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Great net neutrality debate Yesterday's conversation between Vint Cerf and David Farber on "What is Net Neutrality?" is available via podcast from the Center for American Progress: feed (mp3). Bix If American Idol is any indication, there's a ripe market to serve the hopes of aspiring stars as well…

Great net neutrality debate

Yesterday’s conversation between Vint Cerf and David Farber on “What is Net Neutrality?” is available via podcast from the Center for American Progress: feed (mp3).

Bix

If American Idol is any indication, there’s a ripe market to serve the hopes of aspiring stars as well as their entertainment to a wide audience. Launched today, Bix hopes to answer with a platform to run home-grown talent contests in video, music, and other media.

The farthest hub from hip

Meet Wal-Mart’s miserable attempt to create a hip social video site: The Hub. Think MySpace stripped of content, striped with pending approval notices on what content is left, and emails sent to parents of teens who register.

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Admitting mistakes, Schmidt

“So, yes we are IDIOTS — and please WRITE THAT DOWN," insisted CEO Eric Schmidt in an impromptu interview on Friday, referring to Google management between the IPO filing and going pubic. From Reuters (the whole audio interview, here): THE IDIOTS RUNNING GOOGLE Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells reporters:…

“So, yes we are IDIOTS — and please WRITE THAT DOWN,” insisted CEO Eric Schmidt in an impromptu interview on Friday, referring to Google management between the IPO filing and going pubic.

From Reuters (the whole audio interview, here):

THE IDIOTS RUNNING GOOGLE

Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells reporters:

“(During the 2004 IPO process), between the time we filed and the time we went public, the press was among the most unpleasant I have ever experienced.

“We (Google management) were ‘idiots,’ we were ‘useless’… I thought ‘God.’…It is a terrible feeling of being on the other side of that (press coverage).

“So we looked at (Google’s Web site) traffic and revenue and they were exploding… We had a very, very strong quarter right after the worst possible press about ‘the idiots running the company.’

“I don’t know what that tells you.

Schmidt then paused and begged the reporters to create a new Google press frenzy:

“So, yes we are IDIOTS — and please WRITE THAT DOWN.”

WE HAVE EVERY PROBLEM YOU CAN IMAGINE… QUICKER

Google CEO Eric Schmidt: “We have every known problem that a growth company has — quicker…Write down all the obvious problems, we have every one of them. So we make a list of them (potential problems) and we anticipate them.”

Reporter: Are there any non-obvious problems?

Schmidt: “No. no.”

Reporter: Is it a list of 10-15?

Schmidt: “I would say it is about 20.”

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Googling worms

Last week Websense, a security company, found a way to use Google search to identify and capture malware. The software exploits Google's binary functions to view .exe files on Windows computers. "The most interesting thing about Google's binary search capability is not its security implications, but the fact that…

Picture 1-15Last week Websense, a security company, found a way to use Google search to identify and capture malware. The software exploits Google’s binary functions to view .exe files on Windows computers.

“The most interesting thing about Google’s binary search capability is not its security implications, but the fact that it shows that Google may be thinking about becoming a file searching service.” Johnny Long, a security researcher with Computer Sciences told PC World.

Websense planned to limit the release its software and findings for security. But now there’s Metsploit, a newly erected “hacker-friendly” malware engine, similarly piggybacking on Google’s engine.

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Search that sounds good

Can't quite place that tune? Musiclens is a free German, search app. to find and explore music by varying the balance of several criteria –adjust between ear-busting to silent, or from instrumental to vocal; it also includes keyword and time period search. Also, Last.fm music search recently went live,…

Picture 2-10Can’t quite place that tune? Musiclens is a free German, search app. to find and explore music by varying the balance of several criteria –adjust between ear-busting to silent, or from instrumental to vocal; it also includes keyword and time period search.

Also, Last.fm music search recently went live, completing a beta phase begun last fall. Last.fm creates personalized radio stations by combining a user’s favorite songs with an algorithmic recommendation feed taken from a network of users with similar tastes.

Last is similar to Pandora in its offerings (with the addition of a social space and communication tools between users). But Last’s analytics rely on the frequency songs are played (by a user and their social network) and a folksonomy of tagging. In contrast, Pandora radio derives from the more ambitious Genome Music Project, which uses musical attributes and elements to create its search analytics.

