Craigslist CEO Goes Off on CNN’s Amber Lyon

Craiglist CEO Jim Buckmaster wrote a feisty blog post aimed at CNN’s Amber Lyon. It begins:

I see you’ve now gotten around to requesting an interview with me or a company spokesperson, 90 days after you ambushed our namesake and founder, Craig Newmark, following his May 20th talk on veteran’s affairs and other issues unrelated to craigslist, at a conference in Washington.

So-Called Facebook Alternative Diaspora Gets a Launch Date

You may recall that earlier this year, Facebook took a lot of heat over user privacy. While some may still not be satisfied, the company did release simplified privacy settings in response. Around that time, however, a project called Diaspora started generating a lot of hype as a potential, open alternative to Facebook as a social network.

SocialDeck Announces Acquisition by Google

Google continues its pattern of social gaming-related acquisitions with the acquisition of SocialDeck. Inside Social Games has discovered a letter posted to SocialDeck’s website, announcing the acquisition. The letter says:

Skype Launches Skype Connect for Businesses

Skype has launched Skype Connect 1.0, formerly known as Skype for SIP. This is a product that enables IP-enabled private branch exchange (PBX) or Unified Communications (UC) systems to connect to Skype.

MySpace Users Can Now Sync Accounts with Facebook Profiles, Pages

MySpace has announced a new feature that lets users sync their status updates with their Facebook profiles or Pages, while also letting them share content from their MySpace page with Facebook friends.

"Sync with Facebook allows users to keep their friends on Facebook up to date on everything, including: sharing songs, latest photos, fun game apps, and more," says MySpace’s Jennifer Ruffner.

Digg Users Sure Dig Digg Competitor Reddit

Update: Digg Founder Kevin Rose has made the following statements on Twitter:

We’re working hard to fix the source diversity part of the digg algorithm, more news soon…

We want to ensure diversity of sources, and we’re working on that now…

Bing App Comes to Verizon Android Devices

Microsoft has announced the launch of its first Bing for Mobile Android app for Verizon customers. The app is available for download in the Android Marketplace on Verizon Android devices.

The app homepage will look somewhat familiar to Bing users, as it will include the Bing image of the day with the clickable hotspots, much like the desktop version. You can swipe through past images.

The endless scrolling of the image search also makes the transition to the app. In fact, endless scrolling is functional with any search result.

How One Company is Finding Value in Promoted Tweets

Many businesses have probably been wondering just how much Twitter’s Promoted Tweets could help them if they were given the chance to participate. Promoted Tweets is still in beta, and is still limited to a set of partners. One of those partners, Zecco, has been talking about the success it has had with the program.

Google and the AP Renew an Old Content Deal

Google and the Associated Press have renewed their content-licensing deal, which will enable Google to continue serving hosted AP stories to Google News readers, and possibly users of other Google services. On the Official Google News Blog, Google says:

Google’s Latest Investment: Affordable Housing

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), a division of U.S. Bank, announced it will manage an $86 million Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) fund for Google.