What Google Millionaires Do In "Retirement"

The SF Chronicle profiles some of the 900+ Google employees who became instant millionaires, once Google became public.

New found financial freedom and the loss of the “I mean something here” mentality, makes it difficult for Google to retain many of it’s most experienced employees.

Financial freedom gave the former Googlers in this article wide latitude in deciding what to do with their lives. The reasons for leaving are many: Alack of new challenges, ambivalence about the company’s growth and a desire for a career change are just a few.

It’s interesting to see what’s left in life, after working for arguably the best company in the U.S.

Yahoo Acquires MyBlogLog

It appears Marketing Pilgrim and Yahoo are on the same page…we both think MyBlogLog is a pretty cool company!

The social network for bloggers and blog readers has seen great growth in the past few months with lots of blogs installing their tracking code and building their MyBlogLog community. Once again proving it’s in touch with social media, Yahoo has snapped up the company for a reported $10-12 million.

Judging by the official MyBlogLog blog, the guys appear to be excited about the acquisition and explain what backing from Yahoo will mean to them.

Yahoo! is going to put loads of resources into MyBlogLog and help us roll out a ton of new features.  Plus, we’re moving to their infrastructure, which should help with those occasional slowdowns.

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Google and CSS Files, It’s Not What You’re Thinking

It seems like every other week, someone will come out with a story that just catches fire in the SEO community. After all, we SEOs need something to gossip about don’t we? The story of the week has been Google indexing CSS & JS files. From there Threadwatch & Wolf Howl picked it up.

I think most of these people have it wrong though. Do we really think that Google is worried about hidden text in this day and age? There are so many legitimate ways and reasons to place text on a page that the users do not see when it first loads. Just look at Yahoo’s homepage and use of CSS on-page tabbed browsing. I believe the only on-page spam techniques they really care about are auto generated content, cloaking, and redirects. Hidden text is just no longer a factor in Google’s SERPs.

Jon Schepke Back in Business with SIM Partners

Former Proceed Interactive exec, Jon Schepke, is back in business for himself, after a brief gig with iCrossing. The lure of starting another internet marketing firm was just too much for Jon – I know how that feels – and so he’s brought together some former Proceed employees and launched Strategic Internet Marketing Partners.

Best of luck Jon!

Google Named Fortune’s Best Place to Work

Grab you morning coffee and settle down for a long, envy-inducing read as to how Google made it to the top of Fortune’s list of Best Companies to Work For.

Is it any wonder, with benefits like these?

At Google you can do your laundry; drop off your dry cleaning; get an oil change, then have your car washed; work out in the gym; attend subsidized exercise classes; get a massage; study Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, and French; and ask a personal concierge to arrange dinner reservations. Naturally you can get haircuts onsite. Want to buy a hybrid car? The company will give you $5,000 toward that environmentally friendly end. Care to refer a friend to work at Google? Google would like that too, and it’ll give you a $2,000 reward. Just have a new baby? Congratulations! Your employer will reimburse you for up to $500 in takeout food to ease your first four weeks at home. Looking to make new friends? Attend a weekly TGIF party, where there’s usually a band playing. Five onsite doctors are available to give you a checkup, free of charge.

New Court Ruling Favors Those Bidding on Trademarked Keywords

Eric Goldman breaks-down a recent court ruling that appears to allow the use of trademarked keywords in sponsored ads. Focusing mostly on using trademarks for keyword “bids” and not ad creative, the court ruled that merely bidding on a trademark term is not enough to confuse a consumer.

The court holds that, as a matter of law, the use of keyword-triggered ads and keyword metatags cannot confuse consumers if the resulting ads/search results don’t display the plaintiff’s trademarks. Given the inconsistencies of past rulings, I simply don’t believe that this case will be the final word on the matter. However, if other courts follow this conclusion, we would see a reduction in the quantity of silly litigation over keyword advertising and keyword metatags.

ChaCha-Ching! Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Among Group Investing $6 Million in Human-Powered Search Engine

It looks like we’ll be hearing more of human-powered search engine ChaCha as they today announce they have secured $6 million in private funding. The group of investors includes…

…Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment firm of Jeff Bezos, with additional participation from Rod Canion, founding CEO of Compaq Computer, and Jack Gill, veteran Silicon Valley investor, founder of Vanguard Ventures and current partner at Maven Ventures

ChaCha launched in September 2006 and claims to have 20,000 people signed-up as user guides. They don’t reveal how many people are actually using the search engine, but claim they have “already garnered user traffic at levels that exceed many first generation search engines”. Anyone care to guess what that number would be?