I’ve been traveling the past three days so am catching up on news —including that of the new supposed YouTube-killerbeing launched by NBC Universal & News Corp. But while the official releasecalls this a new "site" coming later this year, more reading makes it clearwe’re talking about a video distribution network that will be anything but arival to YouTube. In fact, it could even distribute video to YouTube, if the newcompany decides there’s money to be made there. Below, a rundown on how it seemslikely to work and the existing partners that will carry the content. Dear Clown Co.: Name This Thing Fast Before Its Too Late from TechCrunch isa great roundup of how we got to yesterday’s announcement and how the newcompany apparentlyearned its nickname of "Clown Co" from some Google executives. It alsocovers how the new company will be 50/50 owned by NBC Universal and News Corp.The key aspect is this: There will be no centralized site for the service. … [Read more...] about NBC & News Corp’s “OverTube” Not A YouTube-Killer — It Might Just Power Those
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Hi. It’s mid-July, so as typically happens to me every year at this time, my left brain has gone on vacation. It’ll be back before too long as I work on a column about finding more click volume for your campaign when it just doesn’t seem possible. In the meantime, the right brain (“you can call me Dr. Nick”) is firmly in charge. What better time than now to trot out an existential dilemma: how big should your niche be? Related to that: how excited should you be about your products, and other products you don’t yet sell but probably should? Is small really the new big? In some categories of offline retail, we’ve had conclusive answers to such questions for decades. Huge investments in new (larger) stores, and/or increasing the density of locations, were big (correct) bets placed by winning U.S. grocery chains (like Kroger) and drugstores (like Walgreens), as shown in Jim Collins’ Good to Great. Sticking with the old narrower selection was … [Read more...] about Should You Expand Your Retail Niche?
Each month, I compile Search Month— a recap of all the stories that have happened relating to search, categorizedby topic. I thought it would be fun to take all the Search Months over the pastyear and produce this edition of Search Year 2007. It was far more work than Iimagined, but I hope you’ll find this at-a-glance guide to what happened insearch during 2007 to be helpful. At-a-glance might be a stretch. This is a massive post, and I’m sure somepeople might feel a bit of overload. So, here’s some guidance as to how thingsare organized. In many categories, I tried to pick the biggest news story for that topic.This isn’t always the case. With some categories such as SEO, there where manygood, compelling stories. In some of those cases, I went with a catchy headlineor a recent, broadly applicable article. I wish I’d had the time to more closelygo through and pick out the very best in each section, but it was too mucheffort. Below each main story are … [Read more...] about Search Year 2007: Search News, In Review
There’s a ton of search-related news and intrigue coming out of the Dow Jones “All Things D” conference in Southern California. Let’s start with the ridiculous remark from IAC’s chief Barry Diller that “Google is irrelevant to us.” That’s only true if Diller doesn’t care about search revenue. Google is essentially the source of that revenue for IAC. He also reportedly said, “I believe our product is in most respects better than Google,” and that he thinks Google’s dominance cannot last indefinitely in search: “At some point Google will not live ever after with 60 or 90 percent of market.” Ask 3D was certainly more daring in most respects than Google’s Universal Search, but arguably the core relevance of search results on Ask doesn’t match Google. Diller’s statement about Google not being dominant forever is a kind of bland truism about all market leaders. On to Yahoo and Microsoft. On … [Read more...] about All Things D: The Search Edition
Microsoft reported worse-than-expected earnings yesterday. The company was about a billion dollars off analysts consensus expectations. According to the Microsoft release, the company had huge revenues but still missed: $13.10 billion for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2009, a 17% decline from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $3.99 billion, $3.05 billion and $0.34 per share, which represented declines of 30%, 29% and 26%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period. For the full fiscal year revenues were $58.44 billion, a 3 percent decline from fiscal 2008 and the first time that sales had declined in the company’s more than 30 year history. The decline was blamed on the economy, among other factors, but also the rise of netbooks. According to Microsoft netbooks have a roughly 11 percent share of the PC market. Microsoft’s OS dominates there but margins are much smaller. Online … [Read more...] about Microsoft Misses Earnings, Yahoo Board Meets About Potential Microsoft Search Deal
