More Google News

Should have noted David Rosenblatt leaving Google yesterday, yet another senior, well regarded exec finding Google not the place to be these days, also, Tim Armstrong has hired a Google colleague to replace the head of AOL sales, so there's a trifecta. Also buzzing: Time Warner is looking to buy…

Should have noted David Rosenblatt leaving Google yesterday, yet another senior, well regarded exec finding Google not the place to be these days, also, Tim Armstrong has hired a Google colleague to replace the head of AOL sales, so there’s a trifecta.

Also buzzing: Time Warner is looking to buy back its AOL shares from Google (remember that deal?!) so it can spin the puppy out. I swear, if folks just listened to this guy back in 2004, we’d all have saved a few news cycles (and lord knows how much bleeding.)

Meanwhile, Google is “on a charm offensive” to try to stave off becoming the Microsoft of this decade, in terms of antitrust, Biz Week says.

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Early Morning Reading

Hmmm, targeting ads on cable, wasn't Google going to do that? Helping brands grok Twitter, a good idea. Eric tries to give the newspaper industry advice, even as the industry blames Google for everything. This is not a problem that any one company can solve, however, despite plans to make…

Hmmm, targeting ads on cable, wasn’t Google going to do that?

Helping brands grok Twitter, a good idea.

Eric tries to give the newspaper industry advice, even as the industry blames Google for everything. This is not a problem that any one company can solve, however, despite plans to make people pay.

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That Which I’ve Missed While Paying Attention

Fridays have become days where I catch up on all that I've missed during a hectic week of travel and focused meetings with the team at FM and tons of really interesting partners. The past week has been particularly rich in travel and meetings, which means I've not noted nearly…

Fridays have become days where I catch up on all that I’ve missed during a hectic week of travel and focused meetings with the team at FM and tons of really interesting partners.

The past week has been particularly rich in travel and meetings, which means I’ve not noted nearly all the things I’d like to here.

So in no particular order, here are a few thoughts about things I’ve seen lately.

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Notable

I am going to be offline for the next few days, heading to hear the crack of the bat in Spring training with my son. Bliss. But a couple of very notable things: – Yahoo is playing ball again. Read RWW's summary of Yahoo's FB Connect competitor. So good…

I am going to be offline for the next few days, heading to hear the crack of the bat in Spring training with my son. Bliss. But a couple of very notable things:

– Yahoo is playing ball again. Read RWW’s summary of Yahoo’s FB Connect competitor. So good to see the company back in the game.

Googlers leaving to start social sites. Readers of this site will not find this in any way surprising. Read this quote: In her opinion, the reason former Googlers focus on community-oriented is because they, “know that it is very difficult to take on Google on a pure technology play,” and, “when it comes to community based sites, Google doesn’t do all that well. Google’s infrastructure, most of it built in-house, makes it really difficult to iterate rapidly. Google Video, a product that I worked on comes to mind. Part of the reason Google Video failed miserably against You Tube was that the team couldn’t iterate rapidly and build some of the community and upload features as rapidly as they wanted.

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And Other Tidbits

YouTube as a reference site and search king (yes, video is grammar). Microsoft's (and others') Plot to Kill Google. Good luck with that. A survey underwritten by MSFT finds advertisers are wary of Google. Despite the source, I can't imagine this isn't true. If only they also weren't wary…

YouTube as a reference site and search king (yes, video is grammar).

Microsoft’s (and others’) Plot to Kill Google. Good luck with that.

A survey underwritten by MSFT finds advertisers are wary of Google. Despite the source, I can’t imagine this isn’t true. If only they also weren’t wary of Microsoft.

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Notable…

A few (older) things I wanted to post before heading to CES: The head of the IAB, Randall Rothenberg, on measurement (I am on the IAB board). In essence, he says we are measuring too many things. I am not sure I agree, but I see his point. At…

A few (older) things I wanted to post before heading to CES:

The head of the IAB, Randall Rothenberg, on measurement (I am on the IAB board). In essence, he says we are measuring too many things. I am not sure I agree, but I see his point. At FM, we are measuring a lot of different things, including what we call amplification and engagement. I think these things are really, really important. Sure, they might all roll up into “reach and frequency” if you will, but not paying attention to them is nuts.

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Three Tips For Discipline In A Nomad Life by Scott Belsky, writing on the Digital Nomads site (a site sponsored by Dell). I was struck by the calendar image. I almost wanted it to be reversed: THINK five days a week, DO two days. Unless writing, which I consider thinking, is actually doing…huh. Also like The Paradox of Face Time from Hugh. Creative work requires loneliness.

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Know, Really

So many things to miss when you're not reporting news anymore – some of these are old, but they stood the test of time: Larry Page, Google, Watch these White Spaces, and Prop 8 in CA Is Deeply Dumb and cel phones suck, we can reimagine them, right because…

So many things to miss when you’re not reporting news anymore – some of these are old, but they stood the test of time:

Larry Page, Google, Watch these White Spaces, and Prop 8 in CA Is Deeply Dumb and cel phones suck, we can reimagine them, right because after all, we are already reimagining sustainability, see?

When Google starts arbitrating fact from interpretation, we must all think deeply. This is about Yahoo and Google. More here.

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What’s Happening

With my travel and flu, I've missed a lot that's been going on. Here's some of the stories I found notable: The Search Engine Rap Battle (funny if you're in to that kind of thing) Google invests in O3B Networks – "O3b's mission is to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet…

With my travel and flu, I’ve missed a lot that’s been going on. Here’s some of the stories I found notable:

The Search Engine Rap Battle (funny if you’re in to that kind of thing)

Google invests in O3B Networks“O3b’s mission is to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to the “other 3 billion” people in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.”

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Links, Etc.

Friday linkday: Via Churbuck, a nice walkthrough of how to use Google search tools to understand site acquisition and traffic patterns. As long as we're in a learning mode, here's a post on using FriendFeed as a business tool. The IE8 beta is out. I need to grok this….

Friday linkday:

Via Churbuck, a nice walkthrough of how to use Google search tools to understand site acquisition and traffic patterns.

As long as we’re in a learning mode, here’s a post on using FriendFeed as a business tool.

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