Mike Butcher, the UK arm of Techcrunch, is squatting the online identity of culture secretary Andy Burnham in protest at his suggestion that a cinema-style rating system might be introduced for the internet.
Mr Butcher will retain Mr Burnham’s Twitter account “until such time as he’s prepared to sit down and listen to some real feedback about his ideas”. “I do intend to hand it back to him,” Mr Butcher told the FT – but only after setting up the Twitter account to follow other users “who know how the internet works, hoping he will get the kind of feedback that makes his job easier and preserves that go-getter internet culture”.
There are only seven MPs on Twitter currently, and the most prolific by a large margin, is Tom Watson, labour MP for West Bromwich East. UPDATE: The account has been suspended – obviously someone didn’t like the joke!
Yahoo’s innovation hot-house in San Francisco, Brickhouse, is to close. The products it has been responsible for – Pipes and FireEagle, for instance – seem to be safe according to Twitter reports from insiders.
Gmail is looking more and more formidable as Google piles on the functionality. The latest addition is tasks which is added from the Labs functionality. This follows on the heels of video functionality for Google Talk and the integration of widgets including Google Calendar from within Gmail itself.
It is a testament to how much the world has become connected by the web that when you see something like this it just seems so lame and so anachronistic.
You can read a review of the Nintendo DSi which has just launched in Japan, or watch events than happen all over the world, but still the old geographical distribution paradigms seem alive at least in the minds of the studio bosses.