IBM Sues Amazon for Infringement

IBM filed two infringement lawsuits for five patent violations against Amazon. The patents in question include online product recommendation schemes and other features Amazon uses at the foundation of its business, some of which IBM says it developed as early as the 1980s. IBM has approached Amazon since 2002…

IBM filed two infringement lawsuits for five patent violations against Amazon. The patents in question include online product recommendation schemes and other features Amazon uses at the foundation of its business, some of which IBM says it developed as early as the 1980s. IBM has approached Amazon since 2002 to reconcile the alleged infringement through licensing–which several other companies do.

From the WSJ:

The patents at the center of the dispute are broad, and IBM alleges they cover parts of Amazon’s elaborate product-recommendation system. That system shows customers products related to the one they’re looking at, and also shows them other products purchased by like-minded customers. The patents also cover the way Amazon displays advertising on its site to match customer preferences, and how the retailer stores shopping data to build customer profiles.

“Given that time frame, these are very fundamental inventions for e-commerce and how to do it on the network,” said John E. Kelly, IBM’s senior vice president for intellectual property. “Much, if not all, of Amazon’s business is built on top of this property.”

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I Gets On Them Internets, then I Use The Google

From Krane's blog: Maria uncovers this gem in a recent conversation with Dubya. Seriously. BARTIROMO: I’m curious, have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google? BUSH: Occasionally. One of the things I’ve used on the Google is to pull up maps. It’s very interesting to see — I’ve…

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Maria uncovers this gem in a recent conversation with Dubya. Seriously.

BARTIROMO: I’m curious, have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google?

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Whoa. 3000 Posts.

Milestones often pass unnoticed. I missed Searchblog's 3000th post just yesterday. Fittingly, it was about geeking out on search. That means I've averaged 1000 posts a year, or nearly 3 a day for three years. Wow….

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Milestones often pass unnoticed. I missed Searchblog’s 3000th post just yesterday. Fittingly, it was about geeking out on search. That means I’ve averaged 1000 posts a year, or nearly 3 a day for three years. Wow.

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YouTube: Not A Good Start, BB Reports

From BB today: YouTube gave user data to Paramount lawyers The video-sharing site recently purchased by Google for $1.65B in stock has been keeping tabs on users' personal data, and sharing some of that identifying info without users' awareness. Responding to a subpoena served in May by Viacom subsidiary…

From BB today:

YouTube gave user data to Paramount lawyers

The video-sharing site recently purchased by Google for $1.65B in stock has been keeping tabs on users’ personal data, and sharing some of that identifying info without users’ awareness. Responding to a subpoena served in May by Viacom subsidiary Paramount Pictures, YouTube handed over data on at least one user to the movie studio’s lawyers.

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Google Copies RollyO, Amazon

Roll your own search engine, folks, using Google (Cnet coverage). Dave Pell, I feel your pain….the (partial) release: The Power of Google Search is Now Customizable Today, Google is launching the Google Custom Search Engine, a new way to bring tailored search to websites and blogs. Our clever engineers…

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Roll your own search engine, folks, using Google (Cnet coverage). Dave Pell, I feel your pain….the (partial) release:

The Power of Google Search is Now Customizable

Today, Google is launching the Google Custom Search Engine, a new way to bring tailored search to websites and blogs.

Our clever engineers have found a way to open up the Google search platform to let anyone build their own search engine, without needing a Ph.D. in computer science. In just minutes, individuals, organizations and businesses can use the Google search platform to create their own search engines targeted toward their audience and focused on any content they like, from academic pursuits, to charitable causes, to Hollywood heartthrobs, and more.

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What The F*ck Is With the Spam Lately

I was so happy with Akismet, Wordpress' spam fighting plugin, but lately, I have been deleting more than 50 spams a day. It's driving me out of my mind. I leave the blog for a few hours – like today, where I went down to spend the afternoon with…

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I was so happy with Akismet, WordPress’ spam fighting plugin, but lately, I have been deleting more than 50 spams a day. It’s driving me out of my mind. I leave the blog for a few hours – like today, where I went down to spend the afternoon with Yahoo – and damned if there aren’t the spam bots waiting to strike. Message to spammers: F*CK YOU.

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Searchmob Roundup

Danny Sullivan Staying With SES Through 2007 (Breaking news) Google is Not Invincible: 5 Reasons Why Vital Google SEO Interview with Matt Cutts Social Search: Decipho More Walmart Flogs Written by Edelman Employees…

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Google is Not Invincible: 5 Reasons Why

Vital Google SEO Interview with Matt Cutts

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WaPo Does the Click Fraud Piece, I Scratch My Head…

Another major media story on click fraud this weekend, from the Washington Post. Nothing new that I can see, to be honest. But I am left still scratching my head on this whole topic. There is no doubt that some folks take advantage of syndicated ad networks like Adsense…

Another major media story on click fraud this weekend, from the Washington Post. Nothing new that I can see, to be honest.

But I am left still scratching my head on this whole topic. There is no doubt that some folks take advantage of syndicated ad networks like Adsense and Overture to engage in fraudulent activities. But I spent a day down at Google recently, and among the meetings I had was a briefing with the folks responsible for leading Google’s click fraud detection. I found them earnest, believable, and utterly frustrated with many players in the SEO/SEM industry.

Why? Recall the kerfluffle over click fraud at SES this past August – when Google issued a report essentially debunking approaches taken by most click fraud detection firms – the very firms whose data underpins a lot of the media coverage of clickfraud? The major point of the report was, in short, that the very methods used to count click fraud were technically inaccurate.

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What TechDirt Said

I won't bother linking to the original Cnet opinion piece eviscerated so well by TechDirt here. The topic is whether pointing to and summarizing content openly posted on the web is illegal and "immoral". It ain't….

I won’t bother linking to the original Cnet opinion piece eviscerated so well by TechDirt here. The topic is whether pointing to and summarizing content openly posted on the web is illegal and “immoral”. It ain’t.

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Google Copies SpaceShipOne

Mike has discovered that Google has acquired a copy of SpaceShipOne, the plane which won the X Prize, and is installing it on their new campus. Odd. Is this just window dressing?…

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Mike has discovered that Google has acquired a copy of SpaceShipOne, the plane which won the X Prize, and is installing it on their new campus. Odd. Is this just window dressing?

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