Facebook

Let's Cut the Hype: Facebook's Email Service Won't be a "Gmail Killer"

Facebook is launching an email service on Monday. While that’s only a rumor for now, I think it’s a well substantiated one and there is little doubt in my mind that that’s what we are going to get. But this won’t be a “Gmail killer” as the project is apparently internally known at Facebook. Sadly, though, the meme that this could really be a Gmail killer is already making its rounds and won’t let up until Monday – when exhausted bloggers will likely split into two camps: those who think Facebook just killed Gmail and those who are disappointed that it didn’t.

Apple

Looks like iOS 4.2 Won't Arrive This Week

Rumor had it that Apple was about to release the much anticipated iOS 4.2 update this week. While this update will bring new capabilities to the iPhone and iPod touch, iPad users will benefit from this the most, as they will finally get Apple’s version of multitasking and folders. For now, though, it looks like Apple users will have to wait a few more days. According to the rumor mill, the current build has a major WiFi bug that could be a show stopper.

News

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Doesn't Acquire Companies for the Products but for the People

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just told a group of aspiring entrepreneurs at Y Combinator’s Startup School that he expects to invest most of the money Facebook is currently making back into the business. According to him, it currently “doesn’t make sense to make a massive profit,” as Facebook is already able to provide the necessary incentives to keep and motivate its employees.

Reviews

Hands On With the New NYTimes iPad App

Until today, the New York Times’ Editors’ Choice iPad app only offered access to a limited number of articles. Now, however, a full-blown NYTimes app has replaced this limited app. The new app offers access to all of the paper’s articles, including the weekend magazine and some of the NYTimes’ blogs.

To get full access to the content, users do need an NYTimes.com account, however. Unregistered users will only be able to see a limited selection of articles , including the top news stories, most emailed stories, business news and a small selection of videos.

blogging

What Should the Next Generation of Tech Blogs Look (and Feel) Like?

As I’m thinking about the sale of TechCrunch to AOL and Jason Calacanis’ ideas for how to take tech reporting to the next level (in the form of an email newsletter), I can’t help but think about what the next generation of tech blogs will look like. Since the early days of tech blogging, the field has become more professionalized and the major blogs now have plenty of full- and half-time staffers who ensure that no nuance of the tech world goes uncovered. While Twitter and Facebook have changed the way these publications find readers for their stories (in the early days, RSS feeds used to be a huge source of traffic), the blogs themselves all still look pretty much the same (one exception – at least with regards to their homepage, is the rapidly expanding The Next Web).

Featured

Calacanis to Challenge TechCrunch: "The World Really Wants Deeper Stuff Right Now"

According to the Guardian, serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis plans to launch a new tech blog in early 2011. With this project, Calacanis is going into direct competition with TechCrunch, the influential Silicon Valley-based blog run by Calacanis’s old nemesis Mike Arrington. According to the report, Calacanis plans to hire a small number of editors (possibly four). These writers will have to be free them to research stories deeply and will only have to file one story per week. Calacanis will also host a new startup conference that will challenge TechCrunch’s highly successful Disrupt conference.

Breaking News

AOL Acquires TechCrunch

After a few hours of wild speculation, TechCrunch founder and co-edit Mike Arrington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just announced that AOL has indeed acquired TechCrunch. According to Arrington, TechCrunch will be a fully owned subsidiary of AOL, but his team will have no "editorial boundaries" and AOL will allow the blog to operate as…