First things first, happy President’s Day and a happy belated Valentine’s Day to all! We trust you all made/are making the best of what is a three day weekend for many. But just because today’s a “holiday” for some of you lucky folks, that doesn’t mean we stop the digital presses. Oh no, there’s plenty of digital bytes to go around this morning. So we’ll try and catch you up on happenings from the last couple of days, below.
But before we get to that, we wanted to let you know that we’ve got an exciting event coming up next Tuesday, 2/23 – Fashion Tech NYC – at which we’ll be discussing how social media has changed the way we all relate to fashion and the fashion industry. The panelists for this unique event include Peter Fields, who is a partner at one of the city’s most progressive law firms – Roberts Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP, David Reinke, CEO of Stylehop, which provides valuable consumer-driven forecasting and marketing insights to fashion companies, and Yuli Ziv, Editor-in-Chief of the uber-fashion blog and community, MyThingsIt.com, and Founder of Style Coalition, which connects brands and advertisers to key online influencers in the fashion world. We’d love for you to join us for this little soiree, and if you’d like to do so, you can register here.
Now, about that digital news…
Not long ago, we wrote about the so-called “social” search engine – Aardvark – which seemed like it was on the path to becoming the Google of social search engines. Well, it turns out we won’t have to wait to find out whether they’ll achieve that status, because last Friday, Google bought them for a [reportedly] staggering 50 million bones [NY Times]
Foursquare continues to steamroll 2010, recently buddying up to the fashion industry, signing two new deals with Conde Nast and Marc Jacobs, and apparently doubling its number of check-ins in the last month [TechCrunch]
Not yet a week old, Google Buzz is already catching some serious heat, especially for the auto-follow feature. So, that’s now gone and you have to manually search for those gmail users you want to “follow” on Buzz. Also, your Picasa photos and Google Reader items will no longer automatically be shared, and Google’s adding a “Buzz” tab to your Gmail so you can easily edit your “Buzz” settings [GMail Blog]
Apparently, Microsoft has finally upped its mobile game with Windows Mobile 7. Keep your eye out for the mind-blowing new OS [Engadget]
And finally, a little lighthearted but high witted humor — Gizmodo does Valentine’s Day right and details the “Great Sexts Throughout History” [Gizmodo]