Barr Bares

Jeff Barr, who works at Amazon, discusses his go rounds with Google recruiters: They were almost ready to make the “can’t refuse” offer but the process became bogged down when I couldn’t recall my college GPA. Given that I earned my degree in 1985 and have been earning a…

Jeff Barr, who works at Amazon, discusses his go rounds with Google recruiters:

They were almost ready to make the “can’t refuse” offer but the process became bogged down when I couldn’t recall my college GPA. Given that I earned my degree in 1985 and have been earning a living by writing code since I was 15 or 16, this didn’t seem all that essential.

Funny thing is, I now have several more emails in my inbox from other Google recruiters. After reading these emails it appears that they don’t know that I interviewed there last year! Perhaps they don’t have this data in searchable form. Could that be?

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Privacy and the EU: Watch This Space

Bloomberg: Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular search engine, may be violating the European Union's privacy laws by storing information on customer queries for as long as two years, advisers to EU regulators told the company. Google's privacy counsel in Paris, Peter Fleischer, said the company received…

Bloomberg:

Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, may be violating the European Union’s privacy laws by storing information on customer queries for as long as two years, advisers to EU regulators told the company.

Google’s privacy counsel in Paris, Peter Fleischer, said the company received a letter this month from the EU’s data-protection advisory agency asking it to explain why records of user searches are retained.

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Google Keeps Taking Search Share

Robert Peck (Bear Stearns) analysis of recent Comscore search share numbers: GOOGLE: SIGNIFICANT SHARE GAIN AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE. According to comScore data release yesterday, Google once again posted solid domestic market share gains of 140 bps in April 07 to reach domestic market share at 49.7%,…

Robert Peck (Bear Stearns) analysis of recent Comscore search share numbers:

GOOGLE: SIGNIFICANT SHARE GAIN AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE. According to comScore data release yesterday, Google once again posted solid domestic market share gains of 140 bps in April 07 to reach domestic market share at 49.7%, up from 48.3% in March 07. Google grew search queries by 27% YoY in March 07. While this growth level almost triples the industry growth at 10.5% YoY, it continued the deceleration trajectory of Google’s YoY growth rate. Q/Q, Google searches grew 12% (April over January), tracking ahead of our top line seq. growth projection of 6% for 2Q07.

· YAHOO. Google’s share gain came at the expense of almost all top search sites and Yahoo! took the largest hit as it lost 70 bps in market share and came in at 26.8% in April 07. Yahoo continued to be the second fastest growing search site YoY among the top five with growth of 5.7% YoY, down significantly from the 12.7% reported in March 07. However, Yahoo’s YoY growth is still behind that of the industry at 10.5%. Q/Q, Yahoo searches grew 2%, tracking behind our seq. growth projection for search revenues at 4% for 2Q07.

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Traveling

Today I am traveling, light posting. For your enjoyment, play with Babelplex. It's a new twist on translation search, which has been around since Alta Vista….using Google's translation service….

Today I am traveling, light posting. For your enjoyment, play with Babelplex. It’s a new twist on translation search, which has been around since Alta Vista….using Google’s translation service.

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The Day I Ask a Search Engine “What Shall I Do Tomorrow” …

…or "What Job Should I Take" is the day one of you, please, should put me out of my misery. Some things are simply best left to conversation and that messy thing called human relationships. Hell, once I can have that kind of a conversation with a search engine,…

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…or “What Job Should I Take” is the day one of you, please, should put me out of my misery. Some things are simply best left to conversation and that messy thing called human relationships. Hell, once I can have that kind of a conversation with a search engine, it’s entirely arguable if the search engine is anything other than a human being, right?

From the FT:

Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, said gathering more personal data was a key way for Google to expand and the company believes that is the logical extension of its stated mission to organise the world’s information.

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Ask Advice

RWW and CenterNetworks have tons of advice for Ask, not that Ask asked…but when you plan to spend $100mm in marketing money, folks are going to start talking, that's for sure!…

RWW and CenterNetworks have tons of advice for Ask, not that Ask asked…but when you plan to spend $100mm in marketing money, folks are going to start talking, that’s for sure!

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