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July 2, 2009

Gdgt Launches, Goes Down (But Comes Right Back Up)

gdgt.gifThe gadget startup gdgt, with Peter Rojas and Ryan Block at the helm, has launched. It is something of a gadget-focused community, mixing in traditional editorial content and reviews, with user generated content and a wiki-like gadget database. That wiki is the killer app, is my bet, although gdgt could do just as well with just its content. After all, they clocked in 4.7 million pageviews with their liveblog from WWDC, pre launch. The power of Rojas and Block is not to underestimated.

And gdgt might very well be an interesting site, surely one to follow. It is not like the predecessors, Engadget or Gizmodo, but more of a social beast, which is interesting. read more

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July 17, 2008

Female Bloggers Want Out of Playboy Poll

Veronica Belmont and Sarah Austin wants out of the sexiest female bloggers poll on Playboy, according to a story on TechCrunch, but Playboy says no. It would, of course disrupt the poll. While I have no love for these kind of polls, and the Playboy one is no exception, I do think that if you’ve consented to being featured by Playboy, and even sent in a photo, you’ve got only yourself to blame. In fact, I was somewhat surprised by how frank Playboy was in their approaching e-mail, quoted on TechCrunch.

Sure, maybe they didn’t know that Playboy would ask the winner to pose for the website, but the key word here is ask. You don’t have to say yes, you know…

Luckily, for those involved wanting out, it seems as if the feature’s going away soon. I would bet, however, that we’ll be seeing more of this in the future.

Update: Veronica Belmont actually doesn’t want out, she just wish she knew what Playboy was doing before accepting.

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