Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Google News out of beta

Google News out of beta. I am amazed at how good a job it does using alogrithms instead of editors to decide what news stories to highlight. It certainly could be improved but it is quite good. I would like it if I could rate news sources and give them more or less weight in my results (make them more or less likely to be returned).

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Facing the CEO Pay Crisis

Solving a $122 billion problem by Marc Gunther, Fortune:

A strong believer in free markets, Cox said it's not the government's job to decide how much companies should pay CEOs, or whether pay should be linked to performance. But he also said that, if markets are to work, investors need "comprehensive but also comprehensible information" about the amount and structure of executive pay. These rules represent the first major changes in pay disclosure since 1992.
What's more, new research by Lucien Bebchuk, a Harvard Business School professor who studies executive pay, indicates that pay as a proportion of earnings is growing. From 1999 to 2003, the top five execs at the 1,500 largest public companies, as a group, took home $122 billion in salary, bonus and stock. That's not chump change.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Google for the S&P 500

Google: S&P 500 wallflower, Only 15 firms in the benchmark are worth more than Google. So how much longer will it have to wait?

Well I certainly thought they would add it last year, I was wrong obviously. I think S&P also made a mistake in not adding it. So now, I think it will be added in 2006, we will see.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Google Braille

Google's famous logo in braille - they made it the logo on their site in honor of Louis Braille's birthday. Pretty cool. They are getting some bad publicity recently but still they continue to manage to get an amazing amount of great publicity.

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