Future of Web Apps

I've been pretty quiet here lately, and I'm sorry for that, between work and travel….you know the drill. I will be at Ryan Carson's The Future of Web Apps this week (Sept 13-14) in SF, if any of you are going to be around for that, please come say…

I’ve been pretty quiet here lately, and I’m sorry for that, between work and travel….you know the drill. I will be at Ryan Carson’s The Future of Web Apps this week (Sept 13-14) in SF, if any of you are going to be around for that, please come say hello. It looks like a good event, speakers include Kevin Rose, Jeff Veen, Evan Williams, and many more.

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Details on New MSFT Live Search

Over at LiveSide. From an excerpt of a memo sent to them: Goodbye MSN Search, Hello Windows Live Search! The beta, or pre-release, testing of Windows Live Search is nearly over so if you've used it or sent us feedback we salute you – don't worry no group hugs…

Over at LiveSide. From an excerpt of a memo sent to them:

Goodbye MSN Search, Hello Windows Live Search!

The beta, or pre-release, testing of Windows Live Search is nearly over so if you’ve used it or sent us feedback we salute you – don’t worry no group hugs or anything, just a genuine thanks from the team.

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AdWords On Your Phone

Inevitable. From ClickZ: Google is testing ads on its mobile search interfaces in the U.S., U.K. and Germany a spokesperson has confirmed. The deal is similar to a pilot the company began testing in Japan earlier this year. Love Boing Boing's (visual) take on it….

Inevitable. From ClickZ:

Google is testing ads on its mobile search interfaces in the U.S., U.K. and Germany a spokesperson has confirmed. The deal is similar to a pilot the company began testing in Japan earlier this year.

Love Boing Boing’s (visual) take on it.

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Google News News

I remember going down to see Eric early in the process of reporting the book, when Google News was just starting. He asked me how I liked the new service, and I said it was cool, but my chief complaint was that it had no memory – it was…

NewsarchiveI remember going down to see Eric early in the process of reporting the book, when Google News was just starting. He asked me how I liked the new service, and I said it was cool, but my chief complaint was that it had no memory – it was all about the present, and you could not slice the news by date.

Looks like Google is finally addressing that issue with the release today of an archive version of Google News, created in cooperation with major news outlets like the Post and Times, and folks like Lexis Nexis. This announcement strikes me as consistent with a new tone at Google with regard to media companies – “we’re your partner, we’ll help you make money.”

I’m looking forward to using this. WSJ has a public story on this. From it:

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ChaCha: Guided Search

I sense we've seen this movie before, at least a variant of it. But then again, plenty of last decade's ideas are flowering again. From SFGate: The value of a service like ChaCha lies in its ability to connect users immediately to a knowledgeable guide, who has experience or…

Chacha

I sense we’ve seen this movie before, at least a variant of it. But then again, plenty of last decade’s ideas are flowering again. From SFGate:

The value of a service like ChaCha lies in its ability to connect users immediately to a knowledgeable guide, who has experience or background a particular field. Think of it as calling 411 directory assistance on the Web.

“When people try us, they’re blown away,” said Jones, the founder and chief executive officer of ChaCha. “The results are significantly better because we’re incorporating human intelligence into the mix.”

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Mohr Calls Out The Newspapers

Tom Mohr, who used to run Knight Ridder's digital efforts and is now ensconced at ASU and Charles River Ventures, calls out the newspaper industry in a major piece in Editor & Publisher. He posits that the newspaper industry needs the equivalent of a "Marshall Plan" and needs to…

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Tom Mohr, who used to run Knight Ridder’s digital efforts and is now ensconced at ASU and Charles River Ventures, calls out the newspaper industry in a major piece in Editor & Publisher. He posits that the newspaper industry needs the equivalent of a “Marshall Plan” and needs to get over its internal disputes and work together.

It is instructive that after twelve years of the consumer web, not a single example of breakthrough online innovation has emerged out of a newspaper company. Not in recruitment. Not in auto. Not in classifieds. Not in shopping, directory, new ad models, or content aggregation.

He imagines a company, Switzerland Inc., that works on behalf of all newspapers.

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Google’s Brazilian Test

Earlier this month the news broke that Brazilian officials have demanded very specific information on suspected criminals who have been using Google's Orkut service (it's very popular in Brazil, who knows why…). Google's initial defense was to say that the data in question was stored in the US (both…

Christrio

Earlier this month the news broke that Brazilian officials have demanded very specific information on suspected criminals who have been using Google’s Orkut service (it’s very popular in Brazil, who knows why…).

Google’s initial defense was to say that the data in question was stored in the US (both quotes from the first link, a Reuters story):

Google officials in Brazil have said all clients’ data is stored on a server in the United States and is subject to U.S. laws, which makes it impossible for them to reveal the data in Brazil. They also said the local affiliate only deals in marketing and sales and has nothing to do with Orkut.

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Shameless Promotion: Searchblog Classifieds

Some of you may have noticed the new classified/text link ads on the right side. I'm experimenting with them, now that FM has the ability to sell them via its platform. I have a sense that readers of this site might have things to say to each other in…

Sblog Classifieds

Some of you may have noticed the new classified/text link ads on the right side. I’m experimenting with them, now that FM has the ability to sell them via its platform. I have a sense that readers of this site might have things to say to each other in a commercial voice, and this is a way to do it, pretty darn cheap ($140 a week, for a permanent ad). If it works out, we’ll make a marketplace section on a second page, for now, we’ve limited the number of ads that can run to seven. Check it out!

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