I'm glad for two reasons: First, Nick has broken out of the $12-per-post world of blogging. Second, his book is a bunch of funny stuff that other people said, rather than a couple hundred pages about how Twitter is changing everything, just everything, so you need to hire Nick Douglas as a speaker and/or business… » 3/18/09 1:15pm 3/18/09 1:15pm

On Mumbai tragedy, Twitter proves useful in its uselessness

Can't stand CNN? Don't want to keep Googling for news? Pop open a browser window and leave a Twitter search for "mumbai" running. People are posting photo links and group-sulking, rather than the usual sort of "if only they had used Twitter more in Mumbai, none of this would have happened" chatter. You can always go… » 11/28/08 2:17pm 11/28/08 2:17pm

Mahalo motormouth to launch mystery product in December

I'm taking guesses now. What's "Project A," the seekrit product being talked up by Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis on his private mailing list? A recap of recent events: He launched a human-powered news feed at a time most companies were planning layoffs. After that, he performed a layoff, then trolled for new… » 11/28/08 1:13pm 11/28/08 1:13pm

Icahn buys more Yahoo shares, considers H-P exec for CEO gig

Jerry Yang's least favorite investor bought nearly seven million more shares of YHOO. BoomTown reporter Kara Swisher did my homework for me again: Todd Bradley, head of H-P's $28 billion Personal Systems group, has been added to the list of potential Yahoo CEOs. Just to keep things complicated, the board my appoint an… » 11/28/08 12:35pm 11/28/08 12:35pm

Woman who hoaxed suicidal teen found guilty of three misdemeanors

Lori Drew (right), the 49-year-old Missouri mom who posed as a 16-year-old boy on MySpace, has been convicted of three misdemeanors » 11/26/08 5:02pm 11/26/08 5:02pm, but no felonies, in the death of 13-year-old Megan Meier — a former "best friend" of Drew's own daughter Sarah — who committed suicide after being rejected by the fake boy. In short, the…

Which founders frolicked in Cancun while you cleaned out your desk?

Last weekend, around 60 entrepreneurs under age 35 flew to Cancun for a retreat informally dubbed Summit Series. CNET reporter Caroline McCarthy was one of the press attendees who agreed not to name names » 11/26/08 12:53pm 11/26/08 12:53pm. Nice try. The list of attendees identified below includes Dave Morin from Facebook, Joe Green who roomed with…

Is the Demo conference still worth $18,500?

For nearly twenty years, the Demo conference » 11/26/08 12:18pm 11/26/08 12:18pm has been considered the place to be for tech startups seeking attention for their new products. Instead of speeches, companies are required to give live demos of brand-new products, basically launching them onstage. Demo organizer Chris Shipley has a reputation for picking…

New York Times lays off "Shifting Careers" columnist

Marci Albother has written the Times' Shifting Careers » 11/26/08 11:49am 11/26/08 11:49am column since 2007. Yesterday, the NYT allowed her to explain that . I was going to 100-word her long goodbye, but at AllThingsD is a better take on the situation at the . I'm so bummed about everything that I'm not even picking on AllThingsD today.

If only Yahoo would listen to Kara Swisher, she might stop emailing me

"Yahoo striking a Microsoft search deal first » 11/25/08 6:05pm 11/25/08 6:05pm makes more sense" than closing a merger with AOL, writes overproductive BoomTown blogger Kara Swisher. Tracking the complicated, self-conflicting relationships between Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft and Google is like trying to read without a cheat sheet. Swisher's latest megapost…

It's New York Times official: e-commerce has shrunk

Brad Stone blogged the bad news » 11/25/08 5:45pm 11/25/08 5:45pm: "During the first 23 days of November, according to a report to be released later on Tuesday by the research firm comScore, consumers spent $8.19 billion online, a 4 percent drop from the same period last year. That marks the first annual decline since e-commerce took off." You can…