Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Sergey Brin lecture at UC Berkeley available on Google Video

The University of California, Berkeley recently added lectures from university courses and conferences on Google Video. One of the featured lectures is one by Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. Here is a description of the lecture from Google Video:
Search Engines: Technology, Society, and Business. The World Wide Web brings much of the world's knowledge into the reach of nearly everyone with a computer and an internet connection. The availability of huge quantities of information at our fingertips is transforming government, business, and many other aspects of society. Topics include search advertising and auctions, search and privacy, search ranking, internationalization, anti-spam efforts, local search, peer-to-peer search, and search of blogs and online communities. The Instructor, Dr. Marti Hearst, is an associate professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, with an affiliate appointment in the Computer Science Division.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Terry Semel interview on Charlie Rose

Terry Semel,CEO of Yahoo!, was interviewed on yesterday's Charlie Rose show. He was on the second segment running about 19 minutes from 25:09 to 43:56. It was a nice interview where he talked about Yahoo!'s recent earnings warning, Yahoo!'s general business strategy, and the internet in general.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

More info on Google's Acquisition Strategy

Today's Washington Post has a nice article about Google's acquisition strategy. It talks about how Google tries to quietly acquire small companies in the start-up phase rather than making large acquisitions like eBay and Yahoo! have done in the past.

It has a more complete list than an earlier post of mine.

Google's Acquisitions Since Going Public

Date Company Technology

Oct. 27 Keyhole Mapping software
Oct. 30 Zipdash Traffic information to mobile phones
Dec. 15 Where2 Mapping software

March 25 Urchin Software Advertising performance
May 12 Mobile social networking
July 20 Akwan Info. Technologies Search engine
Aug. 7 Android Mobile software
Sept. 15 Transformic Search engine

Jan. 5 Reqwireless Mobile Web browsing
Jan. 17 dMarc Advertising
Feb. 14 Measure Map Blog statistics
March 10 Upstartle Web-based word processing
March 14 @Last Software 3D software for architects
April 10 Orion Search
Aug. 15 Neven Vision Facial recognition software