“Google is the dominating chip stack”

That's a quote in this rather bleak piece on Yahoo in today's Times. The context? Google owns the table in the poker game that is online media. How about this excerpt from Saul's piece: “Yahoo has lost the favor it enjoyed a year or two ago,” said David Cohen,…

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That’s a quote in this rather bleak piece on Yahoo in today’s Times. The context? Google owns the table in the poker game that is online media. How about this excerpt from Saul’s piece:

“Yahoo has lost the favor it enjoyed a year or two ago,” said David Cohen, a senior vice president of Universal McCann, a media buying agency of the Interpublic Group. He said his clients were reducing the share of their budgets they allocate to Yahoo in favor of newer sites, like MySpace, and sites developed by big media companies like Viacom.

“There are more players in town, and the others are closing the gap relative to the things Yahoo is good at,” Mr. Cohen said.

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It’s Not Friday But…

Does anyone find this ad (it's everywhere, for a mortgage broker) mesmerizing? It's a popunder, and I hate popunders. But there something in the way this couple moves…. That reminds me. I think all ads on the web should have permalinks so we can refer to them historically. Why…

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Does anyone find this ad (it’s everywhere, for a mortgage broker) mesmerizing? It’s a popunder, and I hate popunders. But there something in the way this couple moves….

That reminds me. I think all ads on the web should have permalinks so we can refer to them historically. Why not?!

Update: Jonathan at FM has found a site that has some of these ads!

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Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Man. Google is such a cool name. This is such a lame one: Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a web-based word-processing and spreadsheet product that makes it easier for people to create, manage, and share documents and spreadsheets online. Google Docs & Spreadsheets integrates Writely and Google Spreadsheets into…

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Man. Google is such a cool name. This is such a lame one:

Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a web-based word-processing and spreadsheet product that makes it easier for people to create, manage, and share documents and spreadsheets online. Google Docs & Spreadsheets integrates Writely and Google Spreadsheets into a single, easy-to-use product that takes an innovative approach to a very specific problem in the productivity-software space: enabling people to manage and collaborate on the documents and spreadsheets they rely on in their personal and professional lives, no matter where they are or when they need to access them.

With Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google is taking a set of important tasks and offering an online solution to completing them individually or with a broader group. With a Google Account, a compatible web browser, and an Internet connection, users will now easily be able to:

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The Google – YouTube Deal- coverage roundup

While CNet heralds a triumph for social computing (and asks marketers to face the music and get comfortable with UGC videos), CNN Money augurs "the beginning of the end?" Dalka points to a few good, unanswered questions on the deal: Will the unprecedented operational independence Google's giving YouTube provide…

While CNet heralds a triumph for social computing (and asks marketers to face the music and get comfortable with UGC videos), CNN Money augurs “the beginning of the end?”

Dalka points to a few good, unanswered questions on the deal: Will the unprecedented operational independence Google’s giving YouTube provide enough distance to partially protect the buyer from copyright infringement lawsuits? And, will the users (now at over 20 million) stay if Google has to clean house?

Forever Geek discovers the zen in the new alliance: an alignment of cultures willing to fight against the copyright overlords, a similar knack for accumulating prized industry data, and the brand name.

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A Brief Interview with EFF’s Fred von Lohmann on YouTube, Copyright, Google, and More

My first go to guy on all things DMCA, copyright, and digital law and policy is the EFF's Fred von Lohmann. I started an email interview with him prior to the GooTube deal, and it only seems more salient now. Read on for Fred's insights: Is YouTube on safe…

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My first go to guy on all things DMCA, copyright, and digital law and policy is the EFF’s Fred von Lohmann. I started an email interview with him prior to the GooTube deal, and it only seems more salient now. Read on for Fred’s insights:

Is YouTube on safe legal ground, given all the recent press and buzz around copyright?



Well, virtually no one in the Internet industry is on “safe” legal ground. As any copyright lawyer will tell you, the legal standards governing all Internet businesses are still more uncertain than we’d like. Just witness all the litigation that companies like Google and eBay are involved with.

Of course, when most people think about potential legal liability for YouTube, they are thinking about potential copyright risks. And although nothing in the Internet legal realm is entirely certain, YouTube looks to be on relatively firm legal ground. Unlike some more aggressive companies (like the old Napster), YouTube has the benefit of a set of special “safe harbors” created for online service providers as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). If your activities fall within the safe harbors, as defined in Section 512 of the Copyright Act, you can’t be liable for money damages for copyright infringement based on those activities. There is a different safe harbor for each of the following activities: providing network access (e.g., your ISP), caching, storing material on behalf of uses (e.g., web hosting), and providing information location tools (e.g., search engines and linking).

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Nexidia: Cool Video Search Stuff

Gary gives us a pause from YT madness….from his coverage: Nexidia is a multimedia search company out of Georgia that creates a searchable corpus (words and phrases) but does it unlike other products that provide transcript (every word spoken) search. Nexidia takes words and phrases and breaks them down…

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Gary gives us a pause from YT madness….from his coverage:

Nexidia is a multimedia search company out of Georgia that creates a searchable corpus (words and phrases) but does it unlike other products that provide transcript (every word spoken) search.

Nexidia takes words and phrases and breaks them down into phonetic sounds (phonemes) and then indexes them. ….

About 40 phonemes exist in every language with about 400 in all spoken languages. …To this point, it’s been difficult to demo Nexidia technology since there haven’t been any public demo sites. Most of their business is with private companies (recording call center chats, for example) and the government.

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Two Kings: YouTube’s Chad and Steve Talk On YouTube

Giddy? Yes. But the YouTube community seem to like it (its been viewed nearly a million times and has high ratings…). I mean, here is a historical document of what it looks like to realize you are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and …. it's real. Yes, guys,…

Giddy? Yes. But the YouTube community seem to like it (its been viewed nearly a million times and has high ratings…). I mean, here is a historical document of what it looks like to realize you are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and …. it’s real. Yes, guys, you are now officially fuck you rich….is that a TGIF you’re standing outside of?!

(Thanks Adam!)

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Hyping The Hype Machine (And No, It’s Not YouTube)

My pal John Heilemann has penned a B2 piece this week on the Hype Machine, which I have to admit I had heard of but not checked out. It's a very cool music site, a sort of structured search hack which takes as its inputs discussions and songs on…

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My pal John Heilemann has penned a B2 piece this week on the Hype Machine, which I have to admit I had heard of but not checked out. It’s a very cool music site, a sort of structured search hack which takes as its inputs discussions and songs on popular music blogs, and gives as its outputs songs that are buzzworthy. There’s a there there, and I’ll give ten to one the fellow behind it (Anthony Volodkin, at left) is fielding job offers a la delicious right about now….

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First Blush on GooTube – Conference Call

The markets like it – GOOG is up $8.50. I'm listening to the conference call. Chad Hurley is talking about the integration of Google search into YouTube and also is talking about how YT is focused on helping media companies to monetize their content. Why YouTube when you had…

Gootube-2The markets like it – GOOG is up $8.50.

I’m listening to the conference call. Chad Hurley is talking about the integration of Google search into YouTube and also is talking about how YT is focused on helping media companies to monetize their content.

Why YouTube when you had Google VIdeo? Eric said Google Video was doing well, but YouTube was a clear winner in the social networking side of video…

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