What Does “Verified Account” Actually Mean?

“The @BarackObama Twitter handle is maintained by OFA [Organizing For Action], that is the political organization that was the offshoot of the campaign,” Earnest told Jonathan Karl of ABC News, who asked whether the president reads or approves his tweets. “And that is...

This RSS Reader Puts Out

I’ve had at least a few people pitch me their RSS readers in the last few weeks telling me how their method of news consumption is so far superior to the Google Reader method. If I thought that GReader sucked, I wouldn’t be upset that it was gone....

A Few Thoughts on Maintaining Audience and Creative Integrity

Justin Kownacki put together a thought provoking piece, and addresses what is, to me, the most interesting aspect of not just writing, but anything that involves audience building (which for me, includes building blogs and video vehicles like like and on demand...

Facebook’s Launching an External Ad Network (or are they?).

I’ll make this quick, because I’ve spent most of the evening searching my old coverage of Facebook from 2007 in an unsuccessful bid to back up with written word what I remember predicting repeatedly back then – that Facebook would (or should) launch...

Facebook Owes You Nothing

Richard McManus and Robert Scoble have been poking around at the edges of this most recent Facebook privacy scandal. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the whole thing in a sentence: If you used Facebook in 2010 or earlier, you may have...

Is Big Data Scary for Most People?

This is a post about Big Data, and our inevitable near future. [View the story "Is Big Data Scary for Most People?" on Storify] Is Big Data Scary for Most People? This is a post about Big Data, and our inevitable near future. Storified by Mark ‘Rizzn’...

May Day in Berlin, and the Evolution of Photojournalism

It’s strange to see what is normally a spontaneous event happen with such predictable regularity as the May Day riots in Kreuzberg, Germany.  Fabrizio Bensch, a blogger/photojournalist for Reuters, talks a bit about how the coverage of the event...

Spambot Generated Apparel: The Assault on Editors and Authors

I like to consider myself something of a media critic. To do the work of running an editorial organization the size of SiliconANGLE, you have to be. We’re growing at a fast clip, and we’re blazing trails in journalism. I tried to flog a theory at SxSW a...

Tech Bubbles and the Amount of Fsck I Give

Share undefined Fbcdn Thu, Apr 26 2012 20:06:12 This weekend lacked a proper bitchmeme, so the blogosphere played out the debate of whether or not Silicon Valley in specific and tech in general is undergoing a bubble. Again. Share “ Is it a tech bubble?...

Instagram is Facebook’s $1b Bribe to Valley VCs

Look, I’ve always derided pundits in the past for being trigger-happy on the “we’re in a bubble” talk, but when you objectively look at the tech sector today and two major acquisitions making headlines, you have to be blind not to notice that everyone’s drinking the...

… in which Jolie O’Dell trolls me. Again. [#yougotmegirl!]

If you read this blog religiously (and lets be honest, you don’t), you remember when Jolie O’Dell trolled me after SxSW that one time (so since you don’t remember, click through the links in that post, and get caught up). In general, I like Jolie. We’re friends on...

Automattic Finally Monetizes (Seven Years Too Late)

Earlier today at John Battelle’s Web 2.0 Summit, Federated Media and Automattic issued a joint announcement that they were now able to offer publishers of WordPress.com’s free blogging service the ability to run advertising on their blogs. This is a break in tradition...

Spotify Mix: Good Ol’ Songs to Listen To at VMworld 2011

It’s been a minute since I’ve made a Spotify mix to share, which is a little funny, since a great deal more of you have Spotify now than when I started doing this. I guess I’ve been a bit busy to actually type these up and share them, but if you friend me on Facebook...

… In which I over-react and threaten to quit all Google products.

[This is a direct c+p from an email I just sent to Google. This letter was written to the “profiles support team” who have decided that I cannot use their service if I want to go by the name Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins. FWIW, since many people ask, I entered it into the...

New Media Pioneer Don Lemon accepts a Reddit “IAmA” invite.

The Daily Dot reports today that CNN anchor Don Lemon is headed for internet fame after accepting a Reddit “IAmA” invitation (hot on the heels of being featured on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire...

Have I Griped Here About Turntable.FM yet? [Get Off My Lawn]

Look, don’t get me wrong. I love music. I love streaming radio. I had a variety talk/music streaming radio show for many years, and worked at some of the finest internet streaming radio institutions with my SiliconANGLE co-worker Art Lindsey and many other folks I...

The Infamous Josh Harris Attempts Yet Another Entrepreneurial Comeback

Some time back, I reviewed Ondi Timoner’s epic documentary of the rise and fall of Josh Harris entitled We Live in Public. In much the same way that Pirates of Silicon Valley or Hackers should be required viewing for any self-respecting nerd, anyone who considers...

Technology Stops for No Man

A good friend of mine is working on a film series, and has a running Facebook group to discuss the production process while it’s being made. He posted this today: Crazy world indeed. Technology marches on. Read our coverage on SiliconANGLE on the Facebook Skype...