It’s been a little while since we’ve done a Search Biz column. So it’s time to dust off the old snark machine and get right into it. First up there’s a very entertaining post on some new, unsealed records from the YouTube-Viacom litigation featuring a range of colorful expletives as both sides insult one another relentlessly. Here’s a select excerpt: Viacom complains that YouTube employees “sneered at rights holders as ‘copyright bastards’ and ‘a-holes.'” Google retorts that Viacom can’t complain about this language, and it quotes numerous Viacom execs to make its point. Sample outbursts include, “fuck you, you Google bastards,” “bastards at Google are harassing me,” and the eloquent “fuck those mother fuckers.” PaidContent has more from the unsealed documents and points to email showing how badly Viacom wanted to own YouTube: MTVN CEO Judy McGrath telling M&A execs: “Help … [Read more...] about Google Vs. Viacom, Pakistan Vs. Facebook, Google Vs. US, Apple Vs. Google & The Russians Are Coming!
In late December, the defense minister of Pakistan tweeted an ominous reminder to the leaders of Israel that Pakistan “is a Nuclear state too.” This tweet was in response to a news story in which former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was quoted as saying, “If Pakistan send ground troops into Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack.” The Pakistan Minister of Defense saw the quote and determined it was a threat to their country. The problem? This threat from Israel was not real; it was reported on a fake news site. Yaalon never said it. There was no quote. Just made up words. Pakistan’s Minister of Defense, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, reacting to a false story from a fake news site. (The original tweet has since been deleted.) So how did we get to this point? A point where leaders of countries are threatening each other because of news that is not merely inaccurate, but utterly fabricated? Fake news in the internet era … [Read more...] about A marketer’s guide to Facebook’s fake news problem and what is being done to fix it
The web-ranking tool SimilarWeb recently released their list of 2014’s 100 most visited websites in the US. Surprisingly, both Baidu, China’s largest search engine, and Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, made it on the list. Baidu is listed at #22 which puts it ahead of many of the world’s most popular sites, including Imgur.com (24) Aol.com (25), and even Pinterest (29). Yandex barely made it in the top 100 with a 91 ranking, but it still tied with the popular video site Vimeo (91) and beat out Twitch.tv (100). In no way does this achievement mean Yandex and Baidu are anywhere close to challenging Google’s dominance in the US, however, it is still quite monumental. Search Engine Market Share A few months back I conducted a survey using SurveyMonkey Audience (disclosure, I work for SurveyMonkey) of 521 Americans to understand the general awareness of the world’s popular search engines and which search engines have the most primary usage. From … [Read more...] about International Search Engines Gaining in the US
The French privacy authority, the Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), has taken an extreme and potentially dangerous position that unwittingly supports internet censorship. CNIL, and others in Europe, have repeatedly demanded that links expunged from the search index under Europe’s “Right to Be Forgotten” law (RTBF) be removed from all of Google’s indexes globally. The position is based on the notion that individual country domain removals can be circumvented by going to Google.com. Google has resisted removing RTBF content on a global basis on the grounds that it represents regulatory overreach and that citizens of other countries should not be subject to French or European law. Previously, Google said that it would limit RTBF to European users: We’ve been working hard to strike the right balance in implementing the European Court’s ruling, co-operating closely with data protection authorities. The ruling … [Read more...] about French privacy regulator fines Google for not removing RTBF links outside of Europe
Tomorrow, March 8th is International Women's Day and Google has a special Google logo, aka Google Doodle, for the day. The logo is going live 12 hours early on all Google properties around the world, in order to make sure those who don't go to Google on Saturday see it the day before. The Doodle is heavily animated and features a 90-second video showing how women have historically been underrepresented in almost all fields. Here is that video. It is interesting Google is posting this because just the other day a study came out showing only 17% of Google Doodles in the past two years had women in them. Team lead Ryan Germick agreed with the study, saying "We've been working to fix the imbalance in our doodles." In this Doodle Google has featured over 100 women, they include: Cee Chatpawee, TV host, IT Princess, Thailand Chinaza Godwin Christiana, Student, Nigeria Easkey Britton, Surfer and the first woman to surf in Iran, PhD and doctoral candidate, Ireland Rahimah Yussof, Developer … [Read more...] about Google Posts Women’s Day 2014 Logo After Agreeing Its Logos Are Male-Dominated