Tech Bubble Watch
After a long sabattical from his Twitter account, Kanye West returned to the internet last night with a flurry of thoughts in 140 characters or less. The big news, he is forming a new company, DONDA. It’s not entirely clear what the mission of the company is, but it seems like the tech set can get involved:
With the trade in private shares of tech companies expected to grow by fifty percent this year, new players are joining established exchanges like SharePost and SecondMarket.
Gate Technologies, based out of New York, is one such challenger. It offers an electronic trading platform and claims to provide faster, less expensive Read More
Did you know Aol’s email service was down for more than 12 hours yesterday?
About 4 percent of Aol Mail users were frozen out of their accounts yesterday and emails sent to them were rejected, MSNBC’s Wilson Rothman reports. Aol Mail users are still missing emailsthat disappeared during the outage.
That’s Read More
The Tumblr Trainwreck
As the tech blogosphere continues to gush and agonize over the question-and-answer site Quora, New York’s question-and-answer site Stack Overflow has been quietly catching fire.
Stack Overflow is primarily a message board where programmers can share tips and tricks and crowdsource solutions to problems they run into while coding. The name is Read More
Tumblr has a new mascot—the Tumbeast.
Tumblr has been drowning in its own popularity lately, reminded users of Twitter’s frequent outages in the early days.
But Twitter has a lovable downtime mascot, the “fail whale’ drawn by artist Yiying Lu, which has had an article in The New York Times Magazine and has Read More
Tech Bubble Watch
Developer John Britton hosted about a dozen guests last weekend at his Brooklyn apartment, the site of the official Peer 2 Peer University hackathon, NYC edition. Guests traveled from New Orleans, Boston, Canada, South Africa and elsewhere to participate in a grueling schedule of coding, talking and planning the next iteration of Read More
Zynga, one of the fastest growing businesses on the web, now has a New York arm.
Game developer Area Code announced today that they will be known as Zynga New York.
There are no details at the moment on what Zynga paid to acquire Area Code or if this was more of Read More
Meetup.com is announcing something big next week.
They’re calling it “New Meetup,” and more than 1,000 people have RSVP’ed to a secretive event at Irving Plaza.
The coming of “New Meetup” means the site you see today could soon be referred to as “Old Meetup.”
And Meetup is old—about nine years Read More
Long-haired rocker Andrew W.K. is hosting a party—at 4chan!
Mr. W.K.’s song “Party Hard” was memeified at 4chan and other goony websites into a series of animated .gifs like the one above.
On New Year’s Eve, Mr. W.K. tweeted: “I love @4chan. PARTY PARTY PARTY! It’s New Year’s Eve!” with a link Read More
No more “Droid Does.”
Verizon has uploaded its first self-congratulatory iPhone commercial to YouTube, and it’s just about the opposite of the ridiculous robot-themed campaigns it’s been running to promote Android phones.
The Android ads were dark and scary, with evil-looking machines poking at touchscreens with their creepy metallic fingers.
By contrast, Read More