Gary Stein Leaves JupiterResearch

This just in from DMNews

On the market research side, Gary Stein quit as senior analyst at JupiterResearch to join BuzzMetrics, a word-of-mouth research firm in New York. An interactive marketing expert, Stein is part of BuzzMetrics’ client services department based out of San Francisco.

Stein’s move comes soon after Forrester Research, Cambridge, MA, lost principal analyst Jim Nail to media measurement and business software firm Cymfony Inc., Watertown, MA. Nail is now chief strategy and marketing officer at Cymfony.

Seems like the big-dogs are stocking-up on talent and, with Gary Stein, they get a nice bloke too! Congrats Gary!

Google Not Launching PC

David Krane takes the somewhat unusual step of responding to rumors that Google is about to launch a low-cost PC.

Nah, I don’t think so. More wildly speculative predictions about what Google may do in ’06, perhaps as soon as later this week at CES (!!). Our response (you’ll see this in related articles shortly): we have a number of PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well and we see no need to enter this market; we would rather partner with great companies.

So David, does this mean that if you don’t deny future rumors, they’ll likely be true? ;-)

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Google Now Showing Ads on Home Page

eWeek reports that Google is starting to show Ads on its home page. While the home page in question is the company’s web site in Belarusian, it signals the demise of Google’s clean interface.

I think this is a very bad move for Google. Exactly how relevant are ads for fireworks and flowers to the Google home page? How is this helping users find the most relevant content?

It will be a sad day should Google expand the ads to Google.com’s home page. It will surely signal that Google is interested in money more than relevance.

Update: Thanks to Cindy for reminding me of the following statement by Google’s Melissa Mayer…

Google’s Interest in Raleigh, North Carolina

Just stumbled across some evidence (scroll to bottom) that Google did indeed visit the Triangle, but not to scope out a new office. Looks like they visited North Carolina State University (Go Pack!) just recently and are trying to recruit some grads.

Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
Location: Harrelson Hall, Room 107
Time: 5pm
Topic: N/A

UPDATED: ACM/AITP will not be hosting Google’s trip to campus, but Google IS coming to NC State campus. We recommend showing up to Harrelson a bit early to ensure proper seating is available.

If you would like to submit your resume to Google, please check the CSC Career Services listing for more information. The closing date for the Fall 2005 DoubleTree Suites meeting was Monday, October 24th. You may still continue to submit your resume, though it will most likely not be considered until Google’s next visit to NC.

Google to Reach $600?

Piper Jaffray analyst Safa Rashtchy predicts Google will reach $600 this year. Why such a high target?

Rashtchy points to the company’s ability to continually dominate the paid-search business. In 2005, he estimates that Google accounted for 64% of the $10 billion generated in global search sales. On a net basis, or excluding what Google pays out to its distribution partners, the search firm is estimated to generate $4 billion in revenue for all of 2005.

This year, the analyst expects Google’s net sales will grow by 58% vs. an overall paid-search market growth of 41%. Analysts currently predict Google will grow net sales by 60% this year, so Rashtchy is in line.

Rupert Murdoch Learns Bloggers are Fickle

The NY Times reports News Corp suffered a backlash from MySpace “bloggers” when the company tried to censor any mention of competitor, YouTube.

Proof for many of those people came earlier this month, when MySpace users began to notice that any references to YouTube, a video-sharing site and a competitor, were erased or blocked from appearing on My-Space. Some MySpace users also reported that when they tried to download videos from YouTube, a patch of white space appeared instead.

It appears to be a “simple misunderstanding” and all links to YouTube are now back. However, News Corp has learned a valuable lesson.

Just 4% of Fortune 500 Have Blogs

Chris Anderson (of Wired magazine) has decided to track the number of Fortune 500 companies blogging. So far, his research suggests that only 4% of them have any kind of public blog.