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Month: April 2007

What it takes to make a billion from writing.

Why J.K. Rowling is the first author to make a billion dollars from her writing: Leverage.

Why journalists misquote everyone.

Penelope Trunk explains why you think reporters are always misquoting you: Why journalists misquote everyone — or do they?

We Are Getting Tired of Prying Your Guns out of Your Cold Dead Hands

Headline of the week: We Are Getting Tired of Prying Your Guns out of Your Cold Dead Hands

Party in a NASA Hangar Gives a Glimpse of Space Culture

MOFFETT FIELD, California — Twenty-year Jet Propulsion Laboratory veteran Charles White drove 350 miles from Pasadena to attend what amounted to a rave in Hangar 211 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View on Friday night. It was worth it, he said. At Yuri’s Night Bay Area, rocket scientists were bigger than rock […]

Kathy Sierra Case: Few Clues, Little Evidence, Much Controversy

In the mountain of commentary that has been published about the Kathy Sierra affair on blogs and in mainstream publications, one fact has so far remained obstinately unconfirmed: Who was it that posted threatening messages and images on Sierra’s website and on two other blogs? Wired News interviewed many of the principals in the original […]

Office insanity.

Imagine you had a roommate who you’d known for ten years as a somewhat annoying, slightly compulsive, very finicky but ultimately very talented and capable individual. Now, suppose that one day this person showed up wearing completely new, very trendy clothes. A new hairstyle, sort of a New Wave flip, shaved on one side and […]

My new favorite word.

“Asshat,” which perfectly combines aspects of stupidity or clownishness and assholism. I say this knowing that Gadget Lab blogger Rob Beschizza has outed me as someone who says “Oh my goodness” with no apparent trace of irony. Guilty as charged. Hey, I’ve got a young child. You want to hear a kindergardener calling you an […]

Tim O’Reilly: Web 2.0 Is About Controlling Data

It’s not too late to get on the “web 2.0” bandwagon, says publishing magnate Tim O’Reilly, who coined the term. And if you’re wondering what it takes to build a web 2.0 startup, O’Reilly has just the conference for you — the Web 2.0 Expo. O’Reilly Media and CMP are co-hosting the conference, which runs […]

What I Learned From Friendster: Jonathan Abrams’ New Startup

Jonathan Abrams’ last startup, Friendster, was one of the first social-networking companies to attract an audience of users numbering in the millions. Launched in 2003, the site grew quickly through word of mouth, as people rushed to connect with their friends online. Abrams became one of the most visible faces of the Web 2.0 renaissance. […]

The Art of the Pitch: Be Direct

At Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters Monday evening, a couple hundred entrepreneurs and investors gathered to schmooze, eat mashed-potato-and-roast-beef hors-d’oeuvres from martini glasses, and spend a few desultory moments looking over the eight companies on display in the middle of the meeting room. Like other networking events, Connector Showcase III promised to connect those who need […]