UPDATELinkedIn announced via a blog post on Friday that Twitter would no longer be partnering with the business-networking site to sync updates from one site to the other.
This ends a partnership that began in 2009. LinkedIn users can still create updates on the site and click a button to share to Twitter as well, but the the reverse is no longer possible.
The LinkedIn post by Ryan Roslansky, head of content products at LinkedIn, pointed to Twitter’s own Friday blog post about “delivering a con… show all text
Google celebrated day one of Google I/O 2012 conference with a slew of new products and more announcements. Stand back a little and you start to see a company has pitch battles on its hand on many fronts, despite being strong on search, advertising and android.
News Corp.’s board approved a plan to split the media conglomerate in two pieces, separating its lucrative entertainment operations from its publishing business, said a person familiar with the situation.
Google I/O, Google’s eagerly anticipated developer conference in San Francisco kicks off with a closely watched keynote this afternoon. During this event, Google typically sets the tone for the next 12 months of product innovation, where new platforms emerge and where existing ones get major overhauls.
This time, Google will likely unveil some new, possibly home-grown Nexus tablet hardware to help drive Android to greater slate success. We also expect Google to give us all the details on the ne… show all text
The Recruiting Crisis
News Corp. is considering splitting into two companies, separating its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses, say people familiar with the situation. A final decision on the split hasn’t been made.
Yesterday, Google announced that you can now invite others to Google events. The idea is that doing this will let you all share on Google+ your photos and other event details. When you set up an event, an invitation goes to all who you have invited. A side effect of this is that when you get an invitation, even if you choose to ignore it, a place holder is put onto your Google Calendar. To me, my calendar is the hard landscape for what I am going to do. I don’t need to see these thing cluttering up my calendar. Fortunately the fix is easy:
Go to your Google Calendar and click the gear icon in the upper right and then click settings.
Scroll way down until you come to “Automatically add invitations to my calendar”
Select ” No, only show invitations to which I have responded”
The nice part is this is retroactive. So if you have a bunch of entries on there you haven’t responded to, they’ll all automatically disappear from your calendar when you set this up.
At Google IO today, they announce their new Google tablet made by Asus. The Asus Nexus 7. Here are the details I grabbed while watching the presentation:
Tegra 3 Quad core CPU
12 Core GPU
9 Hour video play back
300 hour standby time
First device to ship with Chrome as the standard browser
$199 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB.
You get Transformers, Dark of the Moon. Also the book Bourne Dominion, and free magazine issues of Popular Science, Food Network, Traveller and others.
You also get $25 credit to use at Google Play
Order from Google Play
Orbitz has found that people who use Apple's Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
Like the New York Times? Like Flipboard? Here’s a corporate mash-up for you: The Times’ subscribers will soon be able read the entire paper on the aggregation/recommendation app.
The news is important for Flipboard because it marks the first time the start-up has convinced a big publisher to give it full access to its “premium” content. Previously it has let users sample bits of stuff from magazines, newspapers and the like.
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Facebook has created a new feature that lets users find friends and potential friends nearby. Currently Initially called “Friendshake” and also accessible through a URL that is the abbreviation of “find friends nearby” (http://fb.com/ffn), it’s another step in Facebook furthering its reach into mobile, and creating services to meet new people — rather than building up more connectivity with the ones you already know. And, in keeping with Facebook’s emphasis on being as ubiquitous as possible, f… show all text
After seeing yet another “hands-on” review of the Microsoft Surface tablet, I thought it would be interesting to shed more light on what exactly the journalists who assembled in Hollywood this week for the Surface launch event actually got to do with the tablets. In short, not a lot…. Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
One of the most outspoken judges in the craziness that is the US patent system made a bold move tonight, throwing out a lawsuit in which Apple and Motorola were seeking injunctions against each other's mobile products.
Judge Richard Posner previously canceled a jury trial in Chicago in the case, and then castigated both Apple and Motorola while calling the entire US patent system chaos. Posner, a US Court of Appeals judge who is sitting by designation for this case in US District Court in Illin… show all text
Google is very likely to launch a cloud services platform at its annual developer conference, Google I/O next week in San Francisco. It was one of the topics of discussion in the hallways of our Structure 2012 conference. We have since confirmed with multiple sources who are familiar with Google’s plans which include a more comprehensive offering that its current app engine and storage offerings. The Mountain View, Calif-based Internet giant declined to comment.
