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Google Takes Big Hit And Doubles Google Video Payoffs

Google realized that giving short-term Google Checkout credit and disabling videos by the end of the month was pissing off a lot of people, so it has apologized and decided to more than double the compensation.

Besides promising to keep the videos working for an additional six months, Google is refunding to the credit cards of anyone who bought anything from Google video, and letting them keep their Google Checkout credit. That means that if you bought a video from Google, you get six more months to watch it, you get your money back in full, and you get an equal amount of credit at stores like Buy.com. What a deal!

Good of Google to fix this problem, but boy are they taking a hit. They are giving up 200% of all revenues from the Google Video store, making it an obscenely unprofitable enterprise. The only hope: That the store was such a colossal failure that the actual dollars being refunded aren’t that high. My, what a sad ending to this story.

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Store, Google Video, Services, General | no comments



AdWords Exports To Google Docs

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AdWords added a nice little bit of integration, connecting with Google Docs & Spreadsheets. You can now export your AdWords reports, with all the data you want from your account, to a Google spreadsheet. You can work with the data there and print it out (pretty useful if you don’t have Excel or another spreadsheet program) or have some real fun and work on it collaboratively with a bunch of colleagues.

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Spreadsheets, Docs, Products, AdWords, Advertising, General | one comment

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YouTube Partners Get Google News Video

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Google has added some video to Google News. Now, Google News publishers who also partner with YouTube to put their video on YouTube, like CBS, can have their video appear on Google News. You can see a video right now if you click this link, otherwise try the different categories, searching for the word “video”. The video appears as a simple link, which, if you click it, expands to reveal the video.

Search Engine Journal has a video of the new feature at work:

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Google News, Search, General | no comments

Google Gains In ComScore Changes

ComScore’s latest search engine market share numbers use a different methodology, one which includes partner sites that use a company’s search technology (such as YouTube, owned by Google). The new number give Google a nice boost and cost Yahoo and Microsoft somepreviously hard-won market share. Here’s the market share comScore reported in June with the old system, and the market share under the new system, plus the new July numbers:

Old 6/07 New 6/07 New 7/07
Google 49.5% 54.9% 55.2%
Yahoo 25.1% 23.8% 23.5%
Microsoft 13.2% 12.2% 12.3%
Ask 5.0% 4.6% 4.7%
Time Warner 4.2% 4.5% 4.4%

You can see how Google gains over five points, Yahoo loses 1.3 percentage points Microsoft loses one, Ask loses a third of a point and Time Warner gains a third. The new system counts the top five search sites, the top fifty sites with search technology (like MySpace), major search verticals (like eBay and Amazon), partner search sites, search tabs (Google News, Google Images), local search (maps), and searches on international portals.

A little under 1/6 of Google’s searches come from YouTube and other Google sites. Mapquest gets more searches than AOL Search. MySpace search counts for about 2.5% of the entire market, and should be counted under Google, since Google powers it. Craigslist and Amazon are just under 1% apiece.

Nielsen//Netratings released their July numbers as well. The details:

Table 1: Top 10 Search Providers for July 2007,
Ranked by Searches (U.S.)

Provider Searches (000) YOY Growth Share of Searches
1. Google Search 4,143,752 49.3% 53.3%
2. Yahoo! Search 1,559,745 15.9% 20.1%
3. MSN/Windows Live Search 1,057,064 94.9% 13.6%
4. AOL Search 407,988 14.9% 5.2%
5. Ask.com Search 143,513 -3.9% 1.8%
6. My Web Search 69,145 N/A 0.9%
7. BellSouth Search 40,374 N/A 0.5%
8. Comcast Search 37,311 N/A 0.5%
9. Dogpile.com Search 25,675 6.9% 0.3%
10. My Way Search 24,534 -80.9% 0.3%

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Amazon, eBay, MySpace, Ask, Yahoo, Search, Microsoft, General | no comments

Why Google Isn’t Much Of A Torrent Search Engine

If you’re looking for a Bit Torrent download, there are lots of good places to go find it. One place you probably shouldn’t consider is Google, and not just because Google might list some really old downloads that aren’t actually available. As TorrentFreak discovered, Google is forced to filter out many pages indexed from torrent sites due to DMCA requests, like at the bottom of some of these search results pages.

Google probably shouldn’t be removing any of these pages, since there really aren’t any legal precedents establishing torrent files, which are pointers to downloads, as actual infringing material. Most sites like to say that since a torrent is just a pointer, it isn’t illegal content at all, and that arguement hasn’t really been defeated yet.

More interestingly is a look at the actual pages removed. If we look at the ChillingEffects.org page (which Google smartly always links to), there are some pages that certainly should not have been removed. In this case, the DMCA claim was made by JadeLiquid Software, which produces the WebRenderer line of Java browser components, and the listing of Webrenderer product keys on warez sites and within torrent files.

They used the DMCA to not only get Google to remove pages that listed product keys, and pages that linked to torrents that contained product keys, but to remove search results and tag pages that might contain links to torrent that contain product keys. The removal of search and tag pages (and sometimes, the domain root of websites) is far overreaching, as it censors pages that have content that may have nothing to do Webrenderer, and is an abuse of the DMCA, something that Google should not tolerate.

Just some of the overreaching removals on this page:

http://www.0daynews.net/
http://www.fixdown.com/nfo/
http://www.fixdown.com/nfo/list/2/index.htm
http://www.binsearch.info/browse.php?server=2&bg=alt.binaries.b4e&adv_col=1
http://www.melonez.org/
http://www.melonez.net/webdev/
http://www.orlydb.com/0day.php
http://cracknews.com/index_1_j.html
http://nzbmatrix.com/
http://www.isohunt.com/torrents/liquid
http://power.urnews.net/software
http://www.wtorrent.com/btindex.aspx?category=&pageno=19
http://www.mininova.org/search/?search=er
http://enews.ya.cx/?id=news&cat=apps
http://www.fixdown.com/nfo/list/2/index.htm
http://adzones.torrentspy.com/latest.asp
http://www.ngindex.com/nfos.php?catid=2
http://www.applez.in/
http://collectr.net/alle/clr:neu
http://www.torrentreactor.to/torrents
http://raidrush.to/w4,apps-news/4/
http://www.meganova.org/find/r.html
http://www.saugstube-torrent.to/saugstube.php
http://www.mininova.org/sub/25/added
http://www.crackdb.org/index_1_j.html
http://enews.ya.cx/?id=news&cat=apps
http://www.binsearch.info/browse.php?bg=alt.binaries.nl&s=17634014&adv_col=1
http://www.mods-center.com/nzb/
http://www.fixdown.com/nfo/
http://crackspider.net/need/crack/cryst
http://www.mininova.org/search/?search=s
http://www.mininova.org/today/name
http://www.torrentspy.com/latest.asp
http://www.mininova.org/today/name
http://www.sumotorrent.com/index.php?sort=yesterday
http://www.torrentreactor.net/index.php?action=yesterday
http://cracknews.com/index_1_j.html
http://www.isohunt.com/torrents/liquid

Now, I’m not defending these sites, because plenty of them are dirty crack sites that should be delisted, but under no circumstances does JadeLiquid have the right to remove the “latest updates” page of MiniNova or Torrent Spy, or the entire search results for “s” for MiniNova, or all searches for “er”. Does Google even read these things?

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Search, General | one comment