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by Brian Solis

Gabe Rivera announced that TechMeme will complement its advanced news aggregation algorithms with a human touch. Last month, Megan McCarthy, formerly of ValleyWag and Wired, joined the team to fill the “news maestro” role.


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The benefit?

The news will just get faster and more interesting. Obsolete stories will be eliminated sooner while breaking stories will be expedited. Related grouping will improve. Plus, I’m a big fan of Megan’s work, so I’m looking forward to the new and improved TechMeme.

According to Rivera’s post, “I should note that the experience of introducing direct editing has been a revelation even for us, despite the fact that we planned it. Interacting directly with an automated news engine makes it clear that the human+algorithm combo can curate news far more effectively that the individual human or algorithmic parts. It really feels like the age of the news cyborg has arrived. Our goal is apply this new capability to producing the clearest and most useful tech news overview available”

Please send complaints or news suggestions to this new email address:editorial@techmeme.com

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by Brian Solis


Paul Boutin and Owen Thomas, a sad kiss goodbye!

Yesterday, good friend Owen Thomas, editor of Silicon Valley gossip site, and division of Nick Denton’s Gawker Media, published a bombshell that he was to transition to the role of Silicon Valley Gossip Columnist at Gawker.

In the post Owen shared, “In the wake of his apocalyptic predictions for the online-advertising market, Nick Denton, the owner of Valleywag publisher Gawker Media, read my offhand quip about how I would soon be writing Valleywag as a column for Gizmodo or Gawker, whichever will take me, as a brilliant business suggestion, and he’s taking me up on the idea…Nick, I was joking, but if you really think I have such keen insight into how to manage your Web properties, why not make me a strategic consultant to Gawker Media instead — and give me a hefty raise while you’re at it?”

Today, my friend Paul Boutin published an FAQ that shed additional light on the news.

Here’s what Boutin had to say:

- Some guy named Denton can’t figure out how to sell ads on Valleywag.
- So he’s going to sneak Valleywag onto Gawker.com, where Ketel One is happy to buy banners.
- Valleywag.com the URL will still work.
- In 2009, Owen will be posting full-time, maybe 6-12 posts per day. Everyone else is fired.
- Denton’s trying to follow Wired’s footsteps: Take an insidery, localized publication and make it a national daily read. Will it work? Maybe. Will Chris Tolles still reload obsessively? That’s the challenge.
- Valleywag’s traffic isn’t enough to pay for two writers, even with Ketel One ads on every page. Denton’s keeping Owen instead of me, because Owen likes to write about boring money issues that, in theory, Chris Tolles thinks are way more important than photos of Steve Jobs parked in a handicapped space.
- I’m here until December 1. Owen gets his Thanksgiving vacation. I get an extra month’s rent.
- TechCrunch gets to pretend we don’t exist, which makes them look like a bunch of five-year-olds. Everybody wins!
- You’re worried about me? I owe the New York Times one short freelance article, that’s all I feel comfortable saying.

Best wishes Owen and Paul. I publish this photo montage for you…

Lane Hartwell and Owen Thomas

Owen Thomas, Dave Morin, and Megan McCarthy

Owen Thomas, Julia Allison, Maya Baratz, Sarah Lacy

Owen THomas with CNET’s Caroline McCarthy

Gina Trapani and Owen Thomas

Melissa Gira and Owen Thomas

Owen Thomas and Loren Feldman

Owen Thomas and Natali Del Conte

Paul Boutin

Paul Boutin with his lovely wife, Christina Noren

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by Brian Solis

MySpace Music threw an exclusive party during the Web 2.0 Summit that fused Los Angeles style with San Francisco architecture. Contrary to other reports, this party was not only one of the highlights of the Summit, but one of the more memorable parties associated with any tech conference in recent history.

Thrown at the old mint in San Francisco, MySpace invited Lionel Richie and DJ AM to entertain the anxious and excited crowd. Not only were the invigorating conversations and connections abundant throughout the entire mint, laughter and fun filled the air while the geeks also danced the night away until the early hours of the morning.

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story…

Lionel Richie

DJ AM

DJ AM

Chris DeWolfe and Tom Foremski

Bryan Thatcher of Empressr and Michael Birch, Co-Founder of Bebo

iJustine – Justine Ezarik

Ellen McGirt of Fast Company

Caroline McCarthy of CNET

Gabe Rivera of Techmeme

Cathy Brooks of Seesmic and Gregarious Greg Narain of BlueWhaleLabs

Irina Slutsky of GETV and Nick O’Neill

Brady Forrest of O’Reilly

Dave McClure

Hammer, Ron Conway, Dave Morin

Tara Hunt, Jennifer Hussein Pahlka

Joseph Smarr and John McCrea of Plaxo

MC Hammer of DanceJam

Janetti Chon

Cupcakes!

Ben Metcalfe and Cathy Brooks

Brandee Barker of Facebook

Jacob Mullins & Team VentureBeat: Anthony Ha, Dean Takahashi and MG Siegler

Dean Takahashi and Brian Solis

John Furrier

Brandee Barker, Heather Harde, Mike Maser

MG Siegler and Leah Culver

Peter Pham and Mike Morin

Debbie Landa, Kristen O’Brien (Dealmaker Media) and Shay Nowick

Sarah Delman Brown and Cathy Brooks

For more pictures from the MySpace Music party, please visit my album on flickr.

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by Brian Solis

I woke up in a sudden rush to check the news to make sure that it wasn’t a dream, or by some strange turn of events, the circumstances surrounding the 2000 election controversy didn’t reappear for one reason or another.

It wasn’t a dream.

It’s a new day in America.


What a beautiful and historical moment

America has spoken through the votes of millions of people who truly #hope for #change.

According to President-elect Barack Obama, this is our election…and I believe him.

Last night, in Grant Park in Chicago, Barack Obama, standing at the forefront of history in the making, was larger than life.

Allow me to share the spirit from his incredibly moving and inspiring speech so that we can join together around the words, intentions, and ultimately the actions that will support them, in order to make the next four years meaningful.

Barack Obama:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

This is your victory.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.

I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.

And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

Let’s remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity. Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.

And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too. And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight’s about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see?

What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

Update: CNET’s Caroline McCarthy has a great post on “10 election tweets worth remembering.”

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by Brian Solis

Congrats to the Scrabulous team for complying with Hasbro’s request to take down the Facebook app only to redesign it and relaunch it as the bigger, better Wordscraper.

Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, the founders of Scrabulous, pulled the game off of Facebook in the US and Canada on Tuesday following legal threats from Hasbro. Two days later, the brothers debuted Wordscraper, basically Scrabulous with a redesigned game board, few new rules and points options.

Hat tip to Adam Ostrow for picking up the news and Caroline McCarthy for providing relevant and interesting legal analysis.

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