Google: Uh, No

I like the tone of this post refuting the widespread coverage of Eric's click fraud comments. It feels….like Google being part of a conversation. I wish it came a bit quicker, but it's worth a read. Update: Donna Bogatin responds to Google's response…she's pissed…….

I like the tone of this post refuting the widespread coverage of Eric’s click fraud comments. It feels….like Google being part of a conversation. I wish it came a bit quicker, but it’s worth a read.

Update: Donna Bogatin responds to Google’s response…she’s pissed….

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KinderStart: Case Not Quite Closed

A federal judge threw out KinderStart's sweeping lawsuit against Google yesterday, but left the door open for the whole thing to start again. The key thing here, I think, is the concept of "objectivity". From ZDNet coverage: (Judge) Fogel wrote that a PageRank score reflects Google's opinions, and suggested…

A federal judge threw out KinderStart’s sweeping lawsuit against Google yesterday, but left the door open for the whole thing to start again. The key thing here, I think, is the concept of “objectivity”. From ZDNet coverage:

(Judge) Fogel wrote that a PageRank score reflects Google’s opinions, and suggested that a score generated by a computer algorithm is likely not defamatory. But if KinderStart can prove a case of “manual intervention” by Google, Fogel wrote, the outcome might be different.

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Interview: Jonathan Miller, AOL

My interview with AOL's Jonathan Miller is up now on CNN/B2.0. Excerpts: ..it's true that too much of our innovation was locked behind the subscriber wall. It was less than a year ago that AOL moved out onto the Web, launching AOL.com, which is such a good broadband portal…

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My interview with AOL’s Jonathan Miller is up now on CNN/B2.0.

Excerpts:

..it’s true that too much of our innovation was locked behind the subscriber wall. It was less than a year ago that AOL moved out onto the Web, launching AOL.com, which is such a good broadband portal that our friends at Yahoo (Charts) have redesigned their homepage to look a whole lot like it.

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Ted Stevens, Remixed by The Internets

A series of tubes, is what Senator Ted Stevens called the Internet. He has no idea what he's talking about, but he's against net neutrality, that's for sure, and he is, in fact, a major voice in the debate. Scary? Yeah. All you need to know, really, can be…

Blog+Image Thumb SeriesoftubesA series of tubes, is what Senator Ted Stevens called the Internet. He has no idea what he’s talking about, but he’s against net neutrality, that’s for sure, and he is, in fact, a major voice in the debate. Scary? Yeah. All you need to know, really, can be found here. Really. Listen. It’s so….good. (Thanks, Bill Gibson).

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Nat Does the Valley

Nat Torkington of O'Reilly is touring the Valley and talking to interesting companies, and writing up his thoughts. They are very good. So far he's done Meebo and Ning….

Nat Torkington of O’Reilly is touring the Valley and talking to interesting companies, and writing up his thoughts. They are very good. So far he’s done Meebo and Ning.

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It’s Summer, So It Must Be Time for “Mine Is Bigger Than Yours”

Yesterday Hitwise blogged a striking discovery: MySpace is bigger than anyone online. Well, sort of anyway – the fine print read: …www.myspace.com has surpassed Yahoo! Mail as the most visited domain on the Internet for US Internet users. Today, Yahoo begged to differ, issuing its own release. From the…

Yesterday Hitwise blogged a striking discovery: MySpace is bigger than anyone online. Well, sort of anyway – the fine print read:

…www.myspace.com has surpassed Yahoo! Mail as the most visited domain on the Internet for US Internet users.



Today, Yahoo begged to differ, issuing its own release. From the Mail & Guardian online coverage:

Yahoo! rejected the claim as “misleading” because it ranked the search engine’s domains such as search, news, and e-mail separately instead of adding them together.

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About Time, And Congrats, Wired

When I left Wired in 1997, the company was in the midst of a very complicated financial transaction, the end of which was the splitting of Wired magazine from Wired Digital and Wired News. From that point on, the magazine was hobbled by not having its own domain, nor…

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When I left Wired in 1997, the company was in the midst of a very complicated financial transaction, the end of which was the splitting of Wired magazine from Wired Digital and Wired News. From that point on, the magazine was hobbled by not having its own domain, nor control of its own digital destiny. Now that oddity has been rectified, finally. I very much hope Conde Nast plans to let the newly reunited Wired brand sprout online wings and truly fly. Congrats, Wired! (image via Chris Anderson’s site)

And by the way, Chris’s book The Long Tail is #4 on Amazon today. His book launched this week, to great reviews, and I am so pleased for him. And check out what Amazon thinks is a good match:

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Will AOL Follow The Free?

In a public article, the Journal today has details on AOL's proposal to take portions of its service free. Time Warner Inc. expects its AOL unit to sacrifice nearly $1 billion of operating profit through 2009 under a proposed plan to offer the online service free of charge to…

Aol Gl LogoIn a public article, the Journal today has details on AOL’s proposal to take portions of its service free.

Time Warner Inc. expects its AOL unit to sacrifice nearly $1 billion of operating profit through 2009 under a proposed plan to offer the online service free of charge to some customers, according to internal company forecasts. The company, however, is also forecasting that growth in Internet ad revenue will partially offset the expected decline in subscription revenue and ultimately leave the company more profitable.

The new proposal would cut roughly in half profit from AOL’s sale of Internet subscriptions in the U.S. in the next three years, the forecasts show, from $1.6 billion this year to about $800 million in 2009. According to the forecasts, AOL, which has 18.6 million U.S. subscribers now, would end up with just over six million by the end of 2009…

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Round Up

ExactSeek ExactSeek search launches in beta, with an index of over 100 million documents and growing. ExactSeek accepts url submissions to its index, which provides a subject directory, covering the web, images, news, articles, and weblogs. Baidu Space Baidu, the dominant search engine in the world's second largest internet…

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ExactSeek search launches in beta, with an index of over 100 million documents and growing. ExactSeek accepts url submissions to its index, which provides a subject directory, covering the web, images, news, articles, and weblogs.

Baidu Space

Baidu, the dominant search engine in the world’s second largest internet market, plans to launch a blogging platform, on Thursday, with keyword search. It joins “formidable challengers” including “Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Bokee.com, Blogbus.com and BlogCN.com. (SEJ)”

Scaling chores at Google

“Google Engineering is different,” wrote Peter Norvig on the Google Research Blog in February. “We’re different, and we like it that way.” eWeek takes an interesting look at how Google extends its automatized mentality to the commonplace tasks of keeping books and files every business must handle.

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