about a company called SearchKing, which is suing Google to restore their Page Rank, which they say was arbitrarily lowered. No evidence is provided in the documents SearchKing has provided, however, so it is all based on their bald assertion that something has been done arbitrarily by Google.
: Small Players Matter. An important short essay on the story behind the numbers produced by the search engines and other major players.
: Why we sell advertising, not search results. A simple statement of fact gets right to the point. Perfect. I won’t use anything else anyhow, but it’s nice to have it confirmed. Especially with all the FUD going around on this issue lately.
published a great piece yesterday about music on the net: Entertainment Execs, Fear Not the Net. Going a bit further than the article, it’s in the music industry’s best interests to pump life back into Napster or an analogous system and use all the data as advanced market research. They don’t even need to know who’s trading what through the system – they could keep it totally anonymous and still get tons of information that would help them develop new artists more effectively AND work the back-catalog more efficiently. No matter how many files were traded, there are still tons of great revenue streams that they can use to make as much or more money as they do today.
and odd news from Google. First the good: the Google Search Appliance. Now you can install a Google machine on your private network. I bet it’s not intended to compete with things like Documentum, but I bet it will regardless of the fact that it’s a different thing.
Also new is that www.google.com now redirects me to www.google.ca. I trust that the results of a regular search won’t be affected in any way – at least I hope not. It is a good way to gain additional revenue streams for companies targeting different markets – now they can sell the same adwords in different countries to different companies.