Tom Foremski

Tom Foremski reports on the business and culture of Silicon Valley at the intersection of technology and media.

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A proposal for a new kind of "fair use"

News aggregators and bloggers that carry third party content should carry at least one advertising link associated with that content. It would be the fair thing to do and a large aggregator such as Google News could help establish this practice.

March 25, 2007 by

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Should we have a formal "right to respond" on the Internet?

At the Newcomm Forum in Las Vegas this week, I kept hearing a lament that is all too common: how to deal with with negative or incorrect content about a company and its  products on search engine results? Especially if those negative  links are on the first page of results because most users rarely look at more than one page.

March 10, 2007 by


Can social networks help sell beer?

I recently met with Gurbaksh Chahal, the CEO of BlueLithium advertising network and top brand management executives from Anheuser Busch, to discuss plans to use online social networks to sell beer.The research group of BlueLithium, the second largest US online advertising network, last year came up with the idea for MingleNow.

March 3, 2007 by


Is search broken?

Search engines say they use complex algorithms to help users find exactly what they want Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button (btw, does anybody use it?), right below the search box implies that very thing.

March 3, 2007 by


Silicon Valley is turning into media valley

Silicon Valley is rapidly turning into Media Valley--and New York, NY should look out--the capital of the media world is shifting about 3,000 miles westwards.Some of Silicon Valley's largest companies are media companies: Google, Yahoo, EBay, for example are media companies--they publish pages of content and advertising around it.

February 25, 2007 by

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