What I’m reading and finding for September 24th 2011 through September 27th 2011:
- On Wednesday, Amazon Will Unveil The “Kindle Fire” | TechCrunch –
Last Friday, Amazon sent out invites to a press conference being held this coming Wednesday. They didn’t give away any details in the invite, but given our scoop earlier this month, everyone assumed it was to unveil the new Kindle tablet. We can now confirm this is correct. And we know a bit more.
On Wednesday morning in New York City, Amazon will unveil the Kindle Fire. Yes, this is the name Amazon has settled on, to help differentiate the product from the e-ink Kindles, which will still be ve… show all text
- From Twitter – How I manage my Google+ Circles http://t.co/Xw4iqstZ
- Tumblr Lands $85 Million in Funding – NYTimes.com –
For Tumblr, a popular micro-blogging site, more financing has followed its increased popularity.
- What Exactly Am I Doing Here At Uncrunched? « UNCRUNCHED –
William Shatner once asked me what exactly I was doing at TechCrunch, the blog I started in June 2005. Let’s put aside the fact that I was testing out a new service that got celebrity autographs and a video in exchange for cash. I actually never answered his question.
I never really did know what I was doing at TechCrunch. I was writing about startups while building a startup and investing in others. It never occurred to me that as the site became, almost immediately, an important part of the t… show all text
- From Twitter – http://t.co/f7NGgxXW Huge ancient Roman shipyard unearthed in Italy
- All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook’s new features, and nothing will ever be the same, and all I can do is sit here and weep at the beauty and magic that Mark Zuckerbe… –
I don’t mean to overhype this, but frankly I don’t think it would be possible to overhype something as huge and profound as what Facebook introduced yesterday, at least from what I gather reading the reports coming out of F8. Timelines. Open Graph. Apps. Music. Video. Bam! It’s all there and it’s all amazing and huge and life-changing and mind-blowing and nothing — nothing — will ever be the same again. It’s like Mark Zuckerberg is some kind of magic wizard from the future who came out onstage … show all text
- Uncircle+ – Chrome extension – Uncircle+ is a google chrome extension that lets you easily uncircle (that is, remove) inactive people from your Google+ circles
What I’m reading and finding for September 21st 2011 through September 24th 2011:
- We the People: Your Voice in Our Government | The White House –
is the official web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, and the federal government.
- From Twitter – Don't be stupid. What the Facebook Open Graph means to YOU. http://t.co/LWs8IN4i via @nrek
- Share Buttons? Ha. Facebook Just Schooled The Internet. Again. | TechCrunch –
After last year’s f8 keynote, my initial thought was pretty straightforward: I Think Facebook Just Seized Control Of The Internet. Between the Like Button, the Open Graph, and the Open Graph API, I felt like we were shifting from Google being the fabric of the web, to Facebook taking over. A few days later, a now unpaid blogger declared it: The Age of Facebook.
Both of these declarations pissed a lot of people off.
Facebook is the new AOL! Walled garden! The end of open! Blah. Blah. Blah. While… show all text
- From Twitter – http://t.co/pZNF1tpj Guide Add “Media Collector” Aggregation Functionality to Windows Home Server 2011
- f8 – F8 | Live | Facebook –
f8 – f8 will take place on Sept. 22, 2011, in San Francisco. Like this Page for the latest updates on the event. Questions? Check out our FAQ: – Company Overview: f8 will take place on September 22, in San Francisco. Like this Page for the latest updates on the event. – Mission: To bring together the developers, entrepreneurs and innovators who are building a more social web. – Products: | Facebook
- Facebook Employee Reveals Killer Facebook Music Feature In Deleted Tweet | TechCrunch –
Facebook Music is launching tomorrow. This, everyone knows. But not everyone knows exactly how it will work, since Facebook been tweaking things right up until launch. But tonight one Facebook employee accidentally revealed one killer feature of the service.
Ji Lee, the creative director that Facebook stole away from Google in April, sent out the following tweet earlier:
The “Listen with your friend” feature in ticker is blowing my mind. Listen to what your friends are listening. LIVE.
Within m… show all text
- R.E.M.HQ: NEWS –
What I’m reading and finding for September 19th 2011 through September 21st 2011:
- From Twitter – http://t.co/2zFQs5hs How to install Windows 8 VHD, VMWare & Mac’s Boot Camp
- Apple’s Next Event to Be Held on October 4, Starring Its New CEO – John Paczkowski – Mobile – AllThingsD –
Tuesday, Oct. 4.
