Some Facebook engineers came up with a visualization of user activity by the social network's 120 million active users across the planet. According to TechCrunch, the concept (named The Palant?r of Orthanc after an object from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, was created at a Facebook hackathon and could be turned into a product. Check the video of the visualization.
Even as it continues to grow, Facebook is facing less pressure to reveal its finances.
The Securities and Exchange Commission in October granted the social-networking site an exemption to part of the SEC Act of 1934, which requires companies to disclose financial information once they have more than 500 stockholders and $10 million in assets.
As BusinessWeek reported, lawyers for Facebook sent the SEC a letter on October 13, asking for an exemption for its distribution of restricted stock. The letter noted that the company could in the future have more than 500 employees with restricted stock. The company currently … Read more
Flickr photos, Twitter and Facebook updates, and RSS stories are depicted as rafts floating along a river in Ziibii's creative iPhone app. You can slow or speed the current by flicking the screen in either direction, or pause at any time to delete or select a "raft." If you tire of the free application's aquatic theme, you can switch to list view to get your headlines oriented vertically, then flick left and right to further browse. To read stories from just one source, tap on Filter to select it. We appreciate the ease of posting headlines … Read more
Yahoo is continuing to dribble out its open platform.
The company on Thursday added an eBay Anywhere application to the dashboard area of the new home page in testing. The eBay application allows users to monitor their buying and selling activities from the Yahoo home page. Other applications blessed by Yahoo include checking various e-mail in-boxes from the Yahoo home page, and down the road activity updates from social networks. The functionality isn't much different from what users can do with external applications built for Facebook or OpenSocial containers.
Yahoo supplied a video to show off the new home … Read more
I'm sick of patent lawsuits.
Earlier this week Spansion filed suit against Samsung for alleged patent violations in the latter's flash chips. On Thursday, Leader Technologies actually issued a press release announcing a lawsuit before it had even bothered to serve notice on Facebook, as Techdirt points out.
Is Leader playing to the judge or to the media?
From the press release:
Leader was founded by Michael McKibben in 1997 and is a pioneer in Web-based collaboration platforms. Leader has filed several patent applications, dating back to 2002, that cover its technology. "We have spent a great … Read more
The Juice Stain is back! The guys invite Natali del Conte and Cheryl Holloway onto the show to give a much-needed female perspective on the world of technology and pop culture. Today's rundown includes stories about using technology to cover up infidelity, Google's new iPhone application, the most ridiculous band names in the history of music, and a look into upcoming movies. Also, be sure to listen for a way to get FREE PIZZA! Whoo!
Yikes, that was a rough couple of days. After few episode absences due to an illness that will remain undisclosed (not stomach herpes...… Read more
Citysearch, the online business directory owned by Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, has gotten a full makeover. It's available now at beta.citysearch.com--there's a more streamlined and Ajax-y interface, but a few important features have been tweaked as well. According to company representatives, this is about a year and a half in the making.
First of all, instead of focusing on a select number of metro areas, Citysearch has expanded to a whopping 75,000 towns and neighborhoods, meaning that you can narrow down your focus to New York's East Village or Los Angeles' Culver … Read more
Facebook, Google, and the Google-owned YouTube are among the sponsors for the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit, an event taking place at New York's Columbia Law School from December 3-5.
Along with other collaborators--which include the U.S. Department of State, MTV, Access 360 Media, and start-up Howcast--the event hopes to "find (the) best ways to use digital media to promote freedom and justice, and counter violence, extremism, and oppression."
The companies have amassed 17 leaders of different activist groups and hope to bring them together to come up with a common set of principles and … Read more
A tragic subculture in our country rarely receives the media attention it needs and deserves. The group I allude to, of course, is the underweight nerd. The Simpsons has Comic Book Guy, Family Guy has Peter Griffin, even The Nutty Professor has Sherman Klump. The skinny guys have...Steven Q. Urkel. Why should all the overweight nerds get all the spotlight?
Facebook and Papa John's pizza are finally teaming up to give the little dudes a little help in their quest to be weightier. Any Facebook user who becomes a fan of Papa John's will automatically receive an … Read more
On today's show, Brian Cooley announces that he's made the switch...I mean, the big switch. He bought an iPhone. The world briefly stopped rotating, and when it resumed, we laid down the smack on poor Jerry Yang, the Justice Department, the XM-Sirius merger, and subsequent channel flipping, and some poor guy who thought it was a good idea to call our show. Good times!Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 855
Yahoo's Jerry Yang to step down, as a search for new CEO commences http://kara.allthingsd.com/20081117/yahoos-jerry-yang-to-step-down-as-a-search-for-new-ceo-commences/ Jerry Yang's entire memo … Read more