Are your Internet search records public?

Big Brother wants to know what you've been searching for on the Internet, and has asked Google for the records. Google, to its credit, isn't handing them over without a fight.

As for those search records ... everybody knows (thanks to the Avenue Q Broadway musical) "the Internet is for porn." Go ahead and click, it won't bite.

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Deadly boring institutional local news

I missed this last week, and maybe you did, too. Tim Porter dissects local reporting in local newspapers:

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Deconstructing the newspaper

Jeff Jarvis continues his series on "new news" with a strong foundational post on what needs to be done with the old crushed-tree product. It's a thorough rundown of the basics. My only issues with it are:
  • It doesn't go far enough.
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Google radio?

For the life of me I can't figure out what AdSense would look like on a radio station, but Cnet is reporting that Google has bought DMarc in a deal that starts out at $102 million but could cost as much as $1.13 billion, depending on performance. DMarc's lines of business include station automation and station business processes, and a 500-station ad network.

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Google's disruptively low-end video service

Like a lot of people, I've been trying to puzzle out Google Video, which launched a week ago to a chorus of boos from reviewers. Apparently they were looking for iTunes-the-next-generation.

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Nostalgia for the New Century Network

Last week I heard someone refer to "NCN nostalgia." Just before the dot-boom, a bunch of newspaper companies got together and imagined an online future in which newspapers would be key players through something called New Century Network, which would be the definitive news resource on the Internet.

It all fell apart amid corporate bickering, and the inability of big media companies to cooperate was rightly blamed. But there was something else at work: technology was evolving faster than anyone's business vision.

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Vive la difference

Metro International, the world's largest free-newspaper operation, is putting together a real Internet strategy and "The web will be completely different from the paper, says Sakari Pitkänen, editor in chief of Metro Sweden," according to the Swedish blog Media Culpa.

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