This week’s BubCast features investigative journalism like you’ve never seen! Well, not really, but it does have news about Ning, the iPhone, Mahalo, Revision3, Kevin Rose, poll results from last week and more. Check it out and don’t forget to fill out this week’s poll below!Loading...
By T.J. DeGroat
As we turned onto McKinnon St. in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, my party-mate Kathleen tilted her head toward me and said, “This is not cute. We are literally on the wrong side of the tracks.”
The industrial stretch of warehouses and seemingly random train tracks is not what most people picture when they imagine a Web 2.0 soiree, but the folks at photo community site LuckyOliver really hit the ball out of the park with this event. Leaving the lounges and gallery/bars for an honest-to-goodness junkyard was a genius idea — not to mention a kick-ass photo op:
The LuckyOliver crew gave everyone who entered tickets for free tacos being served out of a real taco truck parked inside the yard. There were two free beer stations. Best of all, there was a Mexican band blasting cumbias (the group was followed by a DJ). Have a listen here.
Here are some photos:
Waiting for tacos, holding the bub.blicio.us cam.
Photo credit: Kathleen Morford
And if the rad music or fine company wasn’t enough to hold an attendee’s attention, the … junk surely was. Check it out:
By Alison McNeill
I have to admit, whenever I saw an ad with the term “AOL Keyword” at the bottom, I wondered to myself, “Who still uses AOL?” And after being left behind in the wake of Web 2.0, AOL has now introduced the Beta version of myAOL. The new personalized product suite is Web 2.0 for the rest of us and lets users find, store, manage and share content from across the Web. It has three main features:
myPage: A personalized homepage that allows users to put just about any content they want on it — from AOL properties or from content providers across the Web. myPage offers users the ability to use modules or insert RSS feeds, and provides access to a variety of third party widgets from places such as Google Gadgets and Goowy Yourminis.
Mgnet : A visual content discovery service designed to scout the Web for relevant content based on user preferences. Using “image clouds,” users simply click on pictures they like and Mgnet helps identify topics and content of interest. Mgnet continues to learn about the user over time to deliver even more personally relevant results.
Favorites: A Web-based news reader that allows users to create, bookmark and mashup feeds to share.
by Brian Solis
I watched a clip of Valleywag’s Owen Thomas on CNBC discussing the impending Facebook IPO, when Randi Jayne, the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and her six month old video became the focus of the conversation.
Randi is the head of online comic troop, The Dot Comix, and she shot a witty, funny, and potentially damaging video a while back that playfully skewers the valley mindset and culture, and equally blasts Facebook’s competition. The video, which was released back in January, has since been pulled from the Dot Comix site and Randi and Jen’s personal video blog.
Randi is both intelligent and creative, and I think the video is brilliant. So, a little fun shouldn’t hurt anyone right? Well, not unless your brother is maneuvering his company for a potentially economy changing public offering. And, as we all know, Wall Street has no sense of humor.
Are we in a quiet period? Who knows. But it sure is more fun when you get to speculate all you want without a formal response.
What we do know however, is that the company is hiring a Stock Administration Manager and industry insiders say that the countdown has begun.
The video, entitled, “Valleyfreude, Failure is Fun” captures through song, dance, and puppetry, the culture and practice of people taking pleasure in the pain of others. In the case, we’re mocking the failure of valley startups and the entrepreneurs and bloggers who thrive from it.
The video opens with Randi (wearing a Valleywag shirt) and her partner in crime, Jenny Lee (wearing a TechCrunch shirt) approaching a hopeless man on the street who happens to be wearing a shirt with the Friendster logo .
Randi sings,”Right now you have no users and you’re feeling really crappy. And when I see how sad you are, it sort of makes me happy! Sorry Friendster, it’s human nature. Nothing I can stop. It’s Valleyfreude. Our blogs do well when companies screw up.”
It’s patterned after popular Broadway musical, Avenue Q, with dancers wearing shirts representative of other companies who suffered online casualties including, boo.com, Excite, @home, and a few others that I can’t quite make out. Basically you can use your imagination.
It’s all fun and games until the Starbucks puppet sings, “Fuck you Yahoo, they’re going IPO.” Ah yes. A reminder of the failed acquisition attempt of Facebook by Yahoo.
That one line will echo for quite some time.
Enjoy the video here while it is still online.
Either way, Randi Jayne is going to be a lot richer than most of the Valleyfreude’s in Silicon Valley, so she (and her Dot Comix) can laugh all the way to the bank.
by Brian Solis
Leah Culver in Palo Alto for iPhone launch day
Robert Scoble in Palo Alto for iPhone launch day
If you were like me and opted to sleep in a comfortable bed instead of camping outside of Apple stores, we were all wise to do so. Sure we didn’t get interviewed by the press or worshiped by our friends and peers over the last couple of weeks.
But, our patience has been rewarded, and it’s in the form of mass iPhone availability.
I just ran a stock check for stores in California, and only two were showing zero availability, Fresno and San Luis Obispo. So, if you have several hundred dollars collecting dust and you want to join the cool kids, well, head on over to your local Apple store. Or, chose to wait until v2.0 hits the streets, which is already rumored to ship before the end of the year.
For more pictures from the iPhone launch day, visit my albums on flickr.