According to this post over at TechCrunch, they’re not for sale:
So first things first: We’re not being sold! Instead, we’ve just hired a bunch of brilliant writers and a new COO. Also, we have seen a resurgence of community support (with over a thousand people attending our NYC meetup last night, for example), are back at around 12% on the much-lauded Techmeme leaderboard and are gearing up for our NYC Disrupt conference.
Sure, being um, reporters, we heard the sale rumors too. At some point, Jason Calacanis was also supposedly somehow in, and all the other tech blogs somehow won the Mega Millions and coughed up tens of millions of dollars to buy us … We heard the rumors, but didn’t publish them. It’s actually amazing how much bullshit information/spin is out there (so be careful what you believe).
Alrighty, so maybe they’re not for sale. That doesn’t keep the staff from going on to say this about PandoDaily:
There’s sort of an unwritten (and eventually written) rule in blogging that you’re not supposed to attack smaller blogs, which sometimes makes it a challenge to respond when false information gets published. We figure this story got skewed because PandoDaily is going through its own troubles, and looking for a target to project its drama onto; Sometimes not wanting to seem weak makes you seem weak.
Maybe there’s an old-fashioned blog war coming. Those used to be fun… sometimes.
PandoDaily is up tonight with a story alleging that AOL is shopping TechCrunch and Engadget for big dollars:
We weren’t sure about this one at first, but now we have two independent sources confirming that AOL is exploring the sale of its cornerstone technology sites Engadget and TechCrunch.
The two would likely be sold together as AOL Tech, possibly including smaller assets like TUAW and Joystiq.
The asking price? A hefty $70 million to $100 million.
This might be AOL’s first acknowledgement that their attempt to cobble together a number of disparate blog networks and sites into a larger media conglomerate has failed… but is this actually what’s happening? PandoDaily believes they have solid sources behind the story.
If it’s true, it would align well with AOL’s recent move to realign the responsibilities for Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, as we reported earlier this week here at Telegraphik.
PandoDaily also mentions that Michael Arrington, the previous owner (and founder) of TechCrunch isn’t interested in the possibility of buying back his old website.
TechCrunch is covering a story about the latest Perq that Apple is offering to their employees:
As device makers like RIM, Samsung and Nokia incorporate NFC technology into their mobile devices, Apple has been radio silent on what its plans will be in mobile commerce and payments. But a deal that is getting announced today could be a clue to one area where Apple might see a big opportunity.
Apple has signed on with Pirq, a startup from Seattle, to offer food and drink daily deals to its employees in the Bay Area, with the service working by way of an iPhone app, location-based technology, and a Microsoft Tag code to redeem the discounts. A source tells TechCrunch that this is the first part of a potential “four phase” implementation that could see Apple offering a deals service out to all iPhone users.
It’s a pretty interesting concept. Having worked in a downtown urban area for a number of years, something like this could be a really valuable perq for employees…
Facebook has been rolling out their new design over the last few weeks – and there’s a very mixed bag of feedback floating around out there about the usability of this new layout.
At TechCrunch, Michael Arrington linked to a poll from Facebook suggesting that 95% of users gave the new redesign a “Thumbs Down” – with more than 800,000 facebook users contributing to that poll, the number appears to be fairly significant.
At VentureBeat, Eric Eldon takes a different beat in his post from yesterday:
In looking at users comments on the app, it seems they’re confused about where to find things on the new interface — presumably Facebook’s own applications, like photos and notes, as well as third-party applications like games. Perhaps a few tweaks to make old interface pieces more obvious would quiet people down? Maybe a more obvious way to select apps from within the news feed is an order. Right now, there’s an automated list of apps that are popular with your friends on the left-hand column of the site, and an automated list of content from around the site on the right-hand side. (Such a move would probably make developers happy.)
I’m torn on this issue. As a Facebook users, I don’t particularly like several aspects of the redesign.. but I’m also aware that new designs take some time to get over the “I don’t like change” curve that users must work through. Even as I was writing this post, I asked my better half, an avid facebook user, what she thought of the redesign – she said, “I think it’s ok.”
When I pointed out the poll of 800,000 Facebook users where 95% hated the new design – her sage wisdom was “No one likes change, Matt…”
I believe that over time – perhaps in less than 30-45 days – most users will have adjusted to the new look and feel and this controversy will be behind Facebook.