Friday, May 04, 2007

Urban Legend, maybe not.

So my friend told me this story during a training session. Apparently it happened to his buddy last year.

Here's how it goes. Some thursday night about a year ago in the city, a guy meets some girl at a bar downtown and they hit it off. Aparently they hit it off so well that she goes home with him to spend the night.

Early the next morning, our buddy wakes up and leaves by 6 am as he has a job in finance and needs to be at work on the early side. He tells his new ladyfriend to stay, make herself at home, do whatever she needs to do, just lock the door behind her when she leaves.

Great, she thinks to herself and rolls over and goes back to sleep.

An hour or so later, the girl wakes up and realizes she has to take a #2. Being alone in the apartment she goes for it. When she is through with her 2, she flushes it but the toilet doesn't flush.

Oh $hit, she thinks outloud, I can't leave a turd in this guys toilet. That's disgusting. To top it off, she actually likes the guy and doesnt want him to think she is a degenerate slob.

To remedy the situation she starts to think of options to get the turd out of the toilet and realizes the best idea is to doggy bag it. You know what I am talking about as we have all had to pick up a dog turd and put a plastic bag over our hand to do so.

Situation solved. She takes a shower, cleans up, gets dressed, writes him a nice note, leaves her phone number and is out the door by 8:30. As the door closes behind her she realizes that she left her bag of human excrement next to the note she left on the table.

Urban legend or real?

You wish you were weng weng

Secret and Hidden Places at Google Earth

If you haven't heard about this you are just not paying attention....

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May 4, 2007 -- Stung by the loss of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick to Google last month, Microsoft has intensified its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo!, asking the company to re-enter formal negotiations, The Post has learned.

While Microsoft and Yahoo! have held informal deal talks over the years, sources say the latest approach signals an urgency on Microsoft's part that has up until now been lacking.

The new approach follows an offer Microsoft made to acquire Yahoo! a few months ago, sources said. But Yahoo! spurned the advances of the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant. Wall Street sources put a roughly $50 billion price tag on Yahoo!.

"They're getting tired of being left at the altar," said one banking source who has recently had talks with Microsoft. "They now seem more willing to extend themselves via a transaction to get into the game."

Part of the reason for that is because Google keeps trumping Microsoft on the deal front, beating out the company on not just DoubleClick, but also for a renewed search advertising pact with AOL in 2005 that Microsoft lusted after.

Moreover, with Google developing Internet-based software that directly competes with Microsoft Office, sources said Microsoft has no choice but to go on the offensive.

"The minute you hear Microsoft start arguing against something on antitrust grounds, you know they are desperate and need to do something big," said one source.

Oh my God!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

At Dow Jones, Focus Is On the Bancroft Family

At Dow Jones, Focus Is
On the Bancroft Family
May 3, 2007

Rupert Murdoch has preached peace and cooperation with the shareholder family that holds the keys to Dow Jones & Co. Now he faces a critical test: Might his only way of winning be to divide and conquer?

After an afternoon meeting yesterday at law offices in midtown Manhattan, Dow Jones directors said the board was taking no immediate action on a $5 billion "bear hug" offer from Mr. Murdoch's News Corp. The company's demurral only ratchets up the potential for tension and confusion among the Bancroft family, the Dow Jones board, and shareholders pressing the company to sell itself.


Joost signs content, advertising agreements

By Stephen Withers
Wednesday, 02 May 2007
Ahead of its commercial launch, Internet peer-to-peer TV venture Joost has announced additional content deals.

Sony is joining the party with old TV series such as Charlie's Angels and Starsky and Hutch, Hasbro will provide the old Transformers and GI Joe cartoons, and Turner Broadcasting System will provide CNN news and interview shows, along with episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken from Adult Swim.

A potential highlight is the plan to deliver full National Hockey League (NHL) games, but for now fans will have to make do with vintage games and highlights.

Joost's avowed strategy is to deliver premium content at no charge to viewers. The business model is to charge advertisers on a per-view basis, and to share the revenue with content providers.

