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August 11th, 2009 - artishevcom — LiveJournal

friendfeedFacebook said it will acquire FriendFeed today, pulling in a team of high-profile early Google engineers, in what could be a concerted bid to one-up Twitter in the real-time space.

The deal gives the FriendFeed’s backers a graceful financial exit and lets the engineers reach a much larger user base with the product innovations they’ve developed over the last two years. The company had funding from co-founder and G-mail architect Paul Buchheit, fellow ex-Googler Sanjeev Singh, and Benchmark Capital. Despite how much praise FriendFeed won for its design, it couldn’t match the pace of Twitter or Facebook’s growth.

Facebook picks up one of the most innovative companies around in content sharing; FriendFeed’s “likes” and “comments” inspired copycat designs on the social networking site. Facebook also prevents FriendFeed’s team from being reabsorbed into Google and gets some of the real-time stream access it wanted when it tried to buy Twitter last year.

Co-founder Bret Taylor said for the time being, FriendFeed will continue to operate normally in a company blog post. However, the acquisitions raises longer-term questions about FriendFeed’s continued existence as its features will presumably get rolled into Facebook.

The release is here:

Facebook Agrees to Acquire Sharing Service FriendFeed

PALO ALTO, Calif. — August 10, 2009 — Facebook today announced that it has agreed to acquire FriendFeed, the innovative service for sharing online. As part of the agreement, all FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will hold senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

“Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends,” said Bret Taylor, a FriendFeed co-founder and, previously, the group product manager who launched Google Maps. “We can’t wait to join the team and bring many of the innovations we’ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebook’s 250 million users around the world.”

“As we spent time with Mark and his leadership team, we were impressed by the open, creative culture they’ve built and their desire to have us contribute to it,” said Paul Buchheit, another FriendFeed co-founders. Buchheit, the Google engineer behind Gmail and the originator of Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto, added, “It was immediately obvious to us how passionate Facebook’s engineers are about creating simple, ground-breaking ways for people to share, and we are extremely excited to join such a like-minded group.”

Taylor and Buchheit founded FriendFeed along with Jim Norris and Sanjeev Singh in October 2007 after all four played key roles at Google for products like Gmail and Google Maps. At FriendFeed, they’ve brought together a world-class team of engineers and designers.

“Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “As this shows, our culture continues to make Facebook a place where the best engineers come to build things quickly that lots of people will use.”

FriendFeed is based in Mountain View, Calif. and has 12 employees. FriendFeed.com will continue to operate normally for the time being as the teams determine the longer term plans for the product.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not released.

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Laird Hamilton is as tech savvy as surfers get, using jet skis, kites and hydrofoils to have more fun on the waves. Here are his first experiences with waterproof music, and his discovery of H2O Audio earphones and iPod cases:

The thing about the water is that a lot of times you have other people out so having music to listen to is a way to block out people’s questions. Kidding aside, it’s one way to be in your own little world.

I use music in my regimen when it involves anything with long distances—if I’m doing a really long crossing, or something that’s going to take me a while, music is a good distraction. It’s a way to kinda let time go by.

Then I found that surfing with the right song creates a whole other situation that you don’t have when you’re not listening to the music. It’s almost like you use a different part of your brain than you normally would without music. Sometimes I feel like things slow down, and I have more time to do maneuvers and to observe what’s happening. (I’m not sure if there’s any scientific research on that.)

ПРОДОЛЖЕНИЕ СТАТЬИ ЧИТАЙТЕ НА ОФИЦИАЛЬНОМ САЙТЕ »

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