Sunday, September 30, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Generate gClick Creates Contextualized Business Information on the Fly

One of the key product introductions that raised some dust at this year's Infocommerce conference was Generate's new gClick service, which was also introduced simultaneously at the DEMO07 conference by Generate CEO Tom Aley. gClick on one level is a prety simple content contextualization tool: click on a gClick link embedded in a page or Browser bar and Generate's gClick service will extract events, people and company names from a displayed page and return in a popup page content from Generate's business information database that relates to those extracted entities. gClick content includes not only straight profiles but also hooks into Generate's opt-in relationship mapping service to accelerate introductions to key figures.

Tom indicated that Generate is going to launch an enterprise version of the tool next week, but he already had his media-flavor pitch down pretty pat: generate high-value page inventory on demand, brand the link tool privately or co-brand it - a good amount of curb appeal to those with business-oriented content, including Generate's announced gClick partners Hearst's magazines and newspapers, Bizjournals, Media News Group and Philly.com.

The option to do a page-embedded include link to gClick similar to Sphere or Stumbleupon as well as the ability to use a browser toolbar is a smart move, enabling partners to move on a relationship without having to figure out screen real estate issues. This is one of the downside of widgets for many publishers: there's only so much screen real estate, all of it precious, and since most embeddable content can't be analyzed by search engines it's not content that will help crawlers to sense the added depth in a page. So the lighter the footprint, the easier it is to move quickly, as evidenced by Sphere's rapid propagation. None of this is rocket science, but it's science that's finally beginning to move markets for contextual content at an astounding pace.

Just as Google has snatched up valuable context for content via its search results, mapping tools and mashing technologies Generate is making a first-mover claim for on-demand contextual business information that may help it to move rapidly past traditional aggregators used to building context around business information using licensed content in their own databases. Instead of relying on taxonomies or other semantic tools the gClick approach enables any page of content to provide the semantics necessary to contextualize business information on demand. It's a clever move, one that can highlight the strengths of Generate's business information wherever audiences are focusing automatically.

This "searchless search" capability with near-zero setup allows virtual aggregation of all kinds of content - and therefore opportunities for all kinds of database providers to consider how to partner with media and enterprise companies to gain a foothold for high-value content in places where traditional licensing deals can no longer make swift headway. The proof of this play will be in the quality of the content as much as the context, but for now consider the dealmaking of Generate combined with a clever use of its text mining capabilities a nifty little coup that's well-timed for a publishing market in search of more value in publishing with as little direct investment as possible.

Alacra's Research Recap Blog Builds the PR Conversation for Research

The Alacra Store sells a wide variety of high-grade research reports targeted at business information consumers across a wide variety of business sectors, but like many premium content plays it's not always easy to get people enthused about new research offerings. Some services market content proactively via telemarketing forces and push out traditional press releases to beat the drum for new premium reports, but with their awareness and enthusiasm for Web 2.0 technologies it's not surprising that Alacra opted to launch Research Recap, a weblog highlighting recent additions of reports to the Alacra Store. Research Recap is based on standard WordPress weblogging technology and features some of the nicer capabilities of that service, including a handy tag cloud that helps people see what research topics are hot, category-based navigation and RSS feeds.

The feed is particularly important for analysts and business intelligence professionals who want to get tuned into the latest research as efficiently as possible: instead of having to slog through
press release feeds with lots of unrelated topics or deal with search engine alerts filters that can find documents but not necessarily recommend the most significant content a weblog of editorial recommendations can focus potential buyers on the content that's not only pertinent but also provide insights into the content in an editorial style that is more engaging than your usual report abstract. It turns newsworthy research into news right away, rather than having to wait for a journalist to get a press release packaged into a more readable format with an editorial voice. You may not sell premium research every one who reads a summary (2/3 of Research Recap reports profiled are free) but by packaging the summary as a highly readable blog you establish a conversation with your markets that's more likely to result in research getting the context that will lead to more report sales. We've been doing the same for quite a few years, so it's a positive development to see a company like Alacra putting their beliefs and talents on the line to build both great newsworthy content and better sales channels.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Who's the Leader in Search Referrals? According to Compete.com, it's Yahoo

I have enjoyed using the Compete.com traffic analysis service, which provides some useful data to compare Web site traffic performance more accurately and finely than the oft-bashed Alexa statistics. While Compete offers a more limited range of sites for analysis and only a year's worth of data to mull through it's able to track real visitors, audience engagement and growth with more meaningful data. On the Compete blog recently was a post that looked at how major search engines are performing in comparison to one another for both traffic and performance. While Google leads Yahoo and Microsoft with 67 percent of market share, the Compete stats claim that Yahoo comes out on top in terms of search fulfillment - the percentage of searches that actually result in someone clicking on a link in a search results page. Compete claims that Yahoo's search fulfillment rate is 75 percent, compared with Google's 64 percent and Microsoft's 61 percent.

