Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Thiel Explains Failed Twitter Takeover — The social network intends to grow during the downturn, but Facebook's imprecise and illiquid stock valuation limited its appeal to Twitter — Facebook remains on the lookout for acquisitions after its failed attempt to buy microblogging site Twitter …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, VentureBeat, Gawker, broadstuff and TheNextWeb.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Twitter and Facebook share a lot in common, and are said to still be talking
Owen Thomas / Gawker: Facebook Really Did Try to Buy Twitter
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Apple Event Scheduled for March 24? [Updated] — A source has disclosed to World of Apple that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 24 to unveil new desktop hardware. The source which has been confirmed to be in reach of such information stated that the event would be similar to the notebook event held by Apple last October.
Discussion: MacRumors, Softpedia News, SlashGear, MacBlogz, The iPhone Blog, VentureBeat, Engadget, Apple Gazette, Insanely Great Mac, 9 to 5 Mac and Edible Apple
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Apple event March 24th tipped: new iMac, Mac mini & Pro
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: Apple Planning Special Event March 24th?
Nilay Patel / Engadget: Apple planning a March 24 event?
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple Event, March 24th? Desktop..hardware..finally?
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple event rumored for March 24 with iMacs, maybe more
Apple event rumored for March 24 with iMacs, maybe more
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: New iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro on March 24?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuora Brings Subscription Billing To Facebook Apps — How much would you pay for a Facebook app? For most apps, most people would probably pay nothing. But for some apps, such as member-to-member online tutorial services, charging could become an option. At least Tien Tzuo hopes so.
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
Charles Cooper / CNET News: Facebook as an enterprise cloud platform?
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Skittles: Tweet the rainbow (or racial slurs) — In what is either a sign of Twitter's continued transition to the mainstream or of a candy company's epic laziness, Skittles.com is now simply a Twitter Search result page for the candy. — Yes, go visit Skittles.com in your web browser …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe: Skittles: the cause of all world evil or just clever marketing?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog: Skittles: The Homepage is the Conversation
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Skittles Site Receives an Extreme Social Makeover
Christopher Carfi / The Social Customer Manifesto: Skittles Social Media Experiment
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Why Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb menu is not just a “glorified grid”, rather, simple ingenuity — Several weeks ago, some pundits were quick to dismiss Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb menu as a “glorified grid”, an Engadget editorial put it - “a sign that Microsoft has gone out of its way to avoid a grid” …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and Pocket PC Thoughts.com
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search to get new features...oh and a new brand, too — Live Search, keeping to a Spring and Fall update schedule, is set to unveil its new name sometime this spring, and now thanks to Twitter it is more than just rumor. We've been hearing about a possible rebrand for quite some time …
Discussion: Screenwerk and The Microsoft Blog
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Live Search Showing New Features
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft exec tweets about a new name for Live Search
Vivek Wadhwa / Business Week:
Why Skilled Immigrants Are Leaving the U.S. — New research shows that highly skilled workers are returning home for brighter career prospects and a better quality of life — As the debate over H-1B workers and skilled immigrants intensifies, we are losing sight of one important fact …
Discussion: Bits and Times of India
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Fred Wilson shows off integrated Twitter Search, featured users — In a presentation to a group of TV execs., Fred Wilson (a VC with Union Square Ventures, one of Twitter's investors) showed off what appears to be integrated search in Twitter. As seen on slide 22 of Wilson's presentation …
William Pesek / Bloomberg:
IPod Solution May Save Wall Street From Ruin: Commentary by William Pesek — Michael Stumm is an accidental currency guy. — Toronto-based Stumm is a founder of Oanda Corp., a pioneer in Internet-based foreign-exchange trading and information. It's an unlikely career turn for a computer scientist …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Bangs the TomTom Too Hard — [Editor's Note: I'm playing catchup from the stomach flu. March 1st and 2nd posts will be shorter and more responses to current events than my more typical forward-looking analyses.] — There are days when I think Microsoft executives don't get out enough into the real world.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
SmartMoney Finds Using Fewer Ads Can Boost Click-Through — Users More Likely to Pay Attention When There Aren't So Many Units — NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — When it comes to the supply-and-demand balance of online advertising, the supply side is winning — and that's hurting click-through rates and CPMs …
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent.org
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Can Web Sites Make More Money Selling Fewer Ads?
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
The Sizzling Sound of Music — Are iPods changing our perception of music? Are the sounds of MP3s the music we like to hear most? — Jonathan Berger, professor of music at Stanford, was on a panel with me at a meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Mountain View, CA on Saturday.
3G wrong number forces change of strategy — Greg Brown, Motorola's joint chief executive, offers a devastating critique of the company as he explains the calamitous decline of its mobile phone business. — Industry analysts point to Motorola's unprofitable dash to increase market share …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Copyright Holders Challenge Sites That Excerpt — When the popular New York business blog Silicon Alley Insider quoted a quarter of Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column in mid-February, the editor added a caveat at the end: “We thank Dow Jones in advance for allowing us to bring it to you.”