Entries from April 2009

Google Shows Wolfram Who’s The Alpha Dog

April 28th, 2009 · 10 Comments · General

I actually feel bad for Stephen Wolfram. After all the weeks of hype leading up to his public demonstration of Wolfram Alpha at Harvard this afternoon, Google upstaged him by releasing Google Public Data today. Catty? Perhaps, but in a very classy way. They just blogged about it and released it. No private demos. no [...]

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Who Wants To Play “Jeopardy”?

April 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

That would be IBM Research, for millions of dollars (I suspect). I’ve known about the Jeopardy project for a while from colleagues at IBM, and I’m glad I can finally talk about it publicly, now that it’s been reported in the New York Times. It’s a great challenge, and I hope IBM can rally around [...]

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Presenting at Infonortics Search Engine Meeting

April 24th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

If you’re attending the Infonortics Search Engine Meeting in Boston next week, please let me know! I’ll be there all day Monday and Tuesday, and I’ll be talking on Tuesday afternoon about “Enabling the Information Seeking Process”. I’m sticking around in Boston to attend the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers Spring Conference, [...]

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Book Writing vs. Blogging

April 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments · General

When I announced that I’d be writing a book, I promised that I would blog about the experience. It may seem odd that I’m only blogging about it now, when I’m almost done, but perhaps that gives you a sense of how absorbing the book-writing process has been for me. In any case, I’m not [...]

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Slight Change to the HCIR ’09 CFP

April 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

I hope you all are gearing up for HCIR 2009! Those who have not yet read the call for participation or looked at the web site can safely ignore this message, which announces what we hope is a minor change for participants. After receiving feedback to the CFP, we (Bill, Ryen, and I) decided to [...]

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Too Connected, Or Not Connected Enough?

April 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

A bit off my usual selection of topics, but an article by Bruce Perens about a cyber-attack on Morgan Hill, a small city in northern California caught my attention: Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and  cut eight fiber cables  [...]

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SIGIR ’09 Accepted Papers

April 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

Thanks to Jeff Dalton for alerting me to SIGIR 2009 announcing the lists of accepted papers and posters. As Jon Elsas points out, the authorship looks quite different this year than from previous years, with industry showing an especially strong presence: 38% of the papers have at least one author from Microsoft (21 papers), Yahoo! [...]

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Google Profiles: Nice Idea, Meh Execution

April 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

The top story on Techmeme is the new push Google is making around profiles. You can get a sense of the reactions from links to the official Google post. Here is a sampling: Don’t Google Me – Abstaining from Google Profile Personalized Network Searching: Google after People Search Google Empowers Users Control Over Their Online [...]

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Google Similar Images: A Glitch?

April 21st, 2009 · 22 Comments · General

After my post yesterday about Google’s new image similarity search, a colleague sent me this link: Oops! But, more importantly, it argues strongly that Google isn’t just using image content to perform the similarity search. In fact, I’d assume from this example that text content can easily overwhelm the contribution of visual similarity. Very interesting…

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Advertorials Preferred To Ads?

April 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

From “Brand Mentions Preferred over Ads” in eMarketer: Compared with banner ads, pop-up ads, e-mail offers and sponsored links, articles that include brand information were most likely to lead US Internet users to read—and act. In addition to making a product so compelling it demands coverage, this requires a more natural, PR-focused strategy of getting [...]

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