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We're hearing that Amit Singhal, Google Fellow and head of Google's core ranking team, just sent out an internal email that may signal a change in tone over how rankings are showing up, amid the Search Plus Your World scandal. We are told the email said, "We've already pushed some changes to Google Web Server, and we've got more in the pipeline."
Drew Houston has a great singing voice. Around 2:00am last night he serenaded the Davos late night crowd with a rendition of Elton John's "Rocket Man." Marissa Mayer and I cheered him on piano side. While I didn't meet him there, I'm told Mick Jagger was hanging out in the same bar. If Dropbox doesn't work out for Drew, maybe Mick can set him up with an audition.
I'm told that one of the best things about Google is its open culture. While they're not supposed to talk to the press, the management shares quite a bit with them and they're encouraged to push back and question authority.
As we just wrote in the PandoTicker, Twitter has announced that they now have the capability to hide tweets from users based on the locality of the user. While deleting tweets has always been possible on a global level, the tweets can now be deleted in one area of the world, and still be visible in the rest of the world. Immediately, this brings up some interesting questions.
We've heard from insiders that Google's PR strategy to the Don't Be Evil toolbar bombshell-- which exposed just how much the search giant is meddling with search results-- is just to stay quiet until it blows over. And then press ahead with the "Search-plus-your-world-or-else" strategy.
The reception to last week's pilot episode of Why Isn't This News -- where Sarah and I connect via Skype to discuss our respective entrepreneurial adventures -- was almost entirely positive. The only caveat was that some of you would have preferred the video and audio quality to be a little shittier.
I've been wearing the same clothes for the last 72 hours. Somehow my bag didn't make the transfer in Atlanta to my flight to Zurich. After filing a lost bag report with Delta Airlines, I headed up to Davos wearing a pair of comfy shoes, tattered jeans, and a wool sweater that is barely one step up from a hoodie. While perfectly acceptable for the San Francisco tech scene, suffice it to say that in the Davos sea of well-tailored Italian suits, I haven't exactly fit in.
You're an aspiring entrepreneur. You've been working on your idea for a few months and released your first product which, however gnarly, is proving that you're not crazy and there may be a there there.
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