Google and China


These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.

via Tom Watson.

Update: Tom has thoughtfully blogged this too.

From Small Acorns…

Whilst not quite making me a dotcom millionaire, it was still very gratifying and exciting to get a cheque from Google through the post – thanks to the adverts on LGSearch.

The amount was pretty small, but it pays for all the LGNewMedia hosting, making it a self sufficient enterprise. Very nice.

I hate Blogger

I wanted to set up a free blogging account for a little project I’ve been wanting to start for a while and I thought I would give the all new Blogger a go.

I wish I hadn’t.

I must have just been spolit with WordPress for the last couple of years, because even the latest iteration of Blogger lags far behind. The editor is ridiculously basic (not allowing me to add title text to links, for example) and adding pictures is nigh on impossible.

So I gave up and created a new account at, called Free as in Beer.

Viacom will sue YouTube

From the BBC:

Entertainment giant Viacom Media says it will sue web search engine Google and its video-sharing website YouTube for $1bn (£517m).

Viacom, which owns MTV and Nickelodeon, says YouTube uses its shows illegally.

Viacom alleges that about 160,000 unauthorised clips of its programmes have been loaded onto YouTube’s site and viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

Google says it is “confident” that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders.

As well as more than $1bn in damages, the legal action seeks an injunction to prevent what Viacom calls “massive intentional copyright infringement”.

Dave Winer’s view:

Obviously this is a negotiation, either that or Viacom is jumping off the bridge and hoping that the fall doesn’t kill them.

Google and Attention

Great post by Sam Sethi at Vecosys on Google and attention:

For the last two years I have been tracking a terminology called attention metadata. About 12 months ago some friends and I became really excited about the possibilities of creating a new discovery engine based on sharing our attention. We created an demo application and screencast video in Feb 2006.

There were other companies also looking to develop similar businesses around capturing and sharing attention metadata. e.g TouchStone, Attensa, Gesture Bank and Root Vault but the whole idea of attention metadata stalled because it promised much yet delivered very little. Recently though it has once again become interesting with the launch of new attention services from Google e.g Google Reader Trends and Google Bookmark and Search History.

Well worth reading in full.

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Google Coop Stats

Google’s Coop cusomised search engine now provides usage statistics. This is undoubtably a Good Thing.

My customised search engine is LGSearch, one which searches local government websites. Sounds dull, but when you work for in local government, it’s useful. Obviously others think so too.

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As well as the basic numbers, it also lets you know what the top searches have been:

LGSearch searches

Interesting stuff, and a great feature.

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Google Analytics

For some reasons Google Analytics isn’t working properly on hyprtext. The background for the graphs are there, but no data appears on them!

This worked perfectly in FF on XP. Is there some sort of issue with Ubuntu?

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