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Interview With A Convicted Hacker

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InformationWeek Daily - Thursday, Sep 27, 2007

Editor's Note

Video Alerts Give Google The Upper Hand -- Again

The latest enhancement to the Google Alerts product -- to include news-oriented videos on topics that readers select -- is a compelling upgrade for information junkies, online videophiles or those researching information on the Internet. It raises many questions on the future of information access, the future role of online video as an information source and Google's strategic directions.

The news industry has been quick to find fault with Google's handling of information and sources on the popular Google News site. But no one's stopping news sites from aggregating and aggressively distributing content, and that includes video. Could this just be another case of Google beating the news industry -- online and offline -- at its own game?

My take: yes, advantage Google. If they offer video news alerts, I can't find them on prominent TV news sites including CNN and Fox News Channel. Brands and sites like these should be leading the charge in the distribution of video content.

Read the rest of my thoughts in the InformationWeek Google Blog.

Tom Smith
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