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TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 is today, and I’m already totally exhausted. Part of the reason is that I got six hours of sleep. Another reason is that there’s the usual array of overwhelming companies to learn about. And the other reason is that it’s hot outside, thus tacking up the temperature a bit in here, and impacting me – in other words, I’m sleepy. Which also means I didn’t have enough coffee, and that is because I was always taking time to find out about new apps, like this one called Whirly App,...

GoSmart, the leading maker of Stylus devices, has a new product press release that is posted here, below. I expect to see them at CES Las Vegas. And on that note, Zennie62 blog has been credentialed to cover the 2013 International CES from January 8th to the 12th. GoSmart, Inc. www.justgosmart.com announced today the “GoSmart Freedom Stylus” (without magnets),...

PeopleBrowsr, the company behind such products as Kred, is fighting for its life after Twitter, it’s main source of data that drives its business, suddenly (sighting the end of a one-year contract) elected to do an about face and try to turn off access to its “firehose” of tweet-based information that PeopleBrowsr spent $1 million annually to obtain....

Heloed Griot, or Dwayne, started on YouTube six years ago, but just recently really ramped-up his activity. Now, he’s a YouTube Partner, and can make money from the traffic his videos generate. Welcome to the club! Dwayne and I just ran into each other Thursday at San Francisco’s Westfield Village Shopping Center. He spotted me and said “hello,”...

After some pressure, the Examiner.com did respond to my concern over having not been paid for blog work, and said it would send what was accrued. UPDATE: EXAMINER.COM RESPONDS, WILL PAY ZENNIE62 They said that they did not have the right email adress for me, even as I did install the correct one some time ago. But what’s more interesting is that I’d...

If you’re thinking about blogging at Examiner.com, the local-news-focused series of websites that calls writers in various subject areas “Examiners,” think twice. You may not get paid for your work. UPDATE: EXAMINER.COM RESPONDS, WILL PAY ZENNIE62 This blogger’s normal place of content creation is here at Zennie62.com. But I have posted at...

Just a quick follow up to the last post featuring Shiva Rajaraman, Director, Product Management at Google YouTube. Shiva reports that YouTube is working on expanding the current active system of funding partners via the YouTube Creator program. The idea is to give more “deserving partners” about $10,000 to jump-start their channel. Rajaraman reports...

The >play 2012 Digital Media Conference is today at the UC Berkeley Haas Business School, and it promises to be an excellent presentation. The event is entirely student-run, and concerns the latest developments in digital media and social media (really, the same) with respect to mobile devices and video. And on the note of video, the second keynote speech will...

It was 2007 and I was invited to a party for Reddit, thanks to Cathy Brooks, currently of Other Than That Studios, and then working with Loc Lemur on the Le Web series in Paris. But this was in San Francisco, and a party held at Galaxy bar during the then-hot annual Web 2.0 Summit, and to celebrate Reddit’s relocation to SF from New York City. Here’s...

The Growth of Social Media is considered one of the most amazing developments of the 21st Century, if not the most incredible one. Consider that in 2004, just eight years ago, there was no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blip.tv, or any of the social media platforms we use today, and blogs were just becoming known – Michael Arrington would not establish TechCrunch...

Social Media has exploded, no doubt, but Pew Research gives us a great idea of just how much it’s become a part of our daily lives. According to its newly released study called Social Media and Political Engagement, 60 percent of adults uses social media, and of that, 66 percent use it to express political ideology in some way. That explains why this blogger...

If you’re a YouTube Partner, or even just a person uploading a video to YouTube, you may find yourself the victim of firms like the so-called “BMVEntertainment.” This blogger did, but is fighting back. “BMVEntertainment” just today filed a copyright claim against my video called “Cleveland RTA Bus Driver Hits Girl, Gets Suspended.”...

Gawker’s Adrian Chen’s outed a man considered one of the most insidious trolls on the Internet. His name’s Violentacrez, and is really Michael Brutsch. Mr. Michael Brutsch, according to his real profile, lives in Arlington, TX, has an extensive programming background, and currently works for First Cash Financial Services as an application developer....

Can technology make a better San Francisco? Well-known tech leaders who live in San Francisco (last time I checked) think so. To so this, they’ve come together with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to form SFCITI. SFCITI is described as “Leveraging the collective power of the tech sector as a force for civic action in San Francisco,” and includes...

The new Blackberry L-Series SmartPhone was leaked via a demonstration at BB10 demo. According to WIRED, the person in the video was making the intro of the new product in Mexico while cameras by Hola Telcel were running. What’s interesting about the L-Series is that it looks nothing like any other Blackberry this blogger has ever seen, and it looks very...

