AFP v. Google News Update

AP story recapping AFP v. Google, quoting Zittrain and von Lohmann (among others). Contrary to some popular press reports, it appears that AFP is pressing on with the lawsuit despite Google’s redoubled efforts to kick them out of Google News….

Initial Assessment of AFP v. Google

Lots of buzz about AFP’s lawsuit against Google for displaying AFP’s headlines and photos in Google News. Personally, I think Google News is great, and I use it often. However, we can’t let our love for Google blind us to…

Google/Viaticum, Luteciel

New ruling from the Versailles Court of Appeals in the Google/Viaticum, Luteciel case over Google France’s sale of the keywords “bourse de voyages”, “bourse de vols” and “bdv” to competitors. Once again, Google France loses. The French courts continue to…

My Experiences with AdSense

USA Today article discussing AdSense. I’ve been using AdSense on my blog and website for the past couple of weeks. In general, I’m pretty happy with it—the AdSense ads are usually fairly relevant to my audience. In some cases, where…

Google Punishes Itself for Cloaking

See eWeek article. My previous post. Thanks to Slashdot for the followup.

Google AutoLink and Copyright Law–A Fuller Explanation

There’s been a lot of discussion about Google’s AutoLink tool, including some questions about why I think it might violate copyright law. I can understand why this is confusing, particularly because the AutoLink tool raises two discrete questions. First, what…

Does Google Cloak?

Threadwatch has a story alleging that Google uses cloaking. If true, this would be ironic because Google bans cloaking. However, I’d like to hear Google’s side to this story before assuming it’s true. Also, I think it’s easy to overreact…

Google a “One-Trick Pony?”

BusinessWeek calls out Google for its “tunnel vision” obsession with search to the exclusion of other revenue-generating activities.

Leslie Walker on AutoLink

Good article by Leslie Walker in support of Google’s AutoLink feature as a time-saver and matter of consumer empowerment. Her lead paragraph says it all: “Bring it on, Google. Bring us more shortcuts, one-click look-ups and Googlespeak, that strange language…

Article on Google Technology Architecture

Good technical article on how Google handles its massive data infrastructure. The article reinforces the redundancy built into Google’s system. Imagine how hard it must be to build a system that can store the entire known web—then build a system…