Associated Press president Tom Curley and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch both made speeches yesterday in China that are being widely reported as an attack on Google. Having read through the actual speeches, I was surprised they weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be. Below, I’ve highlighted key portions along with my own commentary. And hey Facebook, looks like AP doesn’t like you, either. Let’s start with Curley’s speech: President Li, I salute you for your leadership and vision in organizing this summit. The timing could not be better. The Associated Press and I are honored to join with all your guests in exchanging ideas at this moment of profound economic, technical and cultural change. Awesome. Any salute about the press restrictions that China imposes? But I digress…. The marketplace for news content is growing. More people in more places seek out news more often than ever. Yet, we don’t get paid appropriately for our hard work and … [Read more...] about Dissecting The AP & Murdoch Speeches Against Those Internet News Thieves
Google recently upgraded Google Maps with a new land parcel data layer, added a Map error reporting function, has promised map fixes to street errors in 30 days or less and has replaced Tele Atlas as their provider of roadway data. It was widely expected that Google might replace TeleAtlas but I don’ think anyone realized it would be this soon. I wanted to better understand Google’s plans for Google Maps in the United States and globally and put the changes into a larger competitive and social context. In an effort to clarify my thinking about the technology and the implications I contacted Mike Dobson of TeleMapics, mapping industry veteran and all around brilliant guy. I asked and he answered. Mike Blumenthal: Does the recent Tele Atlas boot from Google Maps US mean that Google has developed or acquired routing algorithms? Mike Dobson: Google worked with deCarta (under its former name Telcontar) when they were beginning the development of their mapping application. … [Read more...] about Tectonic Shifts Altering The Terrain At Google Maps
Want to do a paywall with no “first click free?” That’s fine with Google, says business product manager Josh Cohen. Want to do micropayments? Google will be “flexible” in considering support of new business models like this. But if you charge, expect less traffic, and also expect that your competitors will be “ecstatic” to pick up your loss, he said. Cohen’s comments on paywall issues were part of a wide-ranging interview I had with him about Google and its news service. In the interview, Cohen also repeatedly stressed that publishers are free to deal with Google as they like. And if they wanted to exclude Google in favor of a competitor like Microsoft, they have that choice — though Google would prefer to work with everyone. Indeed, Google’s inclusion of many diverse sources is one reason he thinks Google might take hits from certain publishers that don’t criticize Yahoo News, which is a far more popular news service … [Read more...] about Josh Cohen Of Google News On Paywalls, Partnerships & Working With Publishers
I’m at the FTC’s “Journalism & Internet Age” Workshop in Washington DC today, where we’re expecting addresses from Rupert Murdoch and Arianna Huffington, along with Josh Cohen of Google News and a variety of panels. I’ll be on one of those panels later today. I’m going to do a big live blog of things I find interesting, and you can also watch the webcast via this page. Why is the FTC doing this workshop? FTC has policy functions assigned to it to investigate new developments in the marketplace and make legislative recommendations. With radio, recommended act that made the FCC. Workshop today intended to bring out more facts. “The bottom seems to be falling out of the news business” as consumers shift their habits. Though newspapers were still profitable overall in 2008; TV still main way people get information. But newsrooms of dailies may employ 25% fewer people. Was at the LA Times recently and felt sense of shock at rows of … [Read more...] about Live Blogging The FTC Workshop On Journalism & The Internet
Fairsearch.org has released findings from a new study that raises serious and important issues about Google, its influence on searcher behavior and whether the search giant’s actions are deliberately hindering competition. Unfortunately, the study results are tainted by flawed methodology and a blatant anti-Google bias, implicitly favoring the agendas of the companies that sponsored the research. According to its website, Fairsearch.org “is a group of businesses and organizations united to promote a healthy Internet future, where economic growth is driven by competition, transparency and innovation in search verticals and online services.” It’s also an advocacy group for Google’s competitors—most prominently those in the online travel space— with members including Microsoft, Travelocity, Hotwire, Expedia and others. As a watchdog group, Fairsearch.org has shone light on some of Google’s more questionable practices that we’ve also … [Read more...] about Do The Majority Of Americans Think Google Is Unfair?