Reader RBA Writes

Reader RBA writes: I think the real problem here is that click fraud will skyrocket – not that it isn't a problem already. It is a neat idea, in fact a very sharp one, but I feel it isn't in synch with the crude "real world"….

Reader RBA writes: I think the real problem here is that click fraud will skyrocket – not that it isn’t a problem already. It is a neat idea, in fact a very sharp one, but I feel it isn’t in synch with the crude “real world”.]]>

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On Searchblog, and Trying to Do Too Much

The past few months have not been fun. I feel like I've let you, my community of readers and conversants, down, and I've failed to do what I really love to do – think out loud about what all this really means. Why this mea culpa? Well, you all…

The past few months have not been fun. I feel like I’ve let you, my community of readers and conversants, down, and I’ve failed to do what I really love to do – think out loud about what all this really means.

Why this mea culpa? Well, you all have called me out in the past, and this time, I wanted to be in front of the curve. As I wrote back in August: “It’s real work to write a good site, even when you have the support of an entire community. It needs at least a few hours a day, if not more. Just responding to the PR requests, along with doing original reporting, can take up to half a day.”

I’ve said before that the reason I started FM was to create the company that will, in the end, allow me to get back to what I love to do, which is to make sites like this. But we’re not there … yet. The more we work on FM, the more I believe we’ll get there. We’ve been growing in the double digits in sales month over month over month. Great advertisers like GM, Intel, Absolut, and scores of others have joined us, and we’re at nearly 60 sites with dozens more coming in the coming months.

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Philipp Presents…How to Have Fun With Google…

… 55 Ways, in fact. Philipp Lenssen has a website, Google Blogoscoped, that I read every day. When he told me he was working on a fun book about Google, I was excited – he's a great observer of all things Google, and in particular, the funny, fun, and…

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… 55 Ways, in fact. Philipp Lenssen has a website, Google Blogoscoped, that I read every day. When he told me he was working on a fun book about Google, I was excited – he’s a great observer of all things Google, and in particular, the funny, fun, and obscure. His book is now out – I can’t wait to read it. Way to go, Philipp!

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The DOJ Wants All Your Data Saved For Two Years

Nope, not kidding. From USAToday – Top law enforcement officials have asked leading Internet companies to keep histories of the activities of Web users for up to two years to assist in criminal investigations of child pornography and terrorism, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and…

Nope, not kidding. From USAToday –

Top law enforcement officials have asked leading Internet companies to keep histories of the activities of Web users for up to two years to assist in criminal investigations of child pornography and terrorism, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller outlined their request to executives from Google, Microsoft, AOL, Comcast, Verizon and others Friday in a private meeting at the Justice Department. The department has scheduled more discussions as early as Friday. Last week’s meeting was first reported by CNET, an online news service.

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Notes from Analyst Call

Great summary sent by email to me by Robert Peck of Bear Stearns: Google held a Q&A conference call with analysts yesterday. There were 10 incremental takeaways from the call including the following: 1) Breakthroughs Likely in Branded Advertising Over the Next Year; 2) No Plans to Introduce a…

Great summary sent by email to me by Robert Peck of Bear Stearns:

Google held a Q&A conference call with analysts yesterday. There were 10 incremental takeaways from the call including the following: 1) Breakthroughs Likely in Branded Advertising Over the Next Year; 2) No Plans to Introduce a Browser at the Moment; 3) Google Base Won’t Be A Large Separate Site; 4) Wi-fi Deployment Effort To Increase Usage of Google; 5) Behavioral Targeting Holds More Promise Than Demographic Targeting; 6) Rising Competition Should Benefit Google and Yahoo / Keyword Prices Should Continue to Rise; 7) Quality Scores Are Keyword Based Only / Testing Improvements to Current Model; 8) Dell Deal to Be Cash Positive to Google Over the Term of the Contract; 9) Local Search is a Significant Portion of Their Business; 10) Traction in China and Korea Will Take Time.

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