Cashmore: Media becoming social – social becoming media

In an interview with The Telegraph, Cashmore notes social convergence: Social media is becoming the web, and social media is becoming the media. It’s been a nice area to be covering these last few years, and we’ve been able to grow as a blog alongside it. There’s very little on the web that hasn’t had […]

Cashmore “King of Twitter”

Cashmore is crowned the most influential Briton on Twitter. His Twitter feed has 1.8 million followers, followed by Stephen Fry, who has 1.1 million followers and Russell Brand. INQ Mobile calculated the “influence rating” of Twitter users by measuring the number of times they tweeted, how good they were at re-tweeting other people’s messages, and […]

Third Open Web Award winners

The winners include Pandora, Fish Wrangler (a Facebook game), and “Surprise Marriage Proposal in Spain” as best YouTube video.

Time: Best blogs of 2009

Time magazine rates Mashable as one of the best blogs of 2009, noting that it not only provides news about Web 2.0 companies, but also gives readers useful technology tips.

Tibanne founded


Mark Karpeles incorporates Tibanne, a Japanese corporation, based in Shibuya, Tokyo. The company is named after his cat, which was named by Karpeles’ grandmother.

Oops I Did it Again

Spears releases her single Oops!… I Did it Again from her same titled album. The video’s director, Nigel Dick, says that Spears wanted a certain look in the video. Spears: I want to be in a red jumpsuit. I want to have a really cute spaceman, but there can’t be any rockets. Dick: There was another catsuit, actually, which was […]


Spears releases her second single Lucky from her album Oops I Did it Again.

HomeNet revamps software

AutoTrader signs a deal to have HomeNet revamp the software that supports the company’s entire online inventory. Accorfding to Biter the project will increase HomeNet’s monthly revenues by at least 50% when the work begins in August, turning a company that hit about $1.3 million a month in sales in 2009 to one that borders on […]

NYT: Fortune down to $4m

The New York Times reports McAfee’s fortune had plunged to $4 million from its $100 million peak, due largely to the real estate and stock market crashes that hit his investments. McAfee plans to auction off property in New Mexico to pay his bills. I had no clue that there would be this tandem collapse.


After a late rehearsal the next morning Jackson does not come out of his bedroom. His doctor, Conrad Murray finds Jackson in bed and not breathing. Jackson has a weak pulse, and his body is still warm. After trying to revive Jackson for five to ten minutes Murray calls for help. Murray stated that he […]

Krugman, Ferguson spar over T-Bills

According to Slate, Ferguson and his allies believe that the rising bond yields prove that markets are worried about the inflation that will inevitably result from the fiscal policies of the Obama administration and the Fed. Given the large deficits and rising concerns about the viability of Social Security and Medicare, Ferguson writes, “It is […]

Karpeles moves to Japan

Karpeles arrives in his Japan with his cat Tiban and some hard drives. Karpeles first visited Japan for a month in 2007, and posted a blog entry in Japanese saying he was a ‘geek’. Karpeles Blog: I do computer-related work (a programmer); my goal is world domination.

Hirsi Ali, Ferguson meet

Ferguson and Hirsi Ali meet at a party for Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People In The World’ issue in New York in May, 2009. They are introduced by Belinda Luscombe, the magazine’s art editor. Luscombe:  I think that is where they met for the first time. In all the years I have known Ayaan, she’s never had […]

Mashable overtakes TechCrunch as leading Tech blog

According to Martin Bryant, Mashable has overtaken TechCrunch because Mashable is more about internet culture than pure tech news these days. BRYANT: Sure – there’s lots of tech news (and some great analysis) in there as well but if there’s a hot celebrity story trending on Twitter they’ll find a way of covering it to […]

Fired from LAPD

Dorner is fired from the LAPD in after a police disciplinary board concludes he made false statements against his training officer, Teresa Evans. In August 2007, Dorner accused Evans of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in San Pedro.

Arrested on return to France

Karpeles is arrested by BEFTI (Brigade Investigation of Fraud in Information Technology) after allegations that he stole his employers’ data.  He describes the BEFTI officers as “barbaric”, commenting that the arrest was “like no other”. After 13 hours in jail and a search of the servers, Palm Pilot, and other home computers, he was released […]