Google Insiders Selling and Staying

Business Week explains that the stock sales by Google insiders are not causing alarm among investment analysts. The steady planned sale of insider shares is offset by Google’s great performance and retention of employees doing the selling.

Just how much have insiders made?

“The company went public, they’ve done fantastic, and now a bunch of them are getting rich.” In fact, the company’s top executives have earned more from their stock sales than the company has made in profits since it went public in August, 2004. They raked in $5.5 billion by unloading stock during the past 12 months, according to the data-monitoring service InsiderScore.com.

Forget the Real Estate Bubble, What About Social Networks?

It’s a crazy world we live in, when a social network site I have never heard of before – Bebo – turns down a $552 million acquisition offer from BT just weeks after raising a meager $15 million.

Michael Arrington has the details

Bebo has been on fire recently, and now has more than 25 million registered users and 3 billion monthly page views. Myspace, for comparison, has 70+ million users and nearly 30 billion monthly page views.

Seems like a lot of companies have heard the news that MySpace is now the most popular web site in the U.S. and they want a piece of the pie while it’s still hot out the oven.

UPDATE: Both BT and Bebo say the rumor is untrue.

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Social Search Gaining Traction

CNN looks at the smaller sibling of the search engine industry – social search.

Can humans compile more relevant search results than Google’s mighty algorithm? Prefound, Eurekster and StumbleUpon are among those that think people can compile better search results than computers.

Dallas Search Marketers Join Forces

I’ve always known the DFW area has a high number of search marketing firms. It seems they’ve created their own mini-alliance and started a blog.

It looks like they’ve covered all the bases with their “Subscribe” buttons! ;-)

Start a Blog, Get a Free House

Still not convinced that blogging brings rewards? How about a free house?

That’s exactly what blogger Kyle MacDonald managed to get by asking people to trade goods with him. He started off with a big red paperclip and, through a series of trades, ended-up with a house!

On that note, I have a slightly used post-it note and I’m looking to trade for a small Caribbean island, can anyone help? ;-)


Lucky Blogger!

Google Phone Service Coming?

Amongst all the shouting and sweating of stock guru Jim Cramer, you’ll often find some words of wisdom. It gets a little easier when he’s asked to put his speculation in writing. :-)

At TheStreet.com, Cramer tells us we can bank on Google launching its own phone service at some point in the future.

You have to be a believer about Google taking over your phone business…the company has bought a ton of dark fiber, and it has bought stakes in companies that do broadband over power lines and Wi-Fi…Google wants to be an Internet Service Provider (ISP) — it needs to do that just to grow, and I think that it is a natural to offer an all-in-one package.

Google Plans Michigan Facility

According to the AP, Google has announced it will hire 1,000 employees in the Ann Arbor area, over the next five years.

…the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News said…said Google would announce plans to build an office for its AdWords unit, which handles “pay-per-click” advertising to users of Google’s Internet search engine.

Do you think this is big news on Michigan? It’s going to be bigger than “big”, it’s going to be…

“This is a huge, huge, huge, huge thing,” Gov. Jennifer Granholm told Free Press columnist Tom Walsh.