That’s the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation, where the tech giant will unveil the next iteration of its popular iPhone.
While there have been a lot of conflicting reports about the exact timing of the event, including some that pegged it as taking place this month, AllThingsD had previously posted that the rollout of the iPhone 5 would be in October.
While Apple could certainly change its plans anytime, show all text
- From Twitter – http://t.co/0Zi7uHLW Netflix Renames DVD by Mail Service Qwikster / I'm not a fan of this move.
- Google –
Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
- Gling? Glam Buys Ning for $200 Million – Kara Swisher – Media – AllThingsD –
Glam Media, a social content platform for sites primarily targeting women, said it’s buying Ning, the custom social-platform start-up co-founded by Marc Andreessen.
The purchase price wasn’t disclosed, but sources close to the deal said the sale price was $200 million. It is not clear if that is in cash or stock or some combination. Glam has been eyeing an initial public offering, so shares are likely to be part of the deal.
I had reported in August that Ning was on the block and had been talki… show all text
- Source: Facebook To Launch Read, Listened, Watched, And Want Buttons | TechCrunch –
The cat is out of the bag that Facebook is going to launch something big at its developer conference f8 this week. We’ve heard about the social music services that could be debuting in a few days, but as the New York Times conveyed this past weekend, Facebook is planning for ways to surface personal content better. And we’ve heard from a source that Facebook will introduce new buttons on the wall that will begin introducing some granularity to the “Like” concept. We’re told these new buttons are show all text
- http://blog.netflix.com/2011/09/explanation-and-some-reflections… –
What I’m reading and finding for September 16th 2011 through September 19th 2011:
- Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow | TechCrunch –
Last week, Google posted an awesome teaser video for Google Wallet featuring George Costanza. The implication: Google Wallet would finally be launching soon. Now we think we know when: tomorrow.
As you can see in the above image, documentation is being sent around to partners stating a September 19 launch day. We’ve heard from others that this is accurate. And it also lines up nicely with NFC World Congress, which kicks off tomorrow in the French Riviera. Google is not listed as a speaker or ex… show all text
- TechCrunch has become a clown show, and I totally love it | Real Dan Lyons Web Site –
Q: What do you get when you mix overweening self-regard with extreme self-pity and a total lack of self-awareness?
Oh, how these guys have been victimized! Oh, how brilliant they are, how much better than everyone else, and how nobly they suffer for their art and for freedom of expression! Oh, how they mock their tormentors, and laugh even as they are scourged and whipped and hung to die on the cross of corporate greed! Oh, the wringing of hands! The gnashing of teeth! The backst… show all text
- globalrevolution – live streaming video powered by Livestream –
globalrevolution on Livestream. This channel will feature live streams from global non violent revolution spreading across the globe, with the first broadcasts from Wall Street Occupation in NYC that will start on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The channel will also feature live stream from solidarity protests and events in Spain, Greece, France, Belgium, Iceland and other places around the gblobe – Watch live streaming Internet TV. Broadcast your own live streaming videos, like globalrevolutio…
- parislemon • What Needs To Be Said –
All day, I kept telling myself I shouldn’t say anything. Then I realized: what the fuck? Be honest.
I found Paul’s post tactless. And I found Erick’s response inappropriate. Perhaps both are fitting given the entire clusterfuck that is this situation. But both are also quite sad.
Many of you are watching TechCrunch unravel before your very eyes. That sucks. It sucks for me too. But TechCrunch is also too big to fail. One way or another, it will live on. Try as hard as AOL might, they can’t tota… show all text
- From Twitter – Running Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual environment http://t.co/H3Px86nI
- I’m Leaving TechCrunch. Here’s Why. | TechCrunch –
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back. – Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I’ll get right to the point: this is my last post on TechCrunch. And it’s my resignation letter. The first resignation letter I’ve ever written, in fact. Usually I get fired.
To those who have been following the recent Tech… show all text
- Unethical journalism: The depressing tale of Johann Hari | The Economist –
READERS of the Independent were in for a surprise this morning: a lengthy apology from that newspaper's star columnist Johann Hari, admitting to plagiarism and the online harrassment of rival journalists (via pseudonymous assaults on their Wikipedia entries), and announcing that he was off to take a course of journalism training at his own expense.
Allegations of quote-stealing and factual embellishment by Mr Hari have been swirling for months, at first in the blogosphere and then in the mainst… show all text
What I’m reading and finding for September 14th 2011 through September 16th 2011:
What I’m reading and finding for September 9th 2011 through September 13th 2011:
- Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit | Stories from the Heartland –
Silly me. I thought flying on 9/11 would be easy. I figured most people would choose not to fly that day so lines would be short, planes would be lightly filled and though security might be ratcheted up, we’d all feel safer knowing we had come a long way since that dreadful Tuesday morning 10 years ago.