Does this mean that Yahoo's search results are more "clickable" than Yahoo's? Maybe so, but it's a rather ambiguous claim to make. One has to assume that with only 20 percent of people using Yahoo for searching to start with that a minority find its search results to be more useful than Google's. So for that minority they seem to use them more effectively. Overall, Yahoo searches are more optimized for people in a purchasing mode than Google search results, which tend to be optimized more for people seeing general information. With this in mind it could be that Yahoo tends to lead shoppers somewhat more specifically to product information that they're seeking - a factor that's likely to attract the brand advertisers that are at the core of Yahoo's marketing strategy.

Yahoo search benefits from doing fewer things better for fewer people, but Compete also shows that Yahoo as a whole performs far better than Google in the total attention that it gets from audiences:



While Yahoo's strong destination content helps to bolster its attention ratings it's losing ground to Microsoft in total page views as Microsoft bolsters its Live.com search engine:



In the middle of this is Google, still the overall search leader but beginning to stagnate as a destination as other search-oriented sites bolster content that transforms search portals more into destination content sites. Google has these abilities also but focuses more on solving a broader array of requirements for a broader search audience. Google also has more partners using its search technology as well as mashups and other API-based services so to some degree the Compete statistics are not revealing the full strength of Google's market presence. Google's growth as a destination search engine may have slowed, but its presence as a technology platform that influences where and how people find content in valuable contexts is growing in highly profitable directions.

All of this should serve to remind us that there is no longer one clear answer to how to create marketable value through search. You can focus on becoming more portal-like, you can focus on being more embeddable, you can focus more on a specific function such as ecommerce or you can focus on a range of functions - but regardless of the focus it's no longer a matter of just having great ranking algorithms or great server farms. Search has become just one of many tools for contextualizing Web content effectively on demand, one that will continue to grow in importance but just one tool in an arsenal of methods to be used for more effective audience engagement.

Headlines for 27 September 2007

Trends
Study Offers Surprising Numbers on Newspaper/Yahoo Deal
Editor and Publisher
Microsoft plays catch-up on search
WebWare
Microsoft, Google square off in Washington over DoublClick
CNET News
Yahoo Search Updating Index & Algorithm
Search Engine Land
7 Reasons Why Second Life Should Matter For Biz Executives
GIgaOM
Search Fulfillment: Yahoo! is best of breed
Compete Blog
Web Apps Hit the Mainstream
Read/Write Web
A Small Group Make Most Web 2.0 Content
CNET News
AP Ends Book Reviews, LA Times Also Makes Book Changes
Publishers Weekly
ABC News Reorganizes, Focuses on Digital
Broadcasting and Cable
Sling's CEO on being acquired by EchoStar: "We are going to rock"
Engadget
Facebook overtakes MySpace in the UK
VNUNet

Best Practices
What's More Important Page Views Or User Experience Satisfaction?
Robin Good
Develop Your Widget Strategy
Killer Startups
Is Enterprise RSS the Next Killer App?
ServerWatch
Turn Gmail (or any E-mail Account) Into a Social Network Hub
MicroPersuasion
Majority of U.S. Companies Have Not Conducted ROI Studies for Business Intelligence Investments
BusinessWire

Cool Tools
Google Book Search Adds New Organization Features
Mashable
Is Apple planning an e-card service? Seems so from this Patent application
ZDNet Blogs

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
RavenPack to Deliver Dow Jones News Analytics with API for Customers' Proprietary Trading Systems
PR Newswire
Mark Logic and RWD Technologies Join to Deliver Content-Centric Applications to Life Sciences Industry
Marketwire
LexisNexis provides content for Halsbury’s Law Magazine
Money Control
Financial Media Group, Inc. Partners with Leading List Management Firm
PR Newswire
Idearc Media and MagicYellow Sign Distribution Agreement
BusinessWire
ContentGuard Extends License With Zinio
Marketwire