In early May, my colleague Derri… show all text
As comment bait goes, I’m a Gay Mormon Who’s Been Happily Married for 10 Years is a corker. That’s Gawker’s headline for a piece by Joshua Weed (excerpted from a longer version posted on Weed’s own site) about how he balances his homosexuality, his marriage to a woman, and his Mormon identity. Once up on Gawker, it quickly attracted several hundred comments.
As you might imagine, some of those comments are moronic. One read, in its entirety, “lol mormons.” Some are grating: “…the idea of putting show all text
Not how we wanted today to go. At approximately 9:00am PDT, we discovered that Twitter was inaccessible for all web users, and mobile clients were not showing new Tweets. We immediately began to investigate the issue and found that there was a cascading bug in one of our infrastructure components. This wasn’t due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today. A “cascading bug” is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, … show all text
Back in 2009, NPR ran a story titled “‘Reading Rainbow’ Reaches Its Final Chapter.” At the time, that probably seemed like a reasonable headline — after all, after 26 years, the beloved TV show was going off the air, the victim of changing government funding priorities. But it looks like there’s actually a lot more to the Reading Rainbow story, and its next chapter is starting in earnest today, with the launch of a new iPad app.
The app was created by RRKidz, a startup co-founded by Reading Rai… show all text
When you visit a Twitter user’s profile, you may want to see his or her original Tweets rather than their conversations. Then again, you may enjoy seeing the back-and-forth exchanges they have with other Twitter users. Now you can have it both ways.
When you visit the profiles of verified accounts, such as @bubbawatson, @NASCAR or @Pepsi, by default you will see their timeline of Tweets without replies: that is, you won’t see Tweets that begin with an @username. If you’d like to see all Tweets … show all text
During their lengthy careers at Google in both senior technical and product management roles, Maneesh Arora and Amit Sangani were able to geek out on products like AdSense, AdWords, and the now-defunct Google Health. Arora tells us that, while his time at Google was defined by smart people and ambitious ideas like these, in development there was often a tendency to "over engineer" without thinking about "the average user." He said that, while Google employees always had Gchat open and used Goog…
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ben Elowitz (@elowitz). Elowitz is the co-founder and CEO of next-generation media company Wetpaint, and the author of the Digital Quarters blog about the future of digital media. Prior to Wetpaint, Elowitz co-founded Blue Nile (NILE).
Bing and Google each recently unveiled its own new search interface, designed to better intuit your intent and help you get to the one best answer more efficiently. And they’ve meet it ever more clear that search is heading show all text
Apple’s WWDC keynote had a different rhythm befitting the post Jobs post Facebook IPO world we’re in. Days after Larry Ellison’s wooden capitulation to the Cloud, the tech press could be forgiven for the pedestrian way they consumed the news. Ellison has clearly absorbed Marc Benioff’s script for the last 3 or 13 years, but made no attempt at challenging his protege’s style and passion. Tim Cook and his team relied on the power of their strategy rather than the stagecraft of the event.
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UPDATE: Bloomberg is now reporting that Microsoft is in talks to buy Yammer for more than $1 billion, with a deal coming as soon as Friday.
EARLIER: We just heard from a source inside Yammer that the office has been abuzz since Monday with talk of Microsoft buying the social-enterprise startup.
And the talk is spreading outside Yammer's office hard by the Caltrain station in San Francisco. Sarah Taylor, an administrative manager at Ignition Talent Group, tweeted about overhearing people talking show all text
After a spate of rape cases involving adults and minors in California, Wisconsin and Ohio who connected on Skout, the start-up is rethinking its business model as a flirting app for adults and teenagers. Christian Wiklund, Skout's founder, is suspending its service for minors on Tuesday.
Researchers have found a way to predict a tweet's popularity — with an astounding 84 percent accuracy.
Here, per one algorithm, is the Platonic version of the news tweet:
Bits Blog: Apple Buddies Up With Cheaper Wireless Partners for iPhone nyti.ms/LcLviE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 8, 2012
If that seems a little dull for Twitter Perfection … well, that's the point. Steadiness — compelling news expressed in straightforward, not hyperbolic, language — is actually a component of a … show all text
If you would like to get further into blogging, here is a brief primer:
Get a blog. (Easy: tumblr.com, wordpress.com, blogger.com. Better: host your own -affiliate link.)
Pick an area of focus, but one that has broad sides. (Mine: helping people do digital business in a human way.)
