Here’s the latest action:
1. Yahoo ad and IM leaders head to successful startups
2. VC’s confidence at a four-year low
3. Intel launches chip intended for larger-than-a-cell-phone portable devices
4. Ex-Jobster chief executive Jason Goldberg gets angel funding for new startup
5. Report: MySpace, Facebook image uploading software vulnerable to hacks
6. PR folks, Marketwire has a new way to make your press releases “Web 2.0”
7. Mobile-only social networking site MocoSpace raises $4 million round
8. Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?
Yahoo ad and IM leaders head to successful startups — Glam Media, the advertising network, has nabbed Dr. Kiumarse Zamanian, who formerly led the Yahoo team responsible for serving, targeting, logging/tracking and predicting inventory for graphical ads across Yahoo’s ad network. At Glam, Zamanian will oversee the development of “premium” Glam ads that appear during prime viewing times and to targeted audiences. Glam has also hired Adam Souzis of StyleMob and expert on XML and RDF web code standards. Pic of Zamanian, left, via his consulting company. (See our our recent coverage of Glam’s fundraising effort, here.)
Meanwhile, instant message service Meebo has hired Chris Szeto (pictured, left), the newly ex-Director of Product Management for Yahoo! Messenger. Szeto was an early believer in Meebo, chief executive Seth Sternburg says. Now, Szeto will be Meebo’s new senior product director.
VC’s confidence at a four-year low — That’s according to a new survey by the Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index published less than two months after a national survey showed a more positive outlook despite the economy. The confidence level dropped to 3.54 from 4.14 on a 5-point scale. One year earlier, the index had been at 4.38. See this Mercury News article for more. I’ve recently had local investors tell me that the best time for startups to raise venture money is passing now or has already passed, considering the economic outlook. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for funding, you can also check out this list of seed and angel sources — and don’t stop thinking about how to bootstrap your way up.
Intel launches chip intended for larger-than-a-cell-phone portable devices — The company envisions running “full Windows Vista software loads” on these mobile Internet devices, as InfoWeek puts it. The smaller-than-a-laptop devices need very low power consumption to preserver battery life, which the chip offers. However, “[i]t’s not clear if Windows makes it down into this [ultramobile] form factor successfully. The initial ultramobile PCs from Samsung and OQO have not set the world on fire,” as one analyst is quoted as saying in the article. The leader of the mobile pack, however, is the more phone-like Apple iPhone, which analysts expect to grow from fewer than 100 million units this year to to more than 400 million units by the end of 2010. It doesn’t use Intel chips. More Intel product launch coverage on Techmeme.
Ex-Jobster chief executive Jason Goldberg gets angel funding for new startup — Goldberg left job site Jobster last month to start a new company — which will be focused on disrupting the news industry, as he writes on his blog, here.
Report: MySpace, Facebook image uploading software vulnerable to hacks — If you’re on either Myspace or Facebook, and you use the photo uploading services provided by either site, be careful. Two recent reports by researcher Elazar Broad detail how Myspace’s image loader could be hacked to allow specially designed web pages to crash Windows systems. Older versions of the Facebook image uploader are separately vulnerable and could allow for denial-of-service attacks or for malicious code to run on your PC. Recent versions of Facebook PhotoUploader 188.8.131.52 are not vulnerable, according to the report. The company behind both uploaders, Aurigma, recommends upgrading to the latest Myspace uploader versions. You can also disable all ActiveX within Internet Explorer or just disable the uploader completely.
PR folks, Marketwire has a new way to make your press releases “Web 2.0” — More here.
Mobile-only social networking site MocoSpace raises $4 million round — The funding came from previous investors General Catalyst, Pilot Group and former eBay executive Michael Deering. The site has quickly grown to a billion mobile pageviews, it claims. Techcrunch has more here.
Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC? — The New York Times compares the two.