All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Valleywag’
Though e-commerce and “everyday design” website Fab has in fact gone through multiple layoff periods over the last year or so, the company’s CEO is saying that the report of its death was an exaggeration– in so many words. Valleywag’s Sam Biddle recently declared, based on confirmation from multiple sources, that “Fab.com is probably dead this year.” He says that …
According to the one-man investigative team known as Brian Stelter — formerly known as the guy behind the blog TVNewser, who beat the pants off most of the media reporters at the major dailies while he was still in school — the new editor of Gawker is none other than the founder of Gawker Media, the secretive and unpredictable Nick Denton himself. Stelter says he has it confirmed through several sources.
A few days ago, Google bought (or leased, actually) another 130,000 square feet of office space in New York City. The new offices are located across from the old ones, creating (at least mentally) the image of another Googleplex. The connection is also creating a lot of questions.
It has elements of mystery, the tenets of paparazzi defense, and the feeling of a prank gone too far. In a blogosphere-wide attempt to unmask blogebrity – well, it may not be an exaggeration to call him/her a cyber cult leader – Fake Steve Jobs, digital espionage has turned a fun cat-and-mouse game into something Fake Steve calls "creepy."
Lighting yourself on fire and running through the streets will get you noticed, but it may not be the wisest move to make. Still, Ask.com seems determined to repeatedly torch itself, as, depending on one’s point of view, its billboard advertising campaign moves from bad to worse.
|“Ask.com Billboard Brings Up Unabomber”|
Once upon a time, if you typed “she invents,” Google tried to tell you it was “he invents.” This applied to a lot of other queries, as well, and a number of people grew unhappy with these apparent examples of sexism. Now Google’s programmers seem to have gone in and tweaked the engine, and “she” is allowed to invent things.
|Google Ditches Sexist “Did You Mean”|
Google is reputed to be a great place to work; as an animal lover, I’m especially interested in the company’s lenient pet policy. That policy only applies to dogs, however, so there was a bit of an uproar when a small python got loose on Sunday. The snake, named Kaiser, has now been found.
What? I had more than one story about integrations and such, and that was easily the worst title I could think of. Who would have thought there was a way to include “stuff” in a title four times, and have it vaguely make sense?
Women 2.0 (a division of Entrepreneur27) and Stanford BASES are hosting their next event focused on individuals who went against tradition and took big risks, resulting in careers that they really enjoy. In many cases, these entrepreneurs actually “created” or joined real business based on their passions, allowing them to earn a living doing something they love.
For those who like nothing better than a little behind-the-scenes corporate intrigue in the blogosphere, the guys over at 10 Zen Monkeys have some more deets on the sudden departure of Nick Douglas from Valleywag – where he was replaced by another guy whose initials are N.D., and whose name rhymes with Nick Denton (for an earlier installment of the Nick Douglas saga, scroll down a few posts).
Nick Denton’s not too pleased with the path Nick Douglas was taking Valleywag, so he’s kicked him out, changed the look of the site and announced a new focus on more hard-hitting news.
He’s a funny storyteller. She’s the reason you want to visit his website. Curt Brandao, otherwise known as Digital Slob, is a syndicated columnist and podcaster focusing on the lighter side of technology. Digital Slob’s spokesmodel is Olga Timakova, who was the number one cause of whiplash at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo.
According to a couple of sources, there are some very early patents (filed in 1996 and awarded three years later) on pay-per-click advertising that could spark a bidding war. The patents cover systems and methods for online advertising rather than the technology for it, and have been dormant for years after the filing company went under.
A week into news about AOL’s ginormous data dump and investigators have yet to tire of mining the minds of AOL users. As mirror sites spring up to face server overload as a product of morbid curiosity, the tales, well, inferences mostly, become darker and darker.