But then armed officers stormed my plane, threw me in handcuffs and locked me up.
My flight from Denver landed in Detroit on time. I sent a text message to my husband to let him know we had land… show all text
- Gowalla Is Reborn As A Beautiful App For Travel And Storytelling | TechCrunch –
The location wars had a number of casualties. Some companies shut down, some sold off their remaining tech and talent. Others are still out there plugging away, but at this point, it seems clear that Foursquare won the all-important battle over the check-in. Even Facebook is slowly backing away from that particular space. Now the fun can really begin.
For a number of months, Gowalla was seen as the main competitor to Foursquare. Both launched at SXSW in 2009 and both got quick traction as check… show all text
- From Twitter – Amazon and California Hug It Out, Sign One Year Sales Tax Deal http://t.co/QBHww06
- YouTube Founders Revamping a Site for Link Sharing –
The revamp of Delicious involves an overhaul of the site’s design and the software and the systems used to tag and organize links.
- Two Key Features Of Facebook Music: Scrobbling And Track Unification | TechCrunch –
Yesterday, we outlined a bit of what we’ve heard about Facebook’s upcoming f8 conference. One big launch will be their official foray into music. Today, we’ve heard more about that launch.
One thing we’ve heard from a very good source is that a key aspect of the service will be “scrobbling”. The term, made popular by Last.fm, means that when you listen to a song, it gets sent to your profile without you have to do anything. I assume there will be a way to turn this off, or a way for you to sele… show all text
- In One Year, Tumblr Goes From 1 Billion Posts To 10 Billion | TechCrunch –
This morning, I logged into Tumblr (where I run my personal blog) and saw confetti flying everywhere on the screen. Was Tumblr hacked? Were they converting the platform to be Geocities-powered complete with animated GIFs? No, they were celebrating. They just hit 10 billion posts across the network.
The numbers are staggering. It was only a year ago that they hit 1 billion posts. Since then, they’ve 10x’d that number.
The traffic numbers are just as impressive. In July of last year, Tumblr was s… show all text
- London: London on a Few Pence: Thames Festival is All About Free Entertainment This Weekend –
What I’m reading and finding for September 8th 2011 through September 9th 2011:
- From Twitter – Netflix updated, now supports all devices with Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread http://t.co/yC5ywLP via @androidandme
- Facebook Begins Auto-Grouping Friends Into Smart Lists | TechCrunch –
You’ve got 500-something friends, all of about 50 you really interact with. You went to school with Lucy and Henry, you’ve worked with Mike for years, and Joe lives just down the block. Facebook knows all of this — it just doesn’t really go out of its way to show that it knows all of this. Until now.
Sometime recently, Facebook began rolling out “Smart Lists” to select users — which, as the name implies, intelligently groups certain obvious groups of friends into pre-packaged lists. Take that, … show all text
- From Twitter – List of books that NPR listeners think should be on every college freshman's reading list. What would you add? http://t.co/qo8wOpY
- Twitter Blog: One hundred million voices –
Five years ago, Twitter came to life when @jack sent the first Tweet to his seven followers. Now, 100 million active users around the globe turn to Twitter to share their thoughts and find out what’s happening in the world right now. More than half of them log in to Twitter each day to follow their interests. For many, getting the most out of Twitter isn’t only about tweeting: 40 percent of our active users simply sign in to listen to what’s happening in their world. Twitter’s global reach gi… show all text
- Official Google Blog: Google just got ZAGAT Rated! –
“Did you know there's a place in Menlo Park near the Safeway that has a 27 food rating?” one of my friends asked me that about two years ago, and I was struck because I immediately knew what it meant. Food rating… 30 point scale… Zagat. And the place… had to be good. With no other context, I instantly recognized and trusted Zagat's review and recommendation. So, today, I'm thrilled that Google has acquired Zagat. Moving forward, Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering—delighting show all text
- Exclusive: Arrington out at AOL (for real this time) – The Term Sheet: Fortune’s deals blog Term Sheet –
Not TechCrunch editor. Not AOL Ventures employee. Michael Arrington is on his own.
It has been a very long week for AOL. And it's about to get even longer.
Last Thursday, word leaked that one of its employees, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, was launching a venture capital fund that would include an $8 million commitment from AOL (AOL). Then came a more official version via the NY Times, which included positive quotes from both Arrington and AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong.
