Got a crazy new media startup idea bouncing around in your head at 9:01am? Recession fears keeping you from pursuing your Web 2.0 dreams? Fear not! Amidst the doom and gloom of the slump, tech veterans Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz just put up a $300 million venture capital fund for startups of all sizes, with investments ranging from a paltry $50,000 to a princely $50 million. [Read more…]
To many in the Silicon Valley developer crowd, Bing stands for “But It’s Not Google”. Even at its very announcement, Bing was thunderously upstaged by Google Wave. Even the public equates search with Google, so much so that searching is “googling”. Despite Ballmer’s chair-throwing hatred of Eric Schmidt, Bing is still far from a challenge to Google.
College Humor rubs all of that in Microsoft’s face, with a parody ad that encourages you to google stuff on Bing.
With the rise of new media comes the fall of old media, and with the fall of old media comes the fall of old advertising models. Mad Avenue Blues brilliantly laments that fall, to the tune of American Pie.
When it comes to earning ad dollars in this technologically-enabled age of accountability, algortihms and analytics trump martinis and golf. Call it the revenge of the nerds against the suits. Sing along with me now, while the Long Tail wags and Madison Avenue burns.
Nicholas Carlson reports that Facebook Connect, the service that allows Facebook users to log into third-party sites using their Facebook credentials, is seeing rapid adoption. Just seven months after launch, over ten thousand sites have integrated the service — from mainstream hangouts like Hulu, to geek havens like Digg, to personal WordPress blogs through a plugin.
So what’s so hot about Facebook Connect, especially in competition with Google Friend Connect? I’ve compared the two services in a previous post, but here’s what Facebook itself has to say about the benefits of Facebook Connect: [Read more…]