For some reason, many new to Social Media act as though blogs don’t exist. While the number of blogs has not diminished, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that the vast majority of people who “do” social media, don’t have a blog of their own or contribute to a blog. (As an aside, if you’re interested in learning...

Congrats to Livebolt, The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon winner. The original plan for this blogger didn’t include TechCrunch Disrupt SF because of family obligations after the Democratic National Convention. But all of that took even greater importance after my Mother and Stepfather were robbed at gunpoint last Wednesday Night in Chicago. So, here is where...

There’s a cool infographic by the web development firm Go-Gulf.com that shows the patterns of use of the top social media platforms. Note that I highlighted top social media platforms because there’s a tendency for some to refer to Facebook and Twitter as if they were the entire Social Media landscape. That’s wrong. There are thousands of Social...

A number of American tech bloggers have pointed to the French blog Nowhereelse.fr, as having true photos of the Apple iPhone 5. But it’s obvious some bloggers over here in the USA failed to read the translated version of what was written at Nowhereelse.fr by Steve Hemmerstoffer. It’s is presented in a careful away, as the iPhone presented to Nowhereelse.fr...

Zennie Abraham, known as Zennie62, was invited to host the Tonya Hall Radio Show on KRCN Radio Colorado Network in Denver Boulder and Fort Collins on Wednesday, September 5th, at 11 AM EST – 8 AM PST. And since this blogger was credentialed to cover the Democratic National Convention, the show will be produced from Charlotte, and at the Marriott Reinanance...

President Barack Obama, as this is being written, is participating in what’s called an “Ask me anything,” chat via Reddit, the Internet link forum that calls itself “The Front Page Of The Internet.” And the result is a heavily overloaded Reddit. This is so because the note “reddit is under heavy load right now, sorry. Try again...

Say you have an idea for a tech startup, but because its an app for risque photos, or a website comparing the legs of women in your dorm, Kickstarter kicked you out? Well, now, you have a place to go: Offbeatr. Offbeatr.com Offbeatr, a site started by the Walnut, California-based ExtraLunchMoney.com, is a place where project creators raise money & community support for adult movies, games, toys, and any other creative projects that may be seen as NSFW. I just read a blog post about how Camille Crimson started a new web company...

(YouTube Livestream embed isn’t always reliable.) At Le Web, Tech Blogger Robert Scoble talks about the advantages of a ‘public life’ or so called because he shares a lot of what he does online – as do I. He posts photos of when he was drunk at a party, for example, calling this going over what he calls ‘the freaky line.’ Above...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Founder and CEO Steve Jobs’ pick to replace him prior to his passing (both shown above), can look back and laugh at Victoria Murphy (now Victoria Murphy Barrett) an Associate Editor with Forbes Magazine to this day, who, in 2004 let loose with a character assassination that basically said he wasn’t executive material, as if she...

Pownce V. Twitter. What’s Pownce you ask? What’s fun about 2012 and the emergence of Social Media as both a term and an industry (remember when “New Media” was the preferred term about three years ago?) is the assumed permanence of some platforms and because so many people have entered the space that are in it because it’s popular to be here. But there was a time, in this Galaxy, not too many years ago, when that wasn’t the case. It was 2007, and Twitter was a one-year-old company started by Evan...

Don’t look now, but TechCrunch – the blog founded by Michael Arrington, who in 2010 then sold it to the Tim Armstrong and Arriana Huffington-ran AOL, and the same Huffington who Michael recently called a “touchy psychopath” for her then-heavy-handed role at the tech blog, chasing off Arrington, and bloggers Sarah Lacy, Paul Carr, and MG Sigler, as well as CEO Heather Harde and eventually nuke-blasting Erick Shoenfeld right out of his job as editor – is showing a traffic rebound after months and months of performance...

PicPlz, the San Francisco-and-Seattle-based mobile photo-sharing platform founded by Dalton Caldwell, who is now founder of Mixed Media Labs, and this blogger is on (along with a number of others including Instagram) just sent an email an hour ago announcing that it was shutting down “permanently” July 3rd 2012. Here’s the email: Hi zennie, picplz Shutting Down Permanently On July 3, 2012, picplz will shut down permanently and all photos and data will be deleted. Until then, you can log in and download your photos by...

Martin Lewis Sells MoneySavingExpert.com For £87 Million? If you’re reading this and in America, you’re wondering first, who is Martin Lewis, second why is his website worth £87 Million, and third, what does that convert to in American dollars? Well, Martin Lewis is an Englishman who’s work on the area of personal finance is such that when the...

