Bill Gates' Pre-Retirement Search Party, Joost's New Juice
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At Microsoft's "Strategic Account Summit" earlier this week, Gates telegraphed that he intends to spend his remaining hourglass full of Microsoft sand at the company focusing on search:
When people go to the Internet, they have a task in mind. And it's not just to see a list of links. This is not a, 'Hey, I'm paid to go do treasure hunts.' They want to organize a trip, or learn about a topic, and the idea that we can capture things at that task level, and through the magic of software make that far better. And in particular when it's where you want to buy something, that the people who want to buy something that the people who want to advertise, who want to offer up that maybe they're the place that you want to do business with, I think we can make that far better.
Kum ba yah, my lord, kum ba yah...But ya better hurry up if you want to make the first page of those SERPs.
Meanwhile, there's no flies stickin' on Joost, which TechCrunch reported overnight received $45M in funding from Sequoia, Index, CBS, and Viacom.
Might there be a common thread here?
Bill Gates searching for his search legacy? CBS and Viacom Chasing Google's YouTube contrails?
Speaking of the dense FOG (fear of Google), once I got past the smoke and mirrors of The Cable Show's trade show floor in Vegas earlier this week, it was clear the world at large was demanding more on demand programming via the cable Intertubes.
This could certainly help the cause: DOCSIS 3.0, a high-speed cable standard that both supports IPv6 and provides for download speeds up to 160Mbps.
Roadrunner, indeed. That's a way big step up from my measly 3Mbps connection today!