The End of Google’s Gmail?

Some may call me an alarmist, but could we be witnessing the beginning of the end for Google’s GMail? The company is already tip-toeing thru the issues surrounding privacy and the DOJ. Now comes word that a Judge has just ordered Google to hand over all emails – including those deleted – belonging to a Gmail account.

I can’t see how Google is going to be able to fight this, but it sets a dangerous precedent that emails, you thought were deleted on Gmail, are still available to any court in the land. Of course, only criminals need worry about having their personal info shared, but this still causes a great deal of concern to those who protect our privacy.

Shel Israel Doesn’t Like CEO Bloggers

I’ve just received my copy of Naked Conversations, but I am now thinking of simply returning it for a refund.

Shel Israel, co-author, just announced that maybe CEOs shouldn’t be let near a blog. He claims they simply don’t have what it takes, are not nearly as passionate about a company’s products and besides, they should be out playing golf.

What a load of junk! CEOs are exactly the type of person I want to hear from via a blog. While product managers are passionate about their product, they’re often blinkered to the task at hand. They are only able to see the world thru the lense of their own departmental focus. CEOs on the other hand, are able to see the bigger picture, understand the industry and share thoughts at a higher level.

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Google Gunning for Paypal

I spoke to David Miller of Internetnews.com yesterday and shared with him my thoughts on Google’s new payment processing service.

“PayPal also got a huge shot in the arm from eBay. So with that much clout, it was difficult for anybody to challenge PayPal. But now here comes the 800-pound gorilla called Google. They have got the clout to do this. It’s a natural extension of what they’ve been doing,” said Beal.

You gotta love those opportunities to use the old “800-pound gorilla” soundbite. ;-)

Defining Product Standards for Online Shopping

I caught up with Alan Rimm-Kaufman at SES in NYC who asked me to share with you an effort that is underway to bring some kind of standardization to online shopping datafeeds.

Why standardize, I hear you ask? According to ORDS (Online Retail Datafeed Standardization)…

The current lack of standards for online SKU-based advertising wastes time for all sides. This lack of standards hampers marketing creativity, reduces advertising reach for retailers, decreases ad revenue to the search engines, and leads to less data and choice for online shoppers.

The initiative has its own website at www.onlinefeeds.org, where you can learn more and sign-up for more details.

Tool Shows Censorship in Google China Search Results

Brent Franson points to CenSEARCHip, a tool created by the University of Indiana School of Informatics, which compares search results for Google and Yahoo in different countries.

The tool is particularly useful for comparing results between Google’s U.S. results and those shown in China. A search for “Tiananmen square” demonstrates this.

The tool analyzes words and displays results as clusters, with the most commonly occurring words being bolded. More details here.

Google Trying to Index JavaScript?

Barry has details of what looks like an initiative by Google to index JavaScript. Is the Googlebot trying to find the hidden web?