Board of Rights hearing rules against Dorner

At the Board of Rights hearing, Randal Quan, Dorner’s attorney, conceded that his client should have reported the kicks sooner but told the board that Dorner ultimately did the right thing. He called the case against Dorner “very, very ugly.” Quan said: This officer wasn’t given a fair shake. In fact, what’s happening here is this […]

Starts Breadpig

Ohanian founds Breadpig. Breadpig publishes books featuring some of the most popular webcomics in the world (like XKCD and SMBC), and produces other geeky novelties like Awesomesauce and LOLmagnetz. The non-sustainable profits are donated to worthy causes. Breadpig donates profits to organizations and individuals that make the world less sucky. We spend the rest of our time discovering and promoting fascinating technology, […]

Installs “green roof” on condo

Biter installs a grass lawn on his condo roof. The 5,200 sq ft apartment, which was bought in 2007 for $3.8 million, has 2200 sq ft of outdoor space. Covered with hardy zoysia sod, the rooftop lawn will cool the rooms below it, extend the life of the roof system, reduce and filter stormwater runoff, absorb […]

Start Kroaky’s Karaoke

The Devlins start Kroaky’s, a private room karaoke club. Private karaoke rooms, or “karaoke box” are a popular concept in Asia and there are a handful of places in America’s larger cities. Kroaky’s is the only such club in a small city. The Sarasota store is to be a model for a franchise business that will […]

PACER system suspended, FBI investigates

The Government Printing Office announces that that the free PACER pilot program is suspended, “pending an evaluation.” A couple of weeks later, a Government Printing Office official, Richard G. Davis, tells librarians that “the security of the Pacer service was compromised. The F.B.I. is conducting an investigation.” No charges were brought against Swartz.

Downloads PACER database

Carl Malamud, the founder of nonprofit group, puts out a request for activists to go to 17 libraries around the country and download federal court decisions, briefs and other legal papers form the (fee-based) PACER database so he can post them for free on the web. Swartz manages to download an estimated 20 percent […]

Place sixth in Beijing Olympics rowing final

The Winklevosses placed sixth out of the six boats in the final with a time of 7:05.58 on the 2,000-meter course; the gold was snagged by the Australian crew of Drew Ginn and Duncan Free, the team that had beaten the Winklevosses in the event’s semifinal on Wednesday. The Australians won with a time of 6:37.44. Rounding […]

Publishes ‘Guerilla Open Access Manifesto’

Swartz, while in Eremo, Italy, releases a “Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto,” calling for activists to “fight back” against the sequestering of scholarly papers and information behind pay walls. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture. We need […]

Becomes Open Source

Reddit becomes an open source project. All of of the code, except for its anti-spam and cheating code, becomes freely available on Github.

Joins Facebook fbFund

Following stints working with Mint, SimplyHired, and Stanford as a lecturer, McClure joins Sean Parker at Facebookfb Fund in 2008 where he helped close more than 40 investments including Wildfire, Twilio, Bitly, andTaskRabbit.

Foundry, Union Square invest

Foundry Group, along with Union Square Ventures invests in Zygna’s Series A-1 investment of nearly $5 million. Zynga makes social games that run on mobile devices and desktops. Its most famous product is Farmville, a social game that allows Facebook users to create a virtual farm.