to Sergey about this very question a year ago, and he expressed his reservations and his thinking – on balance, Google in China, even if it's playing by the Chinese government's rules, is a good…

As reported earlier, Google decided to go into China a while ago. I spoke to Sergey about this very question a year ago, and he expressed his reservations and his thinking – on balance, Google in China, even if it’s playing by the Chinese government’s rules, is a good thing. Weds, Google will make it official (Seattle PI). They’re in – they’re not standing up to the Chinese government. (Apparently, the DOJ and Wall St., Google can say no to. China….not so much.) The site will be google.cn (not live yet).

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