Yahoo Round 2

Looks like Carl Icahn was not happy with the way things turned out for Yahoo in regard to the failed Microsoft acquisition. Apparently, he sent a letter yesterday to Yahoo’s Chairman, identifying “irresponsible and unconscionable actions” that led Microsoft to withdraw their offer. Apparently, he is going to snap up some additional shares of Yahoo …

Couple of items

Here’s an interesting piece about press releases from TechCrunch . It identifies the different types of press releases: traditional, search engine optimization releases, and social media releases. It also talks about writing a Customer-focused News Release. “The best releases are going to be outward-focused and reflective of the state of the market, how you fit …

Bezos in Wired

I have to admit, I picked up this month’s Wired, leafed through it, and for the rare issue, didn’t find much of interest. I was curious about the cover with Steve Carell, because really, who doesn’t like Steve Carell? But, I knew it would be one of those basically useless fluff pieces. I left the …

Everybody Wants to Play Nice With Others

Since my post on Friday about MySpace and their “data availability initiative”, both Facebook and Google have made similar announcements. Facebook announced Facebook Connect which will allow users to connect their Facebook identity, friends, and privacy to any Website. And almost as if on cue, Google announced (or is expected to announce on Monday) Friend …

Net Neutrality Bill Linked to Anti-trust Law

So far, the Net Neutrality discussions in Congress have centered on communication and broadband policy and the FCC in terms of regulation. This week, John Conyers (D-MI) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act “to promote competition, to facilitate trade, to ensure competitive and non-discriminatory access to the Internet. This bill …

MySpace Goes Social

Just a couple of items around the news today to discuss. MySpace has started what they are calling a “data availability initiative”. They have developed a series of tools to help people recreate and update their profile on other sites and the ability to “export” friends to other applications. This seems to be inline with …

Getting Hired in a Web 2.0 World

[vimeo 981740] This is pretty fascinating. This talk at a Social Media Breakfast in Cambridge goes over some new strategies for hiring, particularly for positions that relate to Web 2.0, but this could signal a hiring practices change in general. The speaker is Aaron Strout, VP of New Media for Mzinga. (Twitter) Here’s a blog …

Republican Congressman Proposes Ban on Second Life in Schools, Libraries

Chicago Rep. Mark Kirk has sponsored legislation that would ban access to social networking sites for schools and libraries. His recent target at a press conference was Second Life, the online virtual world. Kirk has concerns that there is no age verification on the site and there are several spaces on the site in which …