Products, Markets & People
LexisNexis Launches Lexis(R) Front Office Powered by Time Matters(R) 9.0
BusinessWire
Talking Things - Wiki-Encyclopedia for Products
PRWeb
Reader's Digest Names Jeff Wellington Publisher
FOLIO: Magazine

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Amazon Offers Cross-Platform DRM-Free Music via MP3 Downloads

It seems kind of silly beyond a certain point to call Amazon's launching of an MP3 store news, but with about 2 million audio tracks available for 99 cents or less and reduced-price album downloads it's at least significant that major content vendors are beginning to offer what consumers have been creating themselves for years. The delay in both music publishers and content distributors accepting that cross-platform, DRM-free music distribution via the common MP3 file format was already the de facto standard of the music industry from a consumer's perspective has to be one of the most monumental strategic blunders in publishing history. After years of struggling against MP3s with lawsuits, DRM schemes and other ineffective techniques to persuade the marketplace otherwise it took Apple's proprietary lock on music distribution via its own DRM scheme to awaken at least some music publishers to the need to let consumers be customers and not just licensees.

The real enemy of the music industry is not music copying but consumer attention. With social media, games, mobile devices and online video capturing more of the music industry market's attention span it no longer pays to limit the ability of consumers to move their basic content to where it's valued the most. MP3s enable music and other audio to move quickly and efficiently into to social contexts that are most likely to create consumer enthusiasm for a product quickly when it first gains attention and popularity and enables "long tail" content to get the exposure that it needs to allow consumers to get enthusiasm that will lead to purchases. Amazon's recommendation system is ideal for such purchasers, enabling content that would otherwise be obscure to become immediately relevant to a browser turned on to an artist that they had not known previously. From that point on out it's up to music producers to become more intelligent about how they merchandise the talents and following of an artist to maximize revenues, but singles sales are a great starting point.

With Microsoft and others investigating audio watermarking capabilities it won't be too long before the ability to distribute audio content without DRM and with appropriate audit trails for copyright abuse becomes the industry standard across the board - a factor which should enable music companies to begin to take full advantage of the Web's radio-like ability to broadcast enthusiasm for artists effectively. As to whether the leaders in music publishing will remain the ususal suspects remains to be seen, but by adopting MP3s as a default distribution medium for radio-quality audio they stand a chance on reinventing themselves in time for the next generation of music lovers.

Headlines for 25 September 2007

Trends
Amazon starts music store
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Is Sling Media acquisition good sign for IPTV?
CNET News
EarmarkWatch.org Enables D.I.Y. Investigative Work
MediaShift
Microsoft lookfs to Facebook if Yahoo Won't Play
New York Post
Facebook, Flush Under the Spotlight
Reuters MediaFile
Todays Takeover Rumor Bought to You By Google And Sirius
TechCrunch
Gannett and Web 3.0
Seeking Alpha
Big media enters the spin zone: Big assets to be unloaded?
CNN Money
Google's Eileen Naughton Says Advertising Types Will 'Converge'
Bloomberg News
The View From Your Airplane Window Was Brought to You by ...
The New York Times
AOL Quietly Cans Weblogs Inc Life Sciences Blogs
TechCrunch

Cool Tools
Acrobat Connect Professional Reviewed
Robin Good
Real Time Search Soon At Twitter
TechCrunch

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Demand Media Adds $100 Million More Funding; Total Comes To $320 Million
paidContent.org
Belo and Mochila Announce Strategic Partnership
PR Newswire via CNN Money
Simon & Schuster Adopts MuseStorm for Authoring and Syndicating Highly Interactive Intelligent Widgets
PR Newswire
Open Text Bridges the Gap Between Editorial and User-Generated Content with RedDot Modules
PR Newswire via CNN Money
Portfolio.com to partner with HarvardBusiness.org
BtoB Online
Edmunds.com Selects Tubes for Automotive-Related Multimedia Content Distribution Platform
Marketwire
HealthiNation Teams up with Prevention.com to Expand Health & Lifestyle On-Demand Video
PR Newswire

Products, Markets & People
Blackboard's Social Bookmarking Service, Scholar, Enables Global Information Sharing Across Academia
Marketwire via CNN Money
New Exalead Semantic Search Service to Help People Find, Organize, Share and Enhance Content Online
JRJ
mSpoke's FeedHub Eliminates the Information Overload Problem Plaguing the Attention Economy
PR Newswire via EarthTimes
Thunderstone Parametric Search Appliance Simplifies Retrieval of Text and Structured Data
Marketwire

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Headline Summary for 25 September 2007

