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With Motorola acquisition, Google knows the importance of a Skypager!


(by ATCQ)

It's all over the papers glowing rectangles. Google is acquiring Motorola. Here are some of the reasons many pundits are citing:

  • Get into the hardware business at last
  • Get closer to the living room and enterainment devices, the better to compete with Apple.
  • Block a mobile partnership path for Microsoft
  • Help defend Android against patent lawsuits by inheriting Motorola's patents.
  • Show it can spend over $12 billion and not break a sweat.

I shared some of this initial reasoning, but the true secret motivation only now occurred to me. Google gets the StarTAC phone and, more importantly, pagers!!!

Come on yall. Sir Mix-A-Lot ain't no fool

Need Help With Feedburner + Wordpress. Can't Burn Valid Feed

(1) feed i'm trying to burn (2) feedvalidator says it's ok but (3) here's feedburner not letting me burn it
The URL you entered does not appear to be a valid feed. We encountered the following problem: Unknown feed format encountered (The root element is [Element: <html/>])
I hate posting all my tech questions to my blog, but feedburner doesn't seem to offer any support whatsoever. They have a Google Group. That's all. I've tried using and They all result in the unhelpful cryptic message above. Other info that might be of use? The blog software is installed at /blog but i have the public address as / Could there be something in the .htaccess file? Thanks to anyone who can hook me up. We have lots of RSS subscribers, and I don't want them to lose out.

Video: Google Pop/Politics Panel w/ Me, Winstead, Obama Girl Guy, etc.

Friday I was so annoyed that I couldn't get my Tivo to record our Google Pop Culture and Politics panel as it was aired by C-SPAN. I completely forgot that this event took place at Google, and thus, is on YouTube. I'm an idiot. Anyway, here's the 45 minute video of our panel. They cut the opening Onion News Network video I showed right after my intro, but you can see it here. I haven't replayed the entire thing, so they may have also cut the second Onion video I showed, which is friggin hilarious. Highlights:
  • My hot shirt. Seriously, you know you love that shirt. Jill Sander baby! Bought it myself
  • Christopher Hitchens. Look at his beverage. That ain't ginger ale
  • Lizz Winstead. My hero. Twas an honor to tag team with her against our cable news-defending moderator
  • After the panel, the Google folks got short one-on-one interviews with all of us. Here's mine.
And now, the panel...
For some reason, Google disabled comments on the YouTube video, so feel free to heap praise and scathing criticism here.

Today I'm Speaking At Google DC On Politics & Pop Culture

Update: the panel video is now on YouTube This afternoon, I'm speaking on a panel at Google in DC, repping the Onion. The full lineup and schedule are below. 2008: The First 21st Century Campaign Date: June 11, 2008 Location: Google DC Time: 2:30 pm ET - 7:00 pm ET Overview: Gathering to highlight new tools on the campaign trail and winning strategies that leverage this technology. Event MC: Jim Barnes Schedule 2:40 pm - 3:45 pm :: Covering the 21st Century Moderator: Judy Woodruff Participants: Mark Halperin Katherine Ham James Kotecki Phil Singer Kevin Madden 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm :: Running the First 21st Century Campaign Moderator: Ron Brownstein Participants: Joe Rospars Peter Daou Mindy Finn Mark Soohoo Joe Trippi 5:30 - 6:30 pm :: Pop culture Politics Moderator: Tammy Haddad Participants: Baratunde Thurston, The Onion Ben Relles, Obama Girl Zoe Stagg, CitizenSugar Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair Lizz Winstead- Creator of the Daily Show