Very interesting article on Google on Wired. One interesting point the article raises towards the end is this: “As a private company, Google has one master: users. As a public company, there are shareholders to worry about.” And the interests of these may not be aligned. Shareholders may want more ad revenues. Users do not want ads. Shareholders may want paid placements. Users do not. Once Google IPOs, I suspect its quality will fall.
Darwin’s 10 rules for taming e-mail. I badly need this. I am not often in office, and don’t have a fast way of checking office mail through the Web either. Tips 5 and 10 on the list (“avoid e-mail multipliers” and “use the telephone”) are next on my agenda for drastic e-mail slashing.
On the virtual economy. No, this is not about the dot-com boom. This is about the trading of goods in online games, which has created an economy with a GNP per capita somewhere between Bulgaria and Russia. (More at New Scientist). via missing matter
An interesting legal conundrum. When Nike was accused of running sweatshops in Asia, it responded with press releases and ads claiming that it did not. Marc Kasky filed a case saying that Nike was advertising unfairly, and won. Now corporates are raising the question of whether corporate statements are free speech, and can be similarly protected.
Froogle. A product search from Google. The way Google is going, I don’t think there’s any point in most sites bothering about design. Google will just offer it to customers the way they want to see it. via Kiruba
Vivisimo, a document clustering service. As far as I can understand, it collects data from multiple sources and clusters it into hierarchies. Automatically. Sounds good, and seems to work reasonably well on Net searches too. At the very least, it’s a fresh way of searching. via Markose
Google webquotes lets you see what other sites say about each of Google’s search results. This is such a useful feature to me (at no incremental pain) that I see no reason to ever Google without webquotes! (Google also has Google viewer, which to me is far less useful. And while you’re at it, may as well check Google’s extensive resource for webmasters) via Kiruba
The NY Times on ‘captchas‘. At the time of Turing, we were wondering if computers would pass the Turing Test. Today, these captchas stop computer programs from fooling us into thinking they’re humans. We’ve come a long way! via missing matter
Who invented cubicles? Herman Miller, 1950s. Now we know whom to blame! (However, I must admit to a secret liking for cubicles.) via MetaFilter