News: Google Apps Targeting the Enterprise

Question: Where's the big money in the IT business? Answer: The enterprise. Question: Who owns the enterprise desktop? Answer: Microsoft. Question: What should Google do about it? Answer: Here's a start, an email forwarded to me about a new Google service which is clearly the start of a targeted…

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Question: Where’s the big money in the IT business?

Answer: The enterprise.

Question: Who owns the enterprise desktop?

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Damn, Too Much Liquidity, Google

Bloomberg reports that because Google has so much cash (more than $10 billion and growing very quickly), it's subject to SEC regulations as a mutual fund. Why? More than 40% of its assets are liquid, and Google wants to invest those funds in high yielding instruments, just like a…

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Bloomberg reports that because Google has so much cash (more than $10 billion and growing very quickly), it’s subject to SEC regulations as a mutual fund. Why? More than 40% of its assets are liquid, and Google wants to invest those funds in high yielding instruments, just like a mutual fund might.

Time to buy someone, Google…

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Flickr images enter Yahoo Yahoo begins to integrate Flickr images into search results. A corresponding new tool in Flickr allows users to remove their pictures from search listings. Everyone is asking: how are the images in results ranked? and how is Yahoo determining which keywords to use? Instead of…

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Yahoo begins to integrate Flickr images into search results. A corresponding new tool in Flickr allows users to remove their pictures from search listings. Everyone is asking: how are the images in results ranked? and how is Yahoo determining which keywords to use? Instead of all tags, only queries like “interesting photos” will return Flickr thumbnails. link

Checkout Affliates

Google Checkout launches an affiliate program with integration incentives for “e-commerce providers.” Checkout is also running back-to-school promotional, accompanied by themed reasons to shop, like: “Jockey.com: Extra Underwear, Starbucks Store: All-Nighters.”

Ask’s new hire

Ask announces their new VP of Technology and Engineering, Chuch Geiger, former CTO at PayPal.

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The Theme Here Is Humans, Editorial Opinion Parameters Be Damned

The recent news that Google has been granted a patent on "System and method for supporting editorial opinion in the ranking of search results " has been taken generally as a sign that Google may delve deeper into the world of social search, which was a hot topic of…

The recent news that Google has been granted a patent on “System and method for supporting editorial opinion in the ranking of search results ” has been taken generally as a sign that Google may delve deeper into the world of social search, which was a hot topic of conversation at the recent Search Engine Strategies Conference (the one I missed due to my shoulder surgery).

But what I find interesting about it is the core: editorial opinion. At some point, algorithms have mothers, and those mothers have opinions. In the related art section, the patent application notes that Ask uses real editors to help it determine results, but that those humans don’t scale:

AskJeeves (www.ask.com) generalizes the application of editorial opinion to a collection of pages. Their editors identify a set of pages that share a common theme (e.g., home pages of airports) and associate this set of pages with specific trigger words (e.g., the word “airport”). When one of the trigger words appears in the query, they present the user with a concise representation of the associated set of pages, allowing the user to choose one. Again, the scope of this technique is restricted to the set of pages that were reviewed by the editors, which tends to be many orders of magnitude smaller than the set of useful pages on the World Wide Web.

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Fanpop!

Another social site with web 2.0 goodness? Yes. Fanpop may standout, however, by picking the best qualities from a number of leading social sites and bringing them together in a neat integration. As they say, "We're a little bit of Digg, MySpace, Yahoo! Groups, del.icio.us and Yelp all mixed…

Picture 2-18Another social site with web 2.0 goodness? Yes. Fanpop may standout, however, by picking the best qualities from a number of leading social sites and bringing them together in a neat integration. As they say, “We’re a little bit of Digg, MySpace, Yahoo! Groups, del.icio.us and Yelp all mixed into one.”

Users can create topical federations on just about anything, giving it a resemblance to Tribe’s flexibility. With 24 broad ‘channels’, Fanpop leaves room for communities to cluster around a long tail of interests. In the Fanpop spots, users can add links to relevant websites or news links, like Delicious. But in addition, submitted websites gain momentum from user voting— giving Fanpop the interactive push of Digg and Reddit.

For search fans, there’s the built-in “more on the web” option of out-bound searches keyword tied to the Fanpop title page you’re on, to Google, Delicious, Wikipedia, eBay, Amazon, Flickr, YouTube—probably a list that will grow.

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Google search market share: up, side, down?

