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John E. Bredehoft
Re: How Apple's '1984' Ad Was Almost Canceled - http://www.mentalfloss.com/...
"Excellent rebuttal, but I do have one quibble. While you note that we should (rightly) be concerned about "THE ACTUAL GOVERNMENT," we should also be concerned about the large amounts of data that corporations are acquiring about us and selling to others. The personal information that can be retrieved by mining this data is just as revealing as anything that the various government silos have on us. In a sense, our data is actually safer with the government, since (at least theoretically) we have Constitutional recourses to remove that data. There are no such Constitutional recourses in the case of private data - just legislation." - John E. Bredehoft
Stephen Mack
The creepy but definitive list of FriendFeed employees and where they work now. UPDATE: As of October 2, 2012, *three* still work at Facebook. Still true as of November 20, 2013.
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With Paul's departure from Facebook today (November 12, 2010), I've heard several FFers talk about who's still at Facebook. I've seen various different numbers, none of which I think are accurate. This is my attempt to be more accurate. Information comes from publicly available sources where available. I drew on the list of FF employees from http://friendfeed.com/about... and http://blog.friendfeed.com/. - Stephen Mack
Ana Yang http://friendfeed.com/ana: Chief Miscellaneous Officer at Quip, per https://quip.com/about/ and had left Facebook around September 2012 (see Tudor B.'s comment from 9/20/2012 below). Formerly Places Product Manager at Facebook (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/technol...). - Stephen Mack
Ben Darnell http://friendfeed.com/bdarnell: DropBox (per Tudor Bosman below, updated 5/22/2012). Prior to that, AOL (Brizzly until their acquisition by AOL in September, see http://friendfeed.com/bdarnel...). - Stephen Mack
Ben Golub http://friendfeed.com/bgolub: Software Engineer at Facebook (see http://www.linkedin.com/in...). - Stephen Mack
Bret Taylor http://friendfeed.com/bret: Co-founder and CEO of Quip, per his FF page profile. Was previously CTO of Facebook (see FF profile). On June 15, announced he was leaving FB: https://www.facebook.com/btaylor... - Stephen Mack
Casey Muller http://friendfeed.com/casey: Quip, per https://quip.com/about/. Per Tudor on 10/2/1012, no longer at Facebook, confirmed by Casey's FB page listing "formerly" there (see http://www.facebook.com/caseymr...). - Stephen Mack
Dan Hsiao http://friendfeed.com/dhsiao: VP of Product @ Soldsie, per his FF page profile. Per Tudor on 5/22/2012, he is no longer at Facebook (see comment below). Previously was Program Manager at Facebook (see bio of twitter feed, http://twitter.com/danhsiao). - Stephen Mack
Gary Burd http://friendfeed.com/gburd: Managing Director at BeagleDreams per his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/gburd); it previously said he left Facebook in October of 2009. - Stephen Mack
Goutham Patnaik http://friendfeed.com/gpatnaik (private feed): Google. Summer intern, left on 9/18/2009 (see http://blog.friendfeed.com/2008...). Update 5/22/2012: Per below, now at Google. I previously listed him as "unknown." - Stephen Mack
Jim Norris http://friendfeed.com/jim: Entrepreneur In Residence at Funemployed per his FB page, http://www.facebook.com/james... (updated 11/20/2013). Previously AeroFS per his mom (comment below). - Stephen Mack
Kevin Fox http://friendfeed.com/kfury: Electric Imp (see http://friendfeed.com/kfury...). Previously Mozilla Labs. Kevin left Facebook in May of 2010 (see below) and announced on 10/27/2010 that he joined Mozilla Labs (see http://friendfeed.com/kfury...). - Stephen Mack
Paul Buchheit http://friendfeed.com/paul: Y-Combinator as of 11/12/2010 (see http://friendfeed.com/paul...). - Stephen Mack
Ross Miller http://friendfeed.com/ross: Taylor Engineering in Alameda per his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ross...). (Ross was a two-time intern at FF.) - Stephen Mack
Tudor Bosman http://friendfeed.com/tudor: Software Engineer at Facebook (see http://www.linkedin.com/in...). - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of November 2010: Of the 14 people who were ever FriendFeed employees, 8 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Dan H., Jim N., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 5 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Gary B., Kevin F., Paul B., Ross M.), and 1 is unknown (Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
