Patrick Ruffini

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Ning Partners With Janrain To Offer Social Sign-Ins To Users

from TechCrunch by Leena Rao

Ning is partnering with OpenID software creator Janrain to offer Ning Creators the ability to add social login and invite friends features to their members

Ning will offer creators the ability to use Janrain Engage, which allows an app developer’s visitors to sign-in to the app with their existing accounts on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn or other networks and then publish their comments, purchases, reviews or other activities from the app to multiple social networks. Janrain Engage will also remembers an app user’s preferred network on return visits and will provide a single-click return experience.

The integration will essentially eliminate the need for the initial registration process and Ning login creation. While visitors can now log-in to Ning networks with existing their existing social network logins, Janrain will provide Ning Creators with profile data of their users.

Ning has steadily been offering ways for creators to expand their userbase and add innovative apps to their networks, most recently allowing the ability to create mobile apps, branded content and more. Janrain’s log-in system will allow users to offer the ability to perhaps broaden the number of users on the platform by accepting other log-ins.

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9:38 AM (4 minutes ago)

thingd: The Super Ambitious, Low-Profile But Red Hot Startup You’ve Never Heard Of

from TechCrunch by Robin Wauters

The New York Observer has shined its light on thingd, a stealthy Silicon Valley startup that is currently attracting a lot of high-profile attention – and funds – in tech circles. Turns out it’s a pretty ambitious venture run by some really smart people that has attracted some seriously big-name backers. Which is more than enough to spark our interest.

I just talked to thingd (short for “thing daemon”) founder and CEO Joseph Einhorn, who puts the company’s mission bluntly: “We want to build a database of every thing in the world”.

Or, the “Facebook of stuff” as The Observer put it in its article headline.

The company plans to accomplish that not-so-easy-to-accomplish feat by intelligently crawling the entire Web and building an index of objects based on the data they gather, as well as the attributes of those things wherever they can find them. At a later stage, thingd plans to get the community involved, too (gdgt is doing this for consumer electronics).

Already, thingd boasts more than 100 million item in its database and north of 1 billion associated attributes of those things, Einhorn tells me.

Here are some clues to what one can do with access to that amount and type of data: FancyProductIds.org and Plastastic – or look at the images in this blog post.

The company should soon be coming out with an API for third parties to use.

In Einhorn’s words: “We are aiming for a world where, the same way Facebook recognizes the faces in your photos, we might be a part of enabling a similar experience around things. We want to connect people to things, and people to things to other people”.

No doubt, more information on what thingd is building will emerge over time, but Einhorn and his now 9-people strong team have apparently been plucking away at this for years.

Einhorn, for one, has an impressive resume despite his young age (29). When he was 16, he became the first employee of Capital IQ, which structured financial data for hedge funds and money managers – the company was acquired by S&P for $200 million when Einhorn was 22.

He went on to found Inform Technologies, which helps publishers such as CNN, CBS, The Economist and Condé Nast better organize and present their content.

It’s actually kind of insane that a company with such an audacious goal and sharp founder has managed to stay largely under the radar. Particularly when you look at the impressive roster of investors currently backing thingd:

– Andreessen Horowitz
– Allen & Co.
– General Catalyst Partners
– Twitter creator Jack Dorsey
– Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes
– prolific angel investor Esther Dyson
– Jim Pallotta (billionaire co-owner of the Boston Celtics)
– Bob Pittman (creator of MTV)
– Maynard Webb (former president of eBay)
– Eric Eisner (son of Disney magnate Michael Eisner)
– Jeff Samberg

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9:29 AM (14 minutes ago)

Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos Quarterback, Reportedly Named In Absurd Lawsuit

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

A man in Florida is seeking protection from Tim Tebow — claiming he’s been targeted by fans of the QB after telling people, “T-Bo sucks.”

According to legal docs filed in Florida state court, a man named John D. Gilland claims he was recently kicked out of a gas station near the University of Florida — Tim’s old stomping grounds — for verbally bashing the former Heisman winner.
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9:29 AM (14 minutes ago)

Pelosi: Jobless Who Spurned Dems Won’t Get Help From GOP

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

WASHINGTON — Jobless people who voted against Democrats or sat out the midterm elections may have cut off their unemployment benefits to spite the party in power, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in an interview with The Huffington Post two days after the election.

