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DMOZ Founder Says "Time to Shape up or Ship out' New Research Prototype From Microsoft. AURA: Advanced User Resource Annotation System Time Magazine's 2006 Tribute to YouTube Health Information Study from CDC: Reducing Information Pollution in the Internet Age Learn About the National Geospatial Digital Archive…

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DMOZ Founder Says “Time to Shape up or Ship out’

New Research Prototype From Microsoft. AURA: Advanced User Resource Annotation System

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Packaged Goods Media v. Conversational Media: Part Two

I started my last missive on Packaged Goods Media (PGM) v. Conversational Media (CM) with an overview of the tectonic changes in leadership at the digital units of major media companies. One day later, Yahoo announced its own radical reorganization – COO Dan Rosensweig is leaving, and media unit…

I started my last missive on Packaged Goods Media (PGM) v. Conversational Media (CM) with an overview of the tectonic changes in leadership at the digital units of major media companies. One day later, Yahoo announced its own radical reorganization – COO Dan Rosensweig is leaving, and media unit chief Llyod Braun, a master of PGM (Desperate Housewives, HBO), also saw the writing on the wall. Rosensweig left, in my estimation, because while he bought into the new Yahoo organization overall, he realized that his place within it was diminished by CFO Susan Decker’s anointment as Semel’s #2 (watch where he goes, I am sure it will be interesting.).

Braun left, on the other hand, because there wasn’t a place for him to begin with. Yahoo has always struggled with its true role as a media company – should it create its own media, or should it be a platform to aggregate the media of others? Braun’s departure indicates that Yahoo will not pursue the vision of itself as a creator of traditional Packaged Goods Media – Braun struggled to figure out how to make “hits” in a platform-driven world of YouTube, MySpace, and Flickr. So what kind of media might best be made in such an environment?

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Flyin’ Blind

Like many others I know, I manage my work life through the window of my email. Last night, as I was preparing to head out to FM's staff holiday party, I managed to delete my entire inbox (it's complicated, don't ask how). I had about 25 messages sitting in…

Like many others I know, I manage my work life through the window of my email. Last night, as I was preparing to head out to FM’s staff holiday party, I managed to delete my entire inbox (it’s complicated, don’t ask how). I had about 25 messages sitting in that box, each of them an action item, a task I needed to execute. And then BLAM, they were gone. It feels like I have some kind of temporal amnesia – all these things I needed to do, sitting forever in my lost inbox.

Of course I’m working with our IT folks to see if we can rebuild it, and going through my sent mail and such to reconstruct my memories, but if you sent me mail in the past week or so and expect a response, well, help me out and resend it. Thanks!

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David Rumsey Map Collection Adds More than 1148 Digitized Historical Maps Aerial Imagery on MapQuest Google, Click Fraud, and Invalid Clicks from Google's Shurman G. iPhone Will Be Announced on Monday – Gizmodo Google PageRank Checker for 700 Datacenters…

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Googlers to Auction Stock Options

Yesterday, Google announced an innovative program, called the Transferable Stock Option (TSO), to allow employees to auction off their eligible stock options to financial institutions. Morgan Stanley will coordinate the auctioning in TSO, which will take effect the second quarter of 2007. Only options issued after Google went public…

Yesterday, Google announced an innovative program, called the Transferable Stock Option (TSO), to allow employees to auction off their eligible stock options to financial institutions.

Morgan Stanley will coordinate the auctioning in TSO, which will take effect the second quarter of 2007. Only options issued after Google went public are eligible and Google’s Executive Management Group will be excluded from participation. Options transfered under the TSO will be valid for two years or at the conclusion set in the original grant terms, which ever is first.

Henry Blodget asks: If anyone has figured out the drawbacks of Google’s new transferable option plan, please weigh in, because at first glance it looks like a win all around. (Which begs the question: Why haven’t other companies done this? Why does Google seem to be the only Valley company dead-set on innovating?)

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IBM’s Omni Yahoo Edition

Today Yahoo & IBM unveiled OmniFind Yahoo Edition, an unstructured search for enterprise. The product, which relies on Yahoo's basic web search, is made free and downloadable to the public. As Yahoo and IMB VPs explained in a preview on Monday, you can download it to your laptop easily…

Dmm121306IToday Yahoo & IBM unveiled OmniFind Yahoo Edition, an unstructured search for enterprise. The product, which relies on Yahoo’s basic web search, is made free and downloadable to the public. As Yahoo and IMB VPs explained in a preview on Monday, you can download it to your laptop easily and it will begin indexing your files right away–although it’s meant for a server.

OmniFind Yahoo Edition will index 500K file documents gratis, and customers can increase the file capacity with a paid upgrade. Other features include a customizable search screen, as well as the ability to create synonyms and to highlight documents. Upgrades are also available to integrate IBM’s more advanced enterprise solutions– which include taxonomies and other advanced features.

As mentioned, the system relies on Yahoo search. The index was developed from the opensource Lucene, mixed with IBM’s internal OmniFind technology. “The software uses the Lucene search library and UIMA is also used in the software, however UIMA is not exposed, meaning people can’t actively use the UIMA annontators to connect other software.” There will also be synchronization issues when combining the Yahoo and the IBM results– the partnering companies say they’re already working it.

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How Safe are the SERPs for Popular Terms Virgin Mobile USA Taps JumpTap for Mobile Search & Advertising Another Round of News, Info and Job Search Sites Optimized for your Mobile Browser Google's Library Project Turns 2 decipho: New Social Search Engine…

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IBM and Yahoo Hook Up For Enterprise Search

More when Melanie, who was in on the briefing, posts, but here's the corporate line: Earlier this year Yahoo! and IBM got together to ask a simple question — how can we make enterprise search easier to install, use, and maintain. The result of that question is IBM OmniFind…

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Earlier this year Yahoo! and IBM got together to ask a simple question — how can we make enterprise search easier to install, use, and maintain. The result of that question is IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition which we believe will enable employees, partners or customers to find answers that they know are sitting on their file-systems, their intranet, or their public website. And because an answer to your question may be on the Web, we have integrated Yahoo! Search directly into the search results. So, if you are searching the enterprise, the Web, or looking for a local business you can do that in one unified experience.

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Google’s Approach to a Potentially Flat Stock Price

Is to innovate in how to give employees liquidity. Matt Marshall explains it here. While Google's stock price defied gravity through January this year — there are strong signs it may stall going forward (see graph below). It means that an employee hired a couple of weeks ago got…

Is to innovate in how to give employees liquidity. Matt Marshall explains it here.

While Google’s stock price defied gravity through January this year — there are strong signs it may stall going forward (see graph below). It means that an employee hired a couple of weeks ago got their options at a price of $500, but now see the stocks valued at $481. If there’s little hope the stock will rise much, what’s the point of staying (aside from the apparently fun work atmosphere, which may be enough for many people, granted)?

That conundrum may be why Google has just introduced the options market, an online trading site that lets Googlers sell their shares to institutional investors — who are often willing to pay more than the current market price for an option to buy those shares in the future.

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