Rich Speaks Again

Every so often, Rich gets up and rips one off. His most recent is called "How to beat Google, part 1." From it: Our entire industry is scared witless by Google's dominance in search and advertising. Microsoft and Yahoo have been unsuccessful at staunching the bleeding of their search…

Every so often, Rich gets up and rips one off. His most recent is called “How to beat Google, part 1.”

From it:

Our entire industry is scared witless by Google’s dominance in search and advertising. Microsoft and Yahoo have been unsuccessful at staunching the bleeding of their search market share. VCs parrot the Google PR FUD machine that you need giant datacenters next to hydroelectric dams to compete. They spout nonsense about how startups should just use Alexa’s crawl and put some ajax on top of it. Ye gods.

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It’s Trench Warfare Now

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo… It's now a war of distribution as much as innovation. Why do I say this? Read on, a release from Google: LG ELECTRONICS AND GOOGLE TEAM UP TO ENHANCE THE MOBILE EXPERIENCE LG Handsets to integrate Google Search, Google Maps for mobile, Blogger Mobile and Gmail…

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Google, Microsoft, Yahoo… It’s now a war of distribution as much as innovation. Why do I say this? Read on, a release from Google:

LG ELECTRONICS AND GOOGLE TEAM UP TO ENHANCE THE MOBILE EXPERIENCE

LG Handsets to integrate Google Search, Google Maps for mobile, Blogger Mobile and Gmail for mobile

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COPA Is Struck Down

Remember when the DOJ went on that enormous fishing exercise under the guise of defending/resurrecting COPA, the Child Online Protection Act? Well, a Ed Felten tell us that the Federal judge just killed the act dead. We hope. This is the end of a long legal process that started…

Remember when the DOJ went on that enormous fishing exercise under the guise of defending/resurrecting COPA, the Child Online Protection Act? Well, a Ed Felten tell us that the Federal judge just killed the act dead. We hope.

This is the end of a long legal process that started with the passage of COPA in 1999. The ACLU, along with various authors and publishers, immediately filed suit challenging COPA, and Judge Reed struck down the law. The case was appealed up to the Supreme Court, which generally supported Judge Reed’s ruling but remanded the case back to him for further proceedings because enough time had passed that the technological facts might have changed. Judge Reed held another trial last fall, at which I testified. Now he has ruled, again, that COPA is unconstitutional.

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Note On the New West Summit, Special Discount

My pal Jonathan Weber emailed me with a special code for any Searchblog readers who might want to register for the conference I referenced here. Use code SPK0607 for $150 off!…

My pal Jonathan Weber emailed me with a special code for any Searchblog readers who might want to register for the conference I referenced here. Use code SPK0607 for $150 off!

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Searchmob Roundup

Playing Nice with Google New Service Creates Custom New Sites Another Day and Another Video Search Service Announced, This Time from TV Guide Will Social Networks and Vertical Search Combine to Challenge Google? Real Estate Search Stats: March 2007 Trulia Trends Report…

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New Service Creates Custom New Sites

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Do You Trust The Govt. To Not Abuse Patriot Act? Really?

(image) I've covered how uncomfortable I am with the Patriot Act since the dawn of this blog in 2003, but this post from Mary really drove it home. It covers a Washington Post story that details how, in just two years, the FBI issued more than 140,000 – yes…

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I’ve covered how uncomfortable I am with the Patriot Act since the dawn of this blog in 2003, but this post from Mary really drove it home. It covers a Washington Post story that details how, in just two years, the FBI issued more than 140,000 – yes that’s 140 THOUSAND – “national security letters,” in essence, requests for detailed information on the Database of Intentions that have no requirement of probable cause or judicial review.

Last Friday the Post ran a story from an anonymous but verified source. Read this story. From it:

Three years ago, I received a national security letter (NSL) in my capacity as the president of a small Internet access and consulting business. The letter ordered me to provide sensitive information about one of my clients. There was no indication that a judge had reviewed or approved the letter, and it turned out that none had. The letter came with a gag provision that prohibited me from telling anyone, including my client, that the FBI was seeking this information. Based on the context of the demand — a context that the FBI still won’t let me discuss publicly — I suspected that the FBI was abusing its power and that the letter sought information to which the FBI was not entitled.

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RIP, InfoWorld

It's set to become a web site only soon, Matt tells us. InfoWorld has been around for three decades, but IT ad spending is clearly moving online, and it's hard to justify a weekly trade covering a space that lives online. When I was running the Standard, InfoWorld was…

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It’s set to become a web site only soon, Matt tells us. InfoWorld has been around for three decades, but IT ad spending is clearly moving online, and it’s hard to justify a weekly trade covering a space that lives online.

When I was running the Standard, InfoWorld was a sister publication, and a good one at that. I really hope the publication thrives online, but its owner, IDG, will have to take painful measures to make it relevant in a world where coverage is owned by online pubs and blogs already deep in the flow. The transition to online only means losing 70-80 percent of operating costs. Good luck, guys.

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Ozzie’s Working On It

Microsoft's Ray Ozzie gave a speech last month that is worth pondering. In it he said that there is "a sea change going on in the industry" and "one of the things I've been working on is driving a services vision throughout the company." So what's he working on?…

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Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie gave a speech last month that is worth pondering. In it he said that there is “a sea change going on in the industry” and “one of the things I’ve been working on is driving a services vision throughout the company.”

So what’s he working on? LiveSide has some thoughts:

While Ray Ozzie has been keeping details of his Software as a Service platform quiet, some small bits of information are emerging from other members on his team. Two of his direct reports, David Treadwell and Amitabh Srivastava are both listed as working on developing the next generation Live services platform known as Windows Live Core:

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The Blogosphere – Academic Cornucopia?

Well, Gary has found a conference and related papers that start to build a body of academic work around this here place. I must say, I'd sure like to be in Colorado about now, thinking about the implications of the blog world….

Well, Gary has found a conference and related papers that start to build a body of academic work around this here place. I must say, I’d sure like to be in Colorado about now, thinking about the implications of the blog world.

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Searchmob Roundup

Will Social Networks and Vertical Search Combine to Challenge Google? Real Estate Search Stats: March 2007 Trulia Trends 50K+ Full Text & Image "Historic" Articles About College Hoops, Free via NewspaperArchive.com Hoover's Archive of CEO and Analyst Video Interviews Yahoo Unveils Widgets 4…

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Real Estate Search Stats: March 2007 Trulia Trends

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