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Amazon Loves Google! And So Does Every Advertiser.

Here’s one of the reasons Amazon does so well each holiday season: It spends a ton on online ads. Here’s Kantar Media’s estimate of Google’s top search advertisers for Q4 2010, which places Amazon in first place–note that the retailer’s spend is nearly double that of second-place AT&T.

One other thing worth noting in this chart: Google’s top advertisers don’t spend that much at all, relative to the company’s entire business.

By Kantar’s estimate, Google’s top 10 advertisers spent $243 million on paid search in the U.S. during the last three months of 2010. Google’s overall U.S. revenue for that period: $4 billion.

You’ll see the power that kind of widely distributed customer base can generate on Thursday, when Google reports its Q1 earnings. Wall Street expects big things, with good reason.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald