Patch Funded by Google Exec

With all the conversation recently (see here and here) around Google's role in either destroying or underwriting newspapers, this news was interesting: Tim Armstrong, Google’s president of advertising for North America and Latin America, is underwriting a new startup called Patch, which plans to put small teams of journalists…

With all the conversation recently (see here and here) around Google’s role in either destroying or underwriting newspapers, this news was interesting:

Tim Armstrong, Google’s president of advertising for North America and Latin America, is underwriting a new startup called Patch, which plans to put small teams of journalists in communities all over the country to produce hyper-local news content



Patch describes itself thusly:

Simply put, Patch is a new way to find out about, and participate in, what’s going on near you.

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Notable – Varney on Google

I've been gone a week and most likely there is a lot of chatter on this, but this article is worth keeping in mind as the new administration gets non economic emergency work started (which could be years, I suppose.) Antitrust Pick Varney Saw Google as Next Microsoft (Update2)…

I’ve been gone a week and most likely there is a lot of chatter on this, but this article is worth keeping in mind as the new administration gets non economic emergency work started (which could be years, I suppose.)

Antitrust Pick Varney Saw Google as Next Microsoft (Update2)

By James Rowley

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Christine A. Varney, nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S.’s next antitrust chief, has described Google Inc. as a monopolist that will dominate online computing services the way Microsoft Corp. ruled software.

“For me, Microsoft is so last century. They are not the problem,” Varney said at a June 19 panel discussion sponsored by the American Antitrust Institute. The U.S. economy will “continually see a problem — potentially with Google” because it already “has acquired a monopoly in Internet online advertising,” she said.

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Help Me With A Poll?

I'm testing out a new poll widget, and to do so FM has asked me to help with some internal research we're doing to understand an industry (mobile carriers). If you are so inclined, might you take a minute to take the poll? NOTE: We're not asking which one…

I’m testing out a new poll widget, and to do so FM has asked me to help with some internal research we’re doing to understand an industry (mobile carriers). If you are so inclined, might you take a minute to take the poll?

NOTE: We’re not asking which one you HAVE, but which you PREFER, IE, think is the best.

Thanks!

http://www.buzzdash.com/bb.swf?BB_id=149032

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Yahoo Joins Twitter

And folks keep speculating that Google will buy Twitter (Facebook tried, didn't work out). I think Yahoo might see Twitter as a way to get back to the days of Flickr …making smart moves that help the company keep its mojo and grow data and community rich services. Not…

And folks keep speculating that Google will buy Twitter (Facebook tried, didn’t work out). I think Yahoo might see Twitter as a way to get back to the days of Flickr …making smart moves that help the company keep its mojo and grow data and community rich services. Not sure how folks at Twitter feel about that. I do know Yahoo has cash, which is better than Facebook stock right about now (see this story as to why).

Yahoo on getting aTwitter account.

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Twitter: 11%

Ars covers a Pew report that says 11% of American's have used Twitter or a similar service. I find that hard to believe. What I don't find difficult to believe is how mobile Twitter users are: Overall, Pew observes that Twitter users engage news and technology at roughly the…

Ars covers a Pew report that says 11% of American’s have used Twitter or a similar service. I find that hard to believe.

What I don’t find difficult to believe is how mobile Twitter users are:



Overall, Pew observes that Twitter users engage news and technology at roughly the same rates as everyone else, “but the ways in which they use the technology—to communicate, gather and share information—reveals their affinity for mobile, untethered and social opportunities for interaction.”

More on the study from Pew:

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Slight Setback In Seas Simmered

I've given Google a bit of grief for boiling too many oceans, today comes news that another of their many bodies of water will be allowed to cool: (Bloomberg) Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, announced plans to shut its three- year-old radio-advertising business and…

I’ve given Google a bit of grief for boiling too many oceans, today comes news that another of their many bodies of water will be allowed to cool:

(Bloomberg) Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, announced plans to shut its three- year-old radio-advertising business and cut as many as 40 jobs, saying the investment didn’t provide enough of a payoff.

The company, which expanded into the market with the 2006 purchase of DMarc Broadcasting Inc., is seeking a buyer for software that arranges ads on radio programs. Google will stop selling radio ads by May 31 and focus instead on online streaming audio, according to a blog posting today.

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Just Too Rich…Google Buys A Paper Mill ….

….so as to convert it into a data center. Sometimes truth is way better than anything you might try to make up….

….so as to convert it into a data center. Sometimes truth is way better than anything you might try to make up.

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Wondering Out Loud: The AT&T Network

I love my Blackberry Bold. I've had it for two months now and it's a very good phone. My only gripe is the battery life is a bit sparse, but hey, I've had Macs for years, I can live with that. But I have to say, much as I've…

I love my Blackberry Bold. I’ve had it for two months now and it’s a very good phone. My only gripe is the battery life is a bit sparse, but hey, I’ve had Macs for years, I can live with that. But I have to say, much as I’ve been impressed with the Bold’s speed and features, I’ve been equally unimpressed with the 3G network it came with.

The pitch was that the Bold’s network partner – AT&T – was way faster, allowing me to do stuff like download large files, watch videos, and stream data even while on the phone. In nearly every use case I’ve had so far, I’ve found this not to be the case. Half the time, in fact, I am not even on AT&T’s 3G network, but rather am kicked over to Edge, AT&T’s lower bandwidth older sibling (which is actually more stable, but I digress).

Now my initial reaction to all of this was to complain about how terrible AT&T’s 3G network is, but then again, that complaint is pretty uninteresting – seems everyone complains about their network, right? But a funny thing happened a couple of weeks ago. I found myself at a conference having dinner with a group of colleagues. The fellow next to me had an iPhone on the very same network as me – the AT&T 3G network (in fact, that’s the only network you can get for the iPhone…a fact that makes me suspicious about what was about to happen. But I get ahead of myself….).

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SMX West Thursday Morning

I'll be at the other end of the interview schtick Thursday morning when Danny Sullivan puts me on the hot seat in a keynote interview at his SMX West event. Danny and I want to know: What should we talk about? What do you want to hear me opine…

I’ll be at the other end of the interview schtick Thursday morning when Danny Sullivan puts me on the hot seat in a keynote interview at his SMX West event.

Danny and I want to know: What should we talk about? What do you want to hear me opine upon? I’ll write up the interview here afterwards.

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