Catching Up (Weekend 9/11)
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One Friday afternoon in 2010, Pat Contri got the Facebook message of every video game collector's dreams. A friend who worked at the local game store started texting him cryptic photographs of something a customer had just traded in. He stared at the blurry, gray-and-green pictures. What at first looked like a row of shelves, he eventually realized, was a close-up of several exposed DIP switches . Just then, like a Tetris block dropping neatly into place, it clicked. Contri slammed his finger on the "Call" button.
Huffington Post Seeks Teenage Bloggers to Not Pay | Commentary and analysis from Simon Dumenco - Advertising Age (Build 20110912042003)'Breaker boys' -- children who broke coal into manageable chunks by hand -- circa 1884 You need to read this Forbes.com post if you haven't already: "Huffpo and Patch Recruiting Bloggers as Young as 13." It perhaps fell under the radar a bit because of when it was published -- Friday afternoon during the lunch hour for many North American readers -- so I'm calling attention to it here. In it, Forbes reporter/blogger Jeff Bercovici notes that AOL's Huffington Post Media Group (HPMG) is prepping the launch of a vertical called HuffPost High School, which will be edited by a (paid) 17-year-old staffer, but which will apparently solicit unpaid blog contributions from teenagers.
It was a sunny but windy Tuesday morning in Brighton and the first day of Update Conference, an event that’s primary focus is mobile design and development, along with plenty of discussion. Attendees were sipping their free coffee, quietly discussing the sessions that they were most excited by and in the corner of the break area sat a man, easily the oldest person in the room, talking quietly with a local reporter. That man, recognised by nobody, was Ronald Wayne – the third and often forgotten founder of Apple, now the world’s largest technology company. Always in demand by the media, Mr Wayne found himself in England to talk about his part in the the formation of Apple, also to publicise his new book “Adventures of an Apple Founder” from a small table conveniently situated next to mine.
Opinion September 10, 2011 07:01 AM ET Computerworld - Google bought Zagat Survey this week for an unknown amount between $50 million and $200 million. Zagat specializes in ratings for restaurants, hotels and travel destinations informed by the input of some 350,000 contributors. The acquisition is Google 's 104th. (The blog TechCrunch claims that the deal did not merit an FTC antitrust review, which happens automatically for any deal worth $66 million or more.)
A new advertising campaign by Turner Broadcasting aims to tell them how. In a series of commercials that will start appearing on Monday on the TNT and TBS cable channels, Turner stars like Conan O’Brien will be employed to explain the concept of TV Everywhere, which has been championed by Turner’s parent, Time Warner, as a way to retain cable subscribers. The concept calls for episodes of television shows to be streamed online free — but only for people who already have a cable subscription.
Sean Maloney was on his way to being the chipmaker's next CEO when a stroke crippled his body -- and took away his ability to talk. This is the story of how he returned to work (he's now head of Intel China) -- and found his voice again. Sean Maloney with his wife, Margaret (far left), and their three daughters in Beijing
AOL has issued the following statement: “The TechCrunch acquisition has been a success for AOL and for our shareholders, and we are very excited about its future. Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch has decided to move on from TechCrunch and AOL to his newly formed venture fund. Michael is a world-class entrepreneur and we look forward to supporting his new endeavor through our investment in his venture fund.
Last year, Tim Armstrong joined Mike Arrington on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt to sign the deal that made TechCrunch part of AOL (NYSE: AOL). You could feel the glow even at a distance. This year’s event kicks off with news of a different sort: Arrington and AOL have parted ways when it comes to TechCrunch. (Statement below.) He’ll be at Disrupt as planned but he no longer has any financial interest, responsibility or say over the site and company he founded.
In the last few weeks, the smartphone industry appeared to produce more lawsuits than phones. Apple briefly managed to stop the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all of Europe, and is now going after the whole Galaxy line . Back Stateside, Google first complained that Microsoft and Apple were using "bogus patents" to target Android, then spent $12 billion for Motorola and its patent arsenal. These are big, high-stakes fights—and the last company left standing may walk away with control over nothing less than the smartphone market itself. In the flood of stories about tactical filings and counter-filings, it's easy to get lost in the details.
09 Sep 2011 For the past several months, I’ve been playing Operations Developer for Zagat Survey , taking care of the production website infrastructure, expanding our internal development environments, acting as liason to our hosting provider, and performing some light scripting tasks to glue it all together. If you’ve talked to me in the past 2 days, you already know this. If you don’t, perhaps you read the news. If you live in a hole, or maybe you just ignore what Google is doing, you might be interested to know that Google has purchased my current (former?)
More recently they picked an unlikely candidate to be their next Web sensation: a castoff. The men are trying to inject new life into Delicious , a social bookmarking service that, in its time, was popular among the technorati, but failed to catch on with a broader audience. “What we plan to do,” Mr. Hurley said in an interview here last week, “is try to introduce Delicious to the rest of the world.”