Trends
It's official - you can't build Web revenues around news content that search and social media can't access...
Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site
The New York Times (no *!)
Murdoch makes case for free WSJ online
Reuters via Yahoo! News
Online Newspapers Grab Ad Spending
eMarketer

Making getting content and ads in user defined contexts more important than ever before...
Information-Rich, Interactive, Engaging, Portable - These Are The New Google Gadgets Ads
Robin Good
Content is Dead. Community is King Now
Search Engine Guide

As the king of context prepares new heights to crown...
Google hits all-time high amid flurry of upbeat news
MarketWatch
Google Extends Search Lead Over Yahoo, Nielsen Says
Bloomberg News
Google phone rumors heat up
Crave
Google Launches AdSense for Mobile
InformationWeek
Google To “Out Open” Facebook On November 5
TechCrunch
GoogleNET Going Global
GigaOM
Google seeks EU approval to buy DoubleClick
Reuters via CNET News
Google Boasts Display Ads Raise Viewership Online And Off
paidContent.org

Making it that much harder to figure out what to do with portal aggregation models...
Neutron Randy Vaporizes AOL
The New York Times
Dick Parsons, CEO, Time Warner: No Spinoff Of AOL Yet
paidContent.org
News Corp. Plans to Save $100 Million From Dow Jones
Bloomberg News

And that much more important to get content in the contexts that audiences want...
NBC to offer a free video download service
The New York Times
Facebook backs fund to help find new apps
Mercury News
Digg turns its social networking up a few notches
CNET News

With SaaS building momentum enterprise content services and technologies face growing competition...
Salesforce targets enterprise content management
VNUNet
Salesforce to Launch Community Platform for Clients
Mashable

Media companies start to wrestle with how to give audiences more flexible use of premium content...
Macrovision: Legal DVD Copying On Deck
IBD via CNN Money
DVD burning finally approved
Content Agenda
One Anti-Piracy System to Rule Them All
The New York Times

If you can't beat them on the facts baffle them with a push to sway opinion makers and lawmakers...
Traditional Journal Publishers' Anti-Open-Access PR Plan Revealed
Wired Science

Print remains a robust medium as a fashion accessory for focused communities...
Magazines Eclipse Newspapers in Ad Revenue Share
FOLIO: Magazine

Big bets are still being placed on social media but in many instances it's the small bets that pay off best...
Yahoo adds wiki twist to Mash
VNUNet
MySpace to Discuss Effort to Customize Ads
The New York Times
Why Some Web 2.0 Sites Will Never Attract Big Ad Dollars
Micro Persuasion

With the Web economy a mainstay of the American economy lawmakers consider how to help it grow...
U.S. Senate considers extending internet tax ban
Download Squad
FCC: What to do with unused spectrum?
CNET News

Trade music for marketing information? Sounds like a great idea - if it actually works...
First Look: SpiralFrog Offers Free Music with a Hefty Price
PC World

Turns out that Web talking heads shouldn't confuse themselves with the production talent...
Amanda Congdon and ABC Part Ways
The New York Times

In other major trends in content this week...
Gannett Planning Newspaper Size Reduction At Several Papers
Editor & Publisher
Zillow Raises $30 Million More, Up To $87 Million in Venture Capital
TechCrunch
Man files best lawsuit ever against Google
Download Squad
Alfred A Knopf: How the great literary publisher proved to be the great rejecter
The Independent
China: Net spy damage has been 'massive'
Reuters via CNET

Best Practices
User Generated Content on Social Networking Sites Set to Go Pro and Boost Broadband Penetration
Newswire
Business Intelligence: One Version of the Truth
Computerworld
Semantic Web: Difficulties with the Classic Approach
Read/Write Web
Study: Internet Access at Libraries Crucial, but Lagging
Library Journal
Study says DRM counters Canadian privacy laws
IT World Canada
Comparing Mobile Ads In Google & Yahoo
Search Engine Land
How to Data Mine Google Reader Feeds for Trends
Micro Persuasion
Peer Review and a Proposal for Revision
E Pluribus Media
Economist Confused About the Semantic Web?
O'Reilly Radar
Bill Gates, the man with the remotest idea to change lives
Fairfax Digital

