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Oh, The Tech Rumors, Jimmy Wales Absolutely Not Leaving Wikipedia

ValleyWag, generally fails at rumors. Here, they fail again. Thanks God that we have cnet. ” Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is “absolutely” not out of a job at the Wikimedia Foundation, according to the foundation’s director of communications.

On Saturday, Valleywag editor Owen Thomas reported that Wales was “out of a job,” writing, “Imagine an online encylopedia anyone can edit — and no one can run. Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s…cofounder, is no longer a board member of the site’s nonprofit foundation. Who’s in charge here?”

The Valleywag report didn’t cite any sources saying that Wales was no longer on the foundation’s board, though it did point out that Wales’ seat on the board–along with those of two others–had expired on December 31, 2008.

But in an e-mail to CNET News, Sue Gardner, the director of the foundation, wrote, “(t)here’s nothing to it. Jimmy is a much-valued board member of the Wikimedia Foundation, and I expect he will hold that role permanently: I know of no reason for anyone to speculate otherwise.” rest

Image Credit: Wikimedia Foundation

Jimmy Wales The Founder of Wikipedia, Leaving Wikipedia, Wait, What?

To Give Up Wikipedia Means to Give Up Internet?  — “Imagine an online encylopedia anyone can edit — and no one can run. With the calendar running out on 2008, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s sleaze-drenched cofounder, nearlylost his seat on the board. Who’s in charge here?

Wales’s term was set to expire on December 31, along with two other trustees. The board of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia’s parent organization, is supposed to have 10 board members, half appointed and half elected. It currently has two elected members — Kat Walsh, a Virginia law student, and Ting Chen, a gay Chinese programmer working for IBM in Germany — and two temporary appointees. According to the foundation’s bylaws, it requires a quorum — at least five trustees — to take any action other than appointing new members. On December 28, with days left to go, the board announced the reappointment of the three expiring board members on an obscure mailing list — a move that the board’s chair, Michael Snow, only saw fit to make public on the foundation website’s nearly a week later (after the publication of an earlier version of this post). Five of the ten board seats remain empty or filled by seatwarmers. ” valleywag

A Useless Facebook Group focused on Disabling Parents to Join Facebook

Teens Don't Want Parents Showing Faces on Facebook Finally, abcnews surprised us and added an interesting story (by ALEXA DAVIS) . “The Facebook group entitled “For the love of god — don’t let parents join Facebook” has 5,819 high school and college-aged members who want to stop the growing number of parents who are joining Facebook, the massively popular social networking site, from “spying” on them.

Many Facebook users already know that employers, teachers and admissions officers at universities use Facebook to check up on potential employees or students, but the recent dramatic increase in the number of parents using Facebook seems to disturb many younger users more than the presence of any other demographic.”

->Image Credit: Getty/ABC News)
->Read The Rest of The Story (not recommended, why, because to disabling parent to facebook is a sucking idea. That’s Why. )

Tech Crunch’s New Web Design in 2009 – Good But Smells Like Gizmodo [Screen Shot]

Tech Crunch New Web Design 2009
Tech Crunch‘s New Web Design in 2009

Tech Cruncgh also changed it’s design in last months. This time, they just edited their template instead of changing the whole design. Previous design was clear, but it wasn’t easy to click on a ad (even to see).  This theme is “monetization-friendly”.  300X250 square ad at right is one of the most clicked ads in general.  Narrow header made 728×90 header-ad more visible. Clever Move Tech Crunch! Post Written By Szjlajk (guest author)

Note: Homepage Design Smells like Gawker. Just check Gizmodo

Psychotically corrupt Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich deleted his Facebook account just after the FBI arrested him for trying to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

BARACK OBAMA and Rod Blagojevich
Psychotically corrupt Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich deleted his Facebook account just after the FBI arrested him for trying to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat. Here’s what he was trying to get rid of.

Following the lead of President Change, Blagojevich adopted Facebook in the hopes of currying favor with a new generation of voters. A tipster captured a few screenshots of notes Blago had posted in recent weeks shortly before he turned his oversharing engine off. What do we learn from them?

We should have seen his bribery coming. Rest and Source

Marissa Ann Mayer Leaving Google in 2009

marissa ann mayer Marissa Ann Mayer, The Princess of Google is Leaving. Here is the article about this via ValleyWag: What will Google be like without Marissa Mayer, the glamour nerd whose goofy laugh so neatly captures the search engine’s adolescent awkwardness? We’ll know soon. We hear the company’s 19th employee is planning her goodbye.

