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Top stories for the week of April 17 – April 21, 2006

April 21, 2006 Leave a comment

Would you believe 2 percent of U.S. Internet traffic is going through Photobucket? That’s the word from TechCrunch on the image, photo, and video hosting site. It serves 63 percent of all media links to sites like MySpace, compared to just 8 percent for Flickr and 1.3 percent for YouTube. And it’s profitable. Who knew?

 In other Web 2.0 news, Cnet News.com asks whether anyone can actually make money on mashups: sites that combine online maps and data. They’re really cool but really easy to duplicate, which makes VCs a little shy—except for real-estate sites like Trulia and Zillow. But money is flowing into Simply Hired (which got $13.5 million in VC funds), a vertical search engine for jobs, blogs Om Malik while Facebook got $25 million from Greylock Partners. So much for the buyout rumors. Also  new this week: FeedBurner’s new blog-to-email product and scanR, which turns your camera phone into a scanner. AOL appears to be readying the launch of a MySpace competitor called Head On. And get your pre-orders in now for 2 releases due out this summer: Mindstorms NXT (the software this round will be open source) and The Long Tail, Chris Anderson’s highly-anticipated book (nice quote from Eric Shmidt on the cover).

But the big news this week for bloggers was politics: It was a bizarre week in the Whitehouse says Hotline On Call. Scott McClellan resigned as obfuscation minister, and word on the street is that he was pushed. This makes sense, says Wonkette, given that McClellan’s explanation was vague and lame. Powerline hopes the replacement will take a more aggressive approach toward the White House press corps for a change. Karl Rove was also demoted, but not nearly far enough said Howard Dean. He’ll be focusing instead on election strategy says Hit and Run. The real question, of course, is why all this wasn’t announced at 9pm on Friday says Jossip.

Calls for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation swelled, and even Taegan Goddard runs Sen. Chuck Hagel’s quote on how the SecDef doesn’t command the respect of our men and women in uniform. But Rumsfeld’s Parisnot considering resigning. Huffington Post writes that for Bush to fire Rumsfeld would amount to saying he’d failed as president, while Wizbang contrasts retired general Anthony Zinni’s carping today with his warnings about Iraq while serving under Clinton in 2000. And anyway, Zinni’s just one of 4,700 living retired U.S. generals, says Right Wing News.

Potential military action against Iran remains a hot topic as Tehran claims it has enriched uranium already, and Think Progress blogs that a retired Air Force general claims military operations are already under way in the Islamic Republic. The left should just admit it would rather let Iran have nukes than bomb to stop it, says Right Wing News.

Finally on the lighter side, TomKitten arrived this week and Tom Cruise told Diane Sawyer in a Primetime Live interview that he would eat Katie Holmes’ placenta after the birth. Was he serious? Just in case, several bloggers (we couldn’t make this stuff up) posted recipes. Jennifer Anniston called Oprah live to deny she’s planning an $8 million wedding to Vince Vaughn. And, Paris Hilton is coming to your phone: the heiress and reality TV star has agreed to use her likeness in a series of mobile video games. Consider yourself warned.

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Top stories for the week of April 17 – April 21, 2006

April 21, 2006 Leave a comment

Would you believe 2 percent of U.S. Internet traffic is going through Photobucket? That’s the word from TechCrunch on the image, photo, and video hosting site. It serves 63 percent of all media links to sites like MySpace, compared to just 8 percent for Flickr and 1.3 percent for YouTube. And it’s profitable. Who knew?

 In other Web 2.0 news, Cnet News.com asks whether anyone can actually make money on mashups: sites that combine online maps and data. They’re really cool but really easy to duplicate, which makes VCs a little shy—except for real-estate sites like Trulia and Zillow. But money is flowing into Simply Hired (which got $13.5 million in VC funds), a vertical search engine for jobs, blogs Om Malik while Facebook got $25 million from Greylock Partners. So much for the buyout rumors. Also  new this week: FeedBurner’s new blog-to-email product and scanR, which turns your camera phone into a scanner. AOL appears to be readying the launch of a MySpace competitor called Head On. And get your pre-orders in now for 2 releases due out this summer: Mindstorms NXT (the software this round will be open source) and The Long Tail, Chris Anderson’s highly-anticipated book (nice quote from Eric Shmidt on the cover).

But the big news this week for bloggers was politics: It was a bizarre week in the Whitehouse says Hotline On Call. Scott McClellan resigned as obfuscation minister, and word on the street is that he was pushed. This makes sense, says Wonkette, given that McClellan’s explanation was vague and lame. Powerline hopes the replacement will take a more aggressive approach toward the White House press corps for a change. Karl Rove was also demoted, but not nearly far enough said Howard Dean. He’ll be focusing instead on election strategy says Hit and Run. The real question, of course, is why all this wasn’t announced at 9pm on Friday says Jossip.

Calls for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation swelled, and even Taegan Goddard runs Sen. Chuck Hagel’s quote on how the SecDef doesn’t command the respect of our men and women in uniform. But Rumsfeld’s Parisnot considering resigning. Huffington Post writes that for Bush to fire Rumsfeld would amount to saying he’d failed as president, while Wizbang contrasts retired general Anthony Zinni’s carping today with his warnings about Iraq while serving under Clinton in 2000. And anyway, Zinni’s just one of 4,700 living retired U.S. generals, says Right Wing News.

Potential military action against Iran remains a hot topic as Tehran claims it has enriched uranium already, and Think Progress blogs that a retired Air Force general claims military operations are already under way in the Islamic Republic. The left should just admit it would rather let Iran have nukes than bomb to stop it, says Right Wing News.

Finally on the lighter side, TomKitten arrived this week and Tom Cruise told Diane Sawyer in a Primetime Live interview that he would eat Katie Holmes’ placenta after the birth. Was he serious? Just in case, several bloggers (we couldn’t make this stuff up) posted recipes. Jennifer Anniston called Oprah live to deny she’s planning an $8 million wedding to Vince Vaughn. And, Paris Hilton is coming to your phone: the heiress and reality TV star has agreed to use her likeness in a series of mobile video games. Consider yourself warned.

Categories: Uncategorized