Searchblog Disclosures

I've always admired Jeff Jarvis's disclosure page, and wanted to do my own. So here it is. I'll be updating and revising this from time to time as things change. As the guy who writes at Searchblog, I wear many hats. I'm began this site as a companion to…

I’ve always admired Jeff Jarvis’s disclosure page, and wanted to do my own. So here it is. I’ll be updating and revising this from time to time as things change.

As the guy who writes at Searchblog, I wear many hats. I’m began this site as a companion to my book, but it’s become more than that – a place where I sound off on things I find interesting, or pontificate, or ask those who wander in for insights, help, and opinions.

What Searchblog is not is pure, objective, New York Times style journalism. I make no pretension of objectivity, though I do try to be fair, transparent, and accurate. When I’m not, readers generally slap me back into shape in any case.

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Gates at SAS, Liveblogging…News: Sea Dragon…

I'm sitting in a ballroom at the Sheraton, waiting for Gates to come on for his keynote. The scene is pretty standard corporate client conference – vanilla house techno music, hundreds of attendees burbling to each other, Voice of God announcer hushes the crowd and… The theme is "Inspired"…

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I’m sitting in a ballroom at the Sheraton, waiting for Gates to come on for his keynote. The scene is pretty standard corporate client conference – vanilla house techno music, hundreds of attendees burbling to each other, Voice of God announcer hushes the crowd and…

The theme is “Inspired” and the conference kicks off with a slick corporate video on that theme.

Bill Gates takes the stage after some sales schtick between Kevin Johnson and Joanne Bradford. His topic is “Innovating in the Age of Engagement.”

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ABC’s Shark Jumping Move: Disabling Fast Forward

Now this is a monumentally bad idea: SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Walt Disney Co.'s two big TV networks, ABC and ESPN, have struck a deal with cable operator Cox Communications Inc. to offer hit shows and football games on demand, but with the unusual condition that Cox disables the…

Now this is a monumentally bad idea:

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Walt Disney Co.’s two big TV networks, ABC and ESPN, have struck a deal with cable operator Cox Communications Inc. to offer hit shows and football games on demand, but with the unusual condition that Cox disables the fast-forward feature that allows viewers to skip ads, according to a media report Thursday.

The deal between Disney and Cox is expected to be announced today at the National Cable Television Association convention in Las Vegas, The Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition. See Wall Street Journal story (subscription required).

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First Evening at Microsoft’s SAS: Aha!

Tonight I got into SEATAC, pretended not to see Hasselhoff while heading toward the cab line, and checked into the Seattle Sheraton, site of Microsoft's annual Strategic Account Summit. After checking email and the like, I made my way to the opening reception, held at the Benaroya Hall, home…

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Tonight I got into SEATAC, pretended not to see Hasselhoff while heading toward the cab line, and checked into the Seattle Sheraton, site of Microsoft’s annual Strategic Account Summit.

After checking email and the like, I made my way to the opening reception, held at the Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony.

It’s a beautiful space, and Microsoft does know how to throw a party. There was a 16-piece band, tons of happy people, plenty of good food, and in general a festive and upbeat mood. I saw a lot of colleagues and met a lot of new ones, and to a one, they had one question for me: What do you make of the rumors about Yahoo and Microsoft hooking up?

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Thinking About David Hasselhoff

Good lord, has it come to this? That was my first thought upon getting off the plane here in Seattle, and seeing CNN – f*cking CNN! – running clips of David Hasselhoff reverse puking a Wendy's Steakhouse Double Melt in a crowded airport during high rush hour (6 pm)….

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Good lord, has it come to this? That was my first thought upon getting off the plane here in Seattle, and seeing CNN – f*cking CNN! – running clips of David Hasselhoff reverse puking a Wendy’s Steakhouse Double Melt in a crowded airport during high rush hour (6 pm).

Yes, it has come to this. Why am I, defender of all things Internet (see my views on NBC making the Va Tech material available), offended by seeing on CNN what I can freely see on the Internet? This may not be in any way insightful, and I’m sure someone has put it far more elegantly, but it comes down to this one simple insight: What I see on the Internet, I *choose* to see, and in particular, I choose to see it *privately* – in other words, I see it when and how I want. But when I’m walking with 1000 other souls through a public thoroughfare, and a poor, sick, f*cked up man is losing his dignity on CNN, well, it strikes me the standards are different.

