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Rational Thoughts on Network Neutrality – Que? June 19, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, money, netneutrality, Politics.
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I Missed this last week: TechDirt Reports on “Rational Thoughts On Network Neutrality”

Former telco exec Tom Evslin writes out a nice balanced article that highlights the real issues (the lack of competition)
while also noting why network neutrality is necessary — and why trying
to legislate network neutrality is difficult to impossible and could
backfire as well. He, like us at Techdirt, feels that there’s too many
lies on both sides of this debate — and its obscuring the real issues.

The REAL issue is Competition. And though it goes against my libertarian leanings to appeal for government manadated ‘competition’. they got us into this mess, so they should get us out and more stifling regulation (read: NetNeutrality) is fruther in the wrong direction and anti-competition.


What’s good for the Google, is Good for the… June 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality.
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Google prefers prioritized packets

Google, one of the lead proponents of net neutrality legislation, seems to like the idea of preferred networks…for a fee of course:


Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality, Politics.
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Sergey Brin goes to DC and has audience with 4 Senators regarding (per reports) Net Neutrality. There is mention that Sergey can not meet with as many Congressmen as he would prefer…We chalk that up to newness with DC .. BUT THEN:

Now comes  this news from the AP: “Brin says Google compromised principles.”

From the story:

Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the
dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by
accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling
to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.

Meeting with reporters near Capitol Hill, Brin said Google had
agreed to the censorship demands only after Chinese authorities blocked
its service in that country.

…Google’s China-approved Web service omits politically sensitive
information that might be retrieved during Internet searches, such as
details about the 1989 suppression of political unrest in Tiananmen
Square. Its agreement with China has provoked considerable criticism
from human rights groups.

“Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense,” Brin
said….Brin said Google is trying to improve its censored search
service, Google.cn, before deciding whether to reverse course. He said
virtually all the company’s customers in China use the non-censored

“It’s perfectly reasonable to do something different, to say,
‘Look, we’re going to stand by the principle against censorship and we
won’t actually operate there.’ That’s an alternate path,” Brin said.
“It’s not where we chose to go right now, but I can sort of see how
people came to different conclusions about doing the right thing.”

What Happened in Washington DC? This is a major statement from one of the most powerful Executives in the world about a VERY contentious policy his company has implemented.

Will Net Neutrality incent ISPs to Increase Access Speeds May 22, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Politics.
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Like my ISP just did???? Will ISPs increase speed out of kindness of their hearts?

NO, they will do it because the market *makes* them do it.

I am paying for 1.5Mbs people, and this is my current reading.

dslreports.com speed test result on 2006-05-22 19:01:35 EST:
4932 / 7046
Your download speed : 4932 kbps or 616.5 KB/sec.
Your upload speed is much faster than down.. have you tweaked?Your upload speed : 7046 kbps or 880.7 KB/sec.PS: Welcome to dslreports.com! Run more tests! see forums

I Wonder How John Stossel feels Net Neutrality? May 22, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Enough Already, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Web 2.0, Words to Live By.

"I started out by viewing the marketplace as a
cruel place, where you need intervention by government and lawyers to
protect people. But after watching the regulators work, I have come to
believe that markets are magical and the best protectors of the
consumer. It is my job to explain the beauties of the free market."

ABC News correspondent John Stossel (Oregonian, 10/26/94)


Does Google Really Have Everyone Else on the Ropes? May 20, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Web 2.0.
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Not quite.

Google, Yahoo! and MSN: Property Size-up

By popular demand, I’ve gone through several Hitwise categories to
compile the table below that shows where Google, Yahoo! and MSN
properties stack up in their respective categories. The percentages
represented in the right hand column are the percentages of visits in
respect to visits to that category.

portal properties table 2.PNG

If Google is really showing this poorly outside of everything except search….why do they FEEL like they are winning so BigTime?

Net Neutrality, Not American May 20, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Search, Web 2.0.

When Tim Berners-Lee started off with a French net neutrality example I knew his essay was in jeopardy. As the inventor of the internet (Sorry Gore) and working for Google, he definitely has a horse in this race however Net Neutrality is simply Not Free Market, Not Market Based and Not American.