I will update the above if I hear news. - Stephen Mack
Technically my first day at Mozilla isn't until Monday. :-) - Kevin Fox
I will also remove this if any FF employees think it's too creepy. :) - Stephen Mack
Ross Miller's account: http://friendfeed.com/ross - Rochelle
You are both thorough and scary :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
KLevin, tehcnically, this is your last day here and your not part of the FF team ! - Peter Dawson
Me too, Geoff. - Kevin Fox
Thanks Rochelle, updated! Kevin F., edited now, thanks. :) - Stephen Mack
Peter, what? Today is my last day where? And I left Facebook (and the FF team) back in May. - Kevin Fox
Of those still left at FB, I only see Tudor and Ben who are still active here and have contributed to FF fixes since the buyout. - Rodfather
Kevin mea culpa .. now i remember you want on a summer sabbatical ! - Peter Dawson
No worries. :-) - Kevin Fox
Rodfather, I'm not active here? - Kevin Fox
Of those still left at FB. ;) - Rodfather
I love the iFly photo of us. We are a great big arm rainbow!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Yeah, Paul and April were missing from that picture because that was the day Thomas was born! - Kevin Fox
Rod: Oops, my bad. I saw 'left FB' and missed the 'at'. - Kevin Fox
Wild AND Crazy - Eric - ill subliminal
OK, took some editing but I think the above is accurate. If anyone knows where Ross M. or Goutham P. are now, please let me know! - Stephen Mack
Many thanks to people who provided info, especially Rochelle. - Stephen Mack
Rachel: That's definitely an awesome pic. I had a hard time choosing, you guys had a lot of great events. - Stephen Mack
Wow that is a great list I should probably try an add a few people. FriendFeed very good micro blogging, thanks. - Robert Bridge
Thanks Robert! Updated Ross's employer with information Anne B. found on his Facebook page. - Stephen Mack
He made them an offer that they could eventually refuse? - Stephen Mack
*snicker* - Big Joe Silence
Bump in honor of today's FB IPO. Time to do more creepy digging to see what's up with the FF team! - Stephen Mack
Updated Gary's entry. - Stephen Mack
Updated Jim's entry. He's apparently left Facebook. (I think I remember him confirming this when I had lunch with him last month!) - Stephen Mack
Updated Kevin's entry. - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of May 2012: Of the 14 people who were ever FriendFeed employees, 7 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Dan H., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 6 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B., Ross M.), and 1 is unknown (Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
Stephen, Goutham worked at RockYou for a bit in 2010 and now works for Google. Also, how have I not seen this thread before?! I remember you taking that picture at Kitchen Table - fun times :) - Ross Miller
now this is creepy.. some1 is stalking all the former employees of FF :)- - Peter Dawson
Peter, I wonder who? Ross, thanks! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jim is now at AeroFS. - Anne Bouey
Stephen, also Goutham was a summer intern the year before the Facebook buy. He did not transfer to Facebook. Ross did you transfer to Facebook, I can't remember. - Rachel Lea Fox
oh and I think Ben D. has left AOL. But I can't confirm that, I just seem to remember something about that. *shrug* - Rachel Lea Fox
Anne, AeroFS looks cool! Congrats Jim!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Ben Darnell is at Dropbox. - Tudor Bosman
Also, Dan Hsiao is no longer at Facebook (no more details). - Tudor Bosman
Goutham Patnaik is at Google. - Tudor Bosman
And yes, both Ross and Goutham were interns and were never Facebook employees after the acquisition. - Tudor Bosman
Thanks Tudor! Updated above. - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of May 22, 2012: Of the 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees plus 2 interns, 6 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 6 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.), and 2 were interns who never went to Facebook (Ross M., Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
And now there are five. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Indeed. I'll update when I get back from vacation -- by then we should know more about Bret's new venture. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Bump. - NOT THE CRICKET
Oops, I see I never updated this. Stand by. - Stephen Mack
Bret's entry updated. - Stephen Mack
