DOJ: We’re All Good, Really

The DOJ has filed a response (thanks Gary) to Google's defiance on the issue of its search records subpoena. In short: No, you're wrong, we're right. And we're not violating anyone's privacy. Internetnews.com coverage….

The DOJ has filed a response (thanks Gary) to Google’s defiance on the issue of its search records subpoena. In short: No, you’re wrong, we’re right. And we’re not violating anyone’s privacy. Internetnews.com coverage.

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Google Tries to Stop The Bleeding (er, Clarifies)

This afternoon Google issued a press release which seems to say very little, on balance, save telegraphing the fact that Google felt its CFO was speaking a bit too loosely yesterday. This is not the first time Google has had to clarify its CFO's statements. Remember Reyes on click…

This afternoon Google issued a press release which seems to say very little, on balance, save telegraphing the fact that Google felt its CFO was speaking a bit too loosely yesterday. This is not the first time Google has had to clarify its CFO’s statements. Remember Reyes on click fraud?



Since that statement, Google has made a point of saying that click fraud is really no big deal.

And now, after Reyes sounds the alarm about growth, Google issues this:

We would like to clarify and provide further information on these statements. As we have stated before, monetization improvements will continue to be a key factor in driving future revenue growth. We still see significant opportunities to improve monetization and intend to continue to focus our efforts in this area.

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Google and the Law Of Very Large Numbers

Microsoft's CFO became famous in the 1990s for his predictions that the company would not grow as quickly as others wished. looks like George Reyes, CFO of Google, is taking a cue. Hey, wait, is this managing expectations on Wall Street, and providing guidance? Whatever it is, GOOG is…

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Microsoft’s CFO became famous in the 1990s for his predictions that the company would not grow as quickly as others wished. looks like George Reyes, CFO of Google, is taking a cue. Hey, wait, is this managing expectations on Wall Street, and providing guidance? Whatever it is, GOOG is taking a hit. From a sub required WSJ article:

Google Inc.’s chief financial officer, George Reyes, said the Internet giant’s growth is slowing due to the “law of large numbers” and it will need to find new ways to boost revenue.

The comments, made at an investor conference, surprised Wall Street and triggered a selloff in Google’s shares. In heavy trading, Google shares fell 9%, or $37.70, to $354 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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More Catching Up

TechCrunch covers the launch of Edgeio, which is the creation of one of folks behind TechCrunch (Mike Arrington) among others. The service is a neat idea – you can tag your posts "listings" and edgeio finds your tagged posts and slurps them into a listings metaservice/site. It's a platform…

TechCrunch covers the launch of Edgeio, which is the creation of one of folks behind TechCrunch (Mike Arrington) among others. The service is a neat idea – you can tag your posts “listings” and edgeio finds your tagged posts and slurps them into a listings metaservice/site. It’s a platform which just might disrupt the directory driven services like eBay and craigslist.

If you like Malcolm Gladwells’s stuff, he’s finally got a blog.

Jeremy agrees with Dion, all your data belongs to you.

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Updated: Dumb Filter

Boing Boing has recently been added to a blacklist of "nudity" related sites run by the US-based company Secure Computing, resulting in its being banned in entire countries – like the UAE, as well as many corporate firewalls. Here's the editor's searing response. I think it's well worth reading….

Boing Boing has recently been added to a blacklist of “nudity” related sites run by the US-based company Secure Computing, resulting in its being banned in entire countries – like the UAE, as well as many corporate firewalls. Here’s the editor’s searing response. I think it’s well worth reading. From it:

Today, we’ve learned that Internet Qatar, the sole ISP in the State of Qatar, has also banned BoingBoing.

We’ve heard from librarians in Africa who want to watch the video of the American Register of Copyrights denouncing Congress, employees at the Australian Broadcasting Company, students, and workers around the world who can’t gain access to our work.

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The Week That Was, and Monday Catch Up

Lots of stuff I missed, lots going on. To wit: Google Base has gone (Techcrunch) commercial (GoogleBase blog). Not unexpected. But an important step. The Google Page Creator. Just a doodle, I'm sure… The Journal has a free link on its curtain raiser for Google's analyst day this Thursday….

Lots of stuff I missed, lots going on. To wit:

Google Base has gone (Techcrunch) commercial (GoogleBase blog). Not unexpected. But an important step.

The Google Page Creator. Just a doodle, I’m sure…

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Ask Makes Its Play

Just back from the week off, and much is up in the search world. I'll have a roundup later in the day, but the top news for now is Ask, which has declared its intention to become the Fox of the search engine world – in other words, to…

New AskJust back from the week off, and much is up in the search world. I’ll have a roundup later in the day, but the top news for now is Ask, which has declared its intention to become the Fox of the search engine world – in other words, to come into the game late, with low odds, and hope to strike ratings gold. We knew this play was coming – it was clear when IAC and Diller bought Ask. Now the company has declared. Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Ask.com. throws down the gauntlet in the release:

“People deserve a search engine that gives them the tools to get what they need faster, not just a bunch of links on a page. Ask.com takes search to the next level.”

You’re not sure they’re serious? Diller is keynoting this week’s SES conference, for goodness sake (I won’t be there, focusing on FM then traveling to London later this week). More on all of this in the Ask Blog here.

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