If I make an investment in the future, take a risk, deploy capital, and build something better I should be able to charge a market rate for that product. RBOCs are not a great poster child for this debate because they were derived from a government created monopoly.

That was then, this is now.

If Comcast or SBC wants to charge Google, Yahoo or MSN more for streaming video or whathaveya they should be able to. Consumers will be able to switch providers if their current provider is too slow rendering their favorite sites.

The Market will Take Care of This.

Notice how quiet the big web — networking vendors are of course totally against any sort of net neutrality- companies have been regarding this. They don't want net neutrality because they think it will lock out start ups (thus keeping them at the top) and it could. However I think the SBCs of the world are more interested in Google, Yahoo and MSN at this point.

Life is not fair.

It never will be. However, consumers will have choices on their service provider and that should keep the Backbone companies honest. We will see. Socializing bandwidth will never be the answer. It doesn't promote innovation, and innovation is why we have the internet.

Long Tail – Proof Positive May 16, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, Web 2.0.
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A recent study by Roger Magoulas and Ben Lorica of O’Reilly Research
provided strong data to support the assertion that online access drives
usage of content that is generally not available in print. We compared
sales reported through Nielsen Bookscan for the fourth quarter of 2005 with access logs from both O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online service and from Google Book Search. The result provides compelling support for Chris Anderson’s “long tail” theory.

Read the Whole thing…

Now how do we stop thinking about dumb Ajax-y websites and really take advantage of this????

Microsoft adCenter – Hmmm chicken or egg? May 4, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Google, Microsoft, Search, SEM.
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Gates crackin a good one

All that's missing is pageviews….

Google OneBox (Leverage, Leverage, Leverage) April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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When I was an college marketing intern at Microsoft in the 90s. They overused one term, i hadn’t heard or used (before then) since Finance class. LEVERAGE.

LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. Every decision from corporate. Every Speech, Billg made. Every sales approach was (and of course is to this day) based on institutional LEVERAGE.

Who is taking that very Microsoft-ian approach now?


Who else could utilize their BRAND (not technology, I think Yahoo and MSN have comparable algos) and Goodwill to create OneBox.

MSFT couldn’t because they overtly compete with and want to OWN many/all of these product lines. Yahoo didn’t, because it is too consumer focused. Nope.

Google LEVERAGED Brand and Skills into a strong Enterprise Offering. Dont think they wont mash/build/integrate/LEVERAGE further up into the value chain.

Google Calendar Rocks April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, General Musings, Google, Microsoft, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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Well I knew I was gonna like it and to make a long story short: I love it!

The auto scheduling does not work for me but I am sure they will figure that out soon enough. Just being able to easily (and freely) create, share, & subscribe to an infinite amount of calendars is of course how calendaring should be done. Of Course it should. It is not like MSFT could not have done this 10 years ago…THEY SIMPLY DID NOT.

You don't need me to tell you the game has changed but THE GAME HAS CHANGED. MSFT is truly on its heals as much as any monopolist with a 50Billion dollar bank can be on its heals. πŸ˜‰

Airset has had this same product for several years but the integration with my PIM (Gmail) trumps all else and I am betting it will for many other users.

Riya….Definitely Run on an idle PC or at night March 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I guess I didn’t read the instructions (what’s new) but the Riya uploader distributes much of the photo processing to the user PC (which makes sense economically). For the first two days I was running it on an idle PC with Outlook, Google Desktop, Firefox, AntiVirus…basically all kinds of crap.

WELL, this AM, I powered down all processes except Riya and it is uploading twice as fast. This is a 2.5 yo machine (1.99 GHz Athlon) and we are now uploading 200 5-7MegaPix pics per hour up from 100 before I cleared the system tray.

CL2: Arghhh, Another Google Product I am gonna HAVE to use!!! March 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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Why are they doing exactly what needs to be done with Calendaring????

CL2 is closely, very closely, integrated with Gmail. It includes
now-standard web 2.0 features – Ajax, subscription feeds for
integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation,
search, sharing, notifications (including SMS) and more.