Cool Tools
Reuters Labs Launches Search People in Video Feature
Mashable
Yahoo Launches Map Mixer: Make Your Map
O'Reilly Radar
Hey Nielsen: Influence the Ratings through Social Networking
Mashable
NoseRub.com - Decentralising Social Networks
Killer Startups
Patent App would trigger Zune downloads based on user’s musical preferences
ZDNet
Bob Dylan’s Facebook App Rocks
Mashable
Google debuts ad creation tool for newspaper print ads
BtoB Online
Learn to speak a foreign language with Mango
Download Squad
Google Expands Google Gadget Ads For Advertisers Beta
Search Engine Land
NASA, Google Bring More of the Moon to Earth
PC World
iPhone Heads to Germany
TheStreet.com / Content Agenda
No more wallet needed with MobiBucks
Download Squad
Google Offers 'Collaboration in the Cloud'
eWeek

Deals, Partnerships & Sales

Mark Logic and Trinity Technologies Partner to Deliver XML Technology to Financial Services Industry
Marketwire
Cygnus Business Media Deploys iCopyright on 60 Web Sites
Marketwire
VMS Selects Autonomy to Support Real-Time Media
Intelligence

PR Newswire
Hearst Acquires 'Real Age'
FOLIO: Magazine

Products, Markets & People
Alacra Launches Research Recap
Ad Hoc News
Pearson Helps Break World Record for Largest Shared Reading Experience
PR Newswire
MSN and Variety Forge Distribution Relationship
PR Newswire via CNN Money
Multiply Selects Omniture to Enhance the Social Networking Experience
Marketwire via CNN Money
Borders(R) and Sony(R) Team Up to Promote e-books
PR Newswire via CNN Money
Tacit Software's illumio Upgrade Makes Sharing Knowledge and Monitor News, Blogs, and Wikis Easy
PRWeb
Thomas Technology Solutions and ThomComp, Inc. Merge to Form Content Data Solutions, Inc.
BusinessWire
John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Wiley-Blackwell to Publish Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Trading Markets
Business Objects Launches BI OnDemand
Intelligent Enterprise
InfoUSA to compile U.K. database
BtoB Online
Referex eBooks Database Launches 3 New Collections And Over 900 Additional Titles
WebWire
Google Formally Introduces AdSense For Mobile
Search Engine Land

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Headlines for 20 September 2007

Trends
Online Newspapers Grab Ad Spending
eMarketer
Google Launches AdSense for Mobile
InformationWeek
FCC: What to do with unused spectrum?
CNET News
Google Extends Search Lead Over Yahoo, Nielsen Says
Bloomberg News
Google Boasts Display Ads Raise Viewership Online And Off
paidContent.org
Information-Rich, Interactive, Engaging, Portable - These Are The New Google Gadgets Ads
Robin Good
DVD burning finally approved
Content Agenda

Best Practices
Semantic Web: Difficulties with the Classic Approach
Read/Write Web
Study: Internet Access at Libraries Crucial, but Lagging
Library Journal

Cool Tools
Yahoo Launches Map Mixer: Make Your Map
O'Reilly Radar
Hey Nielsen: Influence the Ratings through Social Networking
Mashable
Learn to speak a foreign language with Mango
Download Squad

Products, Markets & People
Alacra Launches Research Recap
Ad Hoc News

Headline Summary for 19 September 2007

Trends
NBC to offer a free video download service
The New York Times
Digg turns its social networking up a few notches
CNET News
News Corp. Plans to Save $100 Million From Dow Jones
Bloomberg News
Google phone rumors heat up
Crave
Zillow Raises $30 Million More, Up To $87 Million in Venture Capital
TechCrunch
Man files best lawsuit ever against Google
Download Squad
Alfred A Knopf: How the great literary publisher proved to be the great rejecter
The Independent
China: Net spy damage has been 'massive'
Reuters via CNET
Magazines Eclipse Newspapers in Ad Revenue Share
FOLIO: Magazine
Kerry Taser Video Brings Record Traffic To 'Gainesville Sun'
Editor & Publisher
Neutron Randy Vaporizes AOL
The New York Times

Best Practices
Business Intelligence: One Version of the Truth
Computerworld
Study says DRM counters Canadian privacy laws
IT World Canada
Peer Review and a Proposal for Revision
E Pluribus Media

Cool Tools
Google Expands Google Gadget Ads For Advertisers Beta
Search Engine Land
NASA, Google Bring More of the Moon to Earth
PC World
iPhone Heads to Germany
TheStreet.com / Content Agenda

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
MSN and Variety Forge Distribution Relationship
PR Newswire via CNN Money
Multiply Selects Omniture to Enhance the Social Networking Experience
Marketwire via CNN Money
Borders(R) and Sony(R) Team Up to Promote e-books
PR Newswire via CNN Money

