What I’m reading and finding for March 29th 2011 through March 30th 2011:
- When Media Giants Attack! Cease-and-Desist Letter to News Reader Zite Claims All Kinds of Copyright Damage | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD –
A panoply of big media giants sent a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, the Apple iPad news reader app.
The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time, Dow Jones and many other media organizations were part of the action, which you can read all about below.
Zite bills itself as a “personalized iPad magazine that gets smarter as you use it.”
Not smart enough, it seems, to avoid copyright complaints from the content creators the app sucks in.
“The Zite application is p.. show all text
- Meet +1: Google’s Answer To The Facebook Like Button –
Nearly a year after Facebook Like buttons spread out across the web, Google has announced its own rival, the +1 button. It launches today as part of Google’s search engine, allowing you to “+1″ the search results and ads that you like. And in a few months, it’ll be arriving… Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.
- Salesforce Buys Social Media Monitoring Company Radian6 For $326 Million –
Cloud computing giant Salesforce.com
has acquired social media monitoring company Radian6 for approximately $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock, net of cash. In addition, approximately $10 million in stock and $4 million in cash will be issued to Radian6′s founders (subject to vesting conditions over two years).
Radian6 helps clients like Dell, GE, Kodak and UPS monitor, analyze and engage in ‘hundreds of millions’ of social media conversations. Salesforce argues tha.. show all text
- Evan Williams | evhead: An Obvious Next Step –
I'm a very lucky guy. Over the past twelve years, I've had the good fortune to work on two huge projects that happened to be the right idea at the right time. These ideas attracted brilliant, idealistic people to do the incredibly hard work of making them work for millions of other people across the globe. And through each, I learned a tremendous amount about business, products, and people. I spent about five and a half years of my professional life on Blogger. Though not a headline-grabber t.. show all text
- Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Wants to Make Service More Mainstream – Digits – WSJ –
Making Twitter more useful for the average person — that’s Jack Dorsey’s first challenge as he returns to the company he founded, he said Tuesday. “We have a lot of mainstream awareness, but mainstream relevancy is still a challenge,” he said during a discussion at Columbia University’s Journalism School Tuesday. Mr. Dorsey, who came up with the idea for Twitter, said Monday that he is returning to be product chief of the company; on Tuesday he outlined more.. show all text
- The Shiny New Evernote Web: Redesigned Interface, Expanded Note Sharing Options and More « Evernote Blogcast –
Over the past several months, we’ve released major updates to our four most popular versions: Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. Today, we’re excited to unveil the fifth newly redesigned member of the Evernote family, Evernote Web.
All of our recent redesigns have had several key ideas in common:
Improving the user experience
Getting the most out of each platform’s native capabilities
Incorporating as much user feedback as possible
Each one of these core.. show all text
- Amazon Cloud Player Doesn’t Work On iOS — But It’s Not A Flash Issue –
As you may have read by now, earlier tonight, Amazon dropped a bomb on their rivals in the online music space: a fully working cloud storage and playback system. And it’s not just working on desktop web browsers, it works on Android devices too. One important place it doesn’t work though: iPhones, iPads, iPod touches — no iOS devices.
At first, you might think this is a Flash issue (Apple’s devices famously do not support Flash). But it’s not. I don’t have Fl.. show all text
What I’m reading and finding for March 27th 2011 through March 28th 2011:
- SimpleGeo Launching ‘Storage’: A Distributed Hosted Database For Location Data –
The story of SimpleGeo is a familiar one: two founders — Matt Galligan and Joe Stump — set off to create location-based games, only to find that the tools they wanted to use to build their apps didn’t exist yet. So they switched gears and decided to build what they wished they had: a suite of tools optimized for the creation of location-based services (which was probably a good call given the explosion of location-aware mobile devices).
The startup launched almost exactly.. show all text
- The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia –
- Full List – 140 Best Twitter Feeds – TIME –
- Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84 –
Mr. Baran was an engineer who helped create the technical underpinnings for the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to today’s Internet.
- RIM: The inmates have taken over the asylum | Monday Note –
by Jean-Louis Gassée
Once upon a time, the Blackberry was the king of smartphones. After a succession of Psion PDAs and Palm devices, I loved my Blackberry, it was the perfect PIM (Personal Information Manager). Email, contacts and calendar functions worked well together — and Exchange integration was the killer Enterprise feature. It even made phone calls! On Verizon, that is. Year after year, RIM kept improving its product and expanding its worldwide distribution. The Blackberry .. show all text
- From Twitter – RT @davewiner Amazon.com lets you play with an Android virtual machine, try apps before you buy them. #wow http://r2.ly/8pyi
- When Twittering Gets in the Way of Real Life – WSJ.com –
What I’m reading and finding for March 25th 2011 through March 26th 2011:
- Who Says What to Whom on Twitter | Yahoo! Research –
- TEDxSanJoseCA, Ustream.TV: TEDxSanJoseCA will explore the theme of People, Passion, Possibilities: Making A Difference.Find our mobile program guide he… –
- It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know –
A German Green party politician went to court and found that his cellphone company had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude more than 35,000 times.
