Quintura Launches New UI

Remember Quintura (some previous coverage), a visual search engine? TC reports a new UI launched today sporting tag clouds of a sort. Now, the quick and easy way to grok an engine, not that it's in any way defensible, is to do a vanity search. But alas, you can't…

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Remember Quintura (some previous coverage), a visual search engine? TC reports a new UI launched today sporting tag clouds of a sort.

Now, the quick and easy way to grok an engine, not that it’s in any way defensible, is to do a vanity search. But alas, you can’t link to search results on Quintura. Fix that, folks! It does show the tag “king” for “john battelle”. Hmmm.

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Quigo Gets Its Moment in the NYT Sun

Nice piece on contextual ad provider Quigo in today's NYT. What Quigo offers is transparency and control in what can often be an opaque business: advertisers pay Yahoo and Google for contextual ad placement on a wide variety of Web pages, but get little say over where those ads…

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Nice piece on contextual ad provider Quigo in today’s NYT.

What Quigo offers is transparency and control in what can often be an opaque business: advertisers pay Yahoo and Google for contextual ad placement on a wide variety of Web pages, but get little say over where those ads run or even a list of sites where they do appear.

Quigo, by contrast, gives advertisers not only the list of specific sites where their ads have appeared but also the opportunity to buy only on specific Web sites or particular pages on those sites. It also allows media company sites like ESPN.com and FoxNews.com a chance to manage their own relationships with advertisers.

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Early Reports on Panama: Encouraging

I've made no secret of my view on Yahoo's Panama project: I'm rooting for it, because for any number of good reasons, the world needs at least one more scaled search monetization option beyond AdWords/Adsense. Last week Gian Fulgoni, the founder of Comscore, pinged me with some interesting (but…

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I’ve made no secret of my view on Yahoo’s Panama project: I’m rooting for it, because for any number of good reasons, the world needs at least one more scaled search monetization option beyond AdWords/Adsense. Last week Gian Fulgoni, the founder of Comscore, pinged me with some interesting (but embargoed) news: Comscore has been tracking clickthrough and conversion in the first couple of weeks of Panama, and the numbers looked encouraging. He checked his numbers with Yahoo, and together they agreed to release the news early this morning.

The release is here…From it:

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Google Earth and Search

O'Reilly's Radar has two posts on Google's integration of search into Google Earth, the first explains it, the second points to a Directions Magazine interview with the CTO of Google Earth (did you know there was a CTO of Google Earth?!). This is the first inclusion of Google's web…

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O’Reilly’s Radar has two posts on Google’s integration of search into Google Earth, the first explains it, the second points to a Directions Magazine interview with the CTO of Google Earth (did you know there was a CTO of Google Earth?!).

This is the first inclusion of Google’s web crawl in Google Earth. It has had Local search for a while, but that comes from a seperate index. I think that this is just the beginning of different search types to be included in Google Earth. I don’t see any reason why Google wouldn’t continue to add geocoded content as layers. In the future I think that we can expect blogs, Orkut networks, geo-referenced websites (time to start using microformats!), and books (it has already added a geo-oreinted view to book search – example).

What would the goal be of adding more search types? Well for one this would continue to improve the product; search is powerful. Second, search can lead to ads which may lead to monetization of Google Earth

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Tim Armstrong on Future of Google Ads

Ad Age reports from a BofA chat session. "Consumers are on 24 hours a day, you should have all your products available to them," Mr. Armstrong said. He said he couldn't "think of any companies where there isn't room left to grow with us."…

Ad Age reports from a BofA chat session.



“Consumers are on 24 hours a day, you should have all your products available to them,” Mr. Armstrong said. He said he couldn’t “think of any companies where there isn’t room left to grow with us.”

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Searchmob Roundup

Search Powered Predictions New Tech Reports From MSR: Making a Blogroll "Smarter" & Social Medadata and Email, Hello SNARF Compare "Text Stats" for Amazon.com "Search Inside the Book" Titles Search Engine Roundtable Gets Complete Makeover Accepted Papers: First International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media…

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Search Powered Predictions

New Tech Reports From MSR: Making a Blogroll “Smarter” & Social Medadata and Email, Hello SNARF

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Reader Marc Writes…

Reader Marc writes: Web apps in general have barely made a dent in client-side usage and this announcement of a loosely joined set of apps by Google isn't likely to change that anytime soon….

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“Chill Out, Big Media, We’re On It”

Eric Schmidt in a Reuters story today: Google Inc., racing to head off a media industry backlash over its video Web site YouTube, will soon offer anti-piracy technologies to help all copyright holders thwart unauthorized video sharing, its chief executive said on Wednesday. "We are definitely committed to (offering…

Eric Schmidt in a Reuters story today:

Google Inc., racing to head off a media industry backlash over its video Web site YouTube, will soon offer anti-piracy technologies to help all copyright holders thwart unauthorized video sharing, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

“We are definitely committed to (offering copyright protection technologies),” Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said in an interview. “It is one of the company’s highest priorities,” he said.

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News: Google Biz Apps – No More Pretension, Google Goes for MSFT’s Throat

Let's not pretend anymore, shall we? Google is looking to take Office out back and shoot it in the head. From the release: MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., February 22, 2007 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today introduced Google Apps Premier Edition, a new version of Google's hosted services for communication…

Let’s not pretend anymore, shall we? Google is looking to take Office out back and shoot it in the head. From the release:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., February 22, 2007 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG)

today introduced Google Apps Premier Edition, a new version of

Google’s hosted services for communication and collaboration designed

for businesses of all sizes. Google Apps Premier Edition is available

for $50 per user account per year, and includes phone support,

additional storage, and a new set of administration and business

integration capabilities.

Google Apps TM, launched as a free service in August 2006, is a suite

of applications that includes Gmail TM webmail services, Google

Calendar TM shared calendaring, Google Talk TM instant messaging and

voice-over-IP, and the Start Page feature for creating a customizable

home page on a specific domain. More than 100,000 small businesses and

hundreds of universities now use the service. Google Apps Premier

Edition now joins Google Apps Standard Edition and Google Apps

Education Edition, both of which will continue to be offered for free

to organizations.

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Startupping

Mark Fletcher, who started Bloglines among other stuff, has created a blog to help folks start up companies. He asked me to help him with his first post. Check it out here….

Mark Fletcher, who started Bloglines among other stuff, has created a blog to help folks start up companies. He asked me to help him with his first post. Check it out here.

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