Er…Not to Split Hairs But…

From the AP: Google Inc. has set aside more than $200 million in its just-completed takeover of YouTube Inc. to cover possible losses on the deal, creating a financial cushion that might protect the Internet search leader it it's hit with legal bills for the frequent copyright violations on…

Youtube-2From the AP:

Google Inc. has set aside more than $200 million in its just-completed takeover of YouTube Inc. to cover possible losses on the deal, creating a financial cushion that might protect the Internet search leader it it’s hit with legal bills for the frequent copyright violations on YouTube’s video-sharing site.

Without elaborating in a late Monday statement, Google said it is withholding 12.5 percent of the stock owed to YouTube for one year ‘to secure certain indemnification obligations.’

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Yahoo To Announce Deal with Newspapers Monday

The Times has the story, PaidContent had the curtain raiser… From the NYT: A consortium of seven newspaper chains representing 176 daily papers across the country is announcing a broad partnership with Yahoo to share content, advertising and technology, another sign that the wary newspaper business is increasingly willing…

Yahoo-1The Times has the story, PaidContent had the curtain raiser

From the NYT:

A consortium of seven newspaper chains representing 176 daily papers across the country is announcing a broad partnership with Yahoo to share content, advertising and technology, another sign that the wary newspaper business is increasingly willing to shake hands with the technology companies they once saw as a threat.

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YahOUCH!

For the past few quarters, many of us have sensed something of a malaise brewing inside Yahoo. (My first question to David Filo at Web 2, for example, was centered on Yahoo's sliding image as an innovator, and how it's languished compared to Google in terms of search and…

YahooBrad Garlinghouse

For the past few quarters, many of us have sensed something of a malaise brewing inside Yahoo. (My first question to David Filo at Web 2, for example, was centered on Yahoo’s sliding image as an innovator, and how it’s languished compared to Google in terms of search and monetization). Now Paul Kedrosky has posted an internal memo (and WSJ does too) that puts that malaise into words. Written by SVP Brad Garlinghouse, it’s a pretty thrilling manifesto – the kind of internal document that gains power when it becomes public.

Now the question is, what will Semel do with it? The public airing of such a damming memo certainly demands some kind of response. Wow.

…all is not well. Last Thursday’s NY Times article was a blessing in the disguise of a painful public flogging. While it lacked accurate details, its conclusions rang true, and thus was a much needed wake up call. But also a call to action. A clear statement with which I, and far too many Yahoo’s, agreed. And thankfully a reminder. A reminder that the measure of any person is not in how many times he or she falls down – but rather the spirit and resolve used to get back up. The same is now true of our Company.

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Good God, Must It To Come To This? It Must.

(pic) I knew this was coming, but Lord, it sucks. Now our industry is making money, and hitting the big times, it's going to be all about lawyers and posturing, right? From the Journal (not public link, check here): Universal Music Group, the world's largest recorded-music company, sued News…

Goat Rodeo

(pic) I knew this was coming, but Lord, it sucks. Now our industry is making money, and hitting the big times, it’s going to be all about lawyers and posturing, right? From the Journal (not public link, check here):

Universal Music Group, the world’s largest recorded-music company, sued News Corp.’s MySpace for copyright infringement, alleging that the social-networking giant traffics in “user-stolen” content, including music, videos and other material.

At issue is the widespread presence of copyrighted music and video content on MySpace. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for California’s Central District, Vivendi SA’s Universal dismisses the frequently-used label “user-generated content” — alleging that much of the material on MySpace is stolen from copyright holders.

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…and MyBlogLog (NOT)

Yahoo also picked up blog stats and blog social network MyBlogLog today. Let's hope they scale it and make it freely available….congrats to the folks behind it, many of them are pals. Update: A Yahoo PR rep says this is not true….

MybloglogYahoo also picked up blog stats and blog social network MyBlogLog today. Let’s hope they scale it and make it freely available….congrats to the folks behind it, many of them are pals.

Update: A Yahoo PR rep says this is not true.

