Ex Googlers Using Google Lucre to Make Google Competitor

I love this. Love love love it. From TC: The murmurs about new stealth search engine Cuill (pronounced “cool”), which were barely a whisper earlier this year, are gaining strength and are starting to reverberate through Silicon Valley gatherings… …Cuill was also founded by highly respected search experts. Husband…

I love this. Love love love it. From TC:

The murmurs about new stealth search engine Cuill (pronounced “cool”), which were barely a whisper earlier this year, are gaining strength and are starting to reverberate through Silicon Valley gatherings…



Cuill was also founded by highly respected search experts. Husband and wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson were joined by Russell Power. Patterson and Power are ex-Google search experts, and Google must be fuming that their inventions were not added to Google’s intellectual property library. Costello was the founder of Xift.

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A Hint On Google’s Phone Philosophy…

…can be found here on Matt Cutts blog: So lots of people want to write independent/third-party native apps that run on the iPhone. The problem is that while Apple hasn’t squashed the development of native apps, they haven’t helped, either…. …Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t provided any documentation on the application…

…can be found here on Matt Cutts blog:

So lots of people want to write independent/third-party native apps that run on the iPhone. The problem is that while Apple hasn’t squashed the development of native apps, they haven’t helped, either….

…Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t provided any documentation on the application programming interface (API) or system libraries that would allow people to write native applications for the iPhone. Luckily, dedicated people have helped to produce not only a toolchain but also to fill in documentation on the system APIs that the iPhone supports. In the same way that Apple desktop machines have a framework called AppKit, the iPhone has a user-interface (UI) framework called UIKit.

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This Says It All

It was about five years ago I stopped reading local newspapers because all they had was wire copy and some pretty lame local reporting I could get from the Internet, or from talking to friends. This set of headlines from IWantMedia (the email version) really sums up what's going…

It was about five years ago I stopped reading local newspapers because all they had was wire copy and some pretty lame local reporting I could get from the Internet, or from talking to friends.

This set of headlines from IWantMedia (the email version) really sums up what’s going on now:

Saysitall

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Japan to Google: Iie Mas!

The FT has a piece today that reminds me of that other national attempt to compete with Google (that'd be France and Germany, though I understand Germany pulled out). From it: Tokyo, alarmed by the global dominance of Google and other foreign internet services, is spearheading a project to…

The FT has a piece today that reminds me of that other national attempt to compete with Google (that’d be France and Germany, though I understand Germany pulled out). From it:

Tokyo, alarmed by the global dominance of Google and other foreign internet services, is spearheading a project to try to seize the lead in new search technologies for electronic devices.

The push has been sparked by concerns in Japan that the country’s pre-eminence in consumer electronics has faded and value in the technology industry is moving away from hardware.

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Yahoo Takes Its Lithium

Yahoo yesterday announced its intent to purchase Blue Lithium, another ad network. We work with BL at FM, as well as Right Media, which Yahoo purchased earlier (Blue Lithium will make that purchase more valuable, as it will provide tons of inventory to feed RM's exchange). There are fewer…

Blue Lithium

Yahoo yesterday announced its intent to purchase Blue Lithium, another ad network. We work with BL at FM, as well as Right Media, which Yahoo purchased earlier (Blue Lithium will make that purchase more valuable, as it will provide tons of inventory to feed RM’s exchange).

There are fewer and fewer pure play ad networks of scale (and with some kind of “secret sauce” – ie behavioral or contextual algorithms) that can be purchased. And the numbers are coming down – BL went for $300 million. Alarm:Clock likes the deal (image is from a:c), Yahoo’s own blog claims a major reason for the purchase was direct response tools.

