Google Takes Aim at Wikipedia, Is Now Officially a Media Company

This one really blows me away. Everyone has noticed recently (over the past few years and in particular lately) how dominant Wikipedia is in Google results. Well, I guess Google's noticed too, and decided it wants to own the second click, as well as the first. From the Times…

This one really blows me away. Everyone has noticed recently (over the past few years and in particular lately) how dominant Wikipedia is in Google results.

Well, I guess Google’s noticed too, and decided it wants to own the second click, as well as the first. From the Times UK piece:

Google is launching a rival to Wikipedia, the world’s most popular online reference work.

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More GoogleClick News: Influential Congressman (Very Publicly) Asks a TON of Interesting Questions

From Cnet/Declan's blog: A top Republican in the House of Representatives is demanding that Google answer a barrage of questions about privacy, some of which are related to the company's proposed purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm. Rep. Joe Barton, who has positioned himself as a privacy advocate and…

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From Cnet/Declan’s blog:

A top Republican in the House of Representatives is demanding that Google answer a barrage of questions about privacy, some of which are related to the company’s proposed purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm.

Rep. Joe Barton, who has positioned himself as a privacy advocate and previously criticized the merger last month, complained in a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt that the company had initially agreed to let his aides visit the so-called Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. but then didn’t confirm a date. Barton is the senior Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has Internet regulation as one of its responsibilities.

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Google Zeitgeist 2007

Is now up. There are five categories, including the main one: Newsmakers, Showbiz, "All the Rage," and Top of Mind. At the bottom Google has decided to leverage what I am sure will be the significant interest in Zeitgeist to highlight some of its search functions like calculator and…

Google Zeitgeist 2007

Is now up. There are five categories, including the main one: Newsmakers, Showbiz, “All the Rage,” and Top of Mind. At the bottom Google has decided to leverage what I am sure will be the significant interest in Zeitgeist to highlight some of its search functions like calculator and movie showtimes.

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Sacca Leaves Google

Chris Sacca, head of special projects at Google (the latest was around wireless spectrum policy), as left to pursue angel investing, VentureBeat reports….

Chris Sacca, head of special projects at Google (the latest was around wireless spectrum policy), as left to pursue angel investing, VentureBeat reports.

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FB to Google: Open This

From allfacebook, news that Facebook is going to export their platform to the whole web. More here. In the next step of opening up Facebook Platform, Facebook is now making its platform architecture available as a model for other social sites. Facebook will even license the Facebook Platform methods…

From allfacebook, news that Facebook is going to export their platform to the whole web. More here.

In the next step of opening up Facebook Platform, Facebook is now making its platform architecture available as a model for other social sites. Facebook will even license the Facebook Platform methods and tags for use by other platforms, which means that the 100,000 developers currently building Facebook applications can make their applications available on other social sites with no extra work.

This is clearly a response to Google’s Open Social. And it’s not the only time I’ve noticed, in the past month, a market leader scoffing at Google.

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Yahoo Does Bloggers A Bigup

Yahoo is launching a Wordpress plugin that allows WP bloggers (not me, I use Six Apart) to: Find and recommend the content for blog posts by bringing it to the bloggers, rather than them having to copy and paste code. Control the content by allowing webmasters to decide if…

Yahoo is launching a WordPress plugin that allows WP bloggers (not me, I use Six Apart) to:

Find and recommend the content for blog posts by bringing it to the bloggers, rather than them having to copy and paste code.

Control the content by allowing webmasters to decide if the recommended content and UI are correct.

Enrich the experience on their sites by making them more streamlined, readable and inclusive of great content from Yahoo! sites including Yahoo! Autos, Yahoo! Finance, Flickr, Yahoo! Maps, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Shopping, Yahoo! Travel and Yahoo! Web Search.

Shortcuts are part of Yahoo!’s long-term strategy to understand Web users’ intent and deliver the best results and experience no matter the content type or source….

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65%: Google Nearly at Two Thirds, Hitwise Says

Infoweek: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) accounted for more than six of 10 online searches in the United States in November, more than triple the amount of its closest rival Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), a Web metrics firm said Tuesday….

Infoweek:

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) accounted for more than six of 10 online searches in the United States in November, more than triple the amount of its closest rival Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), a Web metrics firm said Tuesday.

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“Untracked Digital Alternatives”

I love this, which I found via IWantMedia: Media Ad Spending Drying Up Quickly Total measured advertising expenditures grew just 0.2% to $108.2 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to TNS Media Intelligence. Television, radio and print media all took a hit. Increased spending on…

I love this, which I found via IWantMedia:

Media Ad Spending Drying Up Quickly

Total measured advertising expenditures grew just 0.2% to $108.2 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to TNS Media Intelligence. Television, radio and print media all took a hit. Increased spending on “untracked digital alternatives” contributed to the slowdown.

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