Social Networking, So Hot, Google and Yahoo Are Doing It Twice!

We know 360 and Orkut were not hits, and that FaceBook has both of them green with envy. So what to do? Speculation is, Yahoo's doing Mosh. And Google's got an iron in the fire with SocialStream….

We know 360 and Orkut were not hits, and that FaceBook has both of them green with envy. So what to do? Speculation is, Yahoo’s doing Mosh. And Google’s got an iron in the fire with SocialStream.

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That, This, The Other

News and insights I've seen over the past few days: First, Google hit a new high Friday. Second, BB on Weinberger on the telcos. Delaminate, baby! Third, online spending is up again. Another study says so. Jantsch notes that Intuit has a "follow me home" service to understand its…

News and insights I’ve seen over the past few days:

First, Google hit a new high Friday.

Second, BB on Weinberger on the telcos. Delaminate, baby!

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Google Acquires Postini

Well, this is interesting: MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – July 9, 2007 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Postini, a global leader in on-demand communications security and compliance solutions serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide. Postini's…

Postini

Well, this is interesting:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – July 9, 2007 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG)

announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire

Postini, a global leader in on-demand communications security and

compliance solutions serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10

million users worldwide. Postini’s services — which include message

security, archiving, encryption, and policy enforcement — can be used

to protect a company’s email, instant messaging, and other web-based

communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Google will acquire

Postini for $625 million in cash, subject to working capital and other

adjustments, and Postini will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of

Google. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and

is expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2007.

“With this transaction, we’re reinforcing our commitment to delivering

compelling hosted applications to businesses of all sizes. With the

addition of Postini, our apps are not just simple and appealing to

users — they can also streamline the complex information security

mandates within these organizations,” said Eric Schmidt, Chairman of

the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Google.

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A Brief Interview with Michael Yavonditte, Quigo

Way back in 2004, I spoke to Michael Yavonditte, the CEO of Quigo. In that post, I noted: According to Yavonditte, Quigo has perfected a relevancy algorithm that does AdSense one better – far better, to paraphrase his words. Quigo is focusing on picking off the high-brand-value publishers who…

Quigo

Way back in 2004, I spoke to Michael Yavonditte, the CEO of Quigo. In that post, I noted:

According to Yavonditte, Quigo has perfected a relevancy algorithm that does AdSense one better – far better, to paraphrase his words. Quigo is focusing on picking off the high-brand-value publishers who use AdSense but are looking for a network solution that pays them more for what they believe is significantly better inventory than the lowest common denominator AdSense approach.

Well, it’s been a long three years, but Michael recently landed Time Inc. as a customer, in a high profile partnership that has shined the spotlight on the (sort of) startup. So I asked him for a Searchblog Brief Interview. The results are below.



So, first question. What do you think motivated Time Inc. to work with Quigo over Google?


A few reasons: Quigo will make Time Warner more money over the next 3-years. They can leverage their dominant media brands to command top
prices from advertisers and begin to “bundle” performance-based advertising with more traditional forms such as banner ads. 

Time’s senior management team spent a lot of time with Quigo’s team over the past 6-months. It’s a real partnership based on economic and product
development considerations. They want to sell their advertisers into the program — an important yet misunderstood part of our business model,
and not an area I wish to spend too much time on here. They want to control their pricing and relationships. Our system let’s them do both.
They want to collaborate to build new ad formats. And, they want world-class yield management. Yield is one of our core competencies.


We package all this up like no one else in the world today and deliver within a white label environment. The macro trends favor our approach here.


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Rule The Web

I just got my copy of Mark Frauenfelder's "Rule the Web" and I can't wait to dive in. If you want yours (Mark is the editor of Make and a partner of mine in Boing Boing, which he founded), head here!…

Ruleweb

I just got my copy of Mark Frauenfelder’s “Rule the Web” and I can’t wait to dive in. If you want yours (Mark is the editor of Make and a partner of mine in Boing Boing, which he founded), head here!

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Something Different

Tonight a pal is coming into town to screen her third film, Gypsy Caravan. It's playing in Marin tonight, and also all over the country. I'm very proud of Jasmine and will be at tonight's screening in San Rafael. If you're around, come and see it, Jasmine will be…

Tonight a pal is coming into town to screen her third film, Gypsy Caravan. It’s playing in Marin tonight, and also all over the country. I’m very proud of Jasmine and will be at tonight’s screening in San Rafael. If you’re around, come and see it, Jasmine will be there!

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The Garage That Built Google

(image clipped from USA Today story) We all know the Valley lore around garages. If you read my book, you know Google's garage was owned by Susan Wojcicki, who went on to work at Google, and whose sister ended up marrying Sergey. Here's an USA Today story about the…

Susan W And Garage

(image clipped from USA Today story)

We all know the Valley lore around garages. If you read my book, you know Google’s garage was owned by Susan Wojcicki, who went on to work at Google, and whose sister ended up marrying Sergey. Here’s an USA Today story about the garage. From it:

After earning her MBA in 1998, Wojcicki bought 232 Santa Margarita Ave. for about $600,000. She rented the garage to two Stanford students for $1,700 a month to help with the mortgage. The renters: no ordinary slackers, but the Google Guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who incubated Google(GOOG) right there.

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Fast Buys AgentArts

AlarmClock has the news: Norway's Fast Search & Transfer has acquired US-based AgentArts for an undisclosed amount. San Francisco-based AgentArts, which was actually founded in Australia, has has developed a personalization and recommendation engine. AgentArts had received funding from Aegis Partners, Amphion Capital Management, TiNSHED Corporation, Amtabity, Nokia Innovent….

AlarmClock has the news:

Norway’s Fast Search & Transfer has acquired US-based AgentArts for an undisclosed amount. San Francisco-based AgentArts, which was actually founded in Australia, has has developed a personalization and recommendation engine.

AgentArts had received funding from Aegis Partners, Amphion Capital Management, TiNSHED Corporation, Amtabity, Nokia Innovent. It competes with Pandora and The Music Finder in music as well as more broadly with Aggregate Knowledge, Choicestream and Kefta, which was bought by Axciom

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Gary’s Got Research…

From our pal Gary, who watches new research papers: A list of accepted papers that will be presented at The First International Workshop on Data Mining and Audience Intelligence for Advertising (August 12, 2007, San Jose, California, USA) has been released. Here’s a selected list: + Pay-per-Action Model for…

From our pal Gary, who watches new research papers:

A list of accepted papers that will be presented at The First International Workshop on Data Mining and Audience Intelligence for Advertising (August 12, 2007, San Jose, California, USA) has been released.

Here’s a selected list:

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