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Facebook + Search = Big Move

Today Facebook is taking a big step toward leveraging one of its major possible competitors – search engines, and specifically Google – into more traffic for, well, Facebook. From an email sent by Facebook PR: Starting tomorrow (Weds), we are making limited public search listings available to people who…

Today Facebook is taking a big step toward leveraging one of its major possible competitors – search engines, and specifically Google – into more traffic for, well, Facebook. From an email sent by Facebook PR:

Starting tomorrow (Weds), we are making limited public search listings available to people who are not logged in to Facebook. A public search listing provides, at most, the name and profile picture of any Facebook member that has their search privacy settings set to “Everyone”. It will show less information about a person than results of a search performed by someone logged in to Facebook. We wanted to give people who had never come to Facebook, or who are not currently registered, the opportunity to discover their friends who are on Facebook.

It’ll look like this when you get to facebook.com:

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Cool: Like.com and RockYou

From TechCrunch: This weekend photo widget startup RockYou started to integrate Like.com results into slide shows shown on the RockYou site (example). For now, results are limited to showing shirts on sale that are similar to the ones being worn by people in the photographs. Viewers can click through…

From TechCrunch:

This weekend photo widget startup RockYou started to integrate Like.com results into slide shows shown on the RockYou site (example). For now, results are limited to showing shirts on sale that are similar to the ones being worn by people in the photographs. Viewers can click through and purchase a shirt that look similar to the one their friend is wearing in the photos.

I like (er, sorry) the idea of using images as search queries. Soon, well, in a decade or so, nearly anything can be a query – a photo you take with your phone, for example, a gesture you make with your eyes. I can’t wait.

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LaunchPad, Revisited

Last week I posted about the new LaunchPad, VC edition, at Web2, noting that submissions are open, and entrepreneurs now did not have to pay or actually launch the company – it's more of a chance to get in front of the entire Web 2 audience and show off…

Last week I posted about the new LaunchPad, VC edition, at Web2, noting that submissions are open, and entrepreneurs now did not have to pay or actually launch the company – it’s more of a chance to get in front of the entire Web 2 audience and show off your stuff. Since we’re only going to have a month or so for submissions to be open, and no one reads sites like this one in the last week of August, I figured I’d post again. Here’s my original post, here’s where you can learn more and submit your company. Good luck!

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More on the GPhone: I Guess I’m Wrong

I'm not a fan of the iPhone, because it's locked and chained into AT&Ts network. I also am not a fan of the Gphone, because, well, I guess I'm not a gadget head, first off, and second, who wants to be in the phone business? It's better to be…

I’m not a fan of the iPhone, because it’s locked and chained into AT&Ts network. I also am not a fan of the Gphone, because, well, I guess I’m not a gadget head, first off, and second, who wants to be in the phone business? It’s better to be in the network/platform business. And I’m going to guess that the Google Phone, whatever it ends up being, will be much more interesting at that level than at the level of the hardware device itself, which of course is what the iPhone is all about.

I hope.

In any case, more details about the phone in this Boston.com piece. It sure sounds like something is up.

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Google Hosting News: This Is A Big Deal, Announced Quietly

Google is making a very clear decision to license and host news content. In other words, to make money from it, like Yahoo does. This is counter to Google's long standing tradition of being "switchboard" to traffic when it comes to content, and it has very significant implications if…

Google is making a very clear decision to license and host news content. In other words, to make money from it, like Yahoo does. This is counter to Google’s long standing tradition of being “switchboard” to traffic when it comes to content, and it has very significant implications if carried forward to other areas of Google’s operations. Is Google becoming a true Publisher? There’s really no other way to look at it. With licensed and hosted news content, Google can keep eyeballs on Google’s own servers, and it gets to keep the advertising margin as well. So far, no word on when ads are coming, but this augurs it:

Josh Cohen, business product manager of Google News, said his company would consider eventually running advertising alongside the agencies’ articles.

Notably, Google’s own version of the news wire story will take precedence over those running in other news outlets. In other words, Google keeps the traffic. Google explains it as dealing with a duplication problem here, but, come on now…if I were running a newspaper, I’d be livid. I pay the wire services so that I can get the eyeballs. Now Google is paying them, presumably (no comment on this in the coverage), and the inevitable result is that the newspaper outlets will lose traffic to Google’s direct relationship with the wire services.

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