- http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/03/25/color-digging –
- Is Samsung’s New Galaxy Tab Fibbing About Its Figure? And About Those Galaxy Tab Fans… –
At CTIA Wireless earlier this week, Samsung announced a new 10.1″ Galaxy Tab tablet–one with specs that made it thinner and lighter than the iPad 2, with the same starting price of $499. After the press event, I scurried over to the Samsung booth in hopes of getting some hands-on time with the new Tab.
When I got there, I found that the 10.1″ Tabs out on tables were the older, relatively portly version announced last month at Mobile World Congress. The new 10.1-incher (and its.. show all text
- The Freight Train That Is Android « abovethecrowd.com –
“People get ready, there’s a train a comin’” – The Impressions From Zacks via Yahoo: Mark Vickery, On Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:58 pm EDT “BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (NasdaqGS: RIMM – News) beat its fiscal 4Q EPS estimates by 2 cents per share, but missed slightly on quarterly revenues and offered guidance well below […]
- G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether –
General Electric is skilled at avoiding taxes, lately to the extent that the Treasury owes the company money.
What I’m reading and finding for March 23rd 2011 through March 25th 2011:
- Color to Get Major Update, Fix ‘Loneliness’ Problem –
Color, the dynamic photo-sharing app that made a splash with its launch yesterday, is already hard at work on the next version of its app. The update will directly address user criticism about the app’s apparent lack of utility when a user’s friends aren’t nearby.
The app, available for iPhone and Android, allows anybody to share their photos or videos with friends and strangers. The app detects who is nearby and automatically creates groups for sharing visual content. There i.. show all text
- Bloggers Mix It Up at Downtown "Run-in" | NBC San Diego –
- LOL, OMG, ♥ Added To The Oxford English Dictionary –
- Color.xxx Pitch Slides Lampoon Tech Bubble Absurdity –
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“Find someone. Take pictures together. Party. Play date. Lunch?” — Color Labs copy
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s official, we’re in a bubble.” — Jacques Mattheij
If you’re like most people in the tight-knit incestuous family we like to call the tech industry, all of the headlines in this Techmeme cluster on social photo-sharing app Color nabbing $41 million are actually declaring one thing, “Tec.. show all text
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- Color Looks To Reinvent Social Interaction With Its Mobile Photo App (And $41 Million In Funding) –
$41 million. From Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. Pre-launch.
That’s how much a brand new startup called Color has to work with. Your eyebrows should already be raised, and here’s something to keep them fixed there: this is the most money Sequoia has ever invested in a pre-launch startup. Or, as the Color team put it, “That’s more than they gave Google.”
But the founding team goes a long way toward explaining it. Headed by Bill Nguyen &mdash.. show all text
- From Twitter – What languages are hardest to learn? (infographic) http://j.mp/hLtWAB
What I’m reading and finding for March 22nd 2011 through March 23rd 2011:
- Badass of the Week: Hideaki Akaiwa –
- Elizabeth Taylor, Lifelong Screen Star, Dies at 79 –
Ms. Taylor, whose name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, dazzled generations of moviegoers with her beauty.
- Ten Entrepreneurship Rules for Building Massive Companies « Greylock VC –
Last week I gave a talk at South by Southwest, and in it I shared my top ten rules for entrepreneurship. They are borne from my experiences starting companies and partnering with great entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley as an angel and a venture capitalist. I hope they prove to be useful to you. If you are an entrepreneur and have other rules you live by and want to share with others, please post your thoughts in the comments field.
Rule #1: Look for disruptive change. If you’re about to sta.. show all text
- Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga –
- Groupon COO/President Rob Solomon Steps Down | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD –
Sources close to Groupon, the social buying site, said its president and COO, former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon (pictured here), is stepping down from his job.
It’s not clear what the reasons for Solomon’s departure are, but the move seems to be sudden. It is also unusual given the fast-track trajectory of Groupon, which is currently considering an IPO at gigantic badillion-dollar valuations.
