Facebook: Seen This Movie

God, it felt like I was watching the fifth installment of a familiar action flick when I read this: (Facebook) execs are also trying to nail down a big funding that will potentially give the hotsy-totsy social network a giant slug of cash, as well as a lofty $15…

God, it felt like I was watching the fifth installment of a familiar action flick when I read this:

(Facebook) execs are also trying to nail down a big funding that will potentially give the hotsy-totsy social network a giant slug of cash, as well as a lofty $15 billion valuation.

No deal as yet, but sources close to Facebook said it was now a horse race between Microsoft, which already serves Facebook’s ads in the U.S., and Google. Yahoo, sources said, is a long-shot dark horse in the bidding.

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Web 2: The Google Alumni Club

One of the more freewheeling, I hope, and fun sessions at Web 2 this year will be "The Google Alumni Club". This idea for this panel came from the observation that 1. Google is getting very big, 2. Folks are vesting out, and 3. Startups are often more fun/lucrative/stimulating/free…

Leaving Google

One of the more freewheeling, I hope, and fun sessions at Web 2 this year will be “The Google Alumni Club“.

This idea for this panel came from the observation that 1. Google is getting very big, 2. Folks are vesting out, and 3. Startups are often more fun/lucrative/stimulating/free than big companies.

That means interesting folks are leaving Google and doing new things. I’ve got four of them on the panel

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DomainWatch: MSFT Goes Hyper

What would we do without Gary and Resourceshelf? Well, we'd be dumb about domains, for one. He's got new domains registered by Google and Microsoft. Runes, they are, runes. Perhaps most interesting is Google’s registration of the domain, p6058.com, last Tuesday. Nothing is online at this domain the the…

Ballmer Developers

What would we do without Gary and Resourceshelf? Well, we’d be dumb about domains, for one. He’s got new domains registered by Google and Microsoft. Runes, they are, runes.

Perhaps most interesting is Google’s registration of the domain, p6058.com, last Tuesday. Nothing is online at this domain the the last time we checked. …Once again, Microsoft shows no signs of slowing down registering domains. Here’s a web page that lists what’s been registered in the past week.



Something is clearly going on around the word “hyper” in Microsoft land. I like microsofthyper-vsucks.com the best, personally.

Or…maybe it’s just Steve covering his brand image as hyper about developers

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The Value of A Google Search: 27 Cents. What’s the Cost?

My pal Kevin Kelly loves to pull on a string. Here's him wondering out loud: What's the value of a Google search, and then, what's the cost? And where he goes is great Kelly-esque musings… I have made a clumsy attempt to estimate the full value of search by…

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My pal Kevin Kelly loves to pull on a string. Here’s him wondering out loud: What’s the value of a Google search, and then, what’s the cost?

And where he goes is great Kelly-esque musings…

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Ballmer the Aspirant

Interesting report from Ballmer's speech at the ANA (advertising) confernce: "In world search and advertising, Google is the leader; we're an aspirant," Ballmer said. "We have a lot of work to do in search and advertising."…

Interesting report from Ballmer’s speech at the ANA (advertising) confernce:

“In world search and advertising, Google is the leader; we’re an aspirant,” Ballmer said. “We have a lot of work to do in search and advertising.”

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Your Help: The Wireless Debate

This coming week at Web 2 I am leading a discussion on the wireless market. This is not my area of expertise, but I am fascinated by the ongoing fight between Google and its allies, on the one side, and the telecommunication companies on the other. (Background here and…

Radio Tower

This coming week at Web 2 I am leading a discussion on the wireless market. This is not my area of expertise, but I am fascinated by the ongoing fight between Google and its allies, on the one side, and the telecommunication companies on the other. (Background here and here).

To that end, I’ve got a very interesting panel of experts gracing the Edge: Wireless session. On the side of Google and an more open approach to the 700 Mhz spectrum is Ram Shriram, an early Google investor and board member, and also a Board member at Frontline Wireless, a holding company of sorts which exists to leverage the 700Mhz spectrum should it be able to acquire licenses. (Reed Hundt, former FCC chair, is Vice Chair of Frontline).

On the other side of the issue is Thomas Tauke, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at Verizon Communications. Tauke is a former Iowan congressman and member of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee. He has the rather unenviable job of defending his industry in front of what will most likely be a skeptical audience.

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Oh My. Qwest Exec Says NSA Was Spying Before 9.11

WaPo Via Digg: A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction for insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew opportunities for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency program that the company thought might be illegal….

WaPo Via Digg:

A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction for insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew opportunities for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency program that the company thought might be illegal.

…Nacchio’s account, which places the NSA proposal at a meeting on Feb. 27, 2001, suggests that the Bush administration was seeking to enlist telecommunications firms in programs without court oversight before the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The Sept. 11 attacks have been cited by the government as the main impetus for its warrantless surveillance efforts.

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With Regards One Of My Most Popular Posts…

I can only say, Hallelujah. After more than two years of promises and delays, Comcast Corp. has finally begun rolling out its first set-top boxes that run TiVo's digital video recording technology. The backstory here….

I can only say, Hallelujah.

After more than two years of promises and delays, Comcast Corp. has finally begun rolling out its first set-top boxes that run TiVo’s digital video recording technology.

The backstory here.

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Layering Commentary Onto Google Earth

Google announced today the integration of YouTube videos into Google Earth. From the release: The integration of YouTube functionality into Google Earth offers a new way to experience destinations as seen through the eyes of YouTube users who have visited them, enabling people to watch, hear and feel what's…

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Google announced today the integration of YouTube videos into Google Earth. From the release:

The integration of YouTube functionality into Google Earth offers a

new way to experience destinations as seen through the eyes of YouTube

users who have visited them, enabling people to watch, hear and feel

what’s happening in locations they may never have otherwise visited.

Recall my riff on how I think Google will dominate in the world of Second Life, version 2.0:

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