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Google Posts North Carolina Job Openings

It’s been just a few weeks since Google confirmed their plans to build a data center in Lenoir, N.C.

Well, they didn’t wait too long before starting their recruiting efforts, posting two job openings on the corporate web site.

Data Center Facilities Manager – North Carolina (link)

Google is looking for an experienced data center facilities manager to provide day-to-day oversight and management of a Google-operated data center facility. This individual will act as the interface between teams at Google headquarters, the local contractors and employees responsible for maintenance and operation of the facility (including electrical systems, mechanical systems, security contractors, janitorial services, and all other aspects of data center facility operation), and the Google team responsible for installation and operation of servers within the data center. This position will ensure the ongoing flawless operation of the data center, will ensure that facilities problems are identified and repaired quickly, will ensure that contractors are delivering quality services, and will make sure that all internal customer demands are being met. This individual will work to find creative ways to keep operational costs to a minimum and will work outside of the box with team members to improve efficiency and implement new data center strategies.

SEOs – Slimebuckets or Geniuses?

Ladies and gentleman, presenting the heavy-weight battle for the reputation of search engine optimizers.

In the red-corner, we have Jason Calacanis, who blogs a whole bunch of criticisms of SEOs, without backing up any facts or responding to reader’s comments and questions.

…the truth is that 90% of the SEO market is made up of snake oil salesman. These are guys in really bad suits trying to get really naive people to sign long-term contracts. These clients typically make horrible products and don’t deserve traffic–that’s why they’re not getting it organically so they hire the slimebuckets to game the system for them.

In the blue-corner, we have IAC’s Barry Diller, singing the praises of SEO.

Yahoo’s Product Pipeline Reveals Feed Mashup Tool

The blogosphere is  buzzing this morning, with news that Yahoo has launched Yahoo Pipes. Instead of simply regurgitating what’s already out there, let me just help point you to the various reviews.

But first, what the heck is “Pipes”. Nial Kennedy provides the best explanation

Yahoo! Pipes lets any Yahoo! registered user enter a set of data inputs and filter their results. You might splice a feed of your latest bookmarks on del.icio.us with the latest posts from your blog and your latest photographs posted to Flickr. You might automatically translate your favorite news sources to your native language, or only receive the 1 out of 20 news stories from your local paper that reference your town or local schools. A traditional web feed lets you select your news from a set menu, while tools like Yahoo! Pipes let you build your own dish with only the ingredients you care about.

YouTube Founders Selling $326 Million in Google Shares

Bloomberg is reporting that YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have registered to sell 3.23 million shares of Google stock.

Hurley and Chen, who founded YouTube in February 2005, may each sell shares worth about $326.2 million as of today’s closing price. Sequoia Capital, YouTube’s largest investor, may sell shares worth $504.4 million.

Others investors included in the filing include:

  • Sequoia Capital (worth $504.4 million)
  • Artis Capital Management LLC ($83 million)
  • Jawed Karim (another YouTube founder; $64.6 million)

The rest of YouTube’s employees will have to wait until vesting before they get to cash out.

What does this say about the future of YouTube? You can’t blame the guys for cashing-out, but it’s hardly a vote of confidence.

Hat-tip to Pete.

ChannelAdvisor Launches Integrated Paid Search Solution

If you’re involved in anyway with eBay (or other auction sites), you’re likely very familiar with ChannelAdvisor. They’re arguably the leaders in helping ecommerce companies sell their products via shopping channels and auction sites.

A couple of years ago, they acquired a search marketing company, and ever since they’ve been slowly integrating paid search management into their product offering. This week sees the launch of their SearchAdvisor solution, a one-stop shop for managing ads on Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask.

By integrating Google, Yahoo!, MSN and ASK.com into a single user interface, SearchAdvisor provides eTailers the ability to scale their paid search efforts without adding costly resources or sacrificing ROI targets.  SearchAdvisor takes it one step further by allowing eTailers to manage keywords on a product or sales margin basis, allowing you to know which keywords drive the most profit…and which keywords fail to drive a profit. 

Must-See Sights When Visiting the Googleplex

Valleywag has put together the “25 things to see at the Googleplex before you die“.

They’ve created a plan of Google’s Mountain View location and identified the areas that any visitor should try and get a peak at.

Highlights include…

  • Omid Kordestani’s Office – At one point, the non-engineering parts of the Googleplex were called Omidistan, in honor of head sales guy Omid Kordestani.
  • Pintxo Cafe – From Yelp: “Pintxo simply rocks. They’ve got an awesome selection of foods, such as smoked salmon, steaks tartare, shrimp cocktails, lobster bisque, french onion soup, etc. The emphasis definitely is on quality over quantity here, just the way I like it. But since this is a Google cafeteria, it’s also all you can eat anyway! Perfect! I’d eat here every day if only I worked closer to Building 47.”

Google Ready to Abandon Ad-Subsidized Model?

It appears that Google might be ready to concede that not all of its products can be supported by the careful placement of AdWords ads. According to Business Week, Google plans to introduce a subscription fee for their Google Apps for Your Domain office suite.

In coming weeks, Google Apps will turn into a real business as Google begins charging corporations a subscription fee amounting to a few dollars per person per month.

With tens of thousands of businesses already using Google Apps, Google has made an impressive challenge to Microsoft’s dominance in the office suite arena, but it’s clear that businesses are not going to tolerate offers for free ring tones or mortgage refinancing alongside an email from the CFO.