It’s the last week in January and here’s the state of the links.
Triple-play services has Europe abuzz. I’m there.
Yahoo’s earnings may be down, but Microsoft’s earning are up. I think it’s the xBox 360, t2.5 million in the first 90 days of launch.
Google releases an upgraded toolbar for IE with features that give you suggestions on the fly. Who’s still using IE?
An obscure patent case that could have been settled for a few million bucks has morphed into a billion-dollar dagger hanging over RIM, an enigma for investors and a distraction for legions of hooked BlackBerry users
Cingular is patenting the emoticon ( on mobile phones. 🙁
Blogger Junkets. I’m ready.
The Democratization of Advertising by Rob Hyndman
the blogger’s influence over the process of search becoming more significant at the expense of the larger advertiser. Faced with two alternatives – my search results or the targeted ads and banners that surround them on the page – the choice for me is obvious – I’ll find what I’m looking for, or an unbiased opinion about it, in the search results and I’ll walk right by the ads.
So – I can quickly search, authenticate, and then investigate
But the big news of the week is that Google will launch a censored version of its search engine in China. A lot of people are mad and upset. Whatever happened to “Don’t be evil” and “We don’t censor”?
It won’t offer email or blogs writes the New York Times.
Trouble in Google Paradise
One prominent blogger, Roger L. Simon notes the “huge peak in activity ” relating to Google. Or as Editor and Publisher put it.
DOJ wanted Google to allow a surveillance test of millions of its users’ search queries as part of its effort to enforce online pornography legislation passed by Congress to protect children. Yahoo, AOL, and MSN had already agreed to cooperate. But now, in an extraordinary development, Google has announced its decision to join the largest internet censorship effort in the world, being run by Communist China.
Google will actively assist the Chinese government in barring access to thousands of Web sites and search terms, in fact anything on the World Wide Web the Chinese feel might destablize its authoritarian government.
Google isn’t the first Western company to cave to Chinese pressure. But Google is by far the largest and most worrisome case yet.
Hiawatha Bray writes that Google’s China censorship fuels calls for US boycott
Jason Calcanis on Why Google made the right choice in China
There’s even the China-Google Protest Logo Album
Google founder defends China portal. From Davos.
Stay tuned. The battle over privacy and personal data will be a long one. More than 77% of Google users don’t know Google records and stores personal data.