Silicon Valley Watcher (FridayWatch)

2016
November
03,
2016
| 03:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
Journalism’s uncertain futureThis book looks interesting- Journalism’s Lost Generation: The Un-Doing of U.S. Newspaper Newsrooms by Scott Reinardy, a journalism professor at the University of Kansas.Deron Lee at CJR, writesWhen Scott Reinardy began s...
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2014
October
05,
2014
| 03:39 PM America/Los_Angeles
In 2012, a 21 year old man was fatally injured in a drugs-related shooting near my home in San Francisco.A year ago the FBI shut down the online illegal drugs market Silk Road. Jake Swearingen at The Atlantic, reports that so far, there's no successo...
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2013
August
16,
2013
| 01:54 PM America/Los_Angeles
Wired's animation series Codefellas is a lot of fun with sharp writing. Here's the latest episode:Agent Topple and Nicole debate the potential damage North Korea would cause by releasing a computer virus. When Topple realizes the virus could wipe out...
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August
02,
2013
| 12:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
 Codefellas EP1: When Topple met Winters Great animated series from Wired. Chapter 1 is above, the rest are below:"Takes you inside the secretive world of a slightly askew NSA, with the eccentric Agent Topple, played by John Hodgman, and his young ha...
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2010
October
22,
2010
| 02:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
Congratulations to Laughing Squid on its 15th anniversary curating the best of San Francisco/Silicon Valley culture. Founder Scott Beale now lives in New York but that hasn't changed the high quality content you can find on Laughing Squid. - - -Congr...
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October
08,
2010
| 02:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
- Congratulations to Ken Kaplan and team at Intel for winning the PR News' awards "Communication Influencers" category http://bit.ly/d2n1T1 (via @BryanRhoads.) The award is for the Intel Insiders program of which I was a member for two years.- - -- P...
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March
04,
2010
| 01:34 AM America/Los_Angeles
A man is driving through the countryside and he comes across a horse farm. He stops, and is captivated, he ends up buying a horse for $1,000. He tells the farmer he'll be back next week to pick up the horse. But when he arrives, the horse is dead.The...
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2009
August
14,
2009
| 12:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
Excellent Guhmshoo cartoon showing that life without Twitter can be a paradise of rainbows (no unicorns?) and fun. Step away from that computer screen and go out and enjoy life :) Happy Friday!...
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June
19,
2009
| 11:12 AM America/Los_Angeles
Sand Hill Slave provides a handy chart that sums up VC social network investment strategies:From: Sand Hill Slave: - Oops...I Did it Again!...
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June
12,
2009
| 02:36 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sand Hill Slave is back online. I love her attitude especially when it comes to a job interview:Can a smart and sassy assistant find a more challenging opportunity? My intellectual bandwidth is virtually untapped. This blog is a labor of love. I've b...
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June
12,
2009
| 09:42 AM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]. . . Congratulations to Mike Arrington's TechCrunch on its four year anniversary. I went to the celebration at the TechCrunch offices in Palo Alto and had a really nice time, connecting with a whole bunch of...
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May
08,
2009
| 02:54 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week. . .]You have to see this: (Hat tip: Lisa Vincenti) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3kyNGVK-hI. . . The most boring South Park ever: A promo for IBM's LotusSphere 2009 http://bit.ly/U97RQ. . . For media companies it's not...
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May
01,
2009
| 02:02 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]. . . The other day I twitted: How soon before green marketing becomes buzz-kill marketing. "The planet is dying - buy me!"My colleague over at ZDNet @mediaphyter kindly reTweeted (RT) it. She was soon congra...
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April
24,
2009
| 01:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]. . . Not everyone liked my April 1 post but it did fool a bunch of people, and isn't that what it's all about?Google Quietly Drops Its 'Don't Be Evil' Motto David Krane, a senior spokesperson for Google, to...
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April
02,
2009
| 04:31 AM America/Los_Angeles
Thursday was interesting, a media roundtable lunch with eBay's CTO, and then in the evening, a chance to see Allison Lovejoy and Karsten Windt perform at a unique salon up on a hill, not far from me. I was able to shoot part of it, here is part one, ...
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January
22,
2009
| 10:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week . . .]. . . Digg is interviewing four large PR agencies reports Aarti Shah in PR Week. It really wants to move away from its geeky origins and win mainstream credibility. It's a time for change at Digg. Digg to cut workforce 10%...
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2008
November
07,
2008
| 01:06 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Hat tip to Tara DeMoulin)Who says debate is dead in America? Take a look at these photos of two churches across the street from each other:...
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October
17,
2008
| 02:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]. . . Thursday I got a preview of an advanced TV viewing system called Infinite TV from UK company NDS. It's a News Corp company that provides the technology for set-top boxes and other digital devices to a l...
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October
10,
2008
| 03:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]. . . The Conversation Group celebrates its one year anniversary. Congrats!. . . Reuters star reporter Eric Auchard is leaving San Francisco and will work from London. After many months of delays Eric finally...
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September
19,
2008
| 03:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]I've done a lot of talking this week about changes in media and PR. From a big meeting with the largest Redmond based corporation, to Shift Communications in SF, to a delegation of corporate communications di...
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September
12,
2008
| 10:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]Cern powers up its Large Hadron Collider . . .[Hat tip Max Levchin] It's a catchy refrain in Digital Underground style: LHCb sees where the antimatter's gone ALICE looks at collisions of lead ions CMS and ...
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August
29,
2008
| 02:15 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]The slow days of August haven't been that slow. And September will blow in like a hurricane with a slew of events, with Office 2.0 the first week in September.. . .Vote early, vote often . . .The PR Week awar...
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August
01,
2008
| 02:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]Summer slowdown (not!) . . .There's a recession going on and there is a summer going on--at least outside San Francisco/Silicon Valley. While other regions are taking it easy, it seems that little has slowed ...
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July
25,
2008
| 02:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]We get it right the first time ... [correction]At the Fortune Brainstorm conference Fortune writer Adam Lashinsky got a big laugh as moderator of "The Blogger Showdown" when the subject of bloggers making mis...
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July
18,
2008
| 10:45 AM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]First Rule of PR - READ . . .I just got a call from a PR rep to ask if I needed more information about their client -- I had recently met with the company. These types of calls mean just one thing: Am I going...
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June
27,
2008
| 01:53 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]Mark Adams COO Conversation Group . . .Mark Adams, the co-founder of Text 100 and Next15 Communications is taking over as COO at the Conversation Group. He'll be spending about a week every 6 weeks here in Sa...
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June
20,
2008
| 01:14 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]Demo alumni party . . .I went to the Demo Alumni party earlier this week. It was a lot of fun and everyone was there.Brian Solis from FutureWorks PR was there recording everyone for posterity, you can see his...
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June
13,
2008
| 05:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]Meeting Neil Young . . .Tim Cooper, music writer for the Sunday Times was in town earlier this week to interview the rock legend Neil Young. I took the opportunity to drive Tim down to the backside of Woodsid...
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June
06,
2008
| 12:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]Congrats to Ulysses King, who recently joined Kyte.com from Outcast Communications. Ulysses used to work on the Salesforce account - a challenge for anyone. . .. . .It was great to see Sabrina Horn and her to...
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May
23,
2008
| 03:11 PM America/Los_Angeles
[Wrapping up the week in three dots . . .]How Venturebeat got it's beat on . . .Matt Marshall, founder of VentureBeat talks about how his online publication got started and how it transitioned from a blog to a media company. He is talking at the Inno...
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