Will this little story about Google and CIA gain legs?

Notice how stories get passed along in the word-of-mouth networks. Here Karel leaves a link in my comments. That leads to his blog, which is asking is Google in bed with the CIA, which leads to Michael Hampton’s blog, with even more info on this.

I gotta call Google PR and find out what the official comment is. Actually, let’s see how long it takes for Google PR to leave a comment here. I’m posting this at 5:26 p.m.

Note: I do not know whether any of this is true. It sure would be nice to have some transparency on the kinds of things that are being collected and also know who those are being shared with, and why. But I doubt we’ll ever get that kind of transparency.

CNBC ran a documentary today titled “Big Brother, Big Business” which talked about similar issues with search engine companies sharing information collected about us with governmental agencies (here’s an article about CNBC’s documentary business). Anyone know if you can find that on the Internet? I searched YouTube and couldn’t find it.

My first Google “ScobleShow” interview — Google Reader team

If you’re looking to get some insights into the mind of a Googler, this video interview with the Google Reader team is a fun one to watch. It’s with Nick Baum and Jason Shellen. Jason was on the original Blogger team, back when it was called Pyra (founded by Meg Hourihan and Evan Williams). It’s 35 minutes long.

You’ll get a look at Google’s Master Plan 2.0 (it’s on the whiteboard behind Nick and Jason) as well as see just how many Google searches are being done around the world (we get a look at one of the screens which shows each Google search as it’s being done — displayed on Google Earth).

This is the Google Reader team, so of course we talk about RSS and feeds and blogs and all that — plus you’ll get insights into Google’s culture when we talk about whether or not Google Reader will accept advertising and how their 20% time works to help bring new products to market like Google Reader. I filmed a second video with Nick Baum where he gives us a video demo of Google Reader.

Oh, and I have so far about 26 more videos that we have in the bag. I’m editing another Photowalking right now. Editing is not easy. I suck at it (you can see that cause I put my logo on this video twice, but didn’t catch that until after waiting 2.5 hours for it to render — sigh). Also, the weird sound you hear is someone’s cell phone. My wireless microphone picked that up. Gotta remind everyone to turn off their cell phones — I always forget and it ruins the video. I can’t wait until I have an editor who can help. I’m making lots of mistakes, but what the heck? You get to make fun of me for all of them.
Next week that editor will be here and you all will be shocked at who it is. No, not Chris Pirillo. Someone even more shocking.

If you’ve been behind, we have lots of stuff to watch at ScobleShow.com with even more coming.