- One of my pet notions starts to become real: Google is in beta with an Arabic/English machine translator. If that shows up in their web services interface, it should make a blog translator pretty simple. I would be very interested in comments on quality by those with bilingual talents. Thanks to Will Fitzgerald.
- Who says the payments world is boring? Now you can withdraw funds earned in a virtual world from a cash machine. Even the mainstream business press is noticing that virtual world economies are becoming a lot more real. HT: Joe @ Techdirt.
- Drawing battle lines for the platform war. Back last fall MSFT and Amazon subsidiary A9 were making nice around A9's Open Search web services API which would be plugged in behind IE7's search box. Now Goggle's complaining about that IE7 search interface, and coincidentally (??) last weekend A9 and Amazon's Alexa subsidiary both dump Google as their embedded search in favor of Microsoft's Live offering A Seattle-area alignment? Meanwhile, the rumored release of Yahoo's 'Panama' rebuild of the Overture
dog's breakfast ad engine is upstaged by Microsoft's announcement of it's AdCenter self-service keyword bidding system. A three way battle, what fun! Popcorn?
- I'm outta here on vacation for two weeks. Photo blogging might result, or not.