Products, Markets & People
Tacit Software's illumio Upgrade Makes Sharing Knowledge and Monitor News, Blogs, and Wikis Easy
PRWeb
Thomas Technology Solutions and ThomComp, Inc. Merge to Form Content Data Solutions, Inc.
BusinessWire
John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Wiley-Blackwell to Publish Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Trading Markets
Business Objects Launches BI OnDemand
Intelligent Enterprise
InfoUSA to compile U.K. database
BtoB Online
Referex eBooks Database Launches 3 New Collections And Over 900 Additional Titles
WebWire

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Headlines for 18 September 2007

Trends
Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site
The New York Times (no *!)
Murdoch makes case for free WSJ online
Reuters via Yahoo! News
Content is Dead. Community is King Now
Search Engine Guide
Why Some Web 2.0 Sites Will Never Attract Big Ad Dollars
Micro Persuasion
Dick Parsons, CEO, Time Warner: No Spinoff Of AOL Yet
paidContent.org
First Look: SpiralFrog Offers Free Music with a Hefty Price
PC World
Salesforce targets enterprise content management
VNUNet
Yahoo adds wiki twist to Mash
VNUNet
Facebook backs fund to help find new apps
Mercury News
MySpace to Discuss Effort to Customize Ads
The New York Times
Macrovision: Legal DVD Copying On Deck
IBD via CNN Money
Salesforce to Launch Community Platform for Clients
Mashable

Best Practices
User Generated Content on Social Networking Sites Set to Go Pro and Boost Broadband Penetration
Newswire
Economist Confused About the Semantic Web?
O'Reilly Radar
Bill Gates, the man with the remotest idea to change lives
Fairfax Digital

Cool Tools
Reuters Labs Launches Search People in Video Feature
Mashable
No more wallet needed with MobiBucks
Download Squad
Google Offers 'Collaboration in the Cloud'
eWeek

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Mark Logic and Trinity Technologies Partner to Deliver XML Technology to Financial Services Industry
Marketwire
Cygnus Business Media Deploys iCopyright on 60 Web Sites
Marketwire
VMS Selects Autonomy to Support Real-Time Media Intelligence
PR Newswire
Hearst Acquires 'Real Age'
FOLIO: Magazine

Products, Markets & People
Google Formally Introduces AdSense For Mobile
Search Engine Land

Monday, September 17, 2007

Headline Summary for 17 September 2007

Trends
Online efforts begin to lead in revenue growth, making for tricky questions in traditional media board rooms...
For Time Warner, a time to break up?
Fortune via CNN Money
Keep an eye on: Time Warner
Reuters MediaFile
More Restructuring at Time Inc.’s Business and Finance Network
FOLIO: Magazine
AOL HQ moving to New York, business model moving to advertising
Download Squad
As NY Times print revenues sink, online revenues soar in August 28.2 percent
The New York Times*

While online natives aim for higher horizons...
Google offers $30 million for robotic rover on the Moon
Times Online
How law enforcement uses Google Earth
CNET News

A few Web 2.0 efforts scale well but with most focusing on microcommunities investors are wary...
Has smart money abandoned U.S. Web 2.0 companies?
Venture Beat
Wikipedia: 2-million articles and counting
Download Squad
New Social Sites Cater to People of a Certain Age
The New York Times*

You can't just say that you've got Web 2.0 content and expect to make a mint these days...
Were Techmeme and Sphere too greedy?
Mathew Ingram

And you can't just say that you're a mashup and expect to impress people who know better...
Google as and Election Portal, With a Twist
The New York Times*
Yahoo's Presidential 'Mashup Debate' Won't Support Mashups
Wired News

Now that context is king social media is the place to befor both advertisers and publishers...
User-Driven News More Diverse Than Mainstream Coverage
Search Engine Land
Netscape Social News to be Relaunched as Propeller.com
Netscape
Interview: Ron Grant, President & COO, AOL: Time For A Network Approach
paidContent.org
Newspapers Are Going 'Widget'-Happy'
The Examiner
Youtube in Talks for Video News Service With Ads
Korea Times
Microsoft Patents Watermark That May Protect DRM-free Music
PC World
Leaked Google Video Discusses Google Reader, Social Efforts
Google Blogoscoped

But portals still have staying power - and powerful audiences...
Yahoo's audience slightly smaller than Google's, but far stickier
Business 2.0 Utility Belt

