Here are my weekly notes:
- Interesting look at the big portals’ battle for local. I think MSN has the advantage at the moment (thanks in large part to its acquisition of EveryBlock).
- Google launched a public DNS service this week. I’ll be sticking with OpenDNS for now – here’s their take on the news.
- I hadn’t noticed the new TD Canada Trust banner ads, but Derek did: “They’re pretty run-of-the-mill bank ads, except for one thing: the couples in them are all men.” Incidentally VanCity Credit Union did the same thing back in 2003 – Poster Boys, on now in Edmonton, tells the story.
- A couple of very cool Amazon Web Services announcements recently: you can now boot EC2 instances from Elastic Block Store, and a new US-West region is now online.
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt in the Wall Street Journal: It’s the year 2015.
- Twitter turned some tweets red on Tuesday for World AIDS Day.
- The year isn’t quite over yet, but that hasn’t stopped Google from releasing its 2009 Year-End Zeitgeist. Also worth checking out – the 2009 List of Lists.