Facebook goes after Techmeme with the launch of Techwire

Facebook has launched a new tech-focused version of its Newswire called FB Techwire, which it says it hopes will become a resource for technology journalists — a shot across the bow of existing aggregators like Techmeme

Revealed: the finalists for the 2012 Crunchies

Five finalists have been chosen in 20 different categories for the 2012 Crunchies awards, and we’re proud to release the worthy nominees today. Voting for the winners starts today, and the winners will be announced January 31st.

Techmeme Confirms Twitter Is News, But What About the Noise?

Techmeme, the news aggregator that is like CNN for geeks, says individual tweets will now be highlighted on the site if they are newsworthy enough. But will this new feature give the site more news to choose from, or just more produce more noise?

Magic Sales for a Not-So-Magic Mouse

Holiday spending has seen sales of Apple’s (s aapl) Magic Mouse soar. According to a report by NPD and covered today by AppleInsider, last month saw a twofold increase in Apple’s share of domestic mice sales. By the end of November, Apple had captured 10 percent of the market.

NPD analyst Stephen Baker told AppleInsider:

Sales in November were through the roof. The Magic Mouse had the best month for a mouse product from Apple that we’ve ever seen.

It’s the first time Apple’s share of the domestic mouse market has ever reached double digits, and even more impressive considering the data was compiled from standalone sales. Units sold with new iMacs were not counted. Read More about Magic Sales for a Not-So-Magic Mouse

OneSpot Gets $4.2M For Content Syndication

images1OneSpot, the two-year-old Austin, Texas, startup that aims to automate content syndication online, has raised $4.2 million from Silverback Silver Creek Ventures in Dallas. I was mostly drawn to this news because founder and CEO Matt Cohen is a friend, and it’s exciting to see an Austin company get funding. For Texas startups, it’s also great to see a Texas firm other than Hunt Ventures and Houston’s DFJ Mercury doing early stage deals.

OneSpot offers a service that provides a feed of relevant stories for a web site or newsletter based on content pulled from more than 250,000 online sites. Site owners using the service select web sites that produce content their audience is likely to find useful, and OneSpot uses that criteria to create a customized OneSpot feed of stories from the 250,000 sites it tracks.

The current version is a white-label solution, and content users can fully customize. With the latest round, Cohen plans to expand the market for the product by offering a version with limited configuration options for a “monthly fee in the two or three digits rather than four digits.” My biggest beef with the product when it launched last June was that it was too expensive for more than a small handful of content sites. (The Wall Street Journal uses the high-end version of the software on several of its blogs, for example.) So, this seems like a good move. However, it will still have to distinguish itself from other content aggregation and discovery sources, such as Techmeme, Reddit and Sphere.

Working in San Francisco

airplane_plane_117545It’s been pretty quiet here on jkOnTheRun the past few days due to a whirlwind schedule of traveling and meetings for both Kevin and I.  We left Vegas after 6 days of CES coverage on Monday of this week and on Wednesday we both headed out to San Francisco for a meeting with the GigaOM team.

I love San Francisco and always enjoy visiting but this trip is a very fast-paced short one with a full schedule.  We had an all day meeting at the GigaOM headquarters yesterday that saw us leave the hotel at 7:30 am and not returning until 10:30 last night.

Both Kevin and I brought our MacBooks which we used to give two presentations to the group.  The MacBook worked well for giving the presentations since we had access to that special VGA adapter to hook it up to the projector.  Shame on you Apple for not providing that adapter for free.

We created the presentations in Google Docs in keeping with our cloud working philosophy and that worked well to preclude the need to give handouts to attendees.  We just gave them the links to the two presentations in Google Docs and were done with that.

Kevin also brought his MSI Wind and it was nice to see how well Windows 7 runs on the Wind.  I had forgotten how small and compact the Wind is and am impressed anew as I am every time I see it.  On a similar note Windows 7 is running well under Parallels on my MacBook too.

Today will find me working in SF as I head back to Houston tomorrow.  It will be so nice to get some down time at home.  I will post an abbreviated Mobile Tech Manor column later today.  You probably noticed there was not one published last week since I was at the CES all week and not even at MTM but I’ll try to get one done for the past week soon.