Paul, I Agree

I know I give Google it's (fair) ration of crap from day to day, regardless of those of you who feel I'm a Google apologist. Well, you can't win both sides of that argument, all you can do is be honest to what comes to mind. Right? And when…

I know I give Google it’s (fair) ration of crap from day to day, regardless of those of you who feel I’m a Google apologist. Well, you can’t win both sides of that argument, all you can do is be honest to what comes to mind. Right?

And when I read this from Paul, I have to say, I quite agree.

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What Do You Want to Talk About?

Our first ever interactive Web chat is happening this week, and in advance I'd like to ask what you guys want to talk about. The format is mostly questions and answers, and even has the ability to ask the audience surveys. A bunch of you have signed up already,…

Our first ever interactive Web chat is happening this week, and in advance I’d like to ask what you guys want to talk about. The format is mostly questions and answers, and even has the ability to ask the audience surveys. A bunch of you have signed up already, but I’d love to hear from more of you. So in comments, tell me what you’d like to talk about. Ideas:

– What’s the future interface for search?

– Can Yahoo pull even or ahead of Google?

– Will Microsoft buy its way in?

– The Doubleclick deal – good or bad or indifferent?

– Privacy and data use – discuss!

What do you think? Join the conversation by registering here. Thanks!

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Updated: Goodness.

Sometimes, sounding arrogant isn't intentional. It's just in the bloodstream, or it's casually tossed off without thinking how it might sound. Read this excerpt from a very interesting Merc story on Google's internal communications regarding stock options: Google is proud of the innovative products it regularly releases to the…

Sometimes, sounding arrogant isn’t intentional. It’s just in the bloodstream, or it’s casually tossed off without thinking how it might sound. Read this excerpt from a very interesting Merc story on Google’s internal communications regarding stock options:

Google is proud of the innovative products it regularly releases to the public, from the ever-more-targeted Internet search results to an automatic Web-based airport-ride finder.

But the coolest stuff is often reserved for Google employees. And they’re about to get access to a killer tool, otherwise known as the “supersecret Google is about to buy Yahoo” alert.

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Happy Monday

Last week was a big day for news and posts, with several on Friday. I know how many of you actually read on Friday, so to review: News Analysis: Microsoft General Counsel on DoubleClick and Antitrust IAB to Measurement Agencies: Measure Up! Lots to Talk About: Sponsored Chat For…

Last week was a big day for news and posts, with several on Friday. I know how many of you actually read on Friday, so to review:

News Analysis: Microsoft General Counsel on DoubleClick and Antitrust

IAB to Measurement Agencies: Measure Up!

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Next Up for Big G: Web Conferencing

Matt has the news on the acquisition of Marratech's software, from the Google Blog: As a company, we thrive on casual interactions and spontaneous collaboration. So we're excited about acquiring Marratech's video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there's an Internet connection….

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Matt has the news on the acquisition of Marratech‘s software, from the Google Blog:

As a company, we thrive on casual interactions and spontaneous collaboration. So we’re excited about acquiring Marratech’s video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there’s an Internet connection.

We look forward to learning from the extraordinary ingenuity of Marratech’s engineers as they focus on desktop conferencing research and development in Sweden, where they will continue to be located.

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American Blinds Case Ain’t Going Away

I covered this in my book and on this site, and it's an ongoing issue for Google and the whole keyword industry. From CNN: A judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Google charging that the Web search leader's AdWords program abuses trademarks. In making his decision…

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I covered this in my book and on this site, and it’s an ongoing issue for Google and the whole keyword industry. From CNN:

A judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Google charging that the Web search leader’s AdWords program abuses trademarks.

In making his decision that effectively allows the case to move forward, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Vogel ruled that the public has an interest in whether Google (Charts, Fortune 500) AdWords violates U.S. trademark law.

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Lots to Talk About: Sponsored Chat For Searchblog

What a great time for Searchblog's first ever live chat. Next week, April 25th at 1 PM PDT, to be exact, Searchblog sponsor WebEx is offering us its platform for a live chat about all the stuff that is going on in search and media. Mark your calendars, I'm…

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What a great time for Searchblog’s first ever live chat. Next week, April 25th at 1 PM PDT, to be exact, Searchblog sponsor WebEx is offering us its platform for a live chat about all the stuff that is going on in search and media. Mark your calendars, I’m looking forward to this new way of continuing the conversation!

We’ll be talking about all the hot button issues we discuss here at Searchblog – business models, future search interfaces, privacy, you name it.

All you have to do is register here to attend….hope to talk to you then!

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WHOPPER ACQUISITION CORP

I love it. Companies often create cute names for corporations they create to facilitate transactions. The one Google came up with for DoubleClick? "WHOPPER ACQUISITION CORP" Reviewing the merger agreement now……

Whopper

I love it. Companies often create cute names for corporations they create to facilitate transactions. The one Google came up with for DoubleClick?

“WHOPPER ACQUISITION CORP”

Reviewing the merger agreement now…

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News Analysis: Microsoft General Counsel on DoubleClick and Antitrust

I had an interesting call today with Brad Smith, the general counsel of Microsoft. I was eager to understand Microsoft's position on the Google/Doubleclick deal, and to parse the issues swirling around the companies decision to, via the press, declare that the deal should be scrutinized closely by antitrust…

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I had an interesting call today with Brad Smith, the general counsel of Microsoft. I was eager to understand Microsoft’s position on the Google/Doubleclick deal, and to parse the issues swirling around the companies decision to, via the press, declare that the deal should be scrutinized closely by antitrust regulators here in the US.

The conversation started with Smith explaining why Microsoft sees this as worthy of a serious review. At its heart, he contended, this is about how one might define the market in which the combined company will operate. Antitrust law, he explained, takes a dim view of companies who buy their way to market domination using cash alone. It’s fine to gain market domination by having better products and service, but not by simply buying your way in. So, does buying Doubleclick mean market domination? That question turns on whether a market is narrowly defined – is the market in this case online display advertising and online contextual advertising, or is it more broadly defined – the entire advertising marketplace?

This is not a minor question. The former is a market in the tens of billions, the latter hovers at a trillion dollars. When I asked Eric Schmidt of Google this question onstage earlier this week, he was very clear in his interpretation. After rolling his eyes at the very idea of Microsoft – star of the antitrust stage in the late 90s – even playing the antitrust card, he very clearly stated that the combo of Google and Doubleclick was a tiny percent of the overall advertising world.

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