… 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...

Early Adopter Grief: Google Video and Yahoo Buzz Bite the Dust

Early adopters are having a hard time with the lives of their early favorite apps lately. Two deaths are hitting me where I live right now: The first one is Google Video. I got an email from Google, letting me know that I needed to download all my old videos and find...

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...

Are You Ever Shocked by Google Autocompletes?

I was playing around on my XBox, trying out different plugins for PlayOn, a service which allows you to watch podcasts on your TV via your XBox. I was watching an interview Kevin Rose did with Marissa Mayer.  The first question Kevin asked was whether or not any...

Rizzn Goes Radically Transparent!!!1!111!!

I’ve talked briefly about my feelings on location based social networks (here, here and here). Louis Gray tackled this topic at length. This is a pithy post that will be a public demonstration of just how sedentary my lifestyle is. I’ve added a new feature to the...

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...

Google Voice Fail

I’ve seen some puzzling messages from Google Voice’s transcription, but this attempt to translate an automated reminder to pay my cable bill left me really scratching my head. After listening to the message (embedded below), it turns out it was attempting to...

MSN Live Search Beating Google?

In my personal blog’s web stats, I’ve been consistently (for the last month and a half) getting five times as much drop-in traffic from MSN Live search users than from Google. Why do you suppose that is? That’s completely up-side-down from how...

Google Deadpooled by CrunchBase; OmniDrive Not So Much

I saw a note on FriendFeed from Duncan Riley earlier today indicating he’d posted on OmniDrive, the back-up solutions company that’s had an uncertain future for quite some time. Duncan and Nik Cubrilovic, both of which who have history at TechCrunch, also...

Is Google Vulnerable in Advertising?

Steve Rubel just twittered an article from today’s International Herald Tribune entitled “Google shows vulnerability in Advertising.” It’s almost a completely ridiculous article, but for the small weaknesses that Google does have in its ad...

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...

gPhone: 30 pre-Beta Tests Underway

Hey Rizzn-ites and gPhone Hounds, Last week I picked up a stray bit from a LiveJournaler about there being 30 rumored pre-beta gPhones wandering around in Mountain View California. Blogger Michael Bazeley recounts an experience he had in an Emeryville Apple store...

gPhone: Belaboring the Point on the NYT Article

Hey Rizzn-ites, I posted a bit yesterday about the NYT piece on the gPhone. The coverage of the NYT analysis has been spun as wrong as it can possibly be, with the grand take-a-way being that there is no gPhone coming. The original article was a bit off in the first...

Google + Jaiku

digg_url = ‘http://www.rizzn.com/2007/10/google-jaiku.asp';I just found out via C.C. Chapman on Twitter, but it would appear that Jaiku has been purchased by Google! This from the Jaiku FAQ today: Jaiku is joining Google. While it’s too soon to comment on...

gPhone: In Defense of Google

Hey Rizzn-ites, Well, if you’re like me, you woke up this morning with an inbox full of emails and a Google reader that pointed to mostly links to the New York Times article on the gPhone. Instead of tapping out thirty or forty replies to emails on my comment on...

gPhone: Rumored to be in the Wild!

Hey Rizzn-ites and gPhone hounds, Just a bit of gPhone news for the weekend, it has been reported by Alex Lewis over at Network World that Google may have released some ‘pre-beta gPhones into the wild': Google has reportedly released approximately 30 pre-beta...

gPhone: Unsubstantiated Rumor

I haven’t spoken with “Deep Throat” in a couple of days, so I’ll have to ask him about this, but I just picked up an unsubstantiated rumor from a student at Rochester Institute of Technology: So apparently Google’s Phone really truly for...

gPhone: ExpansysTV demos the possible HTC/gPhone Platform

digg_url = ‘http://www.rizzn.com/2007/10/gphone-final-countdown-starts-here.asp';As we mentioned yesterday, the new HTC Dual touch has been released. ExpansysTV has released a five minute long YouTube video demonstrating the device. It has been speculated by...

gPhone: The Final Countdown Starts Here

digg_url = ‘http://www.rizzn.com/2007/10/gphone-final-countdown-starts-here.asp';Update (11:52 AM CST 10/3/2007): You might be interested in this video demo of the HTC Dual Touch, which is rumored to be the hardware platform for the gPhone. I’d also like...

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...