Google phases out referrals program the week before Chrome

Is it a coincidence that Google phased out it’s paid referrals program for Firefox, effective at the end of August, and introduces its own browser on September 2nd?

I was playing around in the adsense management area today and saw that the referrals area was still there. Even though there was a message that stated that it was being phased out and that the phase out date had already passed. I’m curious if the real phase out was just of Firefox and that the system will now be used to push Chrome.

Strange Behavior with Google Chrome

I was testing out Google’s new browser today to see how ReadPath was working, since it makes very heavy use of JavaScript. Overall I’m pretty impressed. Chrome seems to be really fast and pretty much everything worked great. Also, the YUI library seems to be working perfectly.

There was one major bug though. On the news page, there is a folder list on the left hand side. This is populated from data in JavaScript and then written onto the page. The data starts off as an array of the form:

var folders = [{"id":128,"name":"Auto"}
,{"id":2,"name":"Business"}
,{"id":53,"name":"VMware"}];

The folder objects from this array were then put into a sparse array of the form:

var folderHash = {};
for(var i = 0; i < foldersSize; i++){
var folder = folders[i];
folderHash[folder.id] = folder;
}

This code was then used to output the folders onto the page:

$H(folderHash).values().each(function(folder) {
...output code...
}

The anonymous function in every browser other than Chrome lists the folders in the order “Auto”, “Business”, “VMware” (the order from the original folder array). Chrome however outputs them in the order “Business”, “VMware”, “Auto” (id sorted order).

While this is probably a bug in my code since I’m relying on default behaviour instead of explicitly sorting the items the way that I want them, it just shows that there are going to be some differences with the way that Chrome is executing javascript.

Bandwidth caps are a BAD idea

Comcast has been moving in this direction for awhile now, but they’re actually announcing that they are going to be putting into place bandwidth caps. As everything moves towards centralized, cloud, distributed, download on demand, whatever you want to call it, a move to cap people is the absolute wrong thing to do. When people have to think about how much they’re using, it doesn’t matter how high the limit is, they’re going to worry. Unless comcast is very careful here this could backfire big for them.

The one thing that will be to their advantage is that in many markets they essentially have a monopoly. Users won’t be able to switch no matter how poorly Comcast performs.

If it’s not a single on iTunes or Amazon then it doesn’t exist

There’s an article on Techdirt discussing the motivation of some musicians for not putting their albums up on iTunes. My personal experience is that if it’s not on Amazon or iTunes then it simply doesn’t exist. My family’s entire music infrastructure has been based on the ipod and apple tv. If I can’t purchase singles that will be easily playable on these devices, then I don’t want it.

Internal leakage from Blogger

I was just checking out the news on ReadPath where I have a subscription to the “Blogs of Note” subscription that is a part of Blogger, and I came across a rather weird post. Usually posts from this subscription are just a simple Blog title with a link to the blog, no other content.

Well, this post looked like a meeting agenda and it appears to be from the Blogger management. The link on Blogger is no longer available but I’ve pasted the message here and it’s still available in the ReadPath archive.

MGMT Updates

  • No BMG
  • No Managers meeting (offsite)
  • Blogger Strategy Onsite Offsite and Dinner
  • OKR update next meeting, check out your doc and update (linked to under Ray’s OKR in MoMA) – add any additional OKRs
  • PERFs working day
  • Start using Podcast (results are tracked at team level)
U2U
  • Meet up interest survey (Bay Area)
  • Custom Domain issue is still open
  • New super user since last week (rookie of the year)
Help Center/Metrics
  • Visits to HC and U2U up 11%
  • Getting Started Guide for Help Center
  • Email elimination project – Need to finish building out Blog Gone and Login tools
  • U2U Survey – Brett & Danish to finalize questions
Product/Bugs
  • Following Launched to 20%
  • Known Issues :
  • Disconnect between Reading List and Managed Blogs
  • Profile photo change – Picasa
  • Duplicate entries on Reading List
International
  • Gerard is very happy with the team 🙂
  • International contact forms rolling out in Spanish
  • Europe Sales Conference, Gerard OOO
  • Team Perf review for Gerard?
It appears to announce that the new Following feature which integrates Blogger blogs with Google Reader has been launched to 20% of users (This is a great feature, going to have figure out how to implement that with ReadPath when the time comes).
It also points out some know issues with people not being able to determine the difference between followed blogs and subscriptions and there being issues with duplicate entries.