Nonetheless, CEO Andrew Mason just sent out a short email to staff about the move. BoomTown had.. show all text
- From Twitter – RT @Astro_Mike Check our future spaceship "Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle" being tested http://t.co/QUWrWL8
- O’Reilly Media – Free to Choose Deal: Support Japanese Disaster Relief – Save 50% Ebooks & Videos –
What I’m reading and finding for March 19th 2011 through March 21st 2011:
- From Twitter – San Diego Beer Map http://j.mp/e9VZTj via @bjschone
- Drunk On Licensing Fees And Patents, Microsoft Has Become A Joke –
Earlier today, it was revealed that Microsoft was suing yet another company for infringing on their patents. The target this time? Barnes & Noble. Yes, Microsoft is suing a book chain. Why? Because they claim the Nook e-reader (with runs Google’s Android OS) copies status bars from Windows CE. Or something. If you’ll excuse my bluntness, it’s all a bunch of bullshit.
Devin has a good overview on CrunchGear of what the patents in question actually are. The whole thing is la.. show all text
- Discover your world on Twitter –
- Libya Releases 4 Times Journalists –
The New York Times journalists were released six days after they were captured while covering the conflict.
- Marco.org – Why the Quick Bar ("dickbar") is still so offensive –
Twitter’s official iPhone app, formerly Loren Brichter’s Tweetie and an otherwise awesome client, got a lot of negative reactions from the recent addition of the Quick Bar, a mandatory trending-topics banner on top of the tweet list. A lot of people really hate it, calling it the “dickbar” and often abandoning the Twitter app entirely because of it.
Its initial implementation as a floating overlay over anything you were doing in the app was far worse. Now, it’s jus.. show all text
- In AT&T & T-Mobile Merger, Everybody Loses: Tech News and Analysis « –
The lull of my lazy, rainy weekend was broken by the news that AT&T plans to acquire T-Mobile USA for a whopping $39 billion in cash and stock. Who wins and who loses in this deal? It’s hard to find winners, apart from AT&T and T-Mobile shareholders. Here is a list of who loses, in my opinion, in this deal:
Consumers. The biggest losers of this deal are going to be the consumers. While AT&T and T-Mobile are going to try to spin it as a good deal to combine wireless s.. show all text
- Perigee Moon (201103190001HQ) | Flickr – Photo Sharing! –
What I’m reading and finding for March 18th 2011 through March 19th 2011:
- http://xkcd.com/radiation –
- RIP Digg. –
Startups in Silicon Valley are like old generals. They don’t die anymore, buoyed on life-rafts of lingering venture capital and modest revenues. They just fade away, eventually purchased for assets that are a shadow of their former promise. It’s pretty clear that Digg is on that path. The company isn’t dead, but it’s been fading away for a while, and its soul is all but gone. The company can spin it however it wants– the final nail in the coffin is news that founde.. show all text
- On Twitter, ‘What a Party!’ Brings an Envious ‘Enough, Already!’ –
The tantalizing window Twitter provides on the lives of friends, colleagues, rivals and celebrities can have a downside: knowing too much about the fun you are missing.
- Kevin Rose Resigns From Digg, Closing Round On New Startup –
Wow, when I wrote last night that Kevin Rose doesn’t really use Digg anymore, I had no idea how perfect the timing was. It turns out Rose really has tuned out. Because, say multiple sources, he’s already resigned from the company and is closing a $1+ million financing round for a new startup he’s founded.
Rose first launched Digg in December 2004. The service was an instant hit, and for a long while just all the big players thought about acquiring the company. Things never got.. show all text
- AP Stylebook Finally Changes “e-mail” to “email” –
The AP Stylebook, the de facto style and usage guide for much of the news media, announced on Friday that the abbreviated term for “electronic mail” is losing a hyphen, and with it, a relic of a simpler time when Internet technology needed to be explained very carefully.
The move follows the AP Stylebook’s decision to change “Web site” to “website” last year, at which time we wrote, “[We] hold our collective breath for other possible updates, such.. show all text
- Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists –
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s son Seif Islam el-Qaddafi said that four New York Times journalists were being held by pro-Qaddafi forces and would be released Friday.
- Not Even Kevin Rose Really Uses Digg Anymore –
How bad are things at the once-mighty Digg these days? Not so good. It’s been months since Digg relaunched in August in a quest for relevance. They had 18 million unique worldwide visitors that month according to Comscore. That dropped to just under 12 million in January, a 33% drop in just five months.
Everything official coming out of Digg says things are great and that a the company will find a way to success. But everyone knows how unlikely that is. Even, it seems, founder Kevin Rose… show all text