Category Archives: Google

Neil Fraser: Google = Multivac

In 1958 Isaac Asimov wrote a short story titled "All the Troubles of the World" (included in the collection "Nine Tomorrows"). It described a world transformed by Multivac, a giant all-knowing computer. Asimov died in 1992, a mere four years before Larry and Sergey started their project "to organize the world's information and make it…

Newspapers: more creativity, please

As many people probably know by now, Google came out with another of its Google Labs features on Monday: a Google News timeline view, which gives users the ability to see and scroll through headlines, photos and news excerpts by day/week/month/year. The sources of this data can also be customized to include not just traditional…

Google helps newspapers, period.

As the newspaper industry has grown weaker and weaker, there has been a steady stream of articles and blog posts blaming Google for some or all of this decline. I'm not going to link to them all, because there are simply too many, and they are easy enough to find. The standard allegation is that…

Nick Carr is wrong about Google

After seeing recommendations on Twitter from Clay Shirky and others, I was expecting a tour de force from author and former Harvard Business Review editor Nick Carr, but I confess that I found his post on Google as middleman -- and its effect on newspapers -- disappointing. Not just because the middleman comparison is one…

Google is not your sugar daddy

Variations on the "Google should pay me for X" theme have been around for some time now, and the precipitous decline of content-related industries -- among them book publishing, newspaper printing and music distribution, to name just a few -- has only accelerated the number and frequency of these complaints. Everyone from the World Association…