Top of the Interwebs:
AOL has acquired the Huffington Post and put Arianna Huffington in charge of their content as editor in chief. This is a big deal, in more ways then one. The price of the Huffington Post was $315 million. It’s pretty clear that AOL is bidding to regain their long lost relevance. With the acquisition, Huffington will be leading all of AOL’s media, which means that she now has the opportunity to put her stamp on journalism at the once giant internet company.
With news of the big merger, I talk about what the AOL+HuffPo means for the media, the future of content creation and the internet at large. For one thing, AOL will stop being the butt of all my internet jokes.
I’ve also got a quick review of the Everything is a Remix series of videos, which you really need to see.
The Next Web has a great infographic of the most common and dangerous passwords. No, I don’t use any of them, but if you do you should tell me about it by posting which site you used it on and what your user account there is. Especially if it’s Amazon. Baby needs a new pair of coding textbooks.
While you were weekending:
Apple wants a graphics stylus-style tablet. $500 says it will be white and have a name starting with the letter ‘i’. Anyone want to take my bet? No? Didn’t think so…
Also: Think about how ridiculous you will sound in five years going around asking if anyone has seen your iPen.
ASUS claims to have a sexy ‘secret weapon’ against the iPad 2. Is it Android? I bet it’s Android.
Don’t break up with an internet-savy girl, she’ll go on Memegenerator.net with your photo and print gay jokes on it.
Worth looking at today:
Facebook eats time like it was a cookie and Mark Zuckerberg is the Cookie Monster. The latest comScore results shows that, not only does Facebook demolish everyone else with unique visitors, but also draws people in for an average 25 minutes a day. (ASIDE: MySpace is sponsoring links in Zemanta, which is where the first link comes from. The failing site can’t even aggregate news about Zuckerberg well. Click for the lolz.)
George W. Bush had to cancel his trip to Europe because the Swiss might arrest him for war crimes. He was our president for eight years and now he can’t leave our country because he might get arrested. He’s like a carnival mirror of Julian Assange. Assange can go around Europe, but not to the UK or US. Could it be that Julian Assange is George Bush’s alter ego for when he wants to smoke some weed in Amsterdam? Think about it.
Kotaku has a great profile of Kevin Tancharoen, the director of that dark Mortal Kombat video from the summer. He’s making a web series based on it now.
Over the weekend the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed. Can we turn some swords into plowshares?
Video Game thing of the day:
If you play video games and are not excited about this, what the heck is wrong with you?