Google Takes New Privacy Steps: A Start

But it's not what I'd like to see. From Google's blog post: When you search on Google, we collect information about your search, such as the query itself, IP addresses and cookie details. Previously, we kept this data for as long as it was useful. Today we're pleased to…

But it’s not what I’d like to see. From Google’s blog post:

When you search on Google, we collect information about your search, such as the query itself, IP addresses and cookie details. Previously, we kept this data for as long as it was useful. Today we’re pleased to report a change in our privacy policy: Unless we’re legally required to retain log data for longer, we will anonymize our server logs after a limited period of time. When we implement this policy change in the coming months, we will continue to keep server log data (so that we can improve Google’s services and protect them from security and other abuses)—but will make this data much more anonymous, so that it can no longer be identified with individual users, after 18-24 months.

Why 18 to 24 months? Well, I’d wager because Google is all over personalization and doesn’t want to hobble itself. More soon…

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Net Neutral? Not Sure

It's a fraught issue, but over at GigaOm there's a primer on current Google positions worth reading…. Update: Google says "we're not changing our view!" A statement from Google sent to me (along with a Save the Internet post): "Google's position on net neutrality has not changed one bit….

It’s a fraught issue, but over at GigaOm there’s a primer on current Google positions worth reading….

Update: Google says “we’re not changing our view!”

A statement from Google sent to me (along with a Save the Internet post):



“Google’s position on net neutrality has not changed one bit. We strongly believe that Congress must take action to ensure a free and open Internet, in the face of a highly concentrated broadband market. Furthermore, Google’s position — which we testified to last year in Congress — is that broadband network operators should not be permitted to charge any content owner extra fees or extra tolls. We continue to support net neutrality legislation by Senators Dorgan and Snowe, and by Representative Markey, and we remain steadfast members of the coalition supporting net neutrality.”

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A Modest Proposal To YHOO and MSFT: Spin Out A Search Company

One of the longer bomb predictions made by a number of analysts and pundits in the past 12 months has been the following: Microsoft will take its pile of cash and massive market valuation and buy Yahoo. Hell, I even suggested it. The logic goes something like this: Combine…

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One of the longer bomb predictions made by a number of analysts and pundits in the past 12 months has been the following: Microsoft will take its pile of cash and massive market valuation and buy Yahoo. Hell, I even suggested it. The logic goes something like this: Combine the two companies’ reach and search share, their CPM advertising businesses and various other plays, and you have a behemoth that can take on Google.

Fine, except I don’t buy it anymore, mainly because I think both companies are not well positioned to deal with a successful merger. And, I think there might be a better way. Now, those of you who read regularly may recall my LiveSoft post a year ago, in which I suggested that Microsoft set its Internet businesses free. Well, thanks to many folks who work in the industry (and one in particular who will remain anonymous for now), my thinking has evolved. I no longer think Microsoft should spin out LiveSoft, nor do I think it should buy Yahoo. Instead, it should roll out a new company that focuses on one thing: Search monetization. But it shouldn’t do it alone. Instead, it should be a joint venture with Yahoo.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?

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Searchmob Roundup

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Look, I’ve Tried to Only Threaten To Sue…

…clearly, Viacom's takedown orders were not enough. The process of negotiation-by-lawsuit has begun. WSJ, Slashdot, Seeking Alpha (Henry Blodget), more Seeking Alpha And here's Google's emailed PR response: "We have not received the lawsuit but are confident that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders and believe…

…clearly, Viacom’s takedown orders were not enough. The process of negotiation-by-lawsuit has begun.

WSJ, Slashdot, Seeking Alpha (Henry Blodget), more Seeking Alpha

And here’s Google’s emailed PR response:

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Goodness. AT&T In The Search Biz

How? By buying Yahoo, of course. This article reports the good folks at AT&T have considered it. A monumentally bad idea, to my mind. Imagine a major telco owning a search company. Imagine further them owning a bunch of media, applications and content. Imagine the business model such a…

How? By buying Yahoo, of course. This article reports the good folks at AT&T have considered it. A monumentally bad idea, to my mind. Imagine a major telco owning a search company. Imagine further them owning a bunch of media, applications and content. Imagine the business model such a company might be inclined to push. Tiering, anyone?

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