» The first popular MP3 player: How did Winamp, which once boasted 60 million users, lose its lead? Simply put, AOL didn’t know what the heck to do with it after it bought it. Nullsoft, which AOL bought for $80-$100 million 1999, struggled to find its niche within the culture of AOL. AOL didn’t make it easy: They lumped them in with Spinner, another music product it bought at the same time, and kept bundling its apps (which its tech-savvy users, by the way, didn’t want) with the product. The company also had multiple run-ins with the app’s creator, Justin Frankel, who built multiple file-sharing networks while an employee of AOL, to the company’s bemusement. The result? Winamp was eventually left to die on the vine — until a couple years ago, when AOL realized it was sitting on a cash cow and started building it out again. It’s no iTunes, but it’s huge outside the U.S. And it just turned 15 years old. Happy anniversary, little MP3 player that could.
At any other publication, Paul would have been fired long ago. And his post would be taken down. But I will let it stand. When Paul was hired, he was promised that he could write anything and it would not be censored, even if it was disparaging to TechCrunch. I will still honor that agreement.Erick Schonfeld responds to Paul Carr, after his resignation from TechCrunch and the ensuing fight on Twitter. We are witnessing the implosion of one of the Web’s best sites. (thanks Abbas Naqvi of Jigartronic)
musingsbymattheous-deactivated2 asks: Why are you using The Huffington Post as a source? They're known to make up 'facts' just to get fodder for their so called 'news site'...I'd rather get my new from a piece of used toilet tissue in a Taco Bell bathroom than read this garbage.
» SFB says: We have our disagreements with HuffPo from time to time (we think they over-aggregate a lot of their content at times, and we side with the writers in the case of them not getting paid), but we think you’re giving them short shrift. They do have some pretty great journalists there, such as Craig Kanalley. If you notice, we also run Fox News content as well, if it’s relevant and newsworthy. We try to base what we post on the content itself, not simply the source. So to put it simply, we’re going to keep using them if the content they have is worthwhile. — Ernie @ SFB
Good freaking god, could you imagine? Yahoo and AOL together would be like Scott Baio and Tony Danza doing a sitcom together. It’d be diminishing returns all around. It’d be a sitcom on ABC Family instead of ABC, trying its best to win a smaller audience than either star once had, and the jokes will almost certainly feel old and worn by the time they make ‘em. On the other hand, we really like AOL’s current editorial-leaning direction, but Yahoo has not done anything of note since around 2000. AOL would strip Yahoo of most of the extra crap and turn it into a big advertising company. How would this work? And why is AOL acquiring so much stuff right now? And would Tim Armstrong boot out Carol Bartz? We wanna know what Alec Baldwin thinks of all this. source
We posted this a year ago. And suddenly it’s relevant again now that Carol Bartz is out. We’re reblogging it so we don’t have to repeat the joke we made the first time. Though we guess you could probably argue that a sitcom version of this merger actually exists. It’s called Melissa and Joey. (thanks ProducerMatthew)