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

Valleywag drinks, gets hitched

Nicholas Carlson's, Valleywag's geographically handicapped New York reporter, is getting married this Sunday to college sweetheart Anna Brew. Awwww! Aren't they adorable? And he's webcasting the event on Ewwww. Isn't that horrible? One way or another, our last experiment with drunkblogging was so successful… » 1/04/08 3:48pm 1/04/08 3:48pm

Why does Digg hate porn? Because it likes money

Fleshbot, a NSFW site published, like Valleywag, by Gawker Media, feels left out. Digg's terms of service do not allow pornographic content, so Fleshbot doesn't benefit from the flood of traffic prominent placement on Digg allows. Boo frickin' hoo, I say. » 1/04/08 1:25pm 1/04/08 1:25pm

How Plaxo took advantage of Scoble

Did Plaxo exploit blogger Robert Scoble by cajoling him into breaking Facebook's terms of service to test a new feature, temporarily getting his account suspended? Plaxo executive John McCrea would prefer you didn't think so. "Biggest regret? A lot of folks saying/thinking we took advantage of you. Bummer," McCrea … » 1/04/08 3:33am 1/04/08 3:33am

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

Om Malik's smart move

Blogger Om Malik could never have predicted he'd have a heart attack at the age of 41. But he did foresee one thing clearly: He would never build a business on a single blog so closely identified with one author. His spinoff blogs — Web Worker Daily, NewTeeVee, Earth2Tech, and FoundRead — have not matched GigaOm's… » 1/03/08 5:41pm 1/03/08 5:41pm

Nick Denton likes his blogs a bit dark. But his readers seem to disagree. io9, Gawker Media's sci-fi blog, has been its most successful launch to date, with 750,000 pageviews, followed closely by Jezebel. Shiny, happy futurism and go-girl feminism sell better than bleak wit and sardonic jabs at the powers that be. » 1/03/08 5:23pm 1/03/08 5:23pm 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

At airports, Business 2.0 refuses to die

Time Inc. has mostly erased Business 2.0 from its CNNMoney website after shutting the magazine down last year. But newsstands across the country, and readers, have not gotten the memo. » 1/02/08 6:00pm 1/02/08 6:00pm

io9's secret design revealed

I'll admit it, I'm jealous: While Valleywag remains stuck with a logo that looks like an IBM monitor from 1982, io9, Gawker Media's newly launched sci-fi site, has gotten a wickedly cool illustration. The future is coming, and it is diabetically adorable. I quizzed site editor Annalee Newitz on the origins of the logo. » 1/02/08 3:30pm 1/02/08 3:30pm

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

The most hyperactive commenters of 2007

Good thing King Juan Carlos I of Spain never met any of our commenters. Thanks to all of you for never, ever shutting up. Here are the top commenters of 2007, ranked by pearls of wisdom posted. Keep it up in 2008, folks! » 12/31/07 3:00pm 12/31/07 3:00pm

Farewell, Year of the Widget

Why did venture capitalist Ross Levinsohn's prediction that 2008 would be all about widgets seem so tired and predictable? Because it was. "If 2006 was all about social networks, user-generated content and YouTube, then it's a fair bet that 2007 will be about further personalizing life online," Newsweek wrote a year… » 12/31/07 2:30pm 12/31/07 2:30pm

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