Overall status, as of June 15, 2012 (updated on September 13, 2012): There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. (In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M., Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above.) So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 5 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 7 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
So basically we're gradually losing FF advocates within the mothership. :-( - DB, Lil LB's Dad
So clearly we need to either recruit current FB'ers to start using FF or get FF users employed FB, or both. - Andrew C (✔)
13 Sep 2012: what was the cause of the outage? But perhaps more importantly, *who* kindly fixed it (and from where) ? [If FB open sources FF, who would be willingly to maintain it?] - Adriano
And whoever it was, I'd happily buy them a nice dinner. - Meg VMeg
Per Tudor (in this thread http://friendfeed.com/friendf...) it was Sanjeev who saved us. THANK YOU SANJEEV! - Stephen Mack
SANJEEV! - Josh Haley
I think Sanjeev is most eligible for a FF Rent Party of sorts. More of a FF Thank You party. - Janet
bump just to immortalise this pix and the start-up crew ! - Peter Dawson
Ana left Facebook, no more details. - Tudor Bosman
Thanks Tudor -- I updated her entry. Overall status, as of September 20, 2012): There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. (In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M., Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above.) So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 4 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ben G., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 8 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ana Y., Ben D., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
Thanks Tudor and Stephen for the update. - Meg VMeg
Casey left Facebook as well (which, as he's Ana's husband, is no big surprise :) ). No more details. - Tudor Bosman
Ah, so three now. Thanks Tudor. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not sure how I missed Tudor's update back on October 2, but I have now updated Casey's entry. - Stephen Mack
Overall status, as of October 2, 2012: There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M. and Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above. So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 3 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ben G., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 9 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ana Y., Ben D., Casey M., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., and Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
An update of sorts, which I guess is in and of itself creepy. I was reading a recent piece on Google Reader, and I was struck by the fact that Darnell jumped from Google Reader to FriendFeed (there are similarities between the two orphaned applications, when you think about it). Then I saw that Darnell made his move right before the Facebook acquisition. After reading subsequent... more... - John E. Bredehoft
Bump. Updated a few folks above to show they're at Quip. I think it's still the case that 3 of the 12 are at Facebook (Ben, Sanjeev, Tudor). - Stephen Mack
Thanks for the update Stephen! - Zu from AOD
Bump! I think the count is still three. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
John E. Bredehoft
Re: In Ontario, retiring police chief keeps calm as others carry on - http://www.dailybulletin.com/governm...
"Tamales!" - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: The Missing Piece to Annual Sales Kick-offs - http://www.qvidian.com/blog...
"Of course, I'm sure that some sales director read this post and thought, "Hmm...an iron chef competition!" Now I need to find the white paper that was referenced in the newsletter. I'm in proposals, but reinforcement can help in all disciplines." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: See the 'Storm of the Century' Hit the West Coast - http://abcnews.go.com/US...
"At least they didn't refer to Glendale." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: See the 'Storm of the Century' Hit the West Coast - http://abcnews.go.com/US...
"DUDE! One different between the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest is that much of the Southwest is a desert. When that storm makes it to Southern California and Arizona, the ground won't be able to absorb all the rain, and flooding will occur. Yes, it's much greener in Seattle..." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: (714) 630-9701: PRINTRAK INC Payphone Location, ANAHEIM California - http://www.payphone-project.com/numbers...
