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Where next for Steven Sinofsky?

After his abrupt departure from Microsoft last week, inquiring minds want to know just where Steven Sinofsky will land next. Here are a couple intriguing possibilities. What do you think?

WalkMe raises $5.5 million to guide you through the web

WalkMe has raised $5.5 million to help guide you through the internet, providing clues and information to users before they end up with customer support or sending emails asking for help. Launched in April, the company sees itself as a simpler solution to customer support.

Video widget maker Taboola raises another $10 million

With its video widgets now serving up half a billion recommendations a day for publishers ranging from the New York Times to USA Today, Taboola secures a Series C funding round of $10 million. Founder Adam Singolda says the money will be used for infrastructure.

Oprah’s back with a digital book club

Oprah’s Book Club, which turned featured books into major bestsellers, is back after two years — with some improvements for the digital age: “This time it’s an interactive online book club for our digital world,” Oprah Winfrey says.

Why you’ll soon love your cellphone contract

What if consumers actually enjoyed signing contracts? What if carriers just gave away phones — all of them — for free? John S. Wilson of Policy Diary imagines a world where carriers could entice consumers into signing four- or five-year contracts, with the right perks.

Comcast promotes Neil Smit to Cable CEO

Comcast’s Neil Smit is taking the title of CEO for the company’s cable operations, 18 months after joining the company. In that time, Smit has led an improvement in the company’s customer service, while also ramping up product development and improving customer retention.

Josh Sundquist Might Be the Most Inspiring Guy on YouTube

YouTuber Josh Sundquist was named today as YouTube’s On the Rise star for January, getting a featured spot on the front page. Looking at his videos, it’s not hard to see why — the author, Paralympian and motivational speaker’s work isn’t just fun, but truly inspirational.

Intematix: Using Phosphor to Revolutionize LEDs

Intematix, an eleven-year-old VC-backed LED materials company, has an announced a new product called ChromaLit, which uses a new design for a phosphor light source for LED makers. The company says it will revolutionize the way LEDs are made.

Top 10 Serialized Favorites From 2010

It was a great year for online video, thanks to the vast and varied quantities of serialized content available: shows, memes and experiences that went beyond the single-serving to engage audiences and change how we saw advertising, parenting, dancing and live-streaming.

Where to Watch YouTube Play Tonight

YouTube’s having a party to celebrate the artistic and experimental content submitted to its YouTube Play program, and if you’re not in New York, you can still tune in thanks to a livestream, to be hosted at youtube.com/play, tonight beginning at 8 PM ET.

George Strompolos Leaves YouTube to Found Start-Up

YouTube’s George Strompolos, who handled strategic partner development for the site and was popular with creators like Michael Buckley, announced on Twitter today that this is his last day at YouTube/Google, as he’s leaving the company to found a “digital media start-up” in Los Angeles.

Aydin Senkut on His New Fund & Cultural Changes at Google

Aydin Senkut, an early employee at Google, was the company’s first product manager, then its first head of international sales. He’s has now been an angel investor for four-and-a-half years and recently closed a fund of about $40 million at Felicis Ventures.

The Geek Awards: Good Food, But Uninterested in Geekery

Last night, AOL threw a party to celebrate their blogging network, under the guise of handing out so-called Geek Awards. But the event was a Blackberry-sponsored appropriation of the passion that fuels innovation online and off, ultimately doing a great disservice to real “geek” culture.

Aydin Senkut Raises Early Stage Fund

Aydin Senkut, a well known angel investor and ex-Googler has closed a new $40 million fund for his Palo Alto, Calif.-based four-year-old investment firm, Felicis Ventures. The fund will invest in very stage startups including those focused on consumer Internet and mobile sectors.

Video: Chris Sacca Helps Founders Cash Out Shares Early

Chris Sacca recently closed an $8.5 million fund to make seed-stage investments in Internet startups. But that’s not the only fund at his newly opened Lowercase Capital (the two-person shop includes COO Serena Lourie). In fact, there are five funds.

FCC Names Chief Technologist

The Federal Communications Commission has named Douglas Sicker as chief technologist. Chairman Julius Genachowski said in announcing the app…

Julian Smith’s Production Value Shines on YouTube

Day Three of YouTuber Week focuses on self-taught filmmaker Julian Smith, whose acting talents are almost overshadowed by his incredible production values. However, the 23-year-old creator puts his comedy first, and himself second, for a varied assortment of sketches, music videos, and random video experiments.

Kat Sketch Uses YouTube To Show Off Her Art

YouTuber Week continues with a look at artist and vlogger Kat Sketch. Having joined YouTube in September 2008, Sketch’s viewcounts rarely break the six figure mark, but her art pieces using unconventional materials are just one part of her online success.

Open vs. Closed: What Does Open Really Mean?

The launch of Facebook’s open graph protocol is fueling the debate over whether it is better to be open vs. closed. But the ultimate answer may be that it depends. Being open can benefit a company in some ways, while being closed is better in others.

Twitter Launches Places, Annotations, User Streams for Developers

Twitter will soon give developers access to streams of user activity on its system, and allow them to create their own annotations to send along with tweets, Twitter’s director of platform Ryan Sarver said at the company’s Chirp conference, being held in San Francisco today.

Video Interview: Why Polyvore Is More Than Just Fashion

Polyvore, a fast-growing fashion community site, is in the interesting position of pushing forward both search and user-generated content creation at the same time. On the occasion of her hiring, we interviewed new CEO Sukhinder Singh Cassidy about some fascinating stats and observations about the company.

Yahoo's New Search Head Takes Skepticism Head On

I’m not sure Shashi Seth knew what he was getting into, but he must have had an inkling. Yahoo’s new SVP of search products (as of three weeks ago) invited the press over to Sunnyvale today to try to “reset” perceptions about Yahoo and search.

Mr. Open Web Goes to Google

Chris Messina, self-titled “open web advocate,” will take that official title at Google starting Monday. He joins Joseph Smarr, the former CTO of Plaxo, who will also start at Google this month. Both are board members of the OpenID Foundation.

The Government's Broadband Bucks Trickle Out

The federal government’s plan to dispense $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funds are finally beginning with the announcement of $182 million in government funds for 18 projects to be detailed later today. This means the government is 3 percent of the way through the grant-making process.

Geodelic Brings Serendipity to Location

From chip makers to mobile phone giants to tiny upstarts, location-based services are seen as the wireless world’s pot of gold. Among…

The dMarc Brothers: Where Are They Now?

In case you were wondering if the Steelberg brothers, the founders of online radio ad firm dMarc Broadcasting that Google bought in 2006, ev…

Semel’s Route To IMG Passes Through Dubai

Terry Semel, the former Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO, is involved in a bid to return to his Hollywood roots: his media/investment firm Windsor Med…

Verizon Execs Get Raises In 2007

Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) CEO and Chairman, received $26.6 million in compensation for his performance in 2007, inc…

Semel Looking At Buying Into New Line?

We reported first earlier this month that former Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Terry Semel is boosting his investment firm Windsor Media, with the…

What's In a Name? Too much, sometimes…

Picking a name for your startup is tough, especially when you have to consider real estate on the Web. Sometimes you have…