It’s Not A Bursting Bubble. It’s a Correction And It Will Take Awhile. After disappointing post-IPO performances from Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, there’s been a clarion call from top investors like Union Square’s Fred Wilson, Y Combinator’s Paul Graham and Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker for everyone to simmer down with valuations. But from what we can tell, any adjustment is going to take several months. For the very hottest late-stage companies like Fab.com, growth investors don’t seem to be taking any heed from public market skepticism yet. Hashtags, a New Way for Tweets - Cultural Studies Hashtags, words or phrases preceded by the # symbol, have been popularized on Twitter as a way for users to organize and search messages. So, for instance, people tweeting about Representative Anthony D. Weiner might add the hashtag #Weinergate to their messages, and those curious about the latest developments in the scandal could simply search for #Weinergate. Or Justin Bieber fans might use #Bieber to find fellow Beliebers. But already, hashtags have transcended the 140-characters-or-less microblogging platform, and have become a new cultural shorthand, finding their way into chat windows, e-mail and face-to-face conversations. This year on Sunday, Audi broadcast a new commercial featuring a hashtag, #ProgressIs, that flashed on the screen and urged viewers to complete the “Progress Is” prompt on Twitter for the chance to win a prize.
200 million reasons why Apple's upcoming TV will win the cloud TV wars Simultaneous with TV’s rise as the premier content venue is a redefinition of the term “television” from “a device with a screen and a set of channels” to “a growing pool of cloud-hosted, episodic content that’s generally available on any device with a color screen and a network connection.” — from Leaving Las Vegas: a look back at CES 2011 Today is a big day for cloud + TV news, but even more interesting (to me, at least) than the Netflix/Qwikster split is a new Businessweek article, “Here comes Apple’s real TV.” The report rounds up some rumors and evidence to the effect that Apple will indeed launch a TV soon. I won’t recap any of the article here, because I absolutely believe that Apple will do this (I said so on Twitter back when A4 launched, but I can’t find the tweet and Twitter user @jpdbest found it), so I want to focus on the why’s and how’s.
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Memo to Start-ups: You’re Supposed to Be Changing the World, Rem I did interviews with most of the TechCrunch50 experts backstage and there was a common gripe about the companies launching there: Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not enough trying to change the world. There were too many people building safe businesses, too many companies just trying to make existing things slightly better, and too many people wanting to be the next Mint.com, not the next Google. Nothing against Mint, but Silicon Valley wasn’t built on $170 million exits. Web visionaries like Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker struggled to come up with positive feedback on stage. Robert “I-get-excited-by-nearly-any-start-up” Scoble was so bored he was playing Hangman via Twitter with Paul Carr. Marc Andreessen praised Udorse—a company that he joked would make the world a worse place if it succeeded—because at least it was a new idea.
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Dutch regional newspapers launch data journalism project RegioHack In a guest post for OJB, Jerry Vermanen explains the background to RegioHack The internet is bursting with information, but journalists – at least in The Netherlands – don’t get the full potential out of it. Basic questions on what data driven journalism is, and how to practise it, still have to be answered. Two Dutch regional newspapers (de Stentor and TC Tubantia) have launched RegioHack, an experiment with data driven journalism around local issues and open data.