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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), the world’s smoothest, most precise stylus for iPads, touchscreen tablets, smart phones and other devices. The GoSmart Freedom Stylus (without magnets) is based on the...

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. According to the complaint filed by PB, which is the basis for its successful restraining order granted Wednesday and preventing Twitter from kicking it out of access...

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,” so I returned the greeting with a vlog-on-the-spot! YouTube! A fun place to be! Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/haloedg Oh, here’s a sample video from...

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 earned a lot more than $93 – $350 and from activity over the last three years. In the score of things, it’s not a lot, but then I have not contributed to Examiner.com...

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 The Examiner strictly because of its’ access to Google News, and my knowledge of how to design a blog post that reaches high rank in that system. Google News should have...

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 that this program’s going to be expanded dramatically over the next year. Maybe for Zennie62? Stay tuned. ...

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 be given by Shiva Rajaraman, Director Product Management at Google and for YouTube. Being a YouTube Partner, you can bet I’m quite interested in what he has to say. ...

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 video: Reddit Founder Steve Huffman described Reddit simply: “Reddit. Well, if you don’t know, it’s a top 40 site. It’s like a top 40 list of...

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 until the next year, 2005. Since then, Social Media has given us a giant social mirror that, for the first time, allows us to evaluate events in our society and via exchange...

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 gets the occasional testy Twitter tweet from some couch potato conservative (defined as a person who has no concrete reason for being conservative other than what they hear...

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.” This one: It has been seen over 100,000 times as of this writing. “BMVEntertainment” was not the person on the bus, and parts of the video have been...

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. There, he does the following, or can do: - Write point-of-sale and back-end accounting applications for financial services company using Perl and MS-SQL – Experience...

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 members representing over 100 tech companies in San Francisco, and is primarily represented by Jack Dorsey, Co-founder of Twitter; Founder of Square,Biz Stone, Co-founder of...

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 much like the Apple iPhone. In fact, it looks enough like the Apple iPhone for it to be called an iPhone-clone in this space. In fact, that observation should give Apple pause...

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 about the history of blogs and blogging, check out Scott Rosenberg’s classic book called Say Everything. Here’s my video interview with Scott:) Indeed, this is a...

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 this blog post is being written – Chicago. Meanwhile TechCrunch Disrupt is underway, and here’s to a great several days. The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon produced...

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 Media platform large and small, and from Friend Feed to Tellen.me and The People Aggregator. In my time, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried 90 percent of them. But for...

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 as the real iPhone 5 did was provided by an unnamed source they met on an airplane. But, the iPhone, if it is the Apple iPhone 5, is longer than the iPhone 4. Well,...

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 SouthPark Hotel. The show, which this blogger has been a frequent guest on many times, focuses on what Tonya calls “The Power of Social Media” and how it can be...

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 in a few minutes,” which means everyone wants to ask the POTUS a question. But it also means President Obama is reaching out to America in ways his GOP challenger Mitt...

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 him. That assertion, started with this blog post, then carried over to Twitter: TechCrunch Disrupt New York: First Kinda Post – Michael Arrington Disrupt Lacks Buzz zennie62blog.com/2012/05/24/tec…...

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 when clicking on the Google News link: there’s vastly less media coverage about what’s happening at TechCrunch Distrupt. The reason for that is not hard to determine:...

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 then says you don’t know. Got that? The latest incarnation of this problem happened today while I was using my Facebook iPhone app. The app showed 19 people who were in...

“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...