Google….Disappoints

Google is down to nearly 520 in afterhours trading after its earnings failed to surprise to the upside and/or meet higher expectations on Wall St. Ouch. From 750 to 520 in a few months……

Google is down to nearly 520 in afterhours trading after its earnings failed to surprise to the upside and/or meet higher expectations on Wall St. Ouch. From 750 to 520 in a few months…

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Q&A With Marissa Mayer

Venturebeat has an interesting Q&A with Marissa up, in it she points toward social search as a major area of development for Google. She hints Gmail may be used to identify your friends, using their search history to influence search results for you and those in your social network….

Venturebeat has an interesting Q&A with Marissa up, in it she points toward social search as a major area of development for Google.

She hints Gmail may be used to identify your friends, using their search history to influence search results for you and those in your social network. While this network would likely first be built on Gmail contacts, Marissa wouldn’t rule out importing friends from third-party networks down the road.

I think Google is struggling to figure out its approach here. Should it build a “traditional social network” like Facebook or Orkut? Should it simply be a directory, and provide a platform instead (like Open Social)? What about indexing and crawling all this social content? Will it prefer its own content?

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It’s Not Fair, But Google, You Are A Media Company

Sorry, it's just true. IWantMedia: David Eun: Google Won't Become a Media Company. It's not fair in that I am on the road and can't write my full defense of this. But I understand why Google claims to not be a media company, in terms of not being, say,…

Sorry, it’s just true. IWantMedia: David Eun: Google Won’t Become a Media Company.

It’s not fair in that I am on the road and can’t write my full defense of this. But I understand why Google claims to not be a media company, in terms of not being, say, the New York Times. But…that doesn’t mean it doesn’t threaten the core underpinnings of what makes a great media company. Is that a bad thing? No. But it’s not accurate to say Google isn’t a threat.

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Yahoo Earnings

Overall, not bad on its O&O properties, but shakiness in its parnter programs, including ATT and YPN/Panama, where Wall St. hoped they'd hear strong upward guidance. Instead, they heard that Yahoo is going to have another "transition year" in 2008, which sent the stock down. PC coverage….

Overall, not bad on its O&O properties, but shakiness in its parnter programs, including ATT and YPN/Panama, where Wall St. hoped they’d hear strong upward guidance. Instead, they heard that Yahoo is going to have another “transition year” in 2008, which sent the stock down. PC coverage.

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More Travlin’

I am about 2/3rds of the way through what is one of the most brutal travel stretches I've had in quite some time, that's why posting is light, but the learning is great……

I am about 2/3rds of the way through what is one of the most brutal travel stretches I’ve had in quite some time, that’s why posting is light, but the learning is great…

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And the Interface Evolves

…toward conversational interfaces….news from Google acknowledging that ten blue links is getting old (we knew that, so did Google, but…): There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant — 10 or so web pages in a…

…toward conversational interfaces….news from Google acknowledging that ten blue links is getting old (we knew that, so did Google, but…):

There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant — 10 or so web pages in a vertical list. Frequently this is exactly the right format, but for some searches you need more options and more control. That’s why we’ve created our experimental search page to let you try out some of our newest ideas.

You may have noticed our “alternative views” experiment showcased last May. This lets you visualize your search results in new ways, and we’d like to highlight some of the features we’ve recently added.

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The Government Should Get Into the Payment Game

Do you have government-issued payment technology? A tracking device that is tied to your bank account or credit card, that allows you to pay for stuff without the hassle of transaction friction? Chances are, if you are a commuter, you do. I've got one in my car, an image…

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Do you have government-issued payment technology? A tracking device that is tied to your bank account or credit card, that allows you to pay for stuff without the hassle of transaction friction? Chances are, if you are a commuter, you do. I’ve got one in my car, an image of it is above.

I love my FasTrak. It lets me whiz through the numerous bridge toll booths dotting the Bay Area. But recently, FasTrak did something very important – it cut a deal with the San Francisco Airport, a deal that allows folks with FasTrak to pay for airport parking using their selfsame FasTrak device.

Pretty obvious, no? Well, no, in fact. I’m sure cuttting this deal was fraught with all the red tape and political hazards typical of local government.

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Respect Talent, No, Wait, Screw That, Talent Wins

Dave Winer has a good post about how talent – in particular, writers and "content creators" – have forever had a raw deal from corporations who profit on the back of the creators' work. Dave posits that this is about to change, thanks to many trends, including the commoditization…

Dave Winer has a good post about how talent – in particular, writers and “content creators” – have forever had a raw deal from corporations who profit on the back of the creators’ work. Dave posits that this is about to change, thanks to many trends, including the commoditization of distribution, means of production, and audience aggregation (well, I may have added that last one).

I certainly agree change is in the wind, and started FM on the premise that independent creators of great sites on the web deserve not only the majority of the revenue fostered by their work, but complete control over their intellectual property to boot. Well said, Dave.

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