Shortly the… show all text
- From Twitter – Fake SSL certificates pirate Web sites http://t.co/KIMgclU
What I’m reading and finding for September 5th 2011 through September 7th 2011:
- bitly blog – You just shared a link. How long will people pay attention? –
How long is a link “alive” before people stop caring? Does it matter what kind of content it is, or where you shared it? At bitly we see a lot of links, and while every link is special, we’re learning a few general principles that we can share. Let’s take a look at one particular story – Baby otter befriended by orphaned kittens – which was first shared by StylistMagazine on Facebook on Tuesday at 7:12am. If we plot clicks over time for this link, we see:
Rate of clicks per 10 minutes on … show all text
- Exclusive: Carol Bartz Out at Yahoo; CFO Tim Morse Named Interim CEO – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD –
According to sources at the company, Yahoo's Carol Bartz is no longer CEO of Yahoo. CFO Tim Morse has been named interim CEO. The situation around the departure is unclear, but Bartz has had a rocky tenure in her 30 months at the company.
- Editorial Independence | TechCrunch –
There’s confusion – way too much confusion – about my status at TechCrunch and TechCrunch’s status at Aol after last week’s announcement that I was launching a venture fund, partially backed by Aol.
The multiple conflicting statements made by Aol on Thursday and Friday of last week are evidence of that confusion, but that isn’t the core issue. My employment relationship with TechCrunch and Aol is not the core issue. The only issue being discussed at this point, the only issue that matters, is T… show all text
- TechCrunch As We Know It May Be Over | TechCrunch –
This is a post I never thought I’d have to write. Unfortunately, I do. And the worst part about it is that it should be Michael Arrington writing this post, not me.
But he can’t.
TechCrunch is on the precipice. As soon as tomorrow, Mike may be thrown out of the company he founded. Or he may not. No one knows. And if he is, he will be replaced by — well, again, no one knows. No one knows much of anything. Certainly no one at TechCrunch. This site is about to change forever and we’re in the total… show all text
- From Twitter – Intel Reveals 16 New Sandy Bridge Processors http://t.co/qPg7ykh
- It’s Not A Mirror, It’s A Crystal Ball –
Aside from a few tweets, I’ve mainly stayed out of the latest TechCrunch brouhaha. These things tend to flare up every few months, and they ultimately end up meaning nothing. But I would like to address one thing in particular, because The New York Times’ David Carr names me specifically in his article on the matter today.
More generally, it occurs to me that a lot of these posts are based around a fundamental misunderstanding of how TechCrunch actually works. Journalists seem to think they can… show all text
- A Tech Blogger Who Leaps Over the Line –
When Michael Arrington, the editor of TechCrunch, formed a company to finance some of the start-ups his site writes about, he stepped over the line.
I’ve started reading RSS feeds again. Recently, most links and news I’ve been finding has been through social services like Twitter and Google+. I decided to declare ‘RSS bankruptcy’. By this I mean I went to Google Reader, deleted all the feeds I never read and marked everything as read. Blindly. Face it, life is too short to go in there and get all worried that you missed some scoop or something fascinating. If the news is that big, you’ll hear about it elsewhere.
I’m not sure what prompted my return to RSS but I can tell you what has helped a lot. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Google+ and recently I started using an extension for Google Chrome that makes sharing within Google Reader a breeze. It is called RSS Share for Google Plus™ and Google Reader™. It is great, but but I’m not a fan of the defaults.
Be default, the extension creates entries on the left side of your Google+ to your various Google Reader Feeds and shows the ones that have unread entries. This lets you stay in Google+ and read new Google Reader entries as they come in. Sounds great on the surface but I happen to like keeping all my feeds over in Reader and I think actually slows down and messes with the Google+ experience. Thankfully, this is an option you can easily turn off. To do that, click the wrench in the upper right of Chrome. Then go to Tools, then Extensions and find the RSS Share for Google Plus and Google Reader extension and click options. Deselect ‘Add Google Reader to Google+’ and ‘Show Read Items on Google+’. After that, all the integration is over on the Google Reader side and nothing is messed with in your Google+ experience.
Now, when you go to your Google Reader, you’ll have a new option under each article called ‘Share on Google+’
Clicking that link with give you the standard sharing box you are used to if you use Google+. The box appears in the upper right of your browser, lets you choose who you are sharing with and gives you to opportunity to add some text of your own.
Read more. Share more.
What I’m reading and finding for September 3rd 2011 through September 5th 2011: