The Bailout

It's not related to the content of this site, but I am so damn mad about the financial bailout, mainly because the folks who profited the most from this mess are getting bailed out. So when I saw this post from Fred, summarizing Tom, I had to pass it…

It’s not related to the content of this site, but I am so damn mad about the financial bailout, mainly because the folks who profited the most from this mess are getting bailed out. So when I saw this post from Fred, summarizing Tom, I had to pass it along. I agree totally.

Rule #1: Cut salaries now

Part of the bailout bill ought to be that any organization which proffers securities for government purchase must agree not to pay any employee or contactor more than $1 million per year for the next four years. No cheating with trips to events on the corporate jet or other perks with draconian penalties TO THE RECIPIENT for violations.

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Google + GE = Boil the Energy Ocean

Still ill, but I can't help but read my email. This sounds very interesting: GOOGLE AND GE EXECUTIVES TO DISCUSS SOLUTIONS TO ENERGY CHALLENGES WHAT: Eric Schmidt and Jeff Immelt will discuss America's energy challenge and announce ways Google and GE will be working together to contribute to solutions….

Still ill, but I can’t help but read my email. This sounds very interesting:

GOOGLE AND GE EXECUTIVES TO DISCUSS SOLUTIONS TO ENERGY CHALLENGES

WHAT: Eric Schmidt and Jeff Immelt will discuss America’s energy challenge and announce ways Google and GE will be working together to contribute to solutions. A fact sheet with additional details will be emailed following the call at 3pm.

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Google Knows Privacy Is Its Achilles Heel

And it's getting very serious about addressing the issue. New terms for Chrome, new terms for IP addresses, new terms for Google Suggest. But there's more to do……

And it’s getting very serious about addressing the issue. New terms for Chrome, new terms for IP addresses, new terms for Google Suggest. But there’s more to do

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And Google Knows…

….that what it knows is scary. Hence, this move. From the post on the Google Blog: Today, we're announcing a new logs retention policy: we'll anonymize IP addresses on our server logs after 9 months. We're significantly shortening our previous 18-month retention policy to address regulatory concerns and to…

….that what it knows is scary. Hence, this move. From the post on the Google Blog:



Today, we’re announcing a new logs retention policy: we’ll anonymize IP addresses on our server logs after 9 months. We’re significantly shortening our previous 18-month retention policy to address regulatory concerns and to take another step to improve privacy for our users.

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And The Worm Slowly Turns

If you don't think this is keeping the folks up late at night over at Google, you're wrong. And if they are NOT up late at night, sell your shares. From the Journal piece: The Justice Department has quietly hired one of the nation's best-known litigators, former Walt Disney…

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If you don’t think this is keeping the folks up late at night over at Google, you’re wrong. And if they are NOT up late at night, sell your shares. From the Journal piece:

The Justice Department has quietly hired one of the nation’s best-known litigators, former Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Sanford Litvack, for a possible antitrust challenge to Google Inc.’s growing power in advertising.

Mr. Litvack’s hiring is the strongest signal yet that the U.S. is preparing to take court action against Google and its search-advertising deal with Yahoo Inc. The two companies combined would account for more than 80% of U.S. online-search ads.

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Google In the News

Google launches Ad Manager to the public and Google Suggest. Meanwhile, Street View keeps pushing the big question in our society: Where do we end and the public begins?…

Google launches Ad Manager to the public and Google Suggest. Meanwhile, Street View keeps pushing the big question in our society: Where do we end and the public begins?

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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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Privacy: The Frog Boils, Slowly

This article strikes me as another slow drumbeat on an issue that has to be both frustrating and impossible to own for Google. The headline: "Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent" implies ulterior motives and wrongdoing. In fact, it's standard operating procedure for companies who…

This article strikes me as another slow drumbeat on an issue that has to be both frustrating and impossible to own for Google. The headline: “Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent” implies ulterior motives and wrongdoing. In fact, it’s standard operating procedure for companies who run ad networks, and has been for a very long time. However, now that the guv’mint is involved, SOP is no longer AOK. The lede:

Several Internet and broadband companies have acknowledged using targeted-advertising technology without explicitly informing customers, according to letters released yesterday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The kicker:

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