You Need to Win the Battle for Share of Mind. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners.
Read more about Suster at his Startup Blog, BothSidesoftheTable. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the proliferation of startups in the past 2 years. It seems almost incomprehensible that only 2.5 years ago we read the “RIP Good Times” presentation from Sequoia. But what does this all mean? Are we headed for a long era of innovation in which startups are the new norm? SecondLife Didn’t Fail. By Sarah Lacy On July 6, 2012 Last night I spoke at an event put on by a site called IdeaMensch.
They’re doing a road trip, where the team is traveling city by city, holding events by and for entrepreneurs. I talked about why I started PandoDaily and some of my struggles along the way so far. But far more interesting was the founder who spoke before me, Philip Rosedale of SecondLife. The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin. Illustration: Martin Venezky In November 1, 2008, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto posted a research paper to an obscure cryptography listserv describing his design for a new digital currency that he called bitcoin.
None of the list’s veterans had heard of him, and what little information could be gleaned was murky and contradictory. In an online profile, he said he lived in Japan. His email address was from a free German service. Airbnb Victim Speaks Again: Homeless, Scared And Angry. Yesterday we wrote about “EJ,” a woman who had her San Francisco apartment burglarized and vandalized by someone who rented her home for a week via Airbnb.
There was some confusion about how Airbnb was and is dealing with the situation. See the updates to that post above, and CEO Brian Chesky’s post here on TechCrunch later yesterday talking about the situation. The Truth About That ‘Landmark’ Twitter Case - Twitter. This weekend The Telegraph reported that Twitter had revealed the name, email address and telephone number of Ahmed Khan, a UK council whistleblower accused of libelling his local authority using a number of anonymous twitter accounts and blog Mr Monkey.
The council in question, Tyneside, took the case to the legal superior court of California, which in turn issued a subpoena to Twitter on April 14th 2011. According to Khan, what Twitter handed over was “just a great long list of numbers” and ordered it to hand over 30 pieces of information relating to several Twitter accounts, including @fatcouncillor and @ahmedkhan01. Social Gaming Market Reaches Its Final Stage…and It’s Not Looking Pretty. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Alex St.
John, President and CTO of hi5, on the state of the social gaming market. When Facebook recognized that early social media games were getting a free ride on their network, they shut down the free viral channels these games relied on for audience, started charging market prices for advertising, and demanded a cut of all commerce transactions (see “Facebook Credits”). This changed the economics of social games dramatically. Reaching a large audience easily and for free ceased to be a benefit of developing social media games.
Google and the social Web. Bloggers vs wikipedians. Bloguing vs lifestreaming. The end of digg-likes? Google SV WIFI collect. Foursquare story. New Social Networking Site Changing The Way Oh, Christ, Forget I. NEW YORK—While millions of young, tech-savvy professionals already use services like Facebook and Twitter to keep in constant touch with friends, a new social networking platform called Foursquare has recently taken the oh, fucking hell, can't some other desperate news outlet cover this crap instead?
Hip city-dwellers nationwide are embracing the new, come to think of it, haven't we used this photo for some other tech piece? Launched last year, Foursquare is unique in that it not only allows users to broadcast their whereabouts, but also offers a number of built-in incentives, including some innovative new crap The New York Times surely has a throbbing hard-on for.
Blogging Is Still the Foundation In A World of Streams - louisgr. Last week, Edelman's Steve Rubel made an aggressive jump - away from traditional blogging, turning over his site to a lifestream, which captures all of his activity from around the Web.
His move, he reported, was due to a feeling that blogging "feels old" and that the new reality is about the flow of information. This followed on to a conversation he, Steve Gillmor and I had a month or so ago, which led to my post saying that RSS felt slow. But while I see some of the same issues Steve has, I haven't made a full move away from the blog, don't ever plan to do so, and for any company I give advice to, I tell them to do so would be a mistake. The blog is the foundation and center for who you are - either as an individual, or a brand. While I believe the best bloggers in the world are participating outside of their blog, on Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook and everywhere else, to only participate in those areas leaves a gaping hole. Paris Diary: The International Geek Brotherhood... Posted by Tom Foremski - December 7, 2009 [I'm in Paris all this week as part of the Traveling Geeks, a collection of journalists, bloggers, and PR people meeting with French startups and also attending LeWeb, France's premier Web 2.0 developer and business conference.]
I took the EuroStar train from London on Sunday afternoon and in less than 3 hours I was in the middle of Paris. That trip always amazes me and it is so much nicer, (and greener) than flying. When I arrived it was raining off and on but that didn't matter because I was back in Paris after a ten year break. Apple Bans Cartoon Ulysses: This Week in Online Tyranny. Apple bans Ulysses, again.
Apple, energized by its campaign against porno, required Rob Berry, a graphic novelist, to redact the lovely lady lumps and other human bedanglements in his interpretation of James Joyce's novel, "Ulysses," called "Ulysses 'Seen'" before he could offer it in the iTunes store. This, of course, is the problem with all censorship, from international country-wide filtering to a single company's ill-advised big brothering of its customers. For every highly offensive sex act (sex is dirty, after all) that the little people are spared, tons of legitimate content is junked along with it. In this case, Apple managed to make itself look magnificently asinine, by in effect echoing one of the seminal American court cases of free speech vs. censorship, the Ulysses obscenity trial of 1933. A company dedicated to communications and self-branded as the herald of the future looked to be standing on the side of narrow-minded, thin-lipped Babbits of nearly a century ago.
Some Things Need To Change - Mozilla Firefox. Yesterday as I was leaving the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany someone walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face. Before I even understood what was happening, he veered off into the crowd, just another dark head in a dark suit. People around me stared, then looked away and continued their conversations. Generally at events people come up to me to talk about their startups. My reaction varies depending on how much sleep I’ve gotten and how many times I’ve been pitched in the previous hour. Penny Arcade! - Green Blackboards (And Other Anomalies) - Mozill. Mort des médias et mutation de la démocratie - novövision - Mozi. Vers la fin de l’actualité « Cratyle.net. Leŭksman » Blog Archive » Your donations at work: new servers fo.
Between our high traffic, our wacky insane number of edits, new software features, and the ever-growing amount of stuff on Wikipedia and friends, the demand on our servers is always going up. Our stack has several layers, from the MySQL database backend to the geographically distributed Squid caches, but the heavy lifting of all that wiki page formatting and editing logic is handled in (at last count) 156 Apache/PHP servers running MediaWiki. We last did a major expansion of these application servers in mid-2007, which ended up holding us a lot longer than we’d originally anticipated. In the last couple of weeks we’ve finally started hitting up against some capacity limits at peak times — especially Mondays, around the afternoon in North America and evening in Europe — making everything horribly slow.
The Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan - Open Source Funding « blog maveri. Its easy to write about what the government or other people should do with our/their money. It’s harder to come up with a course of action that I can undertake on my own that possibly, somehow could make a difference. My first inclination is always to try to look “for the next big thing”. But the next big thing is just that, next. Its not now. Collaborative Finance. SMOB: du micro-blogging pour le web des données. Comment provoquer un buzz pour pas cher.