Saturday Morning Links: The 10 Unusual Things About Google Edition

Here is really interesting article about Google. One of the more interesting facts is that Google’s patent is remarkably similar to one owned by Dow Jones Corp:

Patents. The genealogy of the Google patent is interesting. Here’s the link to the patent filed with the US Patent Office. It refers to another patent owned by Dow Jones that was very similar to the Google patent and was developed by a guy named Robin Li when he worked for a company owned by Dow jones. Both patents used similar ideas of ranking a page not necessarily by using the text on the page but also by counting how many links referenced the page. Dow Jones wasn’t really sure what to do with the patent (called RankDex) so Robin Li left the company and went to China. While there he licensed the patent from Dow Jones for almost nothing and started (and is still CEO of) a little company called Baidu.  Here’s Robin Li’s patent on RankDex. Its interesting that the same basic idea inspired both Google and Baidu.

The idea that Dow Jones didn’t pursue the RankDex idea reminds me of the Xerox / GUI / Apple story.

Self-Ownership and the Right to Life

Political Realities:

Honestly, does President Obama really believe that statement, or is it something he says because it makes his side of the debate look better? When you examine what he said, looking at the actual facts of the situation, you will find it to be very misleading, if not outright false. It has never been easy for oil companies to get permission to drill and explore for oil and other sources of energy and it has become even less so since Obama took office.

Marco Rubio: Continuing Resolutions are “No Way to Run a Government”

The new USS Detroit

Epic Fail: Fewer Than 30 People Attend MoveOn.org’s “Reclaim The Dream” Rally

Spellchek: SHUT IT DOWN!

Cynical Synapse: Some Things Don’t Get Better With Age

End All Energy Production?

FCBZ: Super Moon

Trial Run: U.S. Military to Block Popular Websites for Japan

“It is not because we care about children…”

Let’s have a show of hands. Who’s gonna cough up fifteen bucks to read The New York Times online?…Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

WWTFT: First Principles, Men Are Equal Under God

It’S tHe EnD Of thE WoRld aS We KnOw iT…

Netflix Original Content: It Could Shift An Industry

Comments
  • John Carey March 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the link Steve. We very much appreciate it.

    • steve March 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Not a problem.

  • Martin March 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks! Nice group of links here.

    • steve March 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Glad you liked them.

  • Matt March 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the linage sir!

    • steve March 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      You are most welcome.

  • 5etester March 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Appreciate the linkage Steve. Like that moon shot. Don’t forget tonight is the perogee moon.

    • steve March 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Yep and it should be a clear night here in S.E. Michigan. I will certainly be checking it out.

  • Bunkerville March 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks again.. good reading here.

    • steve March 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      My pleasure. Glad you like the selection of links.

  • LD Jackson March 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for the link, Steve.

    • steve March 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      No problem-o

  • Cynical Synapse March 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

    My thanks for the link, as well. I was watching the Wings get stripped of their goal in an ultimate 3-1 loss to Nashville, so I missed the moon. Double :(

    • steve March 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

      I missed the Wings game but did get outside to see the moon. I’m glad I missed the game.

      You are most welcome for the link!

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