Scoble: Just Wait

Scoble asks: Why do search engines lie? He writes, after realizing that the number of results never is, in fact, the actual number of results: Why aren’t there any truth in advertising laws for search engines? Just wait, Robert. There will be….

Scoble asks: Why do search engines lie? He writes, after realizing that the number of results never is, in fact, the actual number of results:



Why aren’t there any truth in advertising laws for search engines?

Just wait, Robert. There will be.

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Vignette: Google’s Sales Call and the (New?) Fifty Percent Rule

For the second time in one year, I got an email from Google's outbound sales force, on account of being the band manager for Boing Boing, which is a pretty high traffic site. Clearly, Google's cold calling sales force has been mining Alexa or somesuch for lists of prospective…

GoogadsenseFor the second time in one year, I got an email from Google’s outbound sales force, on account of being the band manager for Boing Boing, which is a pretty high traffic site. Clearly, Google’s cold calling sales force has been mining Alexa or somesuch for lists of prospective new AdSense clients.

In her emails (the first of which came via BB’s founder Mark Frauenfelder), Google’s rep told me that Google had some special programs for Boing Boing that I might want to take advantage of. Well, I’m open minded, and willing to try it again (for more on the last time we went around this bend, read this.)

Google’s salesperson was very pleasant and responsive, but it seems to me she had not run my name through, well, Google, nor did she have the data from the last time I spoke to an AdSense sales rep, in which I disclosed that I was the dude behind Searchblog and that Boing Boing had some issues with AdSense, not the least of which was performance and AdSense’s TOS. Now, I’m not looking for special treatment, but had she used Google or had a history of Google’s contacts with Boing Boing, she might have realized that I was, well, a bit engaged in this discussion. What follows is an edited, rough paraphrase of our conversation. Caveat: We talked about more stuff, but not all of it was worth reporting here…

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Oops, They Did It Again: Yahoo Helped to Jail Dissident

Reporters Without Borders is claiming that Yahoo aided in the jailing of a Chinese dissident in 2003, the second such accusation for Yahoo (more on the first – a journalist – here). The organization is requesting that Yahoo disclose its dealings with the Chinese government. From the report: Reporters…

Reporters Without Borders is claiming that Yahoo aided in the jailing of a Chinese dissident in 2003, the second such accusation for Yahoo (more on the first – a journalist – here). The organization is requesting that Yahoo disclose its dealings with the Chinese government. From the report:

Reporters Without Borders called on Yahoo to supply a list of all cyberdissidents it has provided data on, beginning with 81 people in China whose release the worldwide press freedom organization is currently campaigning for.

It said it had discovered that Yahoo customer and cyberdissident Li Zhi had been given his eight-year prison sentence in December 2003 based on electronic records provided by Yahoo. “How many more cases are we going to find ?” it asked.

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The Day’s News

Links I could not get to today… Gravee launches. Model includes paying content providers a share of CPC revs, as well as an affiliate play. I have not grokked…. Google launches integrated Gmail/GTalk. Ford's Kermit Superbowl ad was cute, but GM bought the keyword and profited from Ford's investment….

Links I could not get to today…

Gravee launches. Model includes paying content providers a share of CPC revs, as well as an affiliate play. I have not grokked….

Google launches integrated Gmail/GTalk.

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Updated: Udi Manber to Leave Amazon’s A9 For Google

A reader tipped me to this over the weekend, but I could not confirm it till just this afternoon, and out of respect for the folks who worked with and for Udi, I decided not to post without confirmation. I pinged five other sources since, and Udi confirmed this…

A reader tipped me to this over the weekend, but I could not confirm it till just this afternoon, and out of respect for the folks who worked with and for Udi, I decided not to post without confirmation. I pinged five other sources since, and Udi confirmed this afternoon. He is leaving A9 for Google. More as I have it.

Update: My initial coverage of Udi and A9 is here. As I’ve said in the past, Udi is one of the leading lights in the search world, on nearly everyone’s “Top Brains in Search” list. And now he’s gone to Google. I have asked him for an interview and very much hope he’ll agree, so we can all hear why he left Amazon – which is clearly making moves toward Google’s space, and vice versa – and went to Google.

Udi will be replaced by Dr. David Tennenhouse. From Amazon’s release:

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Google Talking to Dell: It’s All About Distribution

From the Journal: Default Lines Pressuring Microsoft, PC Makers Team Up With Its Software Rivals (paid reg) From the article: Google is in serious negotiations to get its software installed on millions of Dell PCs before they are shipped to users, according to people familiar with the matter. Under…

From the Journal: Default Lines Pressuring Microsoft, PC Makers Team Up With Its Software Rivals (paid reg)

From the article:

Google is in serious negotiations to get its software installed on millions of Dell PCs before they are shipped to users, according to people familiar with the matter. Under the deal being discussed, Google, of Mountain View, Calif., could pay Dell fees approaching $1 billion over three years, these people estimate. The terms might change and the discussions could fail.

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