Google Hires Amazon’s Udi Manber

Nice coup for Google. According to SeattlePI, they just lured away Udi Manber, chief executive of Amazon’s A9 subsidiary. Manber will be vice president of engineering for Google – how many do they have in that role?

This is a big set back for Amazon, as far as I can tell. Others tend to agree…

“It could set back their efforts, but A9 was more of a trial to hedge their bets and have a presence in there,” said Safa Rashtchy, a senior Internet analyst for Piper Jaffray & Co. who estimates that 10 percent of Amazon’s tech spending centers on search. “I don’t think they will give up on it that easily, but it hasn’t produced any major advantages for Amazon and it is still experimental.”

Which Super Bowl Ads Engaged Surfers?

SearchViews takes a look at which Super Bowl advertisers realized that many viewers went online looking for the advertised company.

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Former AltaVista/Overture Exec to Launch Ad Network

BusinessWeek reports Jim Barnett – former exec at Altavista and Overture – is planning to launch a next generation advertising network call Turn.

He has $10 million in venture funding, and some 16 PhDs in-house. The idea is that advanced search will target advertisements to users with a precision we’ve not yet seen.

Oh really? We’ll keep an eye on this one.

Shout to SiliconBeat for their keen eye.

Fortune Interactive Supports Special Olympics North Carolina

We’ve just announced our support for the Special Olympics North Carolina. You can read more here or view our press release.

Verizon Wants Its Share of Google’s Success

Wow, Verizon is griping that Google is getting a “free lunch” by using the infrastructure built and paid for by the phone companies.

“The network builders are spending a fortune constructing and maintaining the networks that Google intends to ride on with nothing but cheap servers,” Thorne told a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. “It is enjoying a free lunch that should, by any rational account, be the lunch of the facilities providers.”

Reminds me of when BT claimed they owned the “hyperlink” and everyone should pay them a royalty.

Still, Google is not taking Verizon’s threat lightly…

Google Adds Sitemaps Features

Nathan has details of new features added to Google Sitemaps.

Blogging Continues to Grow

Technorati’s David Sifry updates the latest state of the blogosphere and things look good.

What’s particularly interesting is that the new bloggers are actually sticking with it.

New blog creation continues to grow. We currently track over 75,000 new weblogs created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day – and 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created. In other words, even though there’s a reasonable amount of tire-kicking going on, blogging is growing as a habitual activity. In October of 2005, when Technorati was only tracking 19 million blogs, about 10.4 million bloggers were still posting 3 months after the creation of their blogs.