One of Pelosi’s top priorities during the lame duck session, Pelosi said, will be to reauthorize unemployment insurance, which is set to lapse at the end of November, cutting off two million people by the end of the year. Even with Democrats controlling both chambers during the lame duck period, passing the reauthorization will be a challenge given GOP opposition in the Senate.

But when the GOP takes over the House in January, the challenge will approach impossibility. “It’s a funny thing,” said Pelosi. “I have this impression that some of the people who did not vote Democratic, because they — they didn’t vote Democratic — are people who don’t have a job. And they need unemployment insurance and the Republicans are not for it.”
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9:29 AM (14 minutes ago)

Is The Senior 17 The New Freshman 15?

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Forget the freshman 15. Weight gain during the first year of college may be the least of it — the likelihood of packing on pounds increases as students ascend to seniority, according to a new study.

The results show college students become less physically active, and in turn gain more weight, as they progress through their years of higher education.
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9:29 AM (14 minutes ago)

Mike Baptiste Commits Most Flagrant Foul EVER (VIDEO)

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

We’re inclined to agree with Allen Moll of Hoop Doctors that this is just about the most flagrant foul we’ve ever seen on a basketball court.

Mike Baptiste of team Panathinaikos in the Euroleague straight up stomps on the head of an opposing player while he lies on the ground. He eventually apologized, but we’re having trouble believing it was particularly heartfelt.

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9:29 AM (14 minutes ago)

Miller Campaign Argues That Misspelled Murkowski Votes Are ‘Protest’ Votes For Miller

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Way back when Lisa Murkowski decided to embark on her write-in bid for the Senate, she won a key ruling from Alaska’s election director Gail Fenumiai: voters would not have to spell her name precisely in order for their vote to count, they merely had to get it close enough so that election officials could correctly surmise voter intent. How close? Per the Anchorage Daily News, “Just ‘Lisa’ might be a problem but ‘Lisa M’ would be acceptable, Fenumiai told the adn.com politics blog.”

Naturally, finding himself behind in the raw vote to “Write-In Candidate,” Joe Miller’s campaign is working its legal mojo in an effort to get past this ruling, which they now see as the main obstacle to Miller taking the seat. Yesterday, Miller filed suit to “prevent the state from using discretion in determining voter intent on write-in ballots.” This isn’t especially surprising. But over at TPM,Josh Marshall flags part of Miller lawyer Thomas Van Flien’s suit as being particularly “novel” and/or “preposterous.”

…the new policy makes no provision for the many voters who cast protest votes. Prior to the election, people commented on radio stations and in the comment sections in blogs and newspaper stories that they would deliberately incorrectly write-in a variation of “Murkowski” as a protest. They did so knowing that Murkowski was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a “spelling bee” campaign, replete with wrist bands, pencils and tattoos, all to educate the voters on proper spelling. Why was this done? Because even Murkowski had read the law and knew that it required proper spelling — “No exceptions.” So protest voters were trying to send a message to the candidate. The state has failed to create any guideline or standard that would account for the intent of the voter who intentionally cast a protest vote. To the contrary, the state is indicating that it will now count a protest vote, deliberately cast with a misspelling as a vote for Murkowski. This effectively nullifies the protest and falsely inflates the vote for the write-in candidate.

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9:27 AM (16 minutes ago)

Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Help Desk Software Zoho Support

from TechCrunch by Leena Rao

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Zoho is an impressive company all around—the startup’s web-based productivity competes directly with Microsoft and Google, but has never taken any outside funding. And Zoho now has 25 different productivity apps, with 3.5 million users actively using Zoho’s apps daily. Today, we can add one more to the mix with the launch of Zoho Support, a web-based help desk software.

Zoho Support aims to help businesses manage and respond to customer support inquiries logged via the phone, email or through a website. Similar to Zendesk, Zoho Support allows IT staff and technicians to prioritize customer tickets, find the appropriate response and get back to the customer as soon as possible.

The requests tab helps technicians prioritize the support requests that are coming in from customers, allowing staff to assign different tasks, mark tasks as completed or not completed, and create an order of tasks to complete. The requests module also helps organizations triage these support requests so they can be quickly routed to the appropriate team.

An accounts and contacts module allows organizations to define, track and enforce specific service level agreements they may have agreed to with their customers. For example, two support requests that appear to be similar could have a different priority depending on the agreement hat was promised to each individual customer.

