Metacafe Gets $15 million to Battle YouTube et al

Being over 30, I’m not quite as hip as I used to be, so forgive me for never hearing about MetaCafe until today.

Apparently it’s one of the top 100 sites in the world and has been streaming 280 million videos a month. Unfortunately, my lack of awareness may be indicative of why the company just raised $15 million to try and compete with YouTube, Google Video etc.

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Google Ready to Battle Broadband Providers

If broadband providers such as AT&T and Verizon get their way and are able to charge more to carry unaffiliated content or guarantee connection speeds, look for Google to keep a close eye on them, so reports Reuters.

Google is just one of dozens of net companies hoping the government will take action to preserve what is being called “Net Neutrality”. Recent attempts to protect net neutrality were narrowly rejected and this has caused Google’s Vint Cerf to fire a warning-shot across the bow of broadband companies.

If the legislators … insist on neutrality, we will be happy. If they do not put it in, we will be less happy but then we will have to wait and see whether or not there actually is any abuse…If we are not successful in our arguments … then we will simply have to wait until something bad happens and then we will make known our case to the Department of Justice’s anti-trust division,” he said on Tuesday.

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Dear Google, You’re Giving Me A Headache

By Al Scillitani

Dear Google,

My head hurts. Almost everytime I log into an adwords account something has changed. I knew when I decided to enter the search marketing field over 5 years ago things would continually change. I found search engine optimization and paid search to be to interesting. I knew it would be a challenge to keep up with changes, but this is crazy.

How is a single adwords account owner supposed to keep up with all your changes? It is hard enough for a full team of specialists nevermind the small business owner that is maintaining their own adwords account. Just when I think I am all caught up, more news comes out about another new feature, tool, format, etc… or I log in and there it is. Oh my head!

Have a Great Independence Day

Have a fun and safe 4th of July. This is my first as a U.S. citizen, so I’ll enjoy celebrating my own personal freedom from those red coats. ;-)

Your Company Sucks! Are You A Target Of A Disgruntled Employee?

I can remember only a few years ago, if a company was letting an employee go or the employee left a 2 week notice, most employees would try to leave on good terms so they can use the company as a reference. There was not much of a benefit for the company to “take care� of this leaving employee. My, how things have changed. Enter the bloggers.

When was the last time you went to Google, Yahoo, and MSN and searched your first and last name and your company’s name? You may be unpleasantly surprised. If one of your employees has a personal blog or forum they post on, a simple statement like “I worked for -insert your company name here- and they suck because….� can end up being on the first page of some of the top search engines.

Google Focused on Search

So maybe the reason Google’s product launches fizzle out is because they do actually focus on search. That’s what Google’s Douglas Merrill (VP of Engineering) told the BBC recently…

“Our position is that search is a very hard problem. We have still a lot of work to do,” said Douglas Merrill, who looks after internal engineering…Mr Merrill said Google’s search focus for the future included better search for mobiles, personalised search, language translation, accessing offline information and defeating web spam.

Google Keeps Technology Costs Low with New Inventions

We’ve heard the stories about how Google uses the cheapest servers it can buy and simply throws them away when they crash. The NYT digs a little deeper and finds Google has a lot of cool tools it’s invented to reduce cost and increase efficiencies.

For example, Google designed a software system it calls the Google File System that keeps copies of data in several places so Google does not have to worry when one of its cheap servers fails. This approach also means that it does not have to make regular backup copies of its data as other companies do.

Another system, called the Google Work Queue, allows a big pool of servers to be assigned to various tasks as needed and reassigned to other projects later.