It’s also clear from the event creation functionality that Google is
is going to attempt to aggregate events like eventful and zvents do
now. If they combine their event creation feature with a web crawl and
parsing of event data (exactly what zvents does), they will be able to
create a very large events database. From the CL2 Trusted Tester

More Importantly, why is MSFT & Yahoo not???
Sure there are many start ups out there like Airset, zvents,  30 Boxes many many more….but why use a calendaring apps without email integration? Makes No Sense.

This will be THE tool that gets everyone in my family on Gmail…buh bye Outlook and Hotmail, & Yahoo. The functionality combined with Gmail integration is too much to resist.

Update: Paul Kedrosky says March 15th Release

Has a Company Ever So Well Documented Ever Challenged an Industry So Aggressively March 3, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Google.
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And Won? Is this the right strategy? Frontal Assault?

GM challenged Ford (with colors) and created the largest company in the world.

Schwab created the discount brokerage and is still a huge name in the industry.

Microsoft targeted Desktop Software, and Server Software and did very well but much of it owing to the OS monopoly that allow “noneconomic returns” as Gates used to call them

Dell targeted PC sales and was very successful for a long time.

Expedia, Travelocity, and others took on the Travel Agents and have created great businesses.

Does Google think that its technology is so superior, it can be this brash? Obviously. I somehow doubt it will be this easy.

Remember, most of the smart people don’t work for you….even if you are Google.

Google Analysts Day! No Guidance Given March 2, 2006

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Google Analysts day took place today to a packed house of Wall Street Analysts wondering ” How the heck are these guys so much richer than me?” Computer Science? Doh!

In a nutshell: Advertising has been veddy veddy good to us and this should continue.

“Is Madison Avenue about to get Googled?” March 1, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Google, Search, SEM, SEO.
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The leader of a new group within Publicis says no.

Rishad Tobaccowala a top executive in the media-buying division of Publicis,says in a eat my words quote:

“I think Google has overextended, like Napoleon opening up a Russian
front,” he said last week in an interview in London. “I think they are
a very amazing company that will take over nothing.”

I think Rishad and his ilk are about to see Google (or yahoo or MSN or ReachWest) take something from them they didn’t even know was up for grabs…..can’t even imagine…Marketing and Ecomm group managers in top corporations are sooo much more sophisticated than these firm give them credit.

They don’t need to be hand held.

They don’t need the floor to ceiling ocean views

They don’t need the cynicism and holier than thou attitude…

They don’t need the mark ups…

They NEED CRYSTAL CLEAR ROI ….new media firms are giving that to them…. Buh bye, Rishad.

Google prepares for Singularity…its Early February 25, 2006

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Google has expanded its print ad test – dubbed Publication Ads – to the tune of 30 new magazines, writes Mediaweek.

As a Singularity enthusiast, I understand where Google is going with this, business models should be focused on 5-10 years in the future…HOWEVER,Β  are we a little EARLY. There is no EPaper yet. If I look at these mags, I am not going to get the the AdSense magiv ad serving technology. I am probably going to receive look at a 1and1.com advertisement. Not sure Google is owning that attention the same way they do on-line.

Google Pages – I.Dont.Get.It February 23, 2006

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I had a little higher hopes for this though I am not sure what I was expecting.
Don’t visit my site:

Marissa Ann Mayer – Constraint Vital for Creativity February 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Google, Search, Words to Live By.
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Henry Ford once said, “If I’d listened to customers, I’d have given them a faster horse.”

That great quote comes in a Business Week article from Marissa Ann Mayer, Google’s VP of Search Products and User Experience and now every Computer Science nerd’s Bo Derrick (do I date myself?).

Marissa Ann Mayer

Posters are probably being created as I type this from Stanford to MIT to ITI. πŸ˜‰
Great Article about how constraints are vital to creativity. Read It.

MSN Incentivized Search – Didn’t IWON already try this? SECRET Keywords Included. February 15, 2006

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Looks like MSN is taking the famed IWon.com road to riches!

It is a fine idea and I will definitely try my *luck* now that I know what the keywords are to search. Thanks Oilman!