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The Microsoft-Yahoo Deal and Photos

Well two days ago, in light of the woes coming from Yahoo’s earnings conference call, I suggested that maybe now was just the time to pack it up and sell the ship to Microsoft, and it seems like somebody decided to take my advice. Only joking of course.

Getty Images Falls Victim to the Changes of the Internet

It seems like every week there’s another example of how the Internet has toppled business models that have been in place longer than the Internet itself.

Control is not really possible when there are so many ways to pirate or undercut sales. The newspaper, music, movie, and now images market are changing drastically (and I love to read Seth Godin’s take on the changes).

Search Insider Summit – Day 1 Pics
As has become the practice for me while blogging conferences, I take a lot of photos. Not as many as Tamar Weinberg, Barry Schwartz or even David Berkowitz, but quite a few.
Videos, Books & Photos on Google Maps
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The search page of Google Maps now shows location markers. The markers can be in the form of videos from YouTube, books from Google Book search or geo-tagged photos from Panoramio.

PubCon – Day 2 Pics

Alrighty then. I’ve added photos to Flickr from day two of PubCon. Here are a sample.

Reuters Photos Gummed Up Google News

Algorithmic accidents at Google News have been blamed for matching the wrong photos to stories, including a really unfortunate one caught by Newsweek.

Yon Continues Iraq Reporting, Free To NNA

Michael Yon will continue to turn to his online audience to support his reporting from Iraq, which he will make available at no cost to the National Newspaper Association.

Orkut Promotes Insignificant Photo Capabilities

A lot of signs indicate that Google is preparing Orkut for something big; it may well want the service to compete with the likes of MySpace and Facebook.  But the latest update – allowing users to keep 100 photos in their “orkut albums” – isn’t impressing too many people.

Google Presents Photos Blog

Photo buffs and Picasa fans may have cause to celebrate – the Official Google Photos Blog has launched.

LinkedIn Adds Users Photos

Professional social networking site LinkedIn will start allowing its members to add one professional photograph of themselves to their user profiles beginning tomorrow.

AT&T Tilt vs. Verizon XV6800
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“Release no smartphone before its time” seems to be the slogan of both AT&T and Verizon. My romance with HTC slide-style smartphones began all the way back in March of this year, when I tested the Verizon XV6700.

In TechCrunch 40′s Hallway

I never even got into see a presentation. The hallway was too good. Here’s my photos.

Google Moon Gets Major Updates
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When I think of incredible sights, a bunch of bumpy gray rock is not the first thing that comes to mind.  But toss in some astronauts and a few lunar rovers, and now we’re talking.  And now Google’s showing – an updated version of Google Moon has become available.

Zooomr Hits Upon People Search
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There are just sixteen days left until Yahoo Photos shuts down, and as users look for another service, they might consider using Flickr, which is also owned by Yahoo.  Or they could consider Zooomr, which just added a people search feature.

SES – Lee’s Day 2 Wrap Up
Test: How many geeks (and proud of it) in this picture?

Sphinn Meetup

SES – Google Dance 2007 Photos
Google did it again last night with a cast of thousands partying their way from 7-11:30 pm at the Googleplex.

Eye Google Earth Through “Gigapxl Photos”

The big Google news today related not so much to the “Earth” part of “Google Earth” but to the new arm of it known as “Sky.”  Sky’s very nifty, to be sure, and deserves all the attention.  Yet there’s also a new “Gigapxl Photos” layer that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

SES – TopRank Day 1 Wrap Up
If you see these smiling faces at SES, be sure to say hello!

Empty Edmunds Page Tempts Google

A fuzzy photo, some estimated engine stats, a projected price range – I’ll take anything I can get when it comes to unreleased automobiles.  But Edmunds.com has created a vehicle review page based on just a name – and not even a name that’s sure to make it into production – which caused one onlooker to wonder if the site was gaming Google.

Yahoo Reminds Photo Users Of Shutdown
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An email from Yahoo arrived in the inboxes of its Photos service users to remind them of the September 20 shutdown date.

Yahoo To Cut Musicmatch Jukebox’s Cord
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On Monday, I wrote an article noting the demise of both Yahoo Photos and Yahoo Bill Pay.  Little did I know the follow-up would come so soon; users of Musicmatch Jukebox have been told they’ll need to switch to Yahoo Music Jukebox.

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