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stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sun Dec 24 01:43:25 AEDT 2006
At 08:04 PM 23/12/2006, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 07:17 PM 23/12/2006, Reagan Blundell wrote:
>> For what it's worth, I see the kanagroo christmas logos from here
>> in Switzerland, so it isn't .au specific.
> Thanks for letting us know that, Reagan! I hoped that was the case.
> I wonder what the story behind it is. Could it be drawn by an Aussie
> transplant working at Google? Cheers Jan
It is amazing, right now Google must surely be at net-saturation-point:
WebProNews December 23, 2006
Eight Internet Winners In 2006: Jason Lee Miller | Staff Writer
The year 2006 was a major year for all things Internet related.
In fact, it might remembered as the year the Internet exploded.
Record broadband adoption, major government attention, and the
advent of video and social media made it the net's best year ever.
To commemorate that, we've come up with a list of Internet
winners, because everybody loves a good end-of-the-year list.
Internet Winners In 2006
Every year for Google has been a breakout year for the eight-
year-old company, but 2006 was a blockbuster. Besides adding
user-generated video phenom YouTube to its roster for $1.65
billion in stock, Google remained a favorite of Wall Street,
with stock catapulting over $500 per share. That spike was
more than enough to cover the cost of purchasing YouTube.
And then they moved in with NASA.
If Google was a winner just for acquiring YouTube, then YouTube
founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen, who created a site and
flipped it for major moolah, in just a year and a half, without
even demonstrating how the site could turn a profit, are the
biggest table scrap winners of the year. They still run their
company and still got those stock certificates.
Dialup Internet access has become akin to having outdoor
plumbing. In the US, broadband access hit nearly 80 percent
of the population. Because people no longer had to begin
downloading a large file and then go to dinner while it
finished, they spent more time actually enjoying video and
audio content on the Web.
Happy days are here again for the corporate attorney. As Internet
companies become Web giants, the window for lawsuit, valid or
not, frivolous or not, gets a lot bigger. Google settles with
advertisers angry over click fraud for $90 million - that's $60
million in advertising credit for the advertiser and $30 million
cash for the attorneys who won that case. Yahoo's lawyers are
so good, all they had to say was 'sorry about that' and write a
check for $5 million to the complainant's attorneys.
5. Social Media
For the end user it's been all about friends' lists, blogs,
wikis, amateur videos, vlogging, podcasting, and instant
messaging. From the consumer end, it's been a communication
bonanza and the official creation of the citizen media. Ideally,
the elite and powerful only provide the means by which the people
communicate, not control the communication itself, and the people
are eating up. And for the professional media, if we hear the
words "MySpace" or "YouTube" one more time...
The word "podcast" may have been Oxford's word of the year
in 2005, but nobody really knew anything about it until 2006.
Now organizations of all types - newspapers, corporations,
educational institutions, radio stations, kids - have started
their own virtual radio stations. Though Apple made threats to
those audacious enough to use the term "podcast," a trademark
infringement Apple said, all it took was a tongue-in-cheek
one-dollar check to Apple head Steve Jobs to get official
approval to podcast at will.
7. The Man
In all his incarnations, in government, media, or corporate America,
The Man came out far ahead of the rest, even if he were scratched
and bruised on the way. The G-Man, and his DOJ minions, strong-
armed all the major search engines for their search data and got
it, even from Google. Phones were tapped, records were seized,
and online gambling, except that which is preferred by The Man,
was banned. In China, The Man again forced Google to alter its
search results to match the imposed cultural hegemony.
8. The Proletariat
However, The Man hasn't always won this year. Though the
telecommunications industry (one of The Man's most powerful
front organizations) had Congress wrapped around its green finger,
there were enough grass roots to forestall any legislation without
meaningful Net Neutrality protections. With a massive Republican
defeat in Washington, Net Neutrality has a fighting chance.
When AOL tried to impose the equivalent of an email tax, the people
revolted and AOL was forced to reconsider.
When Britain proposed a blogger code of conduct, again the
proletariat told The Man where to shove it.
When TV wasn't as entertaining, when news wasn't as neutral or
biased as it needed to be, when radio was too censored, and movies
were far too polished, the people took the media into their own
hands, which makes The Man very, very nervous.
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