Top New York sales Googler leaves to go startup

David Hirsch, one of Google's earliest salespeople, is leaving the company after eight years to advise startups, Silicon Alley Insider reports. His track record is mixed: He helped launch Google's attempts to broker print ads, an effort which has met with little success. But having joined the company early enough that… » 1/04/08 5:20pm 1/04/08 5:20pm

One Laptop Per Child job posting reveals lack of business plan

Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project has seemingly listed a job opening for a business-plan writer. It's a bit suspect: The position is listed in Mountain View, but the $100-laptop nonprofit is based in Cambridge, Mass. Even if it's just a clever joke, it does raise a question: Has anyone ever written a… » 1/03/08 6:40pm 1/03/08 6:40pm goes on sale in 10 days

Moniker, a domain-name auction house, is selling and a long list of other thoroughly NSFW domain names in an auction January 13-15. The domain-name business is "extremely dirty," Michael Arrington has said — and he should know, since he spent a fair amount of time in it before launching TechCrunch. I'm… » 1/03/08 5:06pm 1/03/08 5:06pm

Om Malik recovering from heart attack

No laughing matter: GigaOm blogger Om Malik reports that he had a heart attack last week at the age of 41. At Business 2.0, where we both worked before going blog, Malik and I teased each other constantly about our weight. At one point, he and I lined up with two other rotund members of the staff for a photo. The four… » 1/03/08 4:26pm 1/03/08 4:26pm

What it feels like for a girl

Megan Wallent, the newly female executive at Microsoft who formerly went by the name "Michael," reports that her return to the office yesterday was mostly uneventful. The women's restrooms have pink tile, she discovered. (No "trannie restrooms" for her.) "Microsoft Pink," she says, as opposed to the usual… » 1/03/08 3:52pm 1/03/08 3:52pm

Why Robert Scoble got banned from Facebook

Illustrious egoblogger Robert Scoble, the Paris Hilton of Silicon Valley, has committed the geek equivalent of a DUI. He has, by his own admission, violated Facebook's terms of service, and had his account suspended — 5,000 friends and all. Scoble's sin? He used a script to export his Facebook address-book information… » 1/03/08 2:13pm 1/03/08 2:13pm

Is Yahoo's Kickstart set to kick the bucket?

Yahoo's innovation factory, headed by avid conference attendee Salim Ismail and the voluble Bradley Horowitz, has launched another dud, we hear. Kickstart, the recruiting network launched to lavish praise from the likes of Michael Arrington, has attracted vanishingly few users. Stanford's alumni association looks set… » 1/02/08 11:19pm 1/02/08 11:19pm

Without Picks, Yahoo's no longer a blog

Yahoo has axed its Picks blog, which has highlighted a notable new site webevery day for the past 12 years. In an age of 24-hour blogs, a one-link-a-day site was antiquated. And Picks, at 12, was a Methuselah of the Web. But we owe so much to the long-neglected site that it deserves a better obituary than the one… » 1/02/08 2:27pm 1/02/08 2:27pm

Jeff Bezos is cheap, Barry Diller's expensive

The herd of day traders is debating whether to buy Apple before Steve Jobs's keynote at Macworld Expo. But following the herd is a strategy that generally leads to getting trampled. Eric Savitz of Barron's spots a smarter strategy: Buy, and sell — or at least avoid — Barry Diller's IAC. Citigroup analyst… » 1/02/08 1:15pm 1/02/08 1:15pm

io9 launches amidst largest explosion of self-congratulation in history

Valleywag dwells on sex, greed, and hypocrisy. That leaves little room for the merely quirky, edgy, and unprofitable. For that, we present to you io9, a new sci-fi blog published, like Valleywag, by Gawker Media. All of our colleagues are dutifully saying nice things. There will be none of that from Valleywag, thank… » 1/02/08 12:25pm 1/02/08 12:25pm

AOL discontinues a browser no one uses

The surprise in AOL discontinuing the Netscape browser isn't that the Netscape browser is gone. It's that it was still alive, and that anyone was still working on it. From the moment AOL bought Netscape in 1998 this was a foregone conclusion. AOL was interested in Netscape's Web traffic, not its browser; it continued… » 12/31/07 12:00pm 12/31/07 12:00pm