Archive for December, 2010
Long-time users of Yahoo’s email service are already used to the company’s frustrating ways. Unnecessary clicks after login before you see your inbox (check), poorly executed social networking integration (check) and unnecessary news portal (check), but the company surpassed itself this week when news leaked that its popular online bookmarking service Delicious was to be closed down.
Yahoo responded with a masterful demonstration of crisis management PR smarts, only taking 24 hours to address the situation and eventually claiming Delicious was actually going to be put up for sale. The company then blamed the media for … reporting things.
But – quicker than you can search ‘export Delicious bookmarks’ – the damage had been done, raising further questions around Yahoo’s commercial strategy and even the future of its photosharing site Flickr. Read the rest of this entry »
Causing the sort of diplomatic incidents that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il and Prince Philip couldn’t even imagine (and if that line up doesn’t scream ‘dream dinner party’ to you then I don’t know what will), this week WikiLeaks has hardly been out of the news.
The whistle-blowing site’s release of thousands of secret US cables last week has even seen cloud computing displace social media on tech blogs – at least for a time. Thankfully, attempts by pro-WikiLeaks hackers to shut down Amazon, after it withdrew its cloud hosting services, were unsuccessful, thereby averting a real diplomatic catastrophe had Christmas shopping plans been thwarted.
In the meantime, spare a thought for the co-founders of the Pirate Bay. Not only is the filesharing site no longer the web’s enfant terrible, but Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom are still guilty of illegal filesharing after they failed to overturn their convictions on appeal and their fines have been bumped up from £1.3 million to £4.1 million. Read the rest of this entry »