Is TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington losing his memory? Earlier today, this blogger noted the drop in buzz for TechCrunch Disrupt New York, and pointed as the reason, in part, the absence of Michael Arrington’s direct control over the proceedings, and particularly his genius for making up news stories that created attention, and just happened to involve...

Tap Tank is a New York City-based company started by Alisha Outridge, who I met along with her business partner Yael Tamar, at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2011. The three of us have kept in touch both personally and professionally, so Alisha looked me up via Twitter last weekend when she was in San Francisco, and we met at The Balboa Cafe to talk about Tap Tank’s...

TechCrunch Disrupt is into its third day of activities in New York City, and while this blogger’s not there for the second year (I’ll opt for San Francisco because I’ve jumped times zones 15 times this year already), I follow it via online accounts. In searching for “TechCrunch” on Google Search, it was not hard to notice one thing...

Facebook’s friend algorithm is poorly designed, and to a degree that this blogger finds consistently annoying. Really, it’s not just the algorithm that tells you that you’re “friending” people you don’t know, when you do know them, it’s the very website which prompts you to ‘friend’ the same people the system...

“Social Media Ad Trust Grows; Old Media Ad Trust Shrinks?” That’s right. According to a number of sources, as more and more people go online trust in social media ads, generally presented in the framework of frank conversations about the companies and people they’re about, are more trusted than their print and television counterparts. Moreover, activity on social media sites about television is now a common measure with some TV execs, like CW President Mark Pedowitz, who told The Hollywood Reporter “I had...

Twitter. I love it, and combined with Tout it’s a powerful tool. But Twitter’s one main issue has been revenue generation. The problem is Twitter’s basic design is not, for all practical purposes, revenue-generation-friendly. I’m not going to explain why that is, just that it is. But give credit to Twitter for trying to fit a square-peg...

Tango is not just a dance, but an app that allows you to make video calls via your cell phone. It’s Face Time for those who don’t have an Apple iPhone, even though you can download it for your iPhone. Here’s the video: Tango’s simplicity, coupled with the desire of millions to share their faces and perhaps other parts of their bodies to...

Rick Bolander says Facebook’s purchase of Instagram is an anomaly in the tech, Social Media space. In the third installment of my interview with the Managing Partner of Gabriel Venture Partners, Mr. Bolander explains his reasons for such a position. “Gabriel will never invest based on an anomaly,” he said. Moreover, Bolander observes that the...

Rick Bolander, Managing Partner of Gabriel Venture Partners, sat down with me recently, and after the DEMO event in Santa Clara, to talk about what Gabriel Venture Partners looks for when considering a startup to invest in, and what he saw at DEMO that was interesting to him. What Redwood City-based Gabriel Venture Partners looks for are companies that are producing...

Who is Rick Bolander? When I say “venture capitalist” who comes to mind for you? Is it Peter Thiel, who was made famous by appearing in the movie The Social Network thanks to actor Wallace Langham? Is it Ron Conway, the much-loved, affable co-boss of Y Combinator, who, with business partner Yuri Milner, helped entrepreneurs launch so many startup companies? Or...

Ok, a full disclosure. I discovered Turntable.fn via a blog post that was linked to by my friend Davey D on Facebook. So this is a friend using social media, leading me to a new social media platform that’s accused of helping to kill the record industry itself. That means Davey D killed the record industry. What’s turntable.fm? It’s a New York-based...

2012 will see the Web 2.0 Summit, that small conference that Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle expertly established to become a kind an annual bellweather of where tech was going. Even as much as Sarah Lacy laments its passing, for some reason, try as I might to cry, as much as I am trying to muster some reason to be sad – I’m not. And it’s for...

I was all set to cheer over what, for CNN would be a stupid deal, and for Mashable and bloggers like me, Heaven, and wrote this: The hot rumor flying around Twitter to the point of reaching Twitter Top Trend status is that CNN is in talks to buy Mashable for $200 Million. The word from Reuters blogger Felix Salmon is that the deal is to be announced Tuesday at...

After it was purchased by America Online – opps, AOL – for $30 million, and saw Huffington Post Founder Arriana Huffington become the boss over it, TechCrunch tech blog has went through a huge change of people over the last year, with the departure of Founder Michael Arrington, CEO Heather Harde, and writers Paul Carr, Sarah Lacy, and MG Siegler (who took off for CrunchFund, then revealed that all of his blog posts were bullshit). With that turnover, and the intense hatred some outside TechCrunch have for AOL’s page-view-oriented,...

