Drop Acid, Get Googled, Get Turned Away By The USA

You have got to be kidding me. From the NYT: Andrew Feldmar, a Vancouver psychotherapist, was on his way to pick up a friend at the Seattle airport last summer when he ran into a little trouble at the border. A guard typed Mr. Feldmar’s name into an Internet…

You have got to be kidding me. From the NYT:

Andrew Feldmar, a Vancouver psychotherapist, was on his way to pick up a friend at the Seattle airport last summer when he ran into a little trouble at the border.

A guard typed Mr. Feldmar’s name into an Internet search engine, which revealed that he had written about using LSD in the 1960s in an interdisciplinary journal. Mr. Feldmar was turned back and is no longer welcome in the United States, where he has been active professionally and where both of his children live.

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HP’s HALO: Now This Is Telepresence

Last week I got a chance to test drive HALO, Hewlett Packard's super high-end telepresence application. And all I can say is …. Oooooh, I want one. In fact, I want everyone to have one. Of course, that's pretty impractical. HALO is, in essence, an extraordinarily expensive television studio…

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Last week I got a chance to test drive HALO, Hewlett Packard’s super high-end telepresence application. And all I can say is …. Oooooh, I want one. In fact, I want everyone to have one.

Of course, that’s pretty impractical. HALO is, in essence, an extraordinarily expensive television studio cum virtual private network, and I can only imagine the cost of building one of them is in the low seven figures. For now, only large enterprises with serious budgets can afford to install such a system.

But man, after you use it, you really, really want to use it again.

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Ask Launches Mobile Widgetry

Ask has launched "Ask Mobile GPS". From the release: IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) today announced the availability of Ask® Mobile GPS™, a GPS-enabled lifestyle application featuring the best of Ask.com, Citysearch, and Evite.com, along with instant location finder and turn-by-turn navigation powered by the Global Positioning System. The service –…

Ask has launched “Ask Mobile GPS“. From the release:

IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) today announced the availability of Ask® Mobile GPS™, a GPS-enabled lifestyle application featuring the best of Ask.com, Citysearch, and Evite.com, along with instant location finder and turn-by-turn navigation powered by the Global Positioning System. The service – the first ever to combine local content, social networking and GPS navigation – is now available for download at gps.ask.com.

Danny has more here.

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A (Former) YouTube Star’s Rant: We’ll Go It Alone, Thanks

Last week YouTube announced a new partners program (TC coverage here, Om's first coverage here). The program elicited a fair amount of negative response – see the comments in that partners program post – and a lot of head scratching as to how YouTube chose its partners, and what…

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Last week YouTube announced a new partners program (TC coverage here, Om’s first coverage here). The program elicited a fair amount of negative response – see the comments in that partners program post – and a lot of head scratching as to how YouTube chose its partners, and what the Terms of Service might be. I happen to be friendly with a number of well-known YouTube “stars” and I emailed one of them for a read. What I got back was quite a rant. Below is a response that I can verify is from a well-known video blogger, who has a very large audience, but who asked for anonymity.

I have spoken to the folks at YouTube about this and suggested that they be given a chance to respond to this post, once it goes up. That certainly seemed fair to me. Should they wish to, I’ll post their response here. Meanwhile, read on, in the first person words of a former YouTube star….

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OK, OK. Wedding News.

I don't do gossip here. I tend not to write about folks' personal lives. OK, OK, though. Yes, I did hear that Sergey got married (scroll down.) OK?…

I don’t do gossip here. I tend not to write about folks’ personal lives. OK, OK, though. Yes, I did hear that Sergey got married (scroll down.) OK?

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And…

Yahoo integrates flickr even more, Thomas Hawk reports… …and, the shareholder vote on China and censorship fails. It would, given it seemed black and white – either go into China, or not. Oh, and btw, Google is talking about data retention, privacy, and policy again here. This is tedious,…

Yahoo integrates flickr even more, Thomas Hawk reports

…and, the shareholder vote on China and censorship fails. It would, given it seemed black and white – either go into China, or not.

Oh, and btw, Google is talking about data retention, privacy, and policy again here. This is tedious, seemingly. But not worth ignoring.

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Yahoo’s MyBlogLog to Rebrand, Other Changes…

Thanks to reader David for this: At SOBcon yesterday in Chicago, Robyn Tippins, who was recently hired as the MyBlogLog community manager, spoke about several major upcoming changes with MyBlogLog. There are several changes in the works: 1) The biggest news is that there will be a rebranding of…

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Thanks to reader David for this:

At SOBcon yesterday in Chicago, Robyn Tippins, who was recently hired as the MyBlogLog community manager, spoke about several major upcoming changes with MyBlogLog.

There are several changes in the works:

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Cool New Search Referral Widget Live on Searchblog

Finally! One of the ideas we bounced around in my blog merchandising post is live on Searchblog. Folks who come from search (I call them hummingbirds because they come via a very specific search, read one post, and leave) now get a box greeting them and giving them some…

Finally! One of the ideas we bounced around in my blog merchandising post is live on Searchblog. Folks who come from search (I call them hummingbirds because they come via a very specific search, read one post, and leave) now get a box greeting them and giving them some search-driven options on the site. Big thanks to Jonathan and Ivan at FM!!

Here’s what happens when you do a search for “sea dragon” on Google blogsearch, and land at Searchblog:

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Google Says: No Dow Jones For Us…

….or any other news organization, Reuters reports. Makes sense to me, in terms of the "we're not in your business" stance the company clearly is taking toward Big Media. My earlier suggestion on Dow Jones and Google here….

….or any other news organization, Reuters reports. Makes sense to me, in terms of the “we’re not in your business” stance the company clearly is taking toward Big Media.

My earlier suggestion on Dow Jones and Google here.

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