Mute Math, Yahoo, and Flickr

I know there has been some rustlings about Yahoo's inclusion of Flickr into its image search. But today something happened that hasn't in a very long time – I found myself proactively going to Yahoo Image Search to find something, because my default – Google – didn't have it….

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I know there has been some rustlings about Yahoo’s inclusion of Flickr into its image search. But today something happened that hasn’t in a very long time – I found myself proactively going to Yahoo Image Search to find something, because my default – Google – didn’t have it.

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Google and GrandCentral: Open MP3s No Longer Allowed

After Google's GrandCentral acquisition, Reader Troy points out: GrandCentral offers a range of truly useful features, but one that was just plain fun was "RingShare." This allowed users to pick from a range of different ringtones (authentic Russian *beeeeeep*, anyone?), or — better yet — upload their own MP3…

After Google’s GrandCentral acquisition, Reader Troy points out:

GrandCentral offers a range of truly useful features, but one that was just plain fun was “RingShare.” This allowed users to pick from a range of different ringtones (authentic Russian *beeeeeep*, anyone?), or — better yet — upload their own MP3 for a personalized ring, “please hold” message or muzak.

As of today, though, the MP3 option is no more. (See below)

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Follow the FreeBurner

My colleague Kevin Kelly popularized the phrase "Follow the free" whilst an editor at Wired. Google certainly seems to agree, making most every paid service it buys free. Next up: Feedburner's paid services, TotalStats and MyBrand….

My colleague Kevin Kelly popularized the phrase “Follow the free” whilst an editor at Wired. Google certainly seems to agree, making most every paid service it buys free. Next up: Feedburner’s paid services, TotalStats and MyBrand.

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Fight For Mike

Mike Homer is an investor in my company, FM, and I've always enjoyed spending time with him. He's smart, he's connected, and he's fun. Now, however, he's very, very ill, with a disease that has precious little understanding in the medical community. But we can all help. His family…

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Mike Homer is an investor in my company, FM, and I’ve always enjoyed spending time with him. He’s smart, he’s connected, and he’s fun. Now, however, he’s very, very ill, with a disease that has precious little understanding in the medical community. But we can all help. His family and friends have started a “Fight for Mike” fund and I ask anyone who might help, to help. More details are here.

From the Fight for Mike page:

Your donation will help accelerate research on medication that might prolong Mike’s life as UCSF continues its work on a cure for CJD.

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Yahoo’s “Creative Assembly Platform”

SEL does a nice job summarizing what's "smart" in Yahoo's new SmartAds. Yahoo is introducing new SmartAds that deliver display ads to people across the web based on their demographic and geographic profiles, plus search and web browsing behaviors. These ads represent the future of graphical advertising at Yahoo,…

SEL does a nice job summarizing what’s “smart” in Yahoo’s new SmartAds.

Yahoo is introducing new SmartAds that deliver display ads to people across the web based on their demographic and geographic profiles, plus search and web browsing behaviors. These ads represent the future of graphical advertising at Yahoo, according to Gaude Lydia Paez, director of corporate communications at Yahoo.

…The really new thing about SmartAds is the “creative assembly platform,” for which Yahoo has applied for a patent. The idea, according to Paez, is to take “templates” of advertiser-generated creative (e.g., copy, logos, graphics) and assemble those elements dynamically depending on the targeting opportunity. An 18-year-old woman in New England looking for hybrid vehicles, for example, might see a different ad from the same marketer than a 50-year-old male in Texas.

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Google: We Share Sicko’s Concerns

Phillipp covers a kerfuffle over Google's posting on health care issues sparked by M. Moore's movie Sicko. Google responds here. "We blew it." I like the approach. Admit a mistake, move on….

Phillipp covers a kerfuffle over Google’s posting on health care issues sparked by M. Moore’s movie Sicko. Google responds here. “We blew it.” I like the approach. Admit a mistake, move on.

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Interesting Study: Brand and Search

Thanks to reader JG for this interesting writeup of a recent study on how brands effect search results. From it: Web searchers who evaluated identical search-engine results overwhelmingly favored Yahoo! and Google, providing evidence that people go for brand names on the Internet just as they do in the…

Thanks to reader JG for this interesting writeup of a recent study on how brands effect search results. From it:

Web searchers who evaluated identical search-engine results overwhelmingly favored Yahoo! and Google, providing evidence that people go for brand names on the Internet just as they do in the real world, according to new research presented at the Computer/Human Interaction 2007 Conference in San Jose, California….

Despite the results pages being identical in content and presentation, participants indicated that Yahoo! and Google outperformed MSN Live Search and the in-house search engine.

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Universal Does Not Renew with Apple…At Least not on Same Terms…

Remember my prediction from 2006: 8. iTunes will begin to get the speed wobbles as the music industry decides it wants to control its distribution just like in the good old days. Well, it didn't happen right away, but check this out from Forbes: It's about time. That'd be…

Remember my prediction from 2006:

8. iTunes will begin to get the speed wobbles as the music industry decides it wants to control its distribution just like in the good old days.

Well, it didn’t happen right away, but check this out from Forbes:

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