Triangle Ad Exec Rick French Blogging

This will be of interest to those in the Raleigh area.

French West Vaughan principle, Rick French, has decided to jump into blogging. Rick is not afraid to speak his mind and ruffle a few feathers, so it will be interesting to see what he has to share.

Welcome to the blogosphere Rick! When you get a chance, I’d recommend adding your bio to the blog, post a link to your RSS feed, link back to the FWV site and start commenting on other blogs to spread the word. :-)

And if you’re really feeling daring, maybe square-off against your nemesis. ;-)

Add Photos to Google’s Gmail

Over at the Official Google Blog, they announce you can now upload pictures for each of your Gmail contacts.

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Intuit’s Avinash Kaushik Finally Blogging

I’d like to think I played a small – pestering – part in convincing Avinash Kaushik to join the blogosphere. After first meeting him back at a Frost conference in Phoenix, I’ve begged Avinash to start blogging. The guy is very intelligent, understands “what” should be measured online, and has a great sense of humor too.

Well, Avinash sends word that he’s finally taken the plunge and launched his own blog – complete with a reference to Occam’s Razor (which is quite fitting).

Just as soon as I hit “publish”, I’m adding Avinash to my blogroll – I encourage you to do the same; you can thank me later for the insight you’ll learn from him. :-)

All English Cabbies Are Internet Experts!

If you’ve ever been in a London cab, you’ll know that they’re not afraid to chat about any subject and often feel, given half a chance, they could do better than the Prime Minister.

So it’s ironic to see that the BBC accidently interviewed a London “cabbie” thinking he was Guy Kewny – an expert on Apple’s legal battle with the Beatles.

Watch for the cabbie’s reaction when he realizes he’s being introduced as someone he isn’t. Priceless!


Watch the video.

UPDATE: According to The Consumerist, the “guy” interviewed, wasn’t a cabbie after all.

It turns out the interviewee is Guy Goma, a Business Studies graduate, from the Congo, who was in the reception area, not to pick up a fare but to interview for a high-level IT job with the beeb.

Click Fraud Settlement Due to Fear of Dismissal?

Over at Adotas, Jordan Glogau raises an interesting theory on why the “Lane’s Gifts” lawsuit was settled for such a paltry amount.

Glogau suggests the suit was in jeopardy because it wasn’t filed in California, as required in Google’s T&Cs.

So why did Google change its mind and decide to settle in Arkansas? That is simple, the terms are totally one-sided in Google’s favor. Because Google was about to have the case against it dismissed based on the fact that it was in the wrong venue, it forced Lane’s Gifts’ lawyers into a bad deal. Google’s lawyers figured they could give a small amount of cash to these lawyers and limited refunds to the advertisers.

Snap.com Adopts New Interface

ClickZ has details of Snap.com’s relaunch and interface changes.

RSS Micro Search on the Radar

Rubel uncovers RSS Micro, a new search engine for RSS feeds.

RSS Micro has a couple of features that differentiate it from others. First, I like how it integrates news and blogs together. RSS Micro also shows you searches related to the one you entered. It will also soon give you the ability to subscribe to a blog or news feed from inside a search. The site also retains your search history, but through cookies not user registration.

One downside. Using Ajax means I can’t bookmark individual searches as they all have the same URL (ie. rssmicro.com).