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...

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...

Should I Create a Facebook Page for SiliconANGLE? #fail

So I’ve had the discussion with several of my staff, and several publishers that I’m on friendly enough terms to talk about their metrics with, and I remain unconvinced that devoting efforts to the maintenance of a Facebook page is in my best interests. When it comes...

Cool App of the Day: VVall Grid

This thing is cool. Check it out. It turns out a timeline of your pictures uploaded to a variety of services, including Facebook or Twitpic. It gives you some stats – like total timeline length and photos uploaded per day. Picasa does the same thing within the...

The 17th Century Roots of Activity Streams

It occurs to me that history is written by journalists. That seems a bit obvious now that I read it in black and white, so let me backtrack a second and explain the train of thought that lead me to that “epiphany.” The etymology of the word “journalism,” it turns out,...

What Color Poop Did My Kid Kick Out Last Week? [#facebookmail]

Best comment I’ve seen on this stupid, supposed Facebook Mail announcement for next week, by John Baker, on Google Buzz: John Baker – So, how are people going to respond when Facebook becomes the largest e-mail provider in the world? They will say that, and they...

Monica Keller Leaves Facebook: The First of Many?

I saw this post by Owen Thomas over at Venturebeat: “Open-standards advocate Monica Keller leaves Facebook, joins Socialcast.” Facebook’s efforts to raise its reputation for technological openness suffered a blow with the departure of Monica Keller, a well-regarded...

More on Facebook’s New “Likes”

I briefly mentioned in my previous post here (and the one from yesterday on SiliconANGLE) that the new “like” functionality from Facebook isn’t going to be useful for small to mid-sized content producers. I saw my first “like” implementation in the wild just...

Just Some Thoughts and Follow-Up on #F8 and “Open”

If you haven’t seen the post I wrote earlier today, you should. There’s three key points I’ll quote again here: 1) Facebook is not going to get grassroots adoption with the new like platform. Aside from it being a pain in the butt to get true seamless Facebook...

The Great LBS Wars of 2010

I did a little mini-doc containing my thoughts around Location Based Social Networks (entitled “The Great LBS Wars of 2010”). Full description and post is up at SiliconANGLE. This is a non autoplaying version of the embed, so feel free to share it around for those of...

I know what animal you're thinking of.

Hey Rizzn-ites, Have you ever played 20 Questions with a computer or small orb? If so, you know that computers and technology, are very capable of predicting what we’ll say and what we’re thinking. How does it do it? Greg Blonder, who we interviewed on the...

Google and Facebook

Hey Rizzn-ites, It seems that every time I gear up to do a blog post, Google or Facebook have to worm their way into my monologue at some point. Today is no exception. A few days ago, Mike Arrington dropped a bombshell that got a little play in the blogosphere and...

Google to be 100% Open

Mike Arrington says he’s talked to four of several folks who attended a super-secret meeting over at the Googleplex that more or less say: The short version: Google will announce a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s...

RizWords Weekly Roundup

I’m going to try to highlight a few things from the show this week that I think warrant further discussion. This may or may not become a regular feature. We’ll see how you guys like it. gPhoneDo I really need to say more about this? Check Episode 116 of...

Facebook API Programming: the Business Side

Hey Rizzn-ites, As I’ve mentioned several times on the show, I was simply amazed at how easy it is to create Facebook applications using the same tried and true backend web technologies we web programmers all use day-to-day. So, you know it was just a matter of...

Badware: 1700 Posts that No One Will Read

According to Google, rizzn.com is a site that “may hurt your computer.” Don’t you just feel dangerous as heck reading this right now? I’m not exactly sure why, although I was sent an email from a business associate last week: When I empty my...

RizWords – Daily Politics and Tech – EP51

RizWords – Daily Politics and TechEpisode 51 – download now – subscribe now A member of the TechPodcast Network @ techpodcast.com. If it’s Tech, it’s here. Remember, if you’re listening on the podcast recording, you can call into...

RizWords – Daily Politics and Tech – EP46

RizWords – Daily Politics and TechEpisode 46 – download now – subscribe now A member of the TechPodcast Network @ techpodcast.com. If it’s Tech, it’s here. Remember, if you’re listening on the podcast recording, you can call into...

Hackers Declaring Cyberwar on Facebook and Myspace

I’ve been seeing this headline pop up all over the place the last few days: Hackers Declaring War On MySpace, Facebook? My question is: who are these hackers? Is there a central organisation of hackers that have decided to declare this war? Should Facebook and...