Morning Buzz — January 21, 2011

C-Suite shakeup at Google. I think Google is learning what Microsoft learned years ago — even when you have all the money, you can’t successfully buy your way into everything. You’ve got to have human champions of products, human energy, and a relationship with your user community that, if not completely harmonious, is productively contentious.

Seth says Launch it like Google. I was around when Google first launched (back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth) and I think that their secret was that they had a very on-the-ball PR staff who was more than happy to communicate with people who were actually using Google.

Meanwhile, Google has a new Maps widget.

The state of Indiana now has motor vehicle information available online.

Google is launching a Groupon clone. I wish Google would finish with the tags launch first.

New digitization project: “The National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded a grant in the amount of $90,000.00 to Georgia State University Library to digitize portions of this controversial union’s records and make them available online. The PATCO records are already part of Georgia State’s Southern Labor Archives. Work on the project is expected to take approximately 20 months; at its completion, all scanned documentation (about 179,000 pages of text) will be searchable, for free. The project will begin in April 2011.”

Everybody’s got the new YouTube homepage.

This is one heck of an accusation. “A noted Google-watcher has assembled a convincing argument that the site’s search results highly favor Google-owned services, despite repeated company claims that they are algorithmically generated and never manipulated.”

Collecta taking a breather?

Wow! Check out these crazy Twitter numbers.

It’s a new Doodle 4 Google contest!

Up next in the Library of Congress reading room … a Cooper’s Hawk! Good morning, Internet…

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