Even though we often watch alone, television is in esssence a shared medium. We watch it together. If it’s on, in a bar, on our homes, in our airports, well, it’s on for anyone who comes in the room. Collectively, we must form an opinion that individually, perhaps, we might form differently. We are forced to find common ground. And honestly, really, well, I don’t *want* to find common ground with a bunch of strangers in an airport about David Hasselhoff. No, really, I just don’t.

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Of Note

Microsoft is playing catchup on the web apps side with a big relaunch of Hotmail (now with Live!) today. Sphere re-orgs its home page around its strength in social news. Google buying Simply Hired? And updating Finance… CNN making debates available to public. This makes so much sense it's…

Microsoft is playing catchup on the web apps side with a big relaunch of Hotmail (now with Live!) today.

Sphere re-orgs its home page around its strength in social news.

Google buying Simply Hired? And updating Finance

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Slow Day

I'll be heading up to Microsoft today (nice timing) to the company's annual sales partner meeting. Terry Semel, interestingly, is on the docket to speak. Now that should get some tongues wagging….

I’ll be heading up to Microsoft today (nice timing) to the company’s annual sales partner meeting. Terry Semel, interestingly, is on the docket to speak. Now that should get some tongues wagging.

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Update: MSFT and Yahoo are NOT Talking

That's what the Journal is saying. I say, they are ALWAYS talking. They should always be talking. More thoughts when the day quiets down……

That’s what the Journal is saying.

I say, they are ALWAYS talking. They should always be talking. More thoughts when the day quiets down…

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Search Paper: Is Relevance Relevant?

I met Elizabeth van Couvering while working on the book. She's published a paper titled Is Relevance Relevant? Market, Science, and War: Discourses of Search Engine Quality. For your Friday reading pleasure. From the abstract: Fairness and representativeness, core elements of the journalists' definition of quality media content, are…

I met Elizabeth van Couvering while working on the book. She’s published a paper titled Is Relevance Relevant? Market, Science, and War: Discourses of Search Engine Quality.



For your Friday reading pleasure. From the abstract:

Fairness and representativeness, core elements of the journalists’ definition of quality media content, are not key determiners of search engine quality in the minds of search engine producers. Rather, alternative standards of quality, such as customer satisfaction and relevance, mean that tactics to silence or promote certain websites or site owners (such as blacklisting, whitelisting, and index “cleaning”) are seen as unproblematic.

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Bush Administration And Civil Rights: Oil, Water

Thank God we have a paper like the Washington Post which owns this story. Here's their latest: Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits. Now, why do you supposed the Bush administration wants to protect phone companies from lawsuits? Gee, that's a tough one. From the piece: The…

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Thank God we have a paper like the Washington Post which owns this story. Here’s their latest: Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits.

Now, why do you supposed the Bush administration wants to protect phone companies from lawsuits? Gee, that’s a tough one. From the piece:

The measure is part of a legislative package drafted by the Justice Department to relax provisions in the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that restrict the administration’s ability to intercept electronic communications in the United States. If passed, the proposed changes would forestall efforts to compel disclosure of the program’s details through Congress or the court system….

…The proposal states that “no action shall lie . . . in any court, and no penalty . . . shall be imposed . . . against any person” for giving the government information, including customer records, in connection with alleged intelligence activity the attorney general certifies “is, was, would be or would have been” intended to protect the United States from terrorist attack.

…The measure would gut Congress’s efforts to conduct inquiries into the administration’s surveillance program because a subpoenaed company or government official could invoke immunity, said Tim Sparapani, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued the government to force a halt to its wiretapping program



The worst part of this proposed legislation is that it gives blanket immunity for **past** actions. In other words, Cover Your Ass For Things You Did Wrong While Screwing Up The War on Terror. Or, Provide Immunity and Therefore Impunity To Those Who Might Have the Goods to Prove The Government Broke All Kinds of Laws.

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