While I was at Pubcon I heard a rumor that Jason Calacanis had resigned. Then at one of the parties I talked to a person from AOL and she said that after all the scandals (digg, Adsense (overall Google relationship)) he caused in the last year they had to let him go. Of course its going to come out as a “resignation”…. lalala whatever. I gotta say I always liked him and I wish him the best. I am sure he will be successful at whatever he does. He is a real bulldog.
Lets see what else was discussed… well there was the whole Google buying Nintendo rumor that I first heard from a Yahoo person then I asked a few Googlers… 1 acted like they had no clue then the other said he also had heard the rumor but like many rumors… its just a rumor. I gotta say that would be pretty awesome though if Google did jump into the console gaming market. If you think about it they could kill 3 birds with one stone. It would be an awesome way to distribute videos, they could now have their cheap Google PC… AND THEY COULD PUT ADS ALL OVER THE PLACE.
Ok on to the last big thing I saw…. The DMOZ has been down evidently for over 10 days. Down meaning no editors or anyone can log in and do anything. Some of the editors I met at pubcon say its totally F’ed up.. like AOL is telling them its a bad hardware failure. Now I do not know anything first hand but I gotta think that if AOL really cared about it they would not let it be down to its editors for 10 days. I mean how are they going to approve their friends’ MFA sites? Anyway as usual when anything happens to dmoz people always wonder if this is the thing that will push Google over the edge to start their own directory… or more likely buy an existing well established directory.
There is a thread about this over on digitalpoint here people are paying their last respects to the DMOZ… its pretty hilarious. The thread was actually made on the 8th so if its back up now post up.