links for 2009-02-06
by Martin Belam, 6 February 2009
"The Live Search blog announced that Internet Explorer 8 is now showing instant answers from Live Search in the search box. This feature is on by default and will show instant answers for searches related to financial information, weather conditions, movie show times, calculations, equations, conversions, and definitions."
"'It's a very embarrassing cock-up and everyone in the newsroom has been having a lot of fun at my expense,' Horrocks said. 'It's had the perverse effect of making people who hadn’t worried about it [Twitter] think 'oh god, if I'm going to get gossip from Peter then maybe it's worth signing up,'
"While Peter Osnos' argues that Google should pay newspapers, and Mark Potts calls that idea sheer idiocy, I've decided to tap my Delicious network of experts to help journalists leverage the power of search engines."
"The system could be used for all forms of media: magazines and blogs, games and apps, TV newscasts and amateur videos, pr0n pictures and policy monographs, the reports of citizen journalists, recipes of great cooks and songs of garage bands". There is something delightfully charming to know that there is someone in business strategy who doesn't think the pr0n industry has worked out how to make money online.