What’s the Big Deal?

…in the Google v. DOJ case? Well, I've argued it's the slippery slope. But reading through the subpoena, it's clear that from where Google stands, there's something else at stake. Remember this whole goat rodeo (on the size of indexes)? Remember how slippery both Yahoo and Google got when…

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…in the Google v. DOJ case? Well, I’ve argued it’s the slippery slope. But reading through the subpoena, it’s clear that from where Google stands, there’s something else at stake.

Remember this whole goat rodeo (on the size of indexes)? Remember how slippery both Yahoo and Google got when we tried to figure out exactly how many documents were in their indexes? Well, turns out, that’s pretty much what the DOJ is trying to do as well. Hence, Google’s defense on a “trade secrets” basis.

Apparently, the subpoena originally asked for a lot more than just a million addresses, as reported Thursday. From the motion the DOJ filed to force Google to comply with the subpoena:



“The subpoena asks Google to produce an electronic file containing ‘[a]ll URL’s that rea available to be located through a query on your company’s search engine as of July 31 2005.”

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Hey, Your Content Chocolate Is In My Portal Peanut Butter!

And the mashup continues. SEATTLE – Amazon.com Inc. plans to broadcast on its Web site an original show hosted by Bill Maher and featuring performers and authors touting new releases — which, not coincidentally, will be for sale at the online retailer. ADVERTISEMENT click here The 12-episode Webcast series,…

And the mashup continues.

SEATTLE – Amazon.com Inc. plans to broadcast on its Web site an original show hosted by Bill Maher and featuring performers and authors touting new releases — which, not coincidentally, will be for sale at the online retailer.

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The 12-episode Webcast series, which will begin airing June 1, is the first offering in what the Seattle company says is a broader plan to add more original programming to its Web site.

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Guess How Many Videos Google Has Sold…

No, I don't know…but I do wonder, how many videos Google will sell in its first month? Anyone care to start a wager? Recall that when iTunes launched, Apple pretty much queered the market for secrecy: it proudly tells us when it sells it's millionth, ten millionth, and so…

No, I don’t know…but I do wonder, how many videos Google will sell in its first month? Anyone care to start a wager? Recall that when iTunes launched, Apple pretty much queered the market for secrecy: it proudly tells us when it sells it’s millionth, ten millionth, and so on, of any thing (including videos). Will Google do the same?

I’ll toss out a wager and say Google will sell less than 100,000 videos in its first month. After all, they have limited inventory, and the product is getting a slow start. No, wait, we have to be specific, to win. OK, Google will sell 95,567 videos in its first month. What do you say? If Google ever does tell us, I’ll send the winner a signed copy of my book. How great is that?

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Don’t Look Now, But It’s Happening

From my book, written a year or so ago: As we move our data to the servers at Amazon.com, Hotmail.com, Yahoo.com, and Gmail.com, we are making an implicit bargain, one that the public at large is either entirely content with, or, more likely, one that most have not taken…

From my book, written a year or so ago:

As we move our data to the servers at Amazon.com, Hotmail.com,

Yahoo.com, and Gmail.com, we are making an implicit bargain, one

that the public at large is either entirely content with, or, more likely,

one that most have not taken much to heart.

That bargain is this: we trust you to not do evil things with our

information. We trust that you will keep it secure, free from unlaw-

ful government or private search and seizure, and under our control

at all times. We understand that you might use our data in aggregate

to provide us better and more useful services, but we trust that you

will not identify individuals personally through our data, nor use

our personal data in a manner that would violate our own sense of

privacy and freedom.

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29,000 Emails

My AppleMail is acting really cranky lately. Why? Well, I had 34,000 messages in the "sent" folder. A couple well informed Apple geeks told me that was simply bad hygiene. My sent folder dated back to October of 2004. Just cleared out enough to have just one year there….

My AppleMail is acting really cranky lately. Why? Well, I had 34,000 messages in the “sent” folder. A couple well informed Apple geeks told me that was simply bad hygiene. My sent folder dated back to October of 2004.

Just cleared out enough to have just one year there. So how many mails did I send in one year, from Jan 2005 to Jan 2006? About 29,000.

Jesus.

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Google’s Radio Play

So why did they do it? And what about that huge earnout? More than a billion dollars? My God! How did that come about? (Besides, of course, dMarc's extremely Googley "innovation through automation" tagline). My guess is that this is an artifact of the deal. Here's a totally speculative…

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So why did they do it? And what about that huge earnout? More than a billion dollars? My God! How did that come about? (Besides, of course, dMarc’s extremely Googley “innovation through automation” tagline).

My guess is that this is an artifact of the deal. Here’s a totally speculative scenario. Either through direct intent or serendipity (ie someone says to a Googler: Hey, you guys should check out dMarc!) Google decides it wants to do to the radio market what AdWords has already done to online – and by extension, print. In other words, redefine it, make it more efficient, invert the model, all the stuff we already know. OK, fine. But Google knows exactly zip about radio advertising.

So Google approaches dMarc (or vice versa), and the meetings ensue. Visions are whiteboarded. My God! the two parties rhapsodize, we just might redefine the entire multi-billion dollar radio business!

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Yahoo Numbers: Good, Even Arguably Great, But…

But not great enough. Stock was down more than 10 percent in after hours. Ouch. Now, I don't think this is the sound of a bubble deflating. I don't think we're in a bubble. But maybe this is a reminder that outsized expectations are, well, outsized….

But not great enough. Stock was down more than 10 percent in after hours. Ouch.

Now, I don’t think this is the sound of a bubble deflating. I don’t think we’re in a bubble. But maybe this is a reminder that outsized expectations are, well, outsized.

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