Compete – Can Bill Gross and Co. Answer My Last Question?

Compete.com launches Nov. 1. Just yesterday I asked if anyone can help us with an Alexa we can trust, this seems to be addressed at that market, and more. I do not have time to grok it, I am afraid (it *is* Halloween night after all) but check it…

Compete

Compete.com launches Nov. 1. Just yesterday I asked if anyone can help us with an Alexa we can trust, this seems to be addressed at that market, and more. I do not have time to grok it, I am afraid (it *is* Halloween night after all) but check it out, and let us all know what you think here. And here’s a t’rati link for coverage of the launch.

From the about page:

Today, search engines help us find sites, but they fall short of showing how safe, popular and valuable a site is. Through click-sharing, Compete extends search algorithms by tapping the collective online experiences of millions of people. By sharing our clicks, we create useful new information about the websites we visit that can help us answer questions like:

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Google Acquisitions Mashup

Neat Ajax-y widget that shows Google's acquisitions. Goes back to 2001, and shows a few I had forgotten about, as well as investments like Baidu and AOL. Thanks, Pete!…

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Neat Ajax-y widget that shows Google’s acquisitions. Goes back to 2001, and shows a few I had forgotten about, as well as investments like Baidu and AOL.

Thanks, Pete!

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Congrats Joe: Google Acquires JotSpot

Innaresting! I have asked Joe if he'd do an interview with us, we'll see. And meanwhile, this is the second company to debut at Web 2.0 that has been purchased by Google (the first was Writely). Hey, where's our commission!?…

Innaresting!

I have asked Joe if he’d do an interview with us, we’ll see. And meanwhile, this is the second company to debut at Web 2.0 that has been purchased by Google (the first was Writely). Hey, where’s our commission!?

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Trans Gender Shiny Fetish!

Yes, that's a sh*tload of spam you're seeing in my comments lately. Hard to keep up, apparently, Searchblog is at the leading edge of spam attacks – in other words, as spammers try new IP addresses and other tricks to beat Akismet, they have to strike somewhere first, and…

Yes, that’s a sh*tload of spam you’re seeing in my comments lately. Hard to keep up, apparently, Searchblog is at the leading edge of spam attacks – in other words, as spammers try new IP addresses and other tricks to beat Akismet, they have to strike somewhere first, and for whatever reason, a high percentage of new attacks seem to be starting off at our lovely site. Well, I’m fighting back by banning words using my publishing software. Sorry folks, but you will have to keep, er, certain words out of comments from now on…

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Between the Sheets

Blog Maverick reports 'some intimate details of the Google YouTube deal', based on an anonymous source. Assertions, from the supposedly well-informed note, include: * About $500 million of the 1.65 billion purchase price was earmarked to fight and settle copyright suits, as a large but not uncommon liabilities patch….

Blog Maverick reports ‘some intimate details of the Google YouTube deal‘, based on an anonymous source. Assertions, from the supposedly well-informed note, include:

* About $500 million of the 1.65 billion purchase price was earmarked to fight and settle copyright suits, as a large but not uncommon liabilities patch.

* As part of the Google courtship, YouTube massaged settlement negotiations with the largest potential DMCA stake-holders–far enough along to make it unlikely that their settlement claims would bite significantly into the margin of gain for Google.

* However, to appease the large media companies disinterest in sharing profits with the creative talent, the value was instead transfered as an equity investment in YouTube–sheltered from royalty burdens.

* Finally, to protect the value behind YouTube–its copious viewing audience addicted to pirated material—Google asked the media gatekeepers to ‘look the other way’ for a few months, as copyright violations continue to run rampant.

* And finally, according to this anonymous note, Google also asked the media powerhouses to belt competing video sites with lawsuits first–like “YouTube clones Blot and Grouper.”

“There are some interesting chapters yet to unfold. One is how much of this will become public. Google is required by the SEC to disclose material financial developments at their company. Working in Google’s advantage is their enormous market capitalization and revenues will give them considerable leeway to claim that a 50 million transaction is not significant to their business. If the other video sites have the wherewithal to put up a legal fight any decent attorney will demand access to Youtube acquisition documents. Expect a claim of collusion between Google and the media companies as a defense strategy.”



Mark Cuban adds, as a note on this source, “I can’t say this has been fact checked. It hasn’t. I can’t say its 100 pct accurate, I don’t know. But it rings true, and as I said, I trust the source.”

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Searchmob Roundup

Google Debuting 'Current Time' in Location SERPs Vulnpedia – Google Code Engineers Create Custom Security Search Defamation Suit Against Google for Sudden PageRank 0 – Drama Continues Yet Another Security Flaw Spotted in IE 7 Today The Five Pillars of Social Media Marketing…

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Vulnpedia – Google Code Engineers Create Custom Security Search

Defamation Suit Against Google for Sudden PageRank 0 – Drama Continues

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You Want Some Love, Yahoo (or AOL, or Google, or…)? Please, Please Give Us An Alexa We Can Trust

The ongoing charley horse on the booming online advertising marketplace, in particular with regard to community driven and blog sites, is the lack of any reliable third party traffic estimates. Alexa is a joke, but everyone uses it. Comscore can't measure these sites well, as Fred points out. I've…

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The ongoing charley horse on the booming online advertising marketplace, in particular with regard to community driven and blog sites, is the lack of any reliable third party traffic estimates. Alexa is a joke, but everyone uses it. Comscore can’t measure these sites well, as Fred points out.

I’ve been at both Google and Yahoo in the past ten days, and privately, folks there both told me that they had the data and the wherewithal to blow Alexa out of the water. They have relationships with tens of millions of customers, and access to billions of clickstreams. Why not create, if only for the PR rub off, a solid estimator of web traffic? Lord knows we need it.

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Yahoo and AOL (Or Anyone Else, for That Matter)

I do not see this happening. There, I said it. Now it'll go and happen, of course. Yahoo swallowing AOL might make for great headlines, and worthy speculation by folks in the know, but the plain truth is that buying mass won't fix Yahoo's woes. It has plenty of…

Yahoo Search-1I do not see this happening. There, I said it. Now it’ll go and happen, of course. Yahoo swallowing AOL might make for great headlines, and worthy speculation by folks in the know, but the plain truth is that buying mass won’t fix Yahoo’s woes. It has plenty of mass. Getting more doesn’t address the main issue dogging the company: its lack of a monetization engine as efficient as Google’s. At the end of the day, that’s the biggest issue. Panama, which is rolling out to advertisers now, is the company’s most important project in years. If Yahoo is going to compete against Google – in everything from deals like YouTube to partnerships like MySpace – it has to get search monetization up to snuff. The rest will follow.

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Just In Case…

This might be filed in the Tin Foil Hat category, or it might be something we look back on and wonder how we ever missed it. I don't have any idea which. That alone sort of scares me. The story says that Google is working with the Govt. in…

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This might be filed in the Tin Foil Hat category, or it might be something we look back on and wonder how we ever missed it. I don’t have any idea which. That alone sort of scares me.

The story says that Google is working with the Govt. in the war on terror. It depends a lot on ex CIA agent Robert Steele, who may or may not be a trustworthy source.

I’ve seen this story all over the place this weekend, and it strikes me as possibly accurate on at least one level: If the CIA/Dept. of Homeland Security was NOT trying to secretly work with Google, it’s even lamer than we might imagine. After all, the company has just about the best infrastructure in the world to help them do their job. Is it legal? Moral? Right? Another question entirely….

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