Google’s Eric Schmidt Talks Strategy has an interesting interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Schmidt explains the company’s strategy behind it’s recent partnership deals.

Each of them represents a different strategic thrust. In Dell’s case, if you look at the demographic of who they sell to, they’re heavy Google users, so they were a logical big partner for software distribution for us. In the case of MySpace, it’s generally well known that they are the breakout in social networks. Everybody’s moving to MySpace, basically. And all the numbers say that their growth rate is much higher than anybody else’s. They’re much, much larger than the others. Intuit has something like 80 or 90% market share of the stage that they’re in. Adobe has somewhere between 80 and 90% of their market space.

Amazon Strips A9 of Search Features

I’m a little puzzled as to why Amazon has decided to remove some key features from its A9 search engine. When it first launch, they made a bid deal of their personalized search options and street-level images of major cities. With the update, those features vanish.

The Internet retailer removed the functions, along with several others, late Friday. spokesman Drew Herdener said the company is “shifting its priorities to areas where it can provide the greatest benefit for customers.”

I guess they discovered either users didn’t like, or use the features, or the company simply couldn’t scale the technology to accomodate a larger user-base.

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Google Quietly Tests New Search Engine Interface

Nathan’s discovered a new search engine interface being tested by Google. SearchMash uses the same index as, but has a completely different GUI. For example, there’s no “Search” button!

Google Opens New Office in NYC

I received an invite to the opening of Google’s new Manhattan offices but had to pass due to a full schedule – it looks like I should have found the time….

The office space at 111 Eighth Ave., which real estate experts estimate is costing the company $10 million a year in rent, is similar in design and functionality to its headquarters in Mountain View. This includes a fully equipped game room that would make any high school boy drool. Foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and pool tables are all available for employees to take a break and “blow off some steam.” The room also has a video game area, bean bag chairs, massage chairs and even a full basketball hoop setup.

CNET has photos.

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Congrats to Jennifer Laycock!

Congrats to Jennifer on the birth of Emmitt Charles Laycock. My best wishes to you and your family!

PayPerPost Gets $3m for Turning Blog Tricks

Marketing Pilgrim readers will no doubt remember the subtle jab I gave PayPerPost when they launched their service back in June.

It seems the service is doing well enough that an investment group just gave them $3m, according to TechCrunch.