Start by planning to publish 1 post a week.
Get daring and try for 2 posts a week (eventually).
Make the posts more than 100 words and less than 1000 words most days.
Delete the sentences … show all text
Gizmodo posted a “story” yesterday entitled “We’ll Pay You for Photos of Mark Zuckerberg.” Desperation aside, this is as crazy as it is stupid (And we’re not even sure it’s legal).
See, Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of a company. Sure, that company is all about sharing with friends, but when you have more than 14 million people subscribed to your page, sharing a photo or a link on Facebook becomes an entirely different beast. He’s scrutinized on everything that he’s ever publicly shared. Just take… show all text
Think your password is unique and clever? A new inforgraphic from security firm Rapid7 has revealed the top passwords stolen from this week’s LinkedIn security breach. There are hundreds of duplicates and patterns associated with the compromised log-in information.
“Link” was the number one hacked password, according to Rapid7. But many other LinkedIn users also picked passwords — “work” and “job” for example — that were associated with the career site’s content.
Religion was also a popular p… show all text
A U.S. judge yesterday threw aside a much-anticipated trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents. The decision and a blog comment by the same judge could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that has spiraled out of control.
In his remarkable ruling, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner stated that there was no point in holding a trial because it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement…. show all text
Global Internet tax suggested by European network operators, who want Apple, Google, and other Web companies to pay to deliver content, is proposed for debate at a U.N. agency in December. Read this blog post by Larry Downes on Security & Privacy.
Worried that your LinkedIn password may be a part of the nearly 6.5 million compromised on Wednesday? Password management firm LastPass has released a secure tool to see if your password was among the stolen.
News first surfaced about the security breach after a Russian hacker said he stole 6,458,020 encrypted LinkedIn passwords and posted them online (without usernames) to prove his feat. The breach comes on the heels of news that LinkedIn's iOS app potentially violates user privacy by sending… show all text
The Internet has already changed the television industry significantly, and will continue to do so. But the idea that the web will cause the TV business to “collapse” is fantasy.
Henry Blodget has just written a wildly popular post called “Don’t Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse.” Henry’s post argues that changing TV viewer behavior, catalyzed by things like the Internet, Netflix, Hulu, iPad, etc., could cause the TV industry to rapidly collapse, the way the n… show all text
What a steaming turd of an opening line in David Streitfeld's otherwise serviceable New York Times piece about the Ellen Pao/Kleiner Perkins sexual harassment lawsuit, and gender discrimination in Silicon Valley.
Here's the opening graf (bold-ing, mine):
MEN invented the Internet. And not just any men. Men with pocket protectors. Men who idolized Mr. Spock and cried when Steve Jobs died. Nerds. Geeks. Give them their due. Without men, we would never know what our friends were doing five minutes show all text
In the first decade of the commercial Internet–the 1990s and early 2000s–there were frequent murmurings that newspapers were screwed.
The digital audience didn't read newspapers, people pointed out. They visited web sites. They read articles here and there. But they didn't put the stack of articles, photos, and ads known as a "newspaper" on their breakfast table and flip through the whole thing.
What's more, the digital audience stopped using newspapers as a reference and source for commerce…. show all text
The overwhelmingly popular top answer to the Quora question: “What does it feel like to be the CEO of a start-up?” has received a whopping 931 upvotes and at least one down vote – from me! (Anyone else down voted that? Let me know )
Read the answer and a sad-sad picture of a victim with extremely unhealthy dependencies emerges. As a startup CEO, you can’t sleep! You don’t have weekends! You live with endless guilt (assuming that you spend any minute of the day on anything other than work). Y… show all text
PicPlz, the mobile photo sharing app that is perhaps known best for being an early and direct competitor with Instagram, will shut down permanently on July 3.
PicPlz delivered the news through a short post on its company blog as well as in a brief email to users that read:
“On July 3, 2012, picplz will shut down permanently and all photos and data will be deleted.
Until then, you can log in and download your photos by clicking on the download link next to each photo in your photo feed.
Thank y… show all text
Here’s a prediction: Aaron Sorkin’s film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography is going to be a disaster. It will likely be a good-looking, entertaining disaster, full of fast-talking geniuses who deliciously get their comeuppance at the hand of the even smarter, faster-talking Jobs. When it opens at a theater near you in a few years’ time, the film will become the toast of Hollywood and an instant blockbuster, and not long after it will attain the status of documentary truth: So… show all text