Turbotodd

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From Russia With Bailouts

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Das vi dan ya.

That’s “goodbye” in Russia.  So I should probably learn hello.

Answers.com explained it’s dobro pozalovat.

So, dobro pozalovat to Yandex, the Russian search engine, which followed short on the heels of LinkedIn’s IPO and went public earlier today on the Nasdaq, raising some $1.3B (dollars, not rubles).

Apparently, the issue was some 17 times oversubscribed, surprising considering that Yandex only has about 64% market share (although it is still the largest Web site in Russia).

Also a done deal: Twitter buys TweetDeck for roughly $40M.  This has been rumored for some time, but apparently it’s really happened this time.  Really.  Seriously.  #ftw

Is this the beginning of a great Twitter consolidation?

When a TweetDeck falls in the virtual Twitter forest, does it even make a sound???

Well, I’m just glad to see someone out there’s making some deals.

After watching HBO’s docudrama rendition of Aaron Ross Sorkin’s 2010 book about the financial crisis, Too Big To Fail, last evening, one might start to wonder.

I read the book.

The movie’s probably easier to consume in many ways, minus all the boring financial mumbo jumbo details, although it nearly made me ill to replay that denouement from the fall of 2008.

But, I have to say, William Hurt made for a wonderful SecTreas Henry Paulson, understated and steely, and James Woods cracked me up as vulgar Richard Fuld, the former CEO of Lehman Brothers.  And Paul Giamatti as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke…another classic performance by Giamatti.

The movie seemed to raise a central question: Was Paulson the hero who saved the day or the insider who protected the interests of his industry?

You get to watch the film (or read your history book, if you’re so inclined) and be your own judge.

But kudos to the HBO team for making a compelling film about what could have easily become a trite and boring re-enactment.

It was anything but boring…now, having seen it and completely paranoid, if I could only figure out a way to move all my retirement savings into a small bomb shelter immune from market movements if not the elements!

Written by turbotodd

May 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

All Tweets On Deck

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It looks as though Twitter may finally have settled on a deal to buy renowned Twitter client, TweetDeck (my still all-time favorite Tweeting tool).

According to TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington, the deal is finally going down for between $40-50M (includes both cash and Twitter stock), but it’s mainly a defensive posture, working to prevent UberMedia from grabbing all the key Twitter-related startups.

Of course, after the Bin Laden episode, Twitter may need all the horsepower it can get.

TechCrunch also reported that the breaking Bin Laden news had the highest sustained Tweet rate in history, at 3,440 Tweets per second.

Guess you can’t really say Osama didn’t go out without a bang.

Meanwhile, the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) network saga continues, with Joystiq reporting the company servers were offline across the board, and that the user data was stolen as part of the original intrusion.

Yesterday, Sony executives in Japan were seen taking their customary humbled bows of apology before a press conference.

Hopefully it was a deep bow, as this latest news indicated the attack resulted in roughly 24.6 million accounts possibly having been breached.  Ouch.

This could be a good time to head back to school.  If you’re in the business of providing access to information and services via the Web, the IBM Exceptional Web Experience Conference might just be the trick.

The event will be held May 16-19 in Orlando, Florida, and will feature some of IBM’s key thought leaders in this area, including Larry Bowden, our VP, Portals and Web Experience Software, and Sandy Carter, VP, Social Business and Collaboration Solutions.

This event sold out in Chicago last year, and is dedicated to helping organizations be more successful by highlighting proven business solutions and technical strategies designed to keep pace with rapidly evolving Web user demand and expectations.

You can learn more here.

Written by turbotodd

May 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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