Gates Still Working at Microsoft – On Search Anyway

I find this tidbit, gleaned from coverage of SES, fascinating. Apparently Bill Gates is still engaged at Microsoft, at least on one issue: Search. From a piece covering the integration of Powerset into Microsoft's search index: However the news isn’t all bleak, as Microsoft believes strongly in the potential…

I find this tidbit, gleaned from coverage of SES, fascinating. Apparently Bill Gates is still engaged at Microsoft, at least on one issue: Search. From a piece covering the integration of Powerset into Microsoft’s search index:

However the news isn’t all bleak, as Microsoft believes strongly in the potential advantages provided by Powerset. And they’ve got another ally, too: Bill Gate[s]. Scott Prevost, Powerset’s general manager, was quoted as saying that “Bill has definitely not retired for us”. Gates, who has stepped down from day to day operations, has said that he planned to continue to work on search.

I wonder why this is so. Is it simply that Gates hates losing to the Google duo? Is it a legacy thing?

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Getting Samuel Johnson Right

Lisa Gold (via Cory and BB) has a blog about book research. I love this post about an oft repeated Samuel Johnson quote. The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.” — Samuel Johnson I thought this famous Samuel Johnson quote would be an…

Lisa Gold (via Cory and BB) has a blog about book research. I love this post about an oft repeated Samuel Johnson quote.

The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.” — Samuel Johnson

I thought this famous Samuel Johnson quote would be an appropriate way to begin my blog. The problem is that Johnson never actually said this…..The actual Johnson quote is: “Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” I confirmed this by searching the text of Boswell’s Life of Johnson online.

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Google Gets Thermal

A Forbes piece on Google's latest investment in alternative energy. We'll have Larry Brilliant, head of Google.org, at Web 2 this year… … on Tuesday, Google.org, the philanthropic arm of search giant Google (nasdaq: GOOG – news – people ), announced it would try to help spur companies to…

A Forbes piece on Google’s latest investment in alternative energy. We’ll have Larry Brilliant, head of Google.org, at Web 2 this year…

… on Tuesday, Google.org, the philanthropic arm of search giant Google (nasdaq: GOOG – news – people ), announced it would try to help spur companies to reach underground to produce clean electricity. It is investing a total of $10 million in a geothermal energy company called AltaRock Energy and a drilling company called Potter Drilling, and it is funding research and mapping efforts and a policy agenda.

It is part of Google.org’s effort to help bring about renewable energy that is cheaper than coal by investing in companies, research and policy development. The organization is focusing on three main technologies: solar thermal power, which uses the sun’s heat to generate electricity; advanced wind technology; and, now, a way of tapping geothermal energy called enhanced geothermal systems, or EGS.

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Link to Many

Tim brings up a very good point here. In short, he's worried about the second click issue, write large (yep, I just linked to myself). I'd like to put out two guidelines for anyone adopting this "link to myself" strategy: 1. Ensure that no more than 50% of the…

Tim brings up a very good point here. In short, he’s worried about the second click issue, write large (yep, I just linked to myself).

I’d like to put out two guidelines for anyone adopting this “link to myself” strategy:

1. Ensure that no more than 50% of the links on any page are to yourself. (Even this number may be too high.)

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Lite.

Working on CrowdFire (sorry, I know, but it's a big deal to me), as well as Web 2 and tons of other FM stuff, and trying to not ruin my family's time on Island. So I'm going to be dark on the blog for the most part……

Working on CrowdFire (sorry, I know, but it’s a big deal to me), as well as Web 2 and tons of other FM stuff, and trying to not ruin my family’s time on Island. So I’m going to be dark on the blog for the most part…

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Updated: Exclusive: A Look at Google Ad Planner Data Vs. Comscore

When Google Ad Planner came out back in June, I immediately thought of Comscore – and I was not alone. Many in the marketing industry thought that Google's product would be a "Comscore killer," and when I noted as much in my coverage, Gian Fulgoni, Comscore's chair, shot back…

When Google Ad Planner came out back in June, I immediately thought of Comscore – and I was not alone. Many in the marketing industry thought that Google’s product would be a “Comscore killer,” and when I noted as much in my coverage, Gian Fulgoni, Comscore’s chair, shot back in a comment to my post:

Hi John: Before celebrating the availability of these products from Google, I think it would be prudent for web site operators to compare their site traffic numbers as obtained from their server logs (or Google Analytics for that matter) with the unique visitor numbers that Google is now publishing through Google Trends and Ad Planner. I think they will be astonished at how much lower Google now says their traffic is.

I asked Gian to elaborate, and published the resulting interview here.

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CrowdFire Update: Almost at 1000!

Outside Lands is next week, and folks have been busy uploading photos, videos, and memories of great music over at the CrowdFire site. We're almost at 1000 total media objects, which is amazing. Anyone can feed the fire, which gets lit next week…help us cross into four figures!…

Cfire Near 1000

Outside Lands is next week, and folks have been busy uploading photos, videos, and memories of great music over at the CrowdFire site. We’re almost at 1000 total media objects, which is amazing. Anyone can feed the fire, which gets lit next week…help us cross into four figures!

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