Net Neutrality Backed by Google, Amazon, eBay and Many Others

The issue of “Net Neutrality” comes to a boil over the next week as phone and cable companies push Congress to allow them to set up preferred internet networks, while big internet businesses, including Google, are fighting back.

Yahoo Takes Best of Flickr, Launches Yahoo Photos

Lots of buzz this morning surrounding the launch of Yahoo Photos. While Yahoo already has the excellent Flickr, Yahoo Photos is expected to be a little more consumer-friendly.

Yahoo Photos offers a more visually appealing user welcome page, with a list of the user’s albums and albums of friends on the left, as well as larger images of recent photos. Users can drag and drop multiple photos at a time to rearrange them and easily rename them by pointing and clicking on the old name and typing in a new one.

I guess Yahoo beat Google to the punch. ;-)

OutSourced Search Marketing to Grow

Search marketers of the world can rejoice, companies are increasing their budgets and outsourcing more, according to a new JupiterResearch study.

Snippets include:

…the share of search marketers with annual revenues of $15 million or more has risen from 25 percent in 2005 to 37 percent in 2006.

…the number of marketers using bid management and Web analytics tools has risen from 19 percent last year to 26 percent this year.

…More than fifty percent of large marketers outsource at least one of their search marketing services.

…24 percent of search marketers spent more than $500,000 on SEM campaigns in 2005, compared with 12 percent in 2004.

…66 percent of marketers plan to increase search spending.

Thanks to MarketingVOX.

Searching for the Perfect Real Estate Resource

Greg Sterling has an in-depth summary of the growing real estate search vertical.

PubSub Facing Closure?

Looks like blog search engine PubSub is about to close, according to Michael Arrington.

Blog search engine PubSub had massive layoffs today after last minute merger discussions with knownow fell apart. It looks like a shutdown is imminent.

I would normally consider this pure speculation, but co-founder Bob Wyman commented on the post and didn’t actually deny the company is shutting down.

It’s a shame. Bob is a nice guy and was fantastic at promoting the company. Unfortunately, it never had the usability that other blog search engines offered.

Hat-tip to RMG.

Google Readying Launch of Picasa Web Album?

I take a lot of photos while on vacation and I’ve yet to find my dream application – a mixture of Picasa’s image viewer and Flickr’s web albums.

Google Blogoscoped reports sightings of what could be a Flickr-like service coming from Picasa. I’ve been griping about the poor non-search offerings from Google recently, but if they can create something like Flickr for Picasa, that could be very cool.

Google Admits Compromising Principles

AP reports Google co-founder Sergey Brin has acknowledged the company compromised its principles by complying with Chinese censors. Hardly a revelation – we all could see they had – but more of a confession.

“We felt that perhaps we could compromise our principles but provide ultimately more information for the Chinese and be a more effective service and perhaps make more of a difference,” Brin said.

It would be quick to judge Google and make a mockery of their “do no evil” mantra, but business is hard. Companies don’t always make the best decisions – the lure of the almighty dollar is very strong indeed – but at least Google has its moral compass set due north. Let’s hope this is more of a blip in their navigation than a new change in direction.