Google + Intel = Smart TV

This week is a big one for Google . Their 3rd I/0 conference for developers takes place on Wednesday and Thursday so there should be some interesting news coming out of San Francisco (there usually is anyway but this time we’re talking about tech stuff only).

Early reports are getting ahead of the conference about an alliance between Intel and Google to (as well as Sony) to move the Internet and TV closer together. The Financial Times reports

Google and Intel are expected to announce a significant breakthrough into consumer electronics and the broadcast industry this week with the launch of a “Smart TV” platform.

Top executives from the Silicon Valley companies are reported to be ready to reveal a deal with Sony, bringing web services to its televisions, during Google’s annual developer conference in San Francisco.

Search Marketing Still Helps to Pay the Bills

While most of the attention these days is given to the growth of social media and mobile applications as ways for business to capitalize online, one thing doesn’t seem to change much. That one thing is that search marketing delivers. Sure it fluctuates and there are changes happening all the time but a study conducted by Internet Retailer and brought to us by MediaPost shows that it performs. In the end, that’s what matters, right?

There are several other interesting points that the survey found not the least of which is that 43% of those checking in will be shifting some marketing dollars to search efforts with bing. Where will the money come from?

YouTube At 5: Over 2 Billion Views Served Per Day

YouTube is celebrating its 5th birthday this year. Needless to say they have done more in their first five years than most. Not the least of the accomplishments is the sheer enormity of the following point of interest (I refuse to say fact): YouTube is streaming 2 billion views per day currently. To put some perspective on this, albeit that the company is proclaiming it, that “nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined”.

TechCrunch gives us a little more info into how YouTube is celebrating:

Oracle’s Larry Ellison Weighs In On CEO Blogging

This week one of the richest and most influential men in business and the world, Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle Systems, gave his opinion on corporate blogging. Well, at least he gave his opinion on one attempt at corporate blogging and it strikes right at the core of some things that the social media and Internet marketing communities claim as near and dear to their heart.

Ellison attacked what many have held up as one of the prime examples of a company creating content through executive blogs and more. In fact, he didn’t just attack it; he crushed it.

Internet Advertising Sees Q1 Year Over Year Increase

In an attempt to possibly calm people’s nerves about the state of the online advertising industry, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers highlighted the year over gains in Internet advertising rather than the decline between Q4 ’09 and and Q1 ’10. Of course, that decline is the new ‘normal’ considering the heavy concentration on advertising during the holiday buying season. It hasn’t always been that way though.

The chart below tells the story of an industry that is certainly hitting a plateau of sorts as it charts Internet advertising revenues by quarter since 2001. Q4 to Q1 drops were not the norm until they started in Q1 2008.

EU Chimes In On Facebook and Privacy

Now the party must really be going full steam. If there is something to complain and whine about in the world at all the EU is usually the lead dog. Although they are merely just dog piling on Facebook at this point it now feels like there is no one left to put up a fuss about Facebook, privacy and even the people behind the ‘Book.

The Telegraph tells us

The Data Protection Working Party, which advises the Commission on data and privacy issues, wrote a letter to Facebook, saying recent changes that made previously private information publicly viewable by default were “unacceptable”.

In the letter, the group said that profile information, and data about the connections between users, should have a default setting in which this information was only shared with “self-selected” contacts.

Adobe Strikes Back at Apple in Ad Campaign

The Adobe v. Apple tussle is now becoming an all out battle. Steve Jobs raised the bar recently with his attack on Adobe which surprised many by its level of intensity. We’re not completely sure why there is a serious bee in Jobs’ bonnet but its there for sure.

With the ball firmly in Adobe’s court we find today from Engadget that Adobe is ready to play hardball. They are running the following ad on sites (Engadget included)

Take that, Steve-O! There is a full page ad in the Washington Post as well so Adobe is apparently willing to put some hard earned Flash money into combating the attack. How quickly this turns into a full-blown battle or just a hair-pulling screaming match is anyone’s guess.