15-Gigabyte Gmail, Albeit Briefly

By Nathan Weinberg

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For a brief moment, a number of Google Apps for your Domain users, including Ronald Lewis (who provides the screenshot), saw a Gmail inbox “limited” to 15,360 megabytes. While it doesn’t compare to the terabyte Gmail accounts we’ve seen before, it is either a nice mistake, or a hint of things to come. Maybe Google plans some changes for GAFYD users, or is readying a system where some people can pay for extra storage space. Who knows?

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Yahoo Wants To Buy AOL? Why?

By Nathan Weinberg

Fortune magazine claims that Yahoo has made attempts to buy AOL from Time Warner. Uh, why? I don’t get it. Yes, AOL has a small but decent share of the search market. Yes, AOL has old subscribers giving them free money. Yes, AOL has a software division that is doing an incredible job no one is noticing. Yes, AOL has a giant IM customer base. However, AOL is also worth about $13 billion, an aquisition that would eat up over a third of Yahoo’s market cap. Yahoo would be killing the company, giving away much of it to Time Warner, and watch as AOL doesn’t save their future.

Could it happen? Could they be that stupid? Yahoo needs something new to satisfy Wall Street while it continues trying to win long-term areas like search and email. Yahoo can make a lot of progress in a lot of areas over the next few years, but it needs a decent-sized hit to distract Wall Street, which is brain-dead when you put “long-term” and “internet stock” in the same thought. AOL is not new business, nor easilly solvable. There’s nothing there that would be worth $13 billion to Yahoo, no way they could ever earn back that investment.

Yahoo needs to put its money towards buying every interesting little up-and-comer on the net, building a diverse “farm system” that will leave Google with no one to acquire. One big hit will justify all the investment. A strategy like that would have bought YouTube and Facebook when they would have been cheap, and will buy the next YouTube when it is still young. Yahoo: Spend smarter, not harder.
(via Jon Ogg)

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Cuban’s Info On The Google/YouTube Deal

By Nathan Weinberg

Google’s purchase of YouTube is looking to be the deal that defines this digital era (just as the AOL/Time Warner and AOL/Netscape could be said to be major flashpoints in the last two major tech industry periods). As a result, it is going to be analyzed down to the most minute deal; books will be written; everyone will eventually give their opinion, and still be giving their opinion ten years from now. YouTube could be gone in a year, folded into the Goog, but the deal will ensure its name lives on.

That’s why Mark Cuban’s post with supposed inside info on how the Google/YouTube deal went down is so interesting. He says its from a media related mailing list among some smart people, and it talks of a surprisingly deep level of collusion between Google and the major music companies. We all know there was a lot of last minute wheeling and dealing, but Cuban’s post shows a deal that borders just on the edge of “evil”, with Google buying a license to infringe, while at the same time getting a guarantee that its rivals would be sued into oblivion.

Over 180 blogs have linked to Cuban’s post, and the conversation is a great one. Read some of the bigees:

Nick Carr
Search Engine Watch
Thomas Hawk
John Battelle

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