According to Search Engine Land, the hack was more than the main/ index page hijacking, with Cutts’ entire archive also being deleted as well.
The Ying and Yang of the startup business.
Arrington says on the deal:
Since FC focuses on the negative news coming out of startups, and TechCrunch tends to focus on the positive, this combination may seem odd. But the sites are in fact extremely complementary. For example, the audiences are about equal in size and have very little overlap. So from day one we will double our reach and traffic.
To be honest I wouldn’t have visited Fucked Company in maybe 4-5 years, and am surprised it was even still going, and yet Arrington getting into the dead pool game is a sure sign that the boom is on the way out and that TechCrunch is going to have less and less positive start up stories to blog about….indeed remember 31 March, it could become one of those tipping point days in the history of Web 2.0, where the lead cheerleader for Web 2.0 went negative by acquisition.
Update: suggestions elsewhere + in the comments here that this is a April Fools Day joke from Arrington. Dave Winer seems to think it is, but the post is dated 31 March, not April 1, and as far as I can remember, jokes on March 31 don’t count as April fools day jokes. If it is a joke, Phillip Kaplan is in on it given the intro splash page at Fucked Company has a “big news” intro and a TechCrunch style logo for the site. Time will tell I guess, but oddly enough I still think the acquisition makes a lot of sense, even if it is a big joke.
Would You Watch Ads On Your Cell Phone?
Some people seem to think that you and I would be willing to watch ads on our cell phones in return for free calling minutes. A Harris Interactive survey suggests, however, that more people would prefer cash before minutes, and fewer people would accept free ringtones or discount coupons. I don’t know. Would you want to watch ads on your cell phone? I’d think the incentive would have to be high.
Who Reads More? Print or Online Readers?
You’ve probably read or heard that online readers only browse, have short attention spans, and probably don’t finish anything they start reading. That’s probably true of those that subscribe to hundreds of feeds, but a Poynter Institute study, Eyetrack, suggests that online readers actually complete more stories than print readers.
Twitter From the Founders’ Viewpoint
Alexandra Berzon at Red Herring gives a nice explanation of the success of Twitter from the founders’ point of view, and how the blogging of influential people such as Steve Rubel and Robert Scoble contributed significantly to that success.
Yahoo has won regulatory approval to acquire Taiwanese based social networking site Wretch.cc for $21.2m.
The relatively unknown Wretch, which we covered back in February, is a Xanga style blogging and social networking destination extremely popular in Chinese language markets, with an Alexa ranking in 36, making the Yahoo acquisition a complete and utter bargain.
According to reports, the purchase had been held up by the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission, who investigated complaints that the acquisition would give Yahoo Taiwan unfair control over Internet advertising rates in Taiwan, and excessive market share as well.
Wretch is said to have 2.8 million members.
You’ve probably heard the term meme and thought, oh it’s some online gimmick that bloggers use to propagate ideas and promote each other. Well, memes can exist offline as well. Boing Boing mentions the 1000 Journals Project, where someone “propagated” journal-type books so that they’d make their way around the world. People wrote or drew in them and left them where they lay or passed them on to people.
These sorts of experiments always fascinate me. Back in my punk years of my mid- to late-20s in Toronto, I used to keep a stack of journals. One would almost always make its way with me when I went nightclubbing, and friends and acquaintances would add a little bit to the book. In more recent years, I came across a little downtown cafe, The Cornerstone, in the town I currently live in. In one of the windowsills, there’s a stack of unlined journals with some of the most fascinating text and graphics contributed by customers young and old – some regulars.
These types of memes just cannot exist online, and is one of the reasons – besides the tactility of books – why I think that paper will never go out of style. On the other hand, this meme can be facilitated online by making the existence of journals known on a website. So if you want to be part of this journal meme, check out the newer 1001 Journals, which lets you either sign up for a journal or send one out in a controlled fashion.
Amsterdam, one of the landmark business in Second life, modeled on the city’s red light district, and specializing in adult content, was sold for $50,000.
The previous owner, whose avatar is called “Stroker Serpentine”, says he sold the iconic virtual destination “to focus on a new, bigger adult business”. Little is known about the city’s new custodian, except that he is â€” perhaps appropriately â€” from the Netherlands.
Amsterdam is one of the first places that most first-time players visit in Second Life, mostly due to the ‘titillation factor’.
InformationWeek has more on this titilating development.