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Article of the Week

  RealNames’ fall may doom keywords Surveys show IT buyers, sellers have different views of market recoverySenator Lieberman to introduce broadband billOracle, Dell, others, in Linux partnershipNeoteris upgrades IVE with more app supportOpinion: What HP thinks of guys like usAll of today’s news By Carolyn Duffy MarsanNetwork World, 05/27/02 When keywords became available in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer two years ago, they offered companies a simpler way for their customers to find information about their products and services on the Web. Now the recent closure of RealNames, the Internet’s premier provider of keywords, leaves the technology’s future in doubt even as

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Small Fiefdom

Incidentally – it is becoming more and more clear to me that a small fiefdom operating within MSN has been responsible for much of what has happened. There seems to be an empire-building process in play and RealNames was in the way. I do not believe senior Microsoft execs had all the facts. I hope somebody is smart enough to ask the right questions and make good on this error before it is too late. I have a lot of respect for Microsoft in general and a good company doesn’t allow things like this to go unpunished or uncorrected.  

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Patent Discovery

This is taken from today’s eWeek. The journalist has discovered that Microsoft has applied for a patent covering RealNames technology. Of course we have a patent too. Maybe putting us out of business is all a part of the plan. We were explicitly told Microsoft WAS NOT planning on doing our service themselves. Oh Boy are they in trouble if this is so. RealNames Corp. shut down its operations this week and is putting the blame squarely on Microsoft Corp. ADVERTISEMENT The Redwood City, Calif., company laid off 80 employees and is liquidating its assets after Microsoft decided not to

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Alex Horowitz Email

And another, this one to Steve Ballmer.   From: Alex Horovitz [mailto:alex@f2fgroup.com] Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 10:19 AM To: Steve Ballmer Cc: Bill Gates; Dan’l Lewin <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /> Subject: RealNames and Microsoft Steve,   I think Microsoft’s decision to no longer support RealNames key word search in Internet Explorer is a big mistake.   Keywords clearly have value to AOL and why Microsoft would pull the plug on the RealNames technology confuses me. I hope that Microsoft reconsiders its position in this matter. At F2F Group we were looking forward to leveraging the

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Joseph Zhu Email

Another of many emails from China – this one sent to Bill Gates.   Hi Bill: I am Joseph Zhu, Vice President of HiChina Web Solutions Limited. HiChina is the largest web hosting company in China with more than 300,000 domain name and site hosting customers. With the sudden announcement of termination of MS contract with Realnames, our more than 10,000 Internet Keyword customers feel cheated and shortchanged. Haier Group, China’s counterpart of GE, has written to us enquiring about the consequences of this termination. They have registered more than 20 Internet Keywords and spent much money promoting their usage.

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Anchordesk

And previous doubters (Anchordesk) are beginning to understand the full ramifications too: This from today’s Anchordesk. David Morgenstern, Contributing Editor, AnchorDeskIncidentally, the main difference between RealNames and Karen Liu’s company [Karen is a friend despite being a competitor] is that her company requires the download of a plugin that over-rides the Microsoft Browser Address Bar whereas RealNames was built in to the browser] In addition, a long message from Karen Liu revealed a different need for keyword-to-URL translation. She works for the Beijing-based Inter China Network Software Technology Development Co., a competitor of RealNames. According to Liu, the company serves more

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Number 1 with a Bullet

The WebLog has been the No.1 Weblog on the Userland Listings for 3 days in a row now. It is No.39 in the all-time list after 3 days. You are all doing a great job of getting this story distributed. Many thanks.10:47:55 PM     I updated the site tonight to include permanent links to the key documents. You will find them listed on the right of the page in the navigation section.10:44:38 PM     Word on the street is that there was misinformation in Redmond about RealNames business viability. Here are the facts: RN is a real business RealNames is succeeding financially – with three successive quarters

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