From the category archives:

AOL

Although we had some advance warning that this might be happening -- courtesy of a post from Mike Arrington at TechCrunch that was denied by Netscape at the time -- it's still kind of sad that AOL is pulling the plug on its social-news experiment at Netscape.com. The note at the Netscape site says that…

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Another one destined for the "No Surprise" file: HBO is planning to shut down its comedy-video site This Just In (I know, I'd never heard of it either) in August, according to Variety magazine. Why? Because -- as one NBC executive admitted when the network shut down its InnerTube site, which was supposed to compete…

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Given all the talk about Facebook being the new AOL -- and I'm as guilty as the next guy -- couldn't the social network have tried a little harder to hire someone other than Chamath Palihapitiya, who was until recently a senior executive at the ill-fated Time Warner unit? His hiring is seen as just…
Update: Jason Kottke has expanded on his one-liner (referred to below) and agrees with Scott Heiferman's comparison to AOL's "rainman" platform from days gone by. Steve Rubel has also written a post about the same topic that is well worth reading. And Jeff Jarvis disagrees that Facebook is the new AOL. Original post: It's probably…

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A couple of stories today came together in my mind as evidence of what you might call Envy 2.0. The first is the New York Times story about how the rich are envious of the super-rich. It seems that Web 1.0 success stories like Reid Hoffman of PayPal (now running LinkedIn) are envious of former…

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