Via a dashboard and reports tab, Zoho Support will show organizations what products are getting the most requests, which problems are taking place most often, who has the slowest response time and more. The task module gives reps the ability track and schedule activities, from getting back to a customer or internal research on an issue.

One useful feature of Zoho Support is the ability to create a solutions data base, which is a wiki-like destination where reps can create and publish solutions to customer support problems. The database is searchable as well.

The advantage of using any of Zoho’s apps, is that it integrated with its other apps seamlessly. Zoho Support is integrated with Zoho CRM and Zoho Chat. Zoho Support, which is available through a freemium model, offers a free plan, and other plans starting at $12 per month per agent (based on the number of tickets created per day.

Zoho’s evangelist Raju Vegesna tells me that the company will also plan to create a Google App in the Apps Marketplace for Zoho Support. The startup already offers a number of apps in the marketplace, including Zoho CRM and Invoice.

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9:27 AM (16 minutes ago)

Livestream For Facebook Lets You DIY Live Stream Video On Fan Pages

from TechCrunch by Alexia Tsotsis

Livestream, the live video streaming service that has hooked up with Facebookin the past for Facebook Live, is launching another partnership with the social networking giant. From today onward brands with a Facebook fan page can manually link up their Livestream channel to their page and host live video on Facebook for the first time ever, for free.

The “Livestream For Facebook” application allows you to take your current Livestream channel and embed it onto your Facebook page as well as manage multiple tabs and customize your viewer. Livestream also plans on added Facebook Credit capability for Pay Per View services in the near future.

As of today, interested users can download the Livestream procaster here or find it on AppBistro and start live streaming video in one click to Facebook, their Livestream channel, their personal website and/or phone.

This move is a harbinger of the next step in live video streaming, social. While both Livestream and Ustream have been providing white label livestreaming on Facebook for about a year, this is the first time this feature is available on DIY basis at no cost. Big brands that have already signed up include Ford Explorer,Maroon 5, and The Women’s Conference.

Says Facebook’s Erin Kanaley, “We have seen a growing need by brands and artists wanting to live stream inside their Facebook page to engage their community. While we are platform agnostic, we are excited to see Livestream deploying the first self-service application to enable live streaming within Facebook pages”

Livestream broadcasts over 1.4 million channels and boasts 22 million unique monthly viewers, supporting both ad free and ad sponsored viewing. In the same space as Ustream and Justin.tv, the video streaming service has $12.7 million in funding led by Gannet.


 

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9:13 AM (30 minutes ago)

Aung San Suu Kyi, Detained Myanmar Opposition Leader, Expected To Be Freed Six Days After ‘Sham’ Election

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to be released from house arrest just six days after a military-backed party won her nation’s first election in decades, the AFP is reporting.

The now 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has spent 15 of the last 21 years incarcerated because of her fight for democracy in the former Burma, is due to be freed on Saturday, Nov. 13, following a proclaimed victory by the proxy regime Union Solidarity and Development Party, which her party slammed as “a sham.”

Exiled Burmese academic Win Min told The Australian the regime would probably permit the democracy champion to speak to the media regarding the widely criticized elections. “They can use Suu Kyi to neutralise criticism,” he said. “They will have to allow her to talk, and I think she will be ready to talk. She spoke to the press when she was released in 1995, and in 2002. She will do that this time.”
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9:13 AM (30 minutes ago)

Lawrence O’Donnell Responds To Glenn Beck: ‘We’re All Socialists Now’ (VIDEO)

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

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On his Tuesday show. Lawrence O’Donnell told Glenn Beck: I am a socialist — and so are you.

During his debate with Glenn Greenwald on Friday’s “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s O’Donnell called himself a “socialist.” On his Monday show, Beck used this statement as evidence that radicals embedded in the media and the government are beginning to “unmask themselves.” He also said he found it disturbing that people at NBC would want to “pal around” with a socialist.

On Tuesday’s “Last Word,” O’Donnell responded to Beck’s criticism. He defended his use of the word “socialist” — and said that, if he was being accurate, Beck would call himself one too.
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9:13 AM (30 minutes ago)

Steve Martin Sings An Atheist Gospel Song (VIDEO)

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Over the last few months, Steve Martin has reminded us why he’s regarded as one of the most inventive and hilarious comedians of all time. He recently launched a wild and crazy Twitter account, and his recent tour (in which he’s performing bluegrass on the banjo) gave him the excuse to “leak” his very specific rider.