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Yahoo Buys Bix

Yahoo keeps up the pace of buying young Web 2 companies with its acquisition of Bix, which is run by a pal, Mike Spieser. Mike will take charge of community media at Yahoo (including photos and 360). Bix is a sort of "America's Got Talent" writ across the web….

Bix Angel

Yahoo keeps up the pace of buying young Web 2 companies with its acquisition of Bix, which is run by a pal, Mike Spieser. Mike will take charge of community media at Yahoo (including photos and 360). Bix is a sort of “America’s Got Talent” writ across the web. You don’t think this stuff plays? Poke around a bit. It’s amazing how badly America wants to be Discovered. It’s quite something. It might not play in the Valley, but there’s a reason Idol and its kin do so well.

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The Consolidation Continues

Many others have noted this already, so I'll just toss in my red cent – with Ross Levinsohn leaving Fox Interactive (as with Miller, he's credited with success), and being replaced by a "seasoned television executive," just as Miller was, it's clear major media companies are in the mood…

Ross Levinsohn

Many others have noted this already, so I’ll just toss in my red cent – with Ross Levinsohn leaving Fox Interactive (as with Miller, he’s credited with success), and being replaced by a “seasoned television executive,” just as Miller was, it’s clear major media companies are in the mood to consolidate and leverage the investments they’ve made in online, now that they are certain the properties can make money. While one can quibble with MySpace’s ability to make money on traditional advertising, you can’t argue with $900 million from Google over the next few years. And AOL’s advertising business has been growing nicely in the past few quarters.

But putting traditional media execs in charge of these properties may not be the wisest move. First, it will take at least a year for them to grok what is going on and figure out the lay of the land. That’s a long time to wait, while more nimble natives like Google and Yahoo eat your lunch. And second, well, these are not folks who took risks and lived the space early, and when forced to make decisions, they might make the wrong ones. On the other hand, maybe this is a sign our industry is maturing. We’ll know in a year or so.

I am sure there is far more to this than meets the press, with stories on both sides. Both Miller and Levinsohn were kind enough to wait until the week *after* Web 2 to leave their posts, so I could unwittingly interview lame ducks on stage. So far, my first interview on stage – Eric Schmidt – still has his job, as do Ray Ozzie, David Filo, and Barry Diller. But watch out, guys. These things do come in threes….

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Was this (Google Search Result) link useful?

Matt, a Searchblog reader, noticed something interesting in his Google search results today: "I was just doing some searches on Google and noticed something I've never seen or heard about before. One of the links in the main search results had two feedback buttons (see screenshot)." Matt also notes…

Matt, a Searchblog reader, noticed something interesting in his Google search results today:

“I was just doing some searches on Google and noticed something I’ve never seen or heard about before. One of the links in the main search results had two feedback buttons (see screenshot).”

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Matt also notes that the user satisfaction question is appearing in results both with and without AdSense.

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Searchmob Roundup

YouTube Emails TechCrunch Cease & Desist Order JumpTap Adds Travel, News & Weather to Its Mobile Search Toading, the Technology for Generating Dynamic Search Engine Advertisements, Is Now Available for Ya Highlights from Webmaster & SEO Sessions at Webmaster World Google Calendar Adds Public Events Search…

Searchmob-19YouTube Emails TechCrunch Cease & Desist Order

JumpTap Adds Travel, News & Weather to Its Mobile Search

Toading, the Technology for Generating Dynamic Search Engine Advertisements, Is Now Available for Ya

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MSFT Goes Wifi

All I can say is, please, keep up the competition. I'd love a chance to select from three different Wifi carriers in every major city, each of them free/advertising based. Wifi these days sucks. I mean, ten bucks for a one time connection in the airport? And there's never…

All I can say is, please, keep up the competition. I’d love a chance to select from three different Wifi carriers in every major city, each of them free/advertising based. Wifi these days sucks. I mean, ten bucks for a one time connection in the airport? And there’s never a consistent interface – I have like ten accounts on five different services, and sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t. No single carrier has coverage around the country, so there’s no point in getting one service plan. I very much hope Microsoft and Google push this world toward a better place.

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