Pilgrim’s Picks for October 28 – Not In Hawaii Edition

See what happens when I take a vacation? Jordan gets giddy and introduces “Pilgrim Picky Goodness!!!!” That deserves a :-)

Well, eights nights in Hawaii were bliss–even if it was for my second job as photographer and chauffeur for my wife. Now I’m back in (cold) Raleigh and ready to share some great Picks with you. Enjoy!

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Agree on Free Speech Principles

This is one of those posts where you get to tell me what opinion Marketing Pilgrim should take.

The WSJ is reporting that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have agreed to follow a common set of principles that will govern how they do business in countries that might restrict free speech.

Under the new principles, which were crafted over two years, the technology titans promise to protect the personal information of their users wherever they do business and to “narrowly interpret and implement government demands that compromise privacy,” according to the code. They also commit to scrutinizing a country’s track record of jeopardizing personal information and freedom of expression before launching new businesses in a country and to discussing the risks widely with their executives and board members.

Study Confirms I Can Get 50% of You to Do My Bidding!

I know a few things about you.

  • 50% of you will have your buying decision influenced by what we say at Marketing Pilgrim.
  • That increases to 56% if making a decision related to marketing products or services.
  • 25% of you trust our advertisers, simply because you trust us.
  • 38% of you will discover a new blog to read from among those we link to.

No, I’m not a psychic. I’m not even a Mentalist. Heck, I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night! I did, however, read a new study from BuzzLogic and JupiterResearch on the influence of blogs.

The study reveals a lot about the influence your favorite blog plays in many of the decisions you make.

Google Cutting Corners with Android’s Security?

There’s a reason why Apple’s computers and iPhone are pretty much invulnerable to outside attacks–Apple controls everything from the operating system to the hardware. It’s hard to find a vulnerability when you don’t know the "secret blend of herbs and spices."

Contrast that to Google’s approach to Android. Google’s mobile platform is made up of more than 80 different open-source components, and the hardware is manufactured by third-party providers.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Android has already suffered its first security breach. What is surprising is that it occurred because Google simply didn’t keep track of the latest versions of the components it uses in Android.

The flaw lies within one of the open-source components used by the Android platform, say the researchers.

Linky Goodness, October 27

Because it’s just been too long without a full-fledged linky goodness.

  • MySpace gives up the good fight—for Holland. They’re closing the Netherlands’ office, citing too much competition from the Dutch social network Hyver.
  • Don’t like that YouTube clip’s slow beginning? Link to it with a specified start time. And you can customize your YouTube homepage now.
  • Facebook’s showing off its open sourciness with revealing some internal code. It does . . . something. Sorry, I don’t speak developer buzz wordese.
  • SEW reports that both LinkedIn and hakia are launching new search features. Ten guesses as to which one you’ll be using more often, after how many people told me they never heard of hakia after my last story on them.

Google Puts the Entire Planet in Your iPhone

When Google first launched Google Earth, you pretty much needed a cutting-edge PC in order to power it. My, how far it’s come! Today, Google has announced it has managed to stuff Google Earth into an iPhone/iPod Touch application–which you can download for free!

Here’s what you can do with Google Earth on your iCandy iPhone:

  • Tilt your iPhone to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain
  • View the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world
  • View geo-located Wikipedia articles
  • Use the ‘Location’ feature to fly to your current location
  • Search for cities, places and business around the globe with Google Local Search

Pilgrim Picky Goodness, October 24

So little good news, so much time. Erm, strike that. Reverse it. We have so much news that it’s an uber edition of Pilgrim Picky Goodness—Pilgrim’s Picks and Linky Goodness all rolled into one. (And, happily, LG will be back in its same bat time, same bat channel next week!)