Entries from October 2008

Jeff Dean: Research Challenges Inspired by Large-Scale Computing at Google

October 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Jeff Dean: Research Challenges Inspired by Large-Scale Computing at Google · Uncategorized

Thanks to Greg Linden for alerting me to a talk by Google Fellow Jeff Dean on Research Challenges Inspired by Large-Scale Computing at Google. Click through the link to stream or download the talk in your favorite media format.

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Extra, Extra: Newspapers’ Web Revenue is Stalling

October 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Extra, Extra: Newspapers’ Web Revenue is Stalling · General

Today’s news: newspapers’ web revenue is stalling. No wonder: Google is mixing up search, advertising, and publication, while newspapers are responding to this competitive pressure by sliding down the slippery slope into becoming aggregators. This is a tough game, and I’m not sure how it plays out. I understand how media players fear Google commodifying […]

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The Link Economy goes Mainstream

October 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments · General

I just read an article in the New York Times by Brian Stelter describing how mainstream news outlets like NBC and the New York Times itself are starting to link to other sites . This is a pretty radical change, since these sites have historically aimed to by sticky and thus maximize their customer exposure to their content […]

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Information Retrieval on Wikipedia: How You Can Help

October 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment · General

In response to my various calls to action here at The Noisy Channel, I’ve gotten a fair number of requests from readers asking me for specifics on how they can help. I’d like to offer some concrete suggestions. I’m hoping to make them bite-sized enough that we can make a task queue that volunteers will […]

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Visualizing Political Bias

October 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Just saw a post from waxy.org by Andy Baio entitled “Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey“. Here’s a quick excerpt: With the help of del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter, we used a recommendation algorithm to score every blog on Memeorandum based on their linking activity in the last three months. Then I wrote a Greasemonkey […]

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Twitter’s Twist on the Attention Economy

October 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments · General

I am a long-time LinkedIn user, and over time I’ve accumulated over 1,000 connections. Most of them are people I actually know or at least have interacted with online beyond “connecting”. You might think that’s a large number of people to have as connections, and that I could afford to have a more selective velvet […]

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People Ask Lousy Questions

October 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on People Ask Lousy Questions · Uncategorized

I just saw Michelle Manafy’s notes in EContent about the recent Enterprise Search Summit West. A great quote from IDC analyst Sue Feldman: “One of the problems we have with search is that people ask such lousy questions…anytime tools hand people clues, it helps.” Sue has been pushing conversational interfaces for a while, and I […]

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Search is Not Advertising

October 9th, 2008 · 11 Comments · General

Thanks to Greg Linden (who in turn thanks John Battelle) for calling my attention to a post by Google VP of Product Management Susan Wojcicki entitled “Ad Perfect“. We can distill Wojcicki’s post to three principles, each a direct quote: “advertising should deliver the right information to the right person at the right time” “help […]

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Sales Pitch for the Semantic Web

October 9th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Thanks to Marco Neumann, who runs the New York Semantic Web Meetup, for alerting me to this presentation by Nova Spivack, whom Marco aptly describes as Chief Director of Sales of the Semantic Web. Enjoy! Nova Spivack at The Next Web Conference 2008

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Reblogging: NRC Report – Data Mining Won’t Find the Terrorists

October 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on Reblogging: NRC Report – Data Mining Won’t Find the Terrorists · Uncategorized

For the benefit of readers using RSS, I just wanted to point people to great discussion going on in the comment thread for this post.

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