More Here iTWire

WSJ: Cablevision Accepts Dolan Buyout

May 2, 2007 4:48 p.m.

Cablevision Systems Corp. agreed to be taken private by the founding Dolan family for about $10.6 billion, suggesting the Dolans like the cable industry's chances against increasing competition.

The $36.26-a-share offer for Cablevision, which owns Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and the New York Knicks and Rangers, is an 11% premium to the Tuesday closing price of $32.67 a share, and a 52% premium to Cablevision's closing price of $23.93 on Oct. 8, the day before the Dolans' first bid.

More here at WSJ

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Minyanville TV

fore score and seven years ago....

A quote for all yous who actually view the blog. I didnt know this came from "Honest Abe".

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
- Abraham Lincoln

paidContent on Paid Search

Despite Recent Controversy, Paid Search Continues To Gain Acceptance: Report

By David Kaplan - Mon 30 Apr 2007 12:07 PM PST

Search engine keywords represent the contemporary equivalent of a newsboy holding up a paper and yelling “Extra!” as Murray Gaylord, VP-marketing for, puts it. The street corners have been replaced by Yahoo, Google, AOL, MSN and, while, as the WSJ reminds us, buying keywords to attract new traffic has become routine among news sites. The method drew scrutiny after some news organizations (including paid for terms associated with the Virginia Tech shootings, which reached a price of $5 per click. That’s on the high end of the spectrum and the cost-per-click eventually dipped down to a more average price of $.06 last week, according to search marketing firm Reprise Media. Beyond the usual suspects, the WSJ, which keeps most of its content behind a subscription wall....

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Alibaba IPO... watch out Plans IPO: Report

By James Quintana Pearce - Mon 30 Apr 2007 04:43 PM PST

Chinese B2B site is planning to go public later this year in an IPO which could raise $1 billion, reports the New York Times. Three Wall Street investment banks, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank, are advising Alibaba on the IPO which is likely to be offered overseas, probably in Hong Kong or New York. Yahoo owns 40 percent of the Alibaba Group, for which it paid $1 billion in cash in 2005 and handed over its Chinese operations.

Make money money...

Monday, April 30, 2007

NY Magazine: The Confessor

The Confessor
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Published: April 29, 2007

At this late hour of his life, Charlie Hess said the question “Why?” didn’t matter anymore. After all the years he spent in the F.B.I. tilting at the criminal mind, all his years in private practice running lie-detector tests, his time extracting secrets as a C.I.A. agent in Vietnam, he was no longer interested in “Why?” What counted were simple, incontestable facts: who, when, where, what. Names, dates, locations; cause and manner of death — these were his goals as he tried to flesh out the transgressions of a man who, by his own account, killed 48 people. Robert, can you remember what year that was? Was the body north or south of the highway? Where did you get the ice pick? “Why?” was bottomless and slippery and often fraught with useless moral overtones. “Why?” didn’t close cases. “Why?” was for intellectuals, and Charlie Hess had seen enough of them to say there were two kinds of people: intellectuals and those who got things done.

And it gets better....

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Castro 'In Charge' Again Article
President Hugo Chavez said Sunday his friend and political ally Fidel Castro is "in charge" again nearly nine months after undergoing intestinal surgery.

The Cuban leader has not been seen in public since before July 31, when he announced he had undergone surgery and provisionally ceded power to his younger brother Raul. With Cuban officials giving increasing positive reports about Fidel Castro's health, there has been speculation recently that he could soon be back in the public eye.

"Fidel is in charge. Fidel is in charge," Chavez said, revealing that he received a "philosophical letter" from Castro the day before and that it ran to nearly 10 pages.

See more here... Castro lives again.

From the WSJ: Profits -- Big Time Profit
Soars on Ad Sales,
Solid Web Traffic
April 30, 2007 Inc., China's Internet search leader, said first-quarter net profit more than doubled on strong traffic growth and higher advertising revenues.

The country's most popular search engine reported net profit of 85.5 million yuan ($11.1 million) in the quarter, up from 35.2 million yuan in the year-earlier period.

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White Chicks with Gang Signs?

A great video that should be shared with your loved ones.