ADVISE Me, Baby, Is This Just TIA In New Clothes?

From the CMS (Via ABC): The U.S. government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity… …The core of this effort is a…

Tia-TmFrom the CMS (Via ABC):

The U.S. government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity…

…The core of this effort is a little-known system called Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic Enhancement, or ADVISE. Only a few public documents mention it. ADVISE is a research and development program within the Department of Homeland Security, part of its three-year-old Threat and Vulnerability, Testing and Assessment, or TVTA, portfolio. The TVTA received nearly $50 million in federal funding this year….

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Comment Spam

For a good stretch, my intrepid sysadmin Scot had fought off the robotic legions of pagerank-sucking comment zombies, but they have scaled his javascript embattlements, and we are furiously falling back to fight another day. Bear with us as we figure out next steps……

For a good stretch, my intrepid sysadmin Scot had fought off the robotic legions of pagerank-sucking comment zombies, but they have scaled his javascript embattlements, and we are furiously falling back to fight another day. Bear with us as we figure out next steps…

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Target: Google

Barron's has a reputation for hitting the darling of the moment in the groin, and this weekend that darling is Google. I have a WSJ sub, I'm not sure this link is open. If it's not, highlights: INVESTORS HAVE BEEN FIXATED on Google the past few weeks, as its…

Barron’s has a reputation for hitting the darling of the moment in the groin, and this weekend that darling is Google. I have a WSJ sub, I’m not sure this link is open. If it’s not, highlights:



INVESTORS HAVE BEEN FIXATED on Google the past few weeks, as its shares have tumbled nearly 25% from a peak of $475 — and the fact is, there could be a lot more tumbling ahead. The share price could well be cut in half over the next year as the Internet giant grapples with growing competition from Microsoft and Yahoo!, increased pricing pressures in its online ad sales and mounting concern about what’s known as click fraud.

..Over the next year, both Yahoo! and Microsoft’s MSN portal are expected to improve their search offerings. In the second half of this year, Yahoo! hopes to improve its systems so that search-engine ads are more relevant to search results and therefore more likely to be clicked….

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This Is A Sponsored Video Deal

If ever I've seen one. Google "olympics." (Thanks, anonymous reader!) Update: Staci reminds me that this is an announced deal…)…

If ever I’ve seen one. Google “olympics.”

(Thanks, anonymous reader!)

Update: Staci reminds me that this is an announced deal…)

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Ask Gary

Gary Price, Search Engine Dude extraordinaire, is leaving Search Engine Watch and going to Ask, where he'll be Director of Online Information Resources. It's a loss for all of us and a big win for Ask, we'll miss him at SEW, but he'll keep his ResourceShelf site up and…

Gary Price, Search Engine Dude extraordinaire, is leaving Search Engine Watch and going to Ask, where he’ll be Director of Online Information Resources. It’s a loss for all of us and a big win for Ask, we’ll miss him at SEW, but he’ll keep his ResourceShelf site up and running, he tells me! Congrats Gary!

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Yahoo Updates MyWeb 2.0

Yahoo has rev'd MyWeb 2.0. I think the idea is right on, but does anyone else sense that 360 and MyWeb are, well, a bit ahead of Yahoo's own audience curve?…

Yahoo has rev’d MyWeb 2.0. I think the idea is right on, but does anyone else sense that 360 and MyWeb are, well, a bit ahead of Yahoo’s own audience curve?

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More Anecdotal Evidence of A Closing CPC Price Gap?

From the InternetStockBlog, a note about Blue Nile's earnings, an echo of the FTD call last year. Blue Nile reported a surprisingly weak 4Q05, in our view, blaming both weak jewelry industry fundamentals and what CEO Mark Vadon called irrational pricing in the pay per click advertising market (although…

From the InternetStockBlog, a note about Blue Nile’s earnings, an echo of the FTD call last year.

Blue Nile reported a surprisingly weak 4Q05, in our view, blaming both weak jewelry industry fundamentals and what CEO Mark Vadon called irrational pricing in the pay per click advertising market (although we will continue to believe he said “eRational”). On the conference call, Mr. Vadon stated, “We saw extremely aggressive increases in the cost of online advertising. Our cost per click on Google for example, rose by over 50% from a year earlier. While the cost of online marketing grew significantly in Q4, we remain disciplined in our spending, in order to maintain profitability on new customers rather than to chase unprofitable growth, as some of our competitors have done.”

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Google Desktop

If you had any doubt that Google plans to be a major force in the market that Microsoft dominates, this should erase them. Why do I say this? Well, because Google's new version of its Desktop software includes Tic Tac Toe, of course. And everyone know that clever operation…

TttIf you had any doubt that Google plans to be a major force in the market that Microsoft dominates, this should erase them. Why do I say this? Well, because Google’s new version of its Desktop software includes Tic Tac Toe, of course. And everyone know that clever operation system companies *always* include a game in their offerings…

Meanwhile, TechCrunch gets into the privacy and other implications.

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