Entries from March 2009

Text Analytics Summit: Early-Bird Discount

March 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Text Analytics Summit: Early-Bird Discount · General

I’m giving a presentation on “Enabling Exploration through Text Analytics” at the 5th Annual Text Analytics Summit, which will take place June 1st-2nd in Boston. Check out the agenda and line-up of speakers; you’ll find some impressive names. June is far away, so why am I posting about this now? Well, as is usual for […]

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Those Luddite Publishers Have a Point

March 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Those Luddite Publishers Have a Point · Uncategorized

When I woke up this morning to a post on Advertising Age entitled “Media Giants Want to Top Google Results“, I braced for a whining sense of entitlement from an oligopoly that, by all accounts, isn’t aging well. But this part of the article caught my attention: [Publishers] don’t just want “We’ll fix it.” They […]

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Blogophobia at the New York Times?

March 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Blogophobia at the New York Times? · Uncategorized

Just read this post at Portfolio.com suggesting that there’s been a sudden bout of “blogophobia” at the paper of record, from their own bloggers “to capture the debate rather than taking sides in it”, to trying to shut down the Apartment Therapy blog using a DMCA notice. I thought the New York Times was going […]

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More Aardvark Invites

March 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Not sure these are scarce anymore, but you can join as part of my Aardvark network by clicking here. Offer good while invites last!

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The Internet Is About Freedom

March 22nd, 2009 · 12 Comments · General

I was in a bit of shock when I saw that the top story on Techmeme was a post on TechCrunch entitled. “Why Advertising Is Failing On The Internet“. After all, TechCrunch is an ad-supported site–something I admittedly had to confirm using a browser without an ad blocker. But my confusion subsided when I realize […]

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Memo to Steve Ballmer: Just Ask Them!

March 20th, 2009 · 62 Comments · General

Dina Bass from Bloomberg reports today that Steve Ballmer is talking smack about Google: “Google does have to be all things to all people,” Ballmer said yesterday in an interview in New York. “Our search does not need to be all things to all people.” That is an interesting take on the search market–an attempt […]

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Twitter Has A Business Model. Not.

March 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Read about Twitter’s new premium accounts. Then read this.

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Wolfram Alpha: Second-Hand Impressions

March 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments · General

Regular readers may not be surprised that my commentary on the Wolfram Alpha pre-launch publicity didn’t earn me a hands-on preview–though it did earn me a surprisingly positive email from their PR department. But fortunately I have my sources, and one of them was kind enough to share reactions to demo of the system. His […]

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Socializing Social Search

March 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Socializing Social Search · Uncategorized

I owe you all a post about my impressions of Aardvark, but in the mean time wanted to highlight a post today by Gene Golovchinsky about social search. He in turn points to work  by Colum Foley and Ed Chi. Check it out! Meanwhile, I’ve beseeched readers (you know who you are) to write a […]

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Financial Times + Endeca = Newssift

March 18th, 2009 · 18 Comments · General

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I’m proud to tell readers here about an effort I’ve been involved with over the past few months. As reported in TechCrunch and Search Engine Land,  the Financial Times just launched Newssift, a semantic search engine, powered by Endeca, that sifts through business news. Regular readers […]

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