31 May

Tuning In to Channel Yahoo

Tuning In to Channel Yahoo
"It seems that Yahoo, the Internet company that recently hired the former Warner Bros. studio chief, is trying to get something called "Yahoo TV" up and running. Yahoo has had talks with Live Planet, the Hollywood content company that gets big-time points for not to calling itself a content company. Yahoo is looking for production talent and other sorts of technical people who would help staff what sounds like a traditional TV station, according to someone familiar with the conversations Yahoo has been having."

31 May

Why Microsoft May Buy AT&T

Why Microsoft May Buy AT&T Broadband: Fear, Greed & Envy
"Would AT&T Broadband, the nation’s largest cable company, make a good acquisition target for technology giant Microsoft Corp.? There are lots of reasons why such a move would make sense, according to senior Kagan analysts. Recent visits to AT&T headquarters by Microsoft officials, including chairman Bill Gates, have fueled rumors among AT&T employees that the tech giant may have its eye on the cable company."
Looks like today is a rumor day.

30 May

Interview: Craig Silverstein (Google’s CTO)

Interview: Craig Silverstein (Google’s CTO)
"Without ticking off all the paid search engine placement folks, what it really comes down to is if you have a site that other people are interested in, then that’s really the key?
Yes, once you have that it’s not difficult to get good search engine placement. But for a lot of people they may not have such a site."
06/25/01 update: Salon interview with Monika Henzinger, Google’s director of research. 01/06/02 update: she has a home page, with these slides on web information retrieval.
08/16/01 update: another interview with Silverstein (at Webtechniques).
08/19/01 update: When Larry meets Sergey.

30 May

Meta Search Or Meta Ads?

Meta Search Or Meta Ads?
"What people may not realize is that many meta search services are now also bringing back paid placement listings and mixing these in among the more traditional editorial-style results that they retrieve. In fact, a Search Engine Watch survey shows that some meta search services are providing results where more than half of their listings are paid links."
Copernic is still my favorite meta search engine (and it now includes Google) but since it’s a desktop app, not a web site, it’s often not included in comparisons.

29 May

The meaning of Web cartography

The meaning of Web cartography (see May 28th, not a permalink)
"My thoughts begin with the question, "Is the Web mappable?" or, more generally, "Are information spaces mappable?" Maps represent static entities that have a generally agreed-upon orientation. Information, though, is fluid, and attempts to diagram relationships are wholly dependent on an individual’s perception. There are no universally agreed upon organizations of information."
Are web maps any useful, or not usable enough to matter? I’m interested in these questions too. Any thoughts and links, contribute them here.

29 May

Telling A Story “Personal computers

Telling A Story
"Personal computers have forever changed the way people make publications, movies, and music. But they have not changed the people who do these things. If you lack writing or editing or illustration skills, or filmic flair or musical ability, then desktop publishing or video or music tools can’t change that. What they can do — and it is no small thing — is help people with latent abilities in these areas discover and grow their talents. There’s one talent common to all these creative disciplines: storytelling."
Do I spot a trend? See Peterme‘s May 22th post (permalinks already!).