Fresnobeehive.com: “Co-founders Travis Sheridan and Irma Olguin, Jr. saw that other cities had such spaces, and felt Fresno’s creatives needed their own place: something better than a coffee shop, yet more accessible than an Executive Suite. They envision their space fostering creativity, collaboration and community.”
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s official, Hashtag Fresno is open for business! They even have their new, very stylish, website up. I like the green.
Our roving reporter, Mr. Jerry Fahrni, snapped this picture just yesterday.
Time to get downtown and give it a look.
Dave Winer: “Why, as a creative person, did I have to become a corporate executive? That was a mistake. Good software, like anything creative, is made by people who focus on product, not business. Managing a company, raising money, dealing with crises of all kinds, took me away from the thing I do best, and love, which is create.”
This is a common mistake made at a lot of software companies. You take a great software developer and reward him, or her, by making them a manager. Sure there are still problems to solve but one of your best resources will now spend time solving problems not related to technology. They’ll have to deal with people problems and a lot of the time they’re no equipped to do that.
If a techie is completely happy building product, let them build product, if they have a desire to become a manager give them a shot, but don’t be too surprised if they come back at some point and ask to go back to coding. It happens.
Yes, I work for a rather large company, again.
Hey, if you want to be acquired by a French company you should hire me. No, seriously, this is the second time I’ve been at a place acquired by a HUGE French company.
Marco Arment: “Oh, and one more thing: formerly-xAuth apps that need DM access have only 12 days to build this completely new login interface, test it, and release a new version â€” and, for iOS and Mac App Store apps, get it approved â€” before their existing apps start being denied access to DMs and probably display confusing and incorrect error messages, since the developers could never have foreseen this condition.”
And the topper to this crap sandwich is Twitter doesn’t have to implement this for their clients, just third parties.
I feel really bad for people, like Iconfactory, that got Lodsys’d and this news, all in the same week.
Via Twitter, I hope Apple doesn’t walk away, but I suspect they have.
If you’re using In App Purchase, just remove it, today.
James Robertson: “Tagging followed by an automated email is now owned by Facebook. Can we just close down the patent office now, and declare everything they’ve done since, oh, about 1985, invaild?”
Yep, software as a business is trying to kill itself.
Mike Lee: “If you currently have an app on the App Store that uses in-app purchase, you donâ€™t have a choice. While removing in-app purchase from your app may not protect you from lawsuits, leaving it in at this point is tantamount to asking to be sued.”
I couldn’t agree more.
If you’re using In App Purchase you should remove it, at least until this is settled.
Mike Lee: “You might think that sounds dramatic. A small cut is not going to kill a thriving business, true, but this is the opening salvo to all-out war. The parasites have taken notice of the goldrush, and would like nothing more than the precedent that allows every modern-day mobster with a patent lawyer on retainer to start cracking nuts.”
That post was on May 16. Today, May 18, we get this lovely news. That’s right, it’s a different company going after patent royalties.
From the article: “Jim McGill, chairman of MacroSolve, has said that the patent covers “thousands of existing apps” that collect data and send it to a central server. “
Thousands of apps. Here we go again.
It’s true, LEVEL was acquired by Rosetta who has now been acquired by Publicis. I joined LEVEL Studios in June 2010, in September 2010 we became a part of Rosetta, and now, in May 2011 we’re a part of Publicis. One location, three different companies, it’s been a crazy year.
The bottom line is we’re still LEVEL. I’ve had some folks ask what changed with the Rosetta acquisition, the answer for me is nothing. Not a single thing changed. We continued to work on the same things, with the same delivery dates, in the manner we’d worked on them prior to the acquisition. The LEVEL culture, which is absolutely fantastic by the way, hasn’t changed. Our leadership, hasn’t changed. Basically it’s the same place I joined in June 2010.
I do want to make one thing clear about the Publicis, I was the first to break the news. I was, you just didn’t pick it up. The audio wasn’t great for our conference call, so most of us had ZERO idea what the actual name of our parent company really was.
And later I continued to let the cat out of the bag with this gem, I’m surprised nobody picked up on it.
Wasn’t that an obvious clue we were acquired? Come on! Oh, and I wasn’t alone in my confusion about our new parent company’s name.
The Las Vegas Sun [via Daring Fireball]: “We are live from the Sahara casino floor, which is to close forever at 10 a.m. Moments ago, a man asked no one in particular, â€œIs Jerry Lewis going to be here? He should be the last one out the door.â€”
The first time I ever went to Windows World/Networld Interop I stayed at The Sahara.
That was a long time ago. My how things change.