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Going On Vacation

I very rarely, if ever, take a day where I don't check email, my feeds, or work. That is going to change this coming week, starting Saturday morning. I've cleared out my email, and set the autoresponders. For one week, I intend to not answer email. I will not…

Empty Mail Box

I very rarely, if ever, take a day where I don’t check email, my feeds, or work.

That is going to change this coming week, starting Saturday morning. I’ve cleared out my email, and set the autoresponders.

For one week, I intend to not answer email. I will not post on the site. I will not answer phone calls.

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In Mumbai, Following the Pirates

A colleague from NY who prefers to be anonymous sends me this email: Sitting stuck in traffic on way to Mumbai airport. Various peddlers offering flowers, newspapers, etc knock on the car window. And here's one with pirated books. My, the world certainly is flat I think looking at…

Mumbai-North

A colleague from NY who prefers to be anonymous sends me this email:

Sitting stuck in traffic on way to Mumbai airport. Various peddlers offering flowers, newspapers, etc knock on the car window. And here’s one with pirated books. My, the world certainly is flat I think looking at friedman’s samizdat cover. And then I look down the pile — and there is your book. It won’t put food on your table, but you should be happy to know that the guys who rely on one or two sales a day and can only carry a few books have put you on their bestseller list.



First, amazing that he can send me that note while in traffic in one of the most perilous places on earth (at least, last week it was). Second, how cool is it that The Search is a street bestseller in Mumbai?! Do I care about the piracy? No. No, no no. I care that someone in Mumbai cared enough to rip it off, and that someone there might be reading my stuff. That is just cool. Commercial markets always follow the free, or, well, the pirates in this case. Always.

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Round Up

IM interoperability Limited public testing is underway on integrated IM communication between Yahoo Messenger with Voice and Microsoft's IM service. Combined, Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger would comprise the world's largest IM community, and the first partnership of its kind. Q&A with Hayden on Social Search and JetEye David…

IM interoperability

Limited public testing is underway on integrated IM communication between Yahoo Messenger with Voice and Microsoft’s IM service. Combined, Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger would comprise the world’s largest IM community, and the first partnership of its kind.

Picture 5-5Q&A with Hayden on Social Search and JetEye

David Hayden, co-founder of Magellan, talks about with SEL about his vision for the future of social search and his new project, JetEye.

So in a word, social search will be mainstream, because it represents the pursuit of knowledge over information, and the pursuit of knowledge must be a mainstream activity.



Watson customizable search

Watson, the free, contextual search sidebar by Intellext, is now customizable with sites like MySpace and the WSJ. Waston mines data in engines, social sites, desktops, blogs, news, subscriptions, and networks.

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Gdata

I don't say this much, but …. watch this space. GData has all the right geeks fibrillating…it's Hailstorm but….opener. (Nice touch, wanting to call it "Shitstorm….")….

I don’t say this much, but …. watch this space. GData has all the right geeks fibrillating…it’s Hailstorm but….opener. (Nice touch, wanting to call it “Shitstorm….”).

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Cerf, Part 1: Excuse me, but we don’t get a free ride at all

Fortune recently ran an interview with Google's Vint Cerf (I think it's in the current issue, it's not up on the site yet). That was unfortunate for Business 2.0, the magazine where I do interviews, because I had recently completed an interview with him as well. Given that B2…

Vint Cerf Lg-1

Fortune recently ran an interview with Google’s Vint Cerf (I think it’s in the current issue, it’s not up on the site yet). That was unfortunate for Business 2.0, the magazine where I do interviews, because I had recently completed an interview with him as well. Given that B2 is monthly and Fortune comes out every two weeks, Fortune scooped B2, and now the magazine doesn’t want to run my interview.

Well, that’s great for us. Because B2 said I can run it here, a full month ahead of when it would get through B2’s production process, and at greater length.

Vint, who is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and is widely regarded as one of the fathers of the Internet, does not mince words in this interview. He’s clearly got a point of view, and he is not afraid to explain it. Of note – Cerf understands the Bellhead point of view personally, he spent a fair amount of time at MCI before joining Google….

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