One of the stops on that tour was the venerable live music program Austin City Limits, and Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, a vocal quartet, performed an original composition. Lamenting that religious people have the best music, they decry the fact that nonreligious people are left in the proverbial dust when it comes to music proclaiming their beliefs. Check out the performance of “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” below.

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9:13 AM (30 minutes ago)

Dave Salmoni Addresses Chelsea Handler Breakup (VIDEO)

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Animal Planet star Dave Salmoni visited ‘The Tonight Show’ on Tuesday and brought along a baby jaguar that bit Jay Leno on the chin. Jay fired back by teasing Dave about his recent breakup with Chelsea Handler.

“And speaking of dealing with big cats, how are you and Chelsea Handler doing?” Jay asked.

“No, I don’t think we’re doing any more,” Dave said.
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9:13 AM (30 minutes ago)

‘The Great Cyberheist’: NYT Profiles Hacker-Informant Albert Gonzalez

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

One night in July 2003, a little before midnight, a plainclothes N.Y.P.D. detective, investigating a series of car thefts in upper Manhattan, followed a suspicious-looking young man with long, stringy hair and a nose ring into the A.T.M. lobby of a bank. Pretending to use one of the machines, the detective watched as the man pulled a debit card from his pocket and withdrew hundreds of dollars in cash. Then he pulled out another card and did the same thing. Then another, and another. The guy wasn’t stealing cars, but the detective figured he was stealing something.
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8:56 AM (47 minutes ago)

Bush still unpopular in new poll

from POLITICO.com: Politics by Scott Wong
But his popularity mirrors that of Obama’s, according to Gallup polling.
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8:49 AM (54 minutes ago)

14 Famous Circuses Around The World (PHOTOS)

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

A circus is a fascinating place, for child and adult alike.

Whether you’re a fan of contemporary circus (nouveau cirque) like Cirque du Soleil and Circus Oz, or whether you’ve grown up frequenting traditional circuses like the Big Apple, which still use animals in their performances, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this set of 14 amazing and famous circuses from around the world!

 
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8:49 AM (54 minutes ago)

Two LA Shops Make GQ’s Top Ten List Of Men’s Retail Stores

from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Via Los Angeles Times:

GQ Magazine has published its list of the Ten Best Independent Men’s Stores in America, and two Los Angeles boutiques have made the cut.

In fact, West Hollywood’s Opening Ceremony tops the list as GQ’s number one boutique. We agree that Opening Ceremony is pretty impressive, with 10,000 square feet of retail space and a second-level “mini-mall” that, according toOpening Ceremony’s website, features brands like “Acne, Nom de Guerre, Mayle, Topshop, Exquisite Costume, Schiesser Revival, DAP Art Books, Other Music, BOY, Band of Outsiders, and Opening Ceremony’s own private label collection.” This store practically defines one-stop shopping, and is located at 451 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
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8:49 AM (54 minutes ago)

Outrageous CEO Perks: This Year’s Top Picks

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Thanks to gross excesses in executive compensation exposed during the financial crisis, CEO pay has come under increased scrutiny in recent years.
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8:49 AM (54 minutes ago)

White House Altered Offshore Drilling Safety Report, Falsely Appeared That Scientists Supported Moratorium: Interior Inspector General Report

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WASHINGTON — The Interior Department’s inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of the administration’s six-month ban on new drilling.

The inspector general says the editing changes resulted “in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed.” But it hadn’t been. The scientists were only asked to review new safety measures for offshore drilling.
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8:49 AM (54 minutes ago)

Darrell Richardson Kills Girlfriend, Self As Three Children Watch

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Delena Croom, a 24-year-old Joliet woman, called the police on Saturday to report her computer, Social Security card and birth certificate stolen. She knew who did it, too: her wayward boyfriend Darrell Richardson, the father of her 16-month-old daughter.

Richardson had apparently told her he’d stolen the items, and demanded more sex and visitations with their daughter in exchange for returning them. Croom, when she spoke to the police, wasn’t having it.

Early Tuesday morning, the dispute took a horrific turn. Richardson argued with Croom over the computer in her living room. Shortly before 1 a.m., he drew a .38-caliber revolver and shot his girlfriend in the head, before turning the weapon on himself.
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