I'm Sorry I'm So Sicko
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already estimated that around half a million iPhones were sold during its first weekend (from 6 P.M. Friday through last night).
But getting the phones to work became another issue, as many encountered issues with the iTunes activation system, mainly, it appears, due to, oh, I don't know, say 500,000 Macheads trying to get their phones activated all at once!
Anyhow, there are worse business problems to have, and the iPhone is clearly launched and soaring so far.
Would You Like An Ad With Your Aspirin?
If they continue to have issues, they might look to Google's PR staff to learn how to make quick apologies.
Over the weekend, the Google Health Blog's Lauren Turner discovered there's a very thin line between serving as advertising market maker and freewheeling blogger, and the blogosphere called Google on it bigtime.
At issue was Turner's suggested remedy for the healthcare industry's possible response to Michael Moore's new film "Sicko":
Buy more ads from Google!
Danny Sullivan deconstructs the whole episode nicely here. And I'm in agreement with Mike Arrington that it's a lesson learned, but nobody wants to see Google stop blogging. Quite the opposite, they've become a leader in corporate blogging and their blogs are providing a unique service as we all try to keep up with all things Google.
Me, I'm still feeling a bit nauseous after seeing "Sicko" over the weekend with some fellow IBMers, all of whom were feeling Mucho Sicko as the credits rolled and we headed off in search of the perfect after-documentary therapeutic cocktail -- prescribed by Dr. Moore, of course.
Yahoo's New Ad System: Ain't Misbehavin'
If the healthcare industry isn't satisified with Google's position, they can always check out Yahoo's new behavioral targeting ad engine to "better tailor online advertisements to the people most likely to buy."
The New York Times is reporting that Yahoo's new "Yahoo SmartAds" would help "marketers create custom advertisements on the fly, using information on individual buyers and information on real prices and availability from the vendors."
The Times' piece uses the example of somebody who recently searched for a blender might see an ad from Target that gives the prices for blenders on the shelves in the store closest to that person's home.
This, of course, would presume that someone had actually used the Yahoo search engine, oh, I don't know, say in the last five years.
Le Web 2.0 Nouveau
And while I'm busy dusting off my Yahoo third-party ad serving cookie, the newest French New Wave is arriving at a browser near you.
Non, there's no Godard or Truffaut moving into the frame, and you can keep your auteur theory to yourself.
But if you're looking for the latest in Web 2.0 startups, France is leading Europe with nearly $40 million in venture capital in 2006, some 40% of the European total.
GigaOm's Jerome Archambeaud writes that broadband and a friendly entrepreneurial environment have much to do with France's Web 2.0 success. Me, I think it's the Left Bank sidewalk cafes and smoke-filled restaurants.
Whatever the cause, the French new wave Web 2.0 halo has rubbed off on France's customized portal, NetVibes.
Me very much likey their turbocharged home page, the "Correander" release, which includes an embedded podcast player, a new sidebar, and a home page load that could almost outpace 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.