The once-hot iPod begins to confront the demand for more integrated platforms for mobile services...
In an iPod world, the future is always now
Toronto Star
Is the iPod (gasp) Doomed?
Reuters MediaFile

With an explosion of video destinations some are realizing that OEMing is a pretty good business...
Brightcove Ends Development Of Video Portal To Focus On Publishing Services
paidContent.org

Microsoft settles with the EU to get past policies behind them in a battle for online market share...
Microsoft plays nice with the EU
VNUNet via Content Agenda

Whose content is it, anyway? As governments want to pry into databases the answers aren't always easy...
Google promises to lead crusade for international privacy rules
Canadian Press
Does Facebook's privacy policy stack up?
Times Online

Subscription databases focused on enterprise integrationare seeing strong results...
Reed Elsevier's Feel-Good Friday
Forbes

Ah, for the days when a newspaper that was as dumb as TV seemed like a great idea...
USA Today: At 25, ‘McPaper’ Is All Grown Up
The New York Times*

In other major trends in content this week...
Thomson-Reuters Deal to Spark Race
WSJ Online*
Publications on Fitness and Health Head to Web
The New York Times*
Wall Street Journal to Launch Monthly Glossy Magazine
Prime Newswire via CNN Money
InfoSpace Surges on Switchboard.com Sale
WSJ Online*
Amazon Launches Web Startup Contest
Mashable
New Net taxes could arrive in November
CNET News
University-Press Leader Quit Publishers' Panel Over Anti-Open-Access Campaign
Chronicle of Higher Education
Google, DoubleClick Deal Challenged Again
Web Pro News
Office 2.0: Web 2.0's Higher Standard
Internet News

Best Practices
Google, duplicate content caused by URL parameters, and you
Google Blog
Taming the World of Unstructured Data
DM Review
Fear of Web 2.0
Read/Write Web
Making Real-World Noise about Online SItes: The Yelp Elite Squad
Bokardo
Organizing The World’s Push Content: The iGoogle Ecosystem
Search Engine Land
How to Optimize for Yahoo!
ISE DB
Is Googling for research "good enough" for your bottom line? Productivity of free and paid search tools
Really Simple Sidi
Don't Fall into the Pixel or Wiki Page Trap
Best Syndication

Cool Tools
WhoDoes: Online Collaboration for Project Managers
Mashable
Yahoo Invites Us Into Mash, Its New Social Network
TechCrunch
Not all that Wired about it: Communication technology gets the short end at NextFest
USC Annenberg OJR
Google Presently Set For Launch Next Week
Read/Write Web
Amazon Gets Widget With It
ResearchBuzz
reCAPTCHA: Using Captchas To Digitize Books
TechCrunch
Redefining the Architecture of Memory
The New York Times*

Deals, Partnerships & Sales

Yahoo wins exclusive ad deal for Bebo UK, Ireland
Reuters via Yahoo! News
Mark Logic Partners With Gimmal Group to Deliver XML Content Management to Finance, Manufacturing
MarketWire
Reuters Choses Attribtor to Protect Content
Mashable
Al Jazeera and iHorizons team up to win best 'Media & Education Implementation of the year'
AME Info
Yahoo Acquires Zimbra For $350 million in Cash
TechCrunch
Endeca Selects Bazaarvoice for Social Navigation Capabilities within New Endeca Discovery Suite
PR Database
Tubes Adds Diggnation, ScobleShow, Rocketboom and Other Content to Tubes Hub
Marketwire
Yahoo enters exclusive ad deal with Bebo
BtoB Online
Yahoo Buys BuzzTracker
Houston Chronicle
CME Group Renews Exclusive License of Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures Contracts
PR Newswire via CNN Money
Weatherbonk Mashup Acquired by The Weather Channel
Programmable Web

Products, Markets & People
Nstein Technologies announces clarification of previous press releases
CNW Group
Google launches array of India-specific Internet services
IndUS Business Journal
SixApart Has A New CEO, Chairman
GigaOM
SpiralFrog(TM) Launches Free Ad-Supported Music Service
BusinessWire
LexisNexis Adds TotalPatent to Its Suite of Solutions
Information Today, Inc.
Dow Jones Beats Reuters, Bloomberg and Thomson as Top News Provider: Tri-State Traders and IT Pros
PR Newswire via CNN Money
ALM and Courtroom View Network Join to Bring Online Courtroom Video to Litigators, Law Firms and Schools
BusinessWire
Juris from LexisNexis Launches New Business Intelligence Reporting Module
BusinessWire
Intellectual Property Professionals Manage Patents More Effectively using LexisNexis TotalPatent(TM)
TradingMarkets