Compete says up, alongside conflicting data from Hitwise (reporting a fractionally smaller boost) and NetRatings, recording a slight slip down. By Hitwise's measure, Google search share grew .4%, to 60.2%, in June. Neilsen-NetRatings shows a tiny dip of .2% in July. Tracking different metric sources, Compete reports that Google’s…

Compete says up, alongside conflicting data from Hitwise (reporting a fractionally smaller boost) and NetRatings, recording a slight slip down. By Hitwise’s measure, Google search share grew .4%, to 60.2%, in June. Neilsen-NetRatings shows a tiny dip of .2% in July. Tracking different metric sources, Compete reports that Google’s market share actually increased by .5% in July.

As mentioned earlier, Danny Sullivan is sharing some thoughts as he carefully picks through the details in a skeptical survey of all this. In response, ComScore wrote: “We agree with your assessment that a single-month decline does not constitute a trend. In fact, comScore also observed a similar seasonal decline for Google during the same period last year,” before ascribing it to seasonal fluctuation.

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Search/Ad Landgrab:MSFT gets Facebook

From Cnet: Microsoft failed to sign MySpace to an advertising deal, so the software giant went out and landed Facebook, the second-largest social networking site. Late Tuesday evening, Microsoft announced that Facebook had agreed to allow the software company to provide search and advertising listings to Facebook's 9 million…

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Microsoft failed to sign MySpace to an advertising deal, so the software giant went out and landed Facebook, the second-largest social networking site.

Late Tuesday evening, Microsoft announced that Facebook had agreed to allow the software company to provide search and advertising listings to Facebook’s 9 million users. The Wall Street Journal reported that the arrangement was for three years.

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SalesForce for AdWords Today Salesforce launched AdWords campaign management technology. The new service allows users to directly buy keywords, place ads, and create performance reports in realtime. link Spreadsheets makes the cut In the wake of Video's upgraded status on Google's search page, Spreadsheets beta becomes an option for…

SalesForce for AdWords

Today Salesforce launched AdWords campaign management technology. The new service allows users to directly buy keywords, place ads, and create performance reports in realtime. link

Spreadsheets makes the cut

In the wake of Video’s upgraded status on Google’s search page, Spreadsheets beta becomes an option for services in Google Mail.

Music Trends in GTalk

Google is releasing new data on Talk users’ music listening tastes in the Labs. Within the Google Talk client, users can activate Google to mine and categorize their music habits. Other Talk upgrades, here.

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Failure to Fail

"The strangest and least economically rational technology bubble I've ever seen." Those are Paul Kedrosky's words, discussing what now nearly everyone agrees is, well, some kind of bubble in the Web 2.0 space. I'm hearing it everywhere, and even more to the point, I feel it as well, in…

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“The strangest and least economically rational technology bubble I’ve ever seen.”

Those are Paul Kedrosky’s words, discussing what now nearly everyone agrees is, well, some kind of bubble in the Web 2.0 space. I’m hearing it everywhere, and even more to the point, I feel it as well, in some odd and uncomfortable way.

Hold on, Battelle! Aren’t you the guy who wrote an Op Ed in the New York Times claiming we’re NOT in a bubble? Yeah, that’d be me, and I still hold to my arguments in that piece. We don’t have a bubble in IPO markets, and despite a few questionable deals, the major companies aren’t on a nutty buying spree either, so there’s no bubble in M&A exits infecting large company stock prices. The only folks who might lose thanks to the current Web 2 funding rush are the VCs – and, well, they can afford it.

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Help Us Find The Companies That Will Launch at Web 2.0 2006

Last year marked the debut of a new feature at the Web 2.0 Conference, an event I have chaired since its inception in 2004. Called the Launch Pad, it highlighted a baker's dozen of companies that either launched a major new service, or their entire company, at the annual…

Web205Logo-1-TmLast year marked the debut of a new feature at the Web 2.0 Conference, an event I have chaired since its inception in 2004. Called the Launch Pad, it highlighted a baker’s dozen of companies that either launched a major new service, or their entire company, at the annual Fall event.

Earlier this year we announced the opening of the submission process for the 2006 event. And just like last year, I ask for your help (last year more than 50 submission streamed in after my post). But unlike last year, this year I am getting some help. Instead of me making all the decisions, this year I’ve recruited a stellar group of Launch Pad advisors, who will be helping me find the next group of companies to launch this November. The Launch Pad Advisory Board is comprised of:

Jim Bankoff, AOL

Ross Levinsohn, Fox Interactive

Megan Smith, Google

Shana Fisher, IAC

Allen Morgan, Mayfield

Bryce Roberts/Marc Jacobsen, O’Reilly Ventures

Chris Albinson/Mike Jung, Panorama Capital

Michael Hirshland, Polaris

Mike Arrington, Techcrunch

Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

Bradley Horowitz, Yahoo

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