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Spotify song sharing is like the new FarmVille, and its auto-sharing turned out to be an unpleasant surprise for folks who didn’t quite understand just how frictionless Open Graph sharing would be.
CNET’s Molly Wood, from a much-discussed Friday article entitled “How Facebook is ruining sharing”
Bored out of your skull? Google has a solution: Kill a few seconds by redecorating the search giant’s homepage. Want to kill a few more seconds? Compare Google’s new look with Microsoft’s Bing.
Does the Web need yet another outlet dedicated to media coverage? Nope. How about another aggregation site? Plenty of those to go around too. So what if you combined the two? Exactly. But here’s a not-very-brave prediction: Mediagazer, which launches today, is going to do pretty well.
Exactly how is the introduction of vanity URLs on Facebook going to go? At 9:01 p.m. PDT on Friday, the giant Silicon Valley-based social-networking site will allow its 200 million members to log in and claim a friendlier username for part of their URLs instead of the long string of gibberish that is now there. But, because it is about people’s names and because it is certain to be chaotic in its execution, I think we can pretty much slap the moniker “URLgate” on this one and just call it a night.
Yesterday, in a BoomTown post about the latest unproven rumors that the world’s most iconic computer company, Apple, was in “late-stage” negotiations to buy Silicon Valley’s latest pretty young thing, microblogging service Twitter, I wrote: “Oh, the very notion of Apple and Twitter is a Techmeme dream-ticket, sure to be chewed over for days on end. (I once considered doing a post that just said “AppleTwitterAppleTwitterAppleTwitter…” for 1,000 words to see how much idiotic traffic I would get.)” Well, I reconsidered.