This years TechCrunch award program called “The Crunchies” was so vastly different from all of the others, it took me a full week, plus, to figure out what I was going to say. The nature of blogging is to state your unvarnished view, so here goes: The Crunchies made me sad. Yep: sad. Sad because the event was the brainchild of TechCrunch under the blog’s founder Michael Arrington, who also put on the famous Crunchies gorilla suit (as has now former CEO Heather Harde) since the beginning, but last year’s family...

That kind of wacky, always entertaining and informative tech show by the blog TechCrunch is this evening, and this blogger’s attending. This time it’s held at Davies Symphony Hall, which provides a larger backdrop for a show that deserves one. This is also the first Crunchies without TechCrunch staffers Paul Carr, Sarah Lacy, and founder Michael Arrington. Will Arrington stay away from the event he created, this the first after his ouster from the blog he developed? Possibly. Michael’s involved in helping Sarah...

As one who has a Sony Tablet, given as a Christmas present from Sony, and one who purchased an Apple iPad for his mother, I think I’m pretty qualified to comment on both tablets. While the basic idea is that one is better than the other, the real question really comes down to age of the user and system preference. In other words, if you like Apple’s World, which refers not just to the iPad, but the ability to get music from your iTunes account, or sync with your Mac Book, and you’re generally older, you prefer the...

TechCrunch Senior Editor Sarah Lacy, who I first met when she was hanging with then-Valleywag Editor Owen Thomas, is the first former TechCrunch staffer (there are a lot of them: Michael Arrington , Paul Carr, Heather Harde, and Lacy) to actually announce that she’s going to announce a first funding round for a new venture – a tech news website called PandoDaily.com. Right now, the link to PandoDaily.com goes to a cryptic page about Pando The Trembling Giant, and features a video that has a reference to $100,000, which I take...

Mit einem massiven Übersetzungsfehler bereits im Vorwort, startet die deutschsprachige Biografie von Steve Jobs. So hat die Truppe von Übersetzern das englische Wort „Silicon“ mit dem deutschen „Silikon“ übersetzt. Das Vorwort Walter Isaakson endet in der deutschen Ausgabe mit dem bemerkenswerten Satz: “Für Steve Jobs beginnt der Aufstieg [...] in einem Tal, das gerade lernte, wie man Silikon in Gold verwandelt.“ Ich war erstaunt: Steve Jobs, war nebenberuflich Schönheitschirurg! Gewiss hat er als Designer die Produkte...

It’s funny who you run into while traveling around the country, as this blogger does. In this case, I happened to sit next to an engaging and talkative man who works for Microsoft. He proceeded to tell me a lot about the company that Bill Gates built and threw in some fascinating Google info, too, along with views about blacks in Tech. Inside stuff that’s mostly of harmless interest, but still interesting nonetheless. For example… Did you kmow that Google’s largest sever farm is not in California, or in India,...

More TechCrunch Disrupt observations as this blogger downloads the Local Hero app and checks out Wiki Org Charts, called “the first platform on the web that allows users to pool their business contacts and collaboratively map the relationships that exist within a company.” But what’s LocalHero? Well, Ana Baltodano, CEO and co-founder described it in 15 seconds on Tout.com: Local Hero’s a smartphone app which draws from your social network feeds to help you determine which of your friends can, say, went to Skyline...

As TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco goes into day two, what becomes apparent to this blogger is TechCrunch blog founder Michael Arrington’s “departure” from the blog itself is, for all practical purposes, cosmetic. The famed “argument” between Arianna Huffington and Michael never really happened according to Huffington herself. Michael’s just playing it all to look more like a spat than it really is. Even to the point of asking for a favor for an “unemployed blogger” from Digg and Milk...

The news is all over that TechCrunch Founder and Editor Michael Arrington may step down from running the blog not just to operate a new venture capital fund, but because the rumor is he was fired from AOL. What’s so weird is to read blog posts and articles that are dancing all over his grave, but forgetting that, as much as Michael may rub a lot of people the wrong way – journalists, venture capitalists, self-proclaimed former girlfriends, friends, bartenders, bloggers, politicians, and so on – had Arrington not been...

Brian Solis wrote a TechCrunch blog post where he states ask “Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?” With all due respect to Brian, he missed the real problem with journalism: money. Related Blogs Share this:StumbleUponLinkedInRedditTumblrPocketDiggTwitterFacebookGooglePinterestEmailPrint...