#Chris #Messina #leaves #Google

Chris Messina, famous as the inventor of the hashtag convention on Twitter, has left Google. Messina worked on the short-lived Google Buzz,…

Has Facebook ruined Silicon Valley or just changed it?

Facebook’s meteoric rise and multibillion-dollar valuation may have created an incentive for thousands of entrepreneurs and investors, but veteran venture capitalist Bill Davidow says its philosophy of customer exploitation has also helped distort the values that Silicon Valley technology companies used to hold dear.

The 3 pieces that are turning WordPress into a platform

These days, WordPress acts more like a development framework or a PaaS (Platform as a Service), says WooThemes CEO Adii Pienaar. And in the last year, several new services have sprung up to help make WordPress a platform in the truest sense of the word.

Twitter slowly unfolding its search ambitions

It has been fairly obvious for a few years that the search-driven, URL-centric web would converge with the web of social objects. It’s something that drives Google(s goog)’s paranoia and something Facebook(s fb) dreams about. However, the company most likely to capture the opportunity is Twitter,

When Facebook goes down, the Internet barely blinks

Facebook went down for a few hours last night, causing people to turn to Twitter to complain, quip and mourn. But despite the outsized reactions from the site’s users the web itself barely felt the shock of losing the largest social network on the planet.

Machinima’s secret to original drama is its audience

The most notable thing about gamer-focused web video network Machinima isn’t its 1.3 billion monthly video views and 149 million uniques. It’s this — getting people to watch drama online, by making sure its drama series will directly appeal to its audience.

Symbian is alive and kicking, for now

While Symbian seems to be Nokia’s unloved child and is fading in terms of worldwide shipments, it isn’t ready to be completely written off yet. The platform is still the leader in mobile web browsing according to StatCounter, which tracks web usage.

Why you shouldn’t launch your startup in the press

What’s one way to maximize the potential success of your startup while minimizing risk? Make sure that your business and application are ready by testing on users before you make a big marketing push, says Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup.

Facebook Browser Friends YouTube, Helps You Waste Time Faster

RockMelt launched its Facebook browser a few months ago to much fanfare — and criticism. Now it is adding web services apps, like an application for YouTube that will let users view videos, as well as create and manage playlists directly through the browser.

Factual Wants to Be Your Place Database in the Cloud

Web data API provider Factual is making a play for the hot geo-local space today. Today it came out a huge new dataset for geo-coded information like addresses and phone numbers tied to latitude and longitude for 14 million local U.S. businesses and points of interest.

Webishades: An ARG About Web Series, For Web Series Fans

Interactivity is a key element when it comes to successfully spreading web content. Enter a recently-launched ARG created specifically for the web series community, created by producer Jenni Powell and No Mimes Media, that’s had low participation so far but can live forever online.

Trailmeme and the Web of Intent

The quickened pace of content production and distribution has created a stream of information that we have trouble focusing our attention on, much less our intention. A Web of Intent will require a different interaction with the stream, insisting on active rather than passive consumption.

Is Web Video Replacing Prime-time TV?

For years online video has been seen as complementary to broadcast TV, but now there are signs that video on the web could be displacing traditional TV viewing during the prime-time hours. So is web video finally starting to replace broadcast TV viewing?

WebKit Is Great, But Isn't the Great Unifier

WebKit has gained astounding traction in the world of the mobile web; the open-source layout engine is at the heart of all but two mobile browsers. But it won’t be the unifying force in mobile data that some wishful thinkers have envisioned.

Woo-hoo! We Have Been Nominated for a Webby!

GigaOM has been nominated for a Webby in the Best Business Blog category. Winners of the 14th annual Webby Awards will be announced on May 4. We are up against some heavyweights, so help us win the People’s Voice award by voting for us.

Geniuses Love LOLcats and Cake Wrecks Too

Mensa, the exclusive society aimed at the super-smart, has come out with a list of the top 50 web sites in different categories, as voted upon by the group’s members. The list includes some fairly prosaic choices, including I Can Has Cheezburger and How Stuff Works.

BlackBerry Will Have a New WebKit-based Browser…Soon!

Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis during his keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona said that his company is going to launch a new WebKit-based browser. While he waxed eloquent about the browser, he didn’t give any specifics as to its availability, however.

Six Useful Extensions for Google Chrome on Mac

After months of pining — and even some whining — Google Chrome on Mac OS X now supports browser extensions and bookmark synchronization. Although there are thousands of extensions, these six are my must-haves. Which ones are you using or can you recommend?

The Start Project: Return of the Incubator?

The three co-founders of WebShots and 30 Boxes, along with Crackle founder Josh Felser, are launching a new incubator based in Mill Valley, Calif. The company will develop new ideas and then spin them off as independent companies. Will this incubator work?

oDesk, Freelancers & the Future of Work

oDesk this week announced a new service called oDesk Staffing, which gives U.S.-based freelancers access to benefits (including health coverage, retirement plans and education savings accounts) and other services. It’s a smart move, as it positions the company to take advantage of a major societal shift.

Glide Seeks to Deliver a Richer OS — Right In Your Browser

TransMedia will release on Monday an ambitious new version 4.0 of its Glide OS web desktop environment. Designed to run within any popular browser, it bears some distant resemblance to the cloud dreams that Google has for its upcoming Chrome OS, but heads in unique directions.

Powerset vs. Cognition: A Semantic Search Shoot-out

While Powerset unquestionably has some interesting and valuable semantic search technology, there are other semantic search engines that produce equally meaningful and relevant results.
In this post, we compare Powerset results with those of a demo implementation from one such search engine, Cognition Technologies. And we compare them both with the current gold standard in web search, Google.

My 8 Commandments for Marketing Your Startup

I’m one of the co-founders of two-year-old startup Marketo, a marketing automation company serving B2B companies. I’m also VP of marketing, meaning…

Webkinz’s Ad-Support Move Sparks Backlash

Websites for young kids always have to tread carefully when it comes to advertising. Kids virtual world Webkinz is finding out just how much…

WebWorkerDaily Gets A Makeover Too

[qi:_webworkerdaily] We have been busy this weekend, rolling out new designs. In addition to this blog, WebWorkerDaily got a big makeover too.…

The Amazing Rise of WebKit Mobile

The Google Android SDK, released yesterday, confirmed what had been long been rumored: Google’s mobile platform uses WebKit, an open source browser…

How NOT to bootstrap

We’ve published several posts here about why bootstrapping is often the best way to fund your startup, and how to do it…

The-$700-Million Question of The Day:

I published a “guest column today on GigaOM”:http://gigaom.com/2007/08/05/did-club-penguin-sell-up-or-sell-out/ about the announcement last week that “Disney is acquiring Club Penguin”:http://corporate.disney.go.com/wdig/press_releases/2007/07_0801_clubpenguin.html, the fantastically successful…

Yahoo Music … Playing in Mono

Yahoo Music has resulted in a lot of fuss (most complete coverage on PaidContent) and violent reactions on the stock market. Just…