More on GoogleClick: It Will Be Free, And Partners Worry

(image) From a source who is in a position to know, news that Google's DoubleClick competitor will be … free for all to use. Like Analytics. Think about that for a moment. How did Microsoft kill Netscape? Yup, made the browser free. How will Google try to own the…

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From a source who is in a position to know, news that Google’s DoubleClick competitor will be … free for all to use. Like Analytics. Think about that for a moment. How did Microsoft kill Netscape? Yup, made the browser free. How will Google try to own the entire ad serving biz? Make it free. Why would they do this? Because the most valuable thing in the world of advertising is not the commodity , it’s the information the commodity will provide.

Providing a scaled ad serving solution? Free. Knowing the margins of every media and marketing company in the world? Priceless.

And who figured this out? Why, Google’s partners, who have been nervous ever since the YouTube acquisition. Think about it. Newscorp was ready to sign a deal with Google for their ad server, sources tell me, but they got nervous about “the fox in the hen house.” And then, what happened? Newcorp went and bought SDC, an ad serving technology and inventory optimization company. Sure makes sense now.

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Revisionist History at IDG

I have a lot of respect for Pat McGovern, he backed me when I was young (at the Industry Standard ) and he let me make mistakes, but we butted heads more than we agreed, and unfortunately, we could not see our way to making that business work. I…

I have a lot of respect for Pat McGovern, he backed me when I was young (at the Industry Standard ) and he let me make mistakes, but we butted heads more than we agreed, and unfortunately, we could not see our way to making that business work.

I had pretty much left it at that till I read this interview on MediaShift. Asked why the Standard died, McGovern claims that management (er, that’d be me) refused to sell and blindly pursued an IPO. For the record, he has this entirely backwards. I tried for all of 2000 to get Mr. McGovern to let us sell the company to a stronger buyer, one who believed in our vision of the Internet Economy. He refused, and pushed us to go public instead. It was this very conflict that led to our differences and, partially, to our demise. I had three very real offers on the table that I took to McGovern, and three times he refused them, telling me that instead, we’d make more taking the company public or, at the very least, telling the potential buyer to double the price. Given that the price was between $250mm and $750mm, such a response was, to my mind, non sensical. But he owned the majority of the shares, and his word was what mattered.

McGovern taught me a lot, and I’d wager he may have learned a thing or two from me as well. But while not many things get me upset, this attempt at revisionist history requires it’s own revision. Now, onwards….

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Searchmob Roundup

Will Social Networks and Vertical Search Combine to Challenge Google? TripSync: Streamlines Travel Plans Playing Nice with Google New Service Creates Custom News Sites Another Day and Another Video Search Service Announced, This Time from TV Guide Will Social Networks and Vertical Search Combine to Challenge Google?…

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TripSync: Streamlines Travel Plans

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Flickr-like Tube?

BeetTV says so: Beet.TV has learned that You Tube will introduce new functionality to its platform tonight which will allow users to organize clips around specific categories. Up to now, clips saved to an account or uploaded to dedicated channel are organized in what often seems a random process…

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BeetTV says so:

Beet.TV has learned that You Tube will introduce new functionality to its platform tonight which will allow users to organize clips around specific categories.

Up to now, clips saved to an account or uploaded to dedicated channel are organized in what often seems a random process — usually arranged chronologically, but not always.

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CUban v. EFF on YouTube

A good roundup of the etech debate over YouTube's use of the DMCA can be found at NewTeeVee: Cuban used the the evening to shed some light on his position. He thinks Google should be held liable for copyright infringements because YouTube doesn’t establish commercial relations with its users,…

A good roundup of the etech debate over YouTube’s use of the DMCA can be found at NewTeeVee:

Cuban used the the evening to shed some light on his position. He thinks Google should be held liable for copyright infringements because YouTube doesn’t establish commercial relations with its users, in effect allowing them to upload videos with fake accounts and without any verification of their identity. This distinguishes the site, in his eyes, from traditional web hosters, who are protected from the misdeeds of their users through the “safe harbor provisions” of the DMCA. Says Cuban: “If you are a web host it should be natural to know who your customers are.”

Von Lohmann disagreed with the notion that there is a clear line between YouTube-like sites and traditional web hosting businesses. He illustrated his point by bringing up other companies that are also offering their services for free. “What about Hotmail? What about free web hosters? What about Six Apart?” he kept asking. “What about Pando? Should they be held liable too?”

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GoogleClick

Google does not take third party ad tags. That means that if you want to advertise on Google, you have to run your creative through Google. But a huge portion of the advertising world that Google is now going after – graphical CPM ads – runs through third party…

Google does not take third party ad tags. That means that if you want to advertise on Google, you have to run your creative through Google. But a huge portion of the advertising world that Google is now going after – graphical CPM ads – runs through third party ad servers like DoubleClick.

Now, DoubleClick is for sale, the WSJ reports. Actually, I’ve heard it’s been shopped since early last year, but anyway….Microsoft is seen as an interested suitor.

Google can’t let this stand. It’s a major risk to its business to force advertisers to change behavior – it needs a third party ad serving solution.

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Reader Hercule DB Writes…

Reader Hercule DB writes: Each of us has a choice to make. How much privacy do we demand? What price freedom? We should rather live in a free world troubled even by threats from terrorists, than one in which individuals or organizations in whom I have little trust have open…

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And In Other Reading…

GigaOm on Google and its video problem… Google's giving bikes out to employees, G B'scoped says. What, the Segway isn't enough? With respect, I disagree with #6 here. See this post. Man, I wish I was at etech. I am missing it for the first time in three years….

GigaOm on Google and its video problem…

Google’s giving bikes out to employees, G B’scoped says. What, the Segway isn’t enough?

With respect, I disagree with #6 here. See this post.

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