Top Googlers, overheard at a holiday party, chattered about Mayer’s departure as a matter of if, not when. And in some ways, it’s surprising she’s stayed as long as she has.  First of all, she’s wealthy. That “19th employee” bit is code, within Silicon Valley, for “rich”; the earlier an employee joins a startup which succeeds, the more money they make. With Google, which is still worth $96 billion after its stock tumble, that translates into hundreds of millions of dollars for Mayer, who owns a penthouse apartment in San Francisco’s Four Seasons, another home in outrageously pricey Palo Alto, and a large (if questionably tasteful) art collection, including original glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. A couture hound, she once paid $60,000 for a lunch with Oscar de la Renta, and she owns part of I Dream of Cake, a “cake gallery” in North Beach, as a way of indulging her pastry fetish.

Personally i have never experienced that Google made a big mistake.  So i don’t want to judge both sides here. As a very rich cute internet girl, she won’t miss Google days that much i think.

This is our second post about her. Here is The First one

Google Top 10 Most Used Products in 2008

google logo Erick Schonfeld of Tech Crunch wrote an awesome article about top used Google Products.

Top Used 10 Google Products in 2008;

According to Quantcast

1. Google Search
2. Google Maps
3. Google Image Search
4. Gmail
5. Google Book Search
6. Google News
7. Google Video Search
8. Picasa
9. Google Earth
10. Google Groups

According to ComScore

1. Google Search
2. Google Image Search
3. Google Maps
4. Gmail
5. Google News Search
6. Google Video Search
7. Google Product Search
8. Google Book Search
9. Picasa
10. Google Earth

Google maps is being used more than Gmail. It’s surprising i think.  Quantacast’s list doesn’t seem to be true i think.

This time It’s Serious. Digg really HAVE TO change.

digg logoA story in ipetitions is at the top of digg now with more than 15k diggs “Power users are controlling digg… Many people have great submissions and they never become popular. Here’s a quote from one of Digg’s very own users

"Just as an exemplary anecdote, I’ve been a user on here for nearly three years now. I read digg on a casual basis further back than that prior to signing up. In the first two years after I joined, I submitted stuff fairly regularly. Maybe once or twice a week or so. In those two years, I think maybe three to four submissions made it to the front page.

Back around February or March of this year, I submitted something I thought was pretty cool that had a decent chance of making the front page. I did it on break at work and checked digg when I got home to see how it did. The story made it to the front page allright, but it was a submission made after mine from MrBabyMan that used the same exact story with a slightly different URL. ” Click here to read the rest

Personally i gave up digg a year ago and switched to reddit like thousands. Reddit is always a fairy place. There is always a place for newcomer at reddit but i can’t say the same for digg. What should digg do then?


1-)  Remove all “buddy connections” and “buddy lists”
2-) Disable Shouting (WTH is shouting??)
3-)  Change your mind! (this is not the first time diggers talking about this)

Amazon.com / Order Statistics Per Day, Per Second and Shipped Per Day

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Erick Schonfeld of TC, wrote an interesting post about Amazon.  If Amazon is a shopping site, what are the rest? huh? Those stats are amazing.

Peak items ordered on a single day

2008: 6.3M
2007: 5.4M
2006: 4.0M
2005: 3.6M
2004: 3.6M

Items ordered per second

2008: 72.9
2007: 62.5
2006: 46.3
2005: 41
2004: 32

Peak items shipped on a single day

2008: 5.6M
2007: 3.9M
2006: 3.4M
2005: 2.7M
2004: 2M+

If you still create duplicate and clone shopping sites via xml feeds of dealers, give up internet.

Funny Spam Study: Spam gets 1 response per 12,500,000 emails

funny spammy inbox A new study details how spammers – the bane of our email inboxes – still make pots of money, despite only receiving a response to one in every 12,500,000 emails they spam out.

The study, by a team of seven computer scientists from University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego (UCSD) infiltrated the Storm network, which uses hijacked home PCs to relay much of the junk email you spend your days wading through while wondering ‘who the hell responds to this stuff?’

Well. Now you know. One gullible idiot in 12,500,000 recipients. Or thereabouts.Read The Rest From Tech Radar.

Never open your spam messages now.  If 560 people do not open their spam messages on Earth (With The Population of 7 billion, optimistic), spam will die.  This is not irony, this is calculation.  But is this a study? Those funny results doesn’t seem to be.