Headlines for 17 August 2007

Trends
USA Today: At 25, 'McPaper' Is All Grown Up
The New York Times*
For Time Warner, a time to break up?
Fortune via CNN Money
More Restructuring at Time Inc.’s Business and Finance Network
FOLIO: Magazine
AOL HQ moving to New York, business model moving to advertising
Download Squad
Has smart money abandoned U.S. Web 2.0 companies?
Venture Beat
Interview: Ron Grant, President & COO, AOL: Time For A Network Approach
paidContent.org
In an iPod world, the future is always now
Toronto Star
Google, DoubleClick Deal Challenged Again
Web Pro News
Wall Street Journal to Launch Monthly Glossy Magazine
Prime Newswire via CNN Money
Keep an eye on: Time Warner
Reuters MediaFile
Microsoft plays nice with the EU
VNUNet via Content Agenda
Newspapers Are Going 'Widget'-Happy'
The Examiner
InfoSpace Surges on Switchboard.com Sale
WSJ Online*
Publications on Fitness and Health Head to Web
The New York Times*

Best Practices
Fear of Web 2.0
Read/Write Web
Making Real-World Noise about Online SItes: The Yelp Elite Squad
Bokardo

Cool Tools
Amazon Gets Widget With It
ResearchBuzz
reCAPTCHA: Using Captchas To Digitize Books
TechCrunch

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Reuters Choses Attribtor to Protect Content
Mashable
Al Jazeera and iHorizons team up to win best 'Media & Education Implementation of the year'
AME Info
Yahoo Acquires Zimbra For $350 million in Cash
TechCrunch
Endeca Selects Bazaarvoice for Social Navigation Capabilities within New Endeca Discovery Suite
PR Database

Products, Markets & People
SpiralFrog(TM) Launches Free Ad-Supported Music Service
BusinessWire
LexisNexis Adds TotalPatent to Its Suite of Solutions
Information Today, Inc.
Dow Jones Beats Reuters, Bloomberg and Thomson as Top News Provider: Tri-State Traders and IT Pros
PR Newswire via CNN Money
ALM and Courtroom View Network Join to Bring Online Courtroom Video to Litigators, Law Firms and Schools
BusinessWire
Juris from LexisNexis Launches New Business Intelligence Reporting Module
BusinessWire

Friday, September 14, 2007

Headlines for 14 September 2007

Trends
New Net taxes could arrive in November
CNET News
Wikipedia: 2-million articles and counting
Download Squad
Thomson-Reuters Deal to Spark Race
WSJ Online*
Google as and Election Portal, With a Twist
The New York Times*
Yahoo's Presidential 'Mashup Debate' Won't Support Mashups
Wired News
Brightcove Ends Development Of Video Portal To Focus On Publishing Services
paidContent.org
Google offers $30 million for robotic rover on the Moon
Times Online
Google promises to lead crusade for international privacy rules
Canadian Press
Does Facebook's privacy policy stack up?
Times Online
Bloggers Make Jump to TV Shows — But Should They?
MediaShift
Is the iPod (gasp) Doomed?
Reuters MediaFile
Were Techmeme and Sphere too greedy?
Mathew Ingram
How law enforcement uses Google Earth
CNET News
Reed Elsevier's Feel-Good Friday
Forbes

Best Practices
Taming the World of Unstructured Data
DM Review
Organizing The World’s Push Content: The iGoogle Ecosystem
Search Engine Land
How to Optimize for Yahoo!
ISE DB

Cool Tools
WhoDoes: Online Collaboration for Project Managers
Mashable
Yahoo Invites Us Into Mash, Its New Social Network
TechCrunch
Not all that Wired about it: Communication technology gets the short end at NextFest
USC Annenberg OJR
Google Presently Set For Launch Next Week
Read/Write Web

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Yahoo Buys BuzzTracker
Houston Chronicle
Tubes Adds Diggnation, ScobleShow, Rocketboom and Other Content to Tubes Hub
Marketwire
Yahoo enters exclusive ad deal with Bebo
BtoB Online

Products, Markets & People
Nstein Technologies announces clarification of previous press releases
CNW Group
Google launches array of India-specific Internet services
IndUS Business Journal
SixApart Has A New CEO, Chairman
GigaOM