"This number is now a fax number at a company called DefenderWorx. http://defenderworx.com/contac... I work at 1250 N. Tustin, and I can't remember the last time that a pay phone was in this facility (I recall there was one in 1995)." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Let’s Roll: Bowlium Lanes, Montclair - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Ask your publisher Mark Givens about his former 'zone, The Bowl Sheet." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: At Rancho Cucamonga High, he was the principal of the thing - http://www.dailybulletin.com/social-...
"Sounds like you got off easy - you skipped the student cafeteria." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Ontario is shocked — shocked! — to learn about Edison towers - http://www.dailybulletin.com/governm...
"I know that legalese is legalese, but in what universe is Chino Hills "adjacent" to Ontario? I guess the universe in which February 31st is a day..." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Taking the train … a few blocks? - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"A friend of mine in Texas is planning to come out to Southern California in a couple of months. I'll ask him if he needs any appliances - suitcase-size appliances." - John E. Bredehoft
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"One of the reasons that I often use my middle initial online is because there are two other online John Bredehofts - one a lawyer and one a plumber - and I want to spare them the embarrassment of being accused of being me. (Incidentally, I arrived here via Jeff Pearlman.)" - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Sign flub hints that freeway work really is endless - http://www.dailybulletin.com/general...
"It would cost money to correct the February 31 freeway signs, so they may entertain us for a while longer." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
"Once I went to a taxi website to figure out what the taxi fare was from Ontario airport to my Ontario home. The website page was specifically for Ontario, California. But by the time I got to the taxi calculation screen, I was presented with a journey of several thousand miles - and a fare to match." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Journalists: Unprepared, but resourceful - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Thankfully you had receipts and didn't have to rely on a straw wrapper, or a napkin." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: FBI Adds Facial Recognition To Biometric ID Toolkit - http://www.ibtimes.com/fbi-add...
""Rap Black"? Don't think so. Double-check the FBI press release." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: The Era Of Widespread Biometric Indentification And Microchip Implants Is Here - http://www.rightsidenews.com/2014090...
"(DISCLOSURE: I work for a biometrics provider, but my views are my own.) Just about every technology is ethically neutral. Nuclear technology can run power plants or blow cities to smithereens. Anonymizers can protect citizens from repressive governments, or provide a great way to distribute porn. Similarly, biometrics can ensure identity or can be used to enslave people. The challenge with any technology is to use it wisely." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Claremont Courier writes up ‘Pomona A to Z,’ me - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"If you write a book called Claremont A to Z, the Courier will probably devote 26 straight issues to it." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device - http://www.computerworld.com/s...
"While JR has done an excellent job of analyzing the capabilities of this phone, there's also a bigger issue - will this set a precedent for big retailers, rather than releasing apps, to release entire phones? Will there be a Walmart phone? A General Motors phone? The premise may seem attractive to some companies - the best way to keep a user in your ecosystem is to provide the user with a phone that FORCES you to stay in your ecosystem. But if a technically savvy company like Amazon isn't able to create a compelling experience, I wonder if any other firm outside of the usual OS vendors will be able to do so." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Access denied - debunking popular biometrics myths - http://www.itweb.co.za/index...
"It's an exaggeration to say that ALL modern biometric detection devices are immune to spoofing. The aforementioned phone fingerprint readers are still susceptible http://blogs.computerworld.com... and hackers will always continue to try to beat security features." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: 7 Things We Hate About Belgium - http://www.motherjones.com/node...
"I guess if one were to get technical, King Leopold's rule of the Congo can't be laid at the feet of Belgium, since the Congo Free State started out not as a Belgian colony, but as the personal colony of the King himself. The gender equality one is surprising, since some European countries are now mandating equal female representation on corporate boards. Apparently Belgium isn't one of them." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Upland family terrorized by nightmare nanny - http://www.dailybulletin.com/general...
"A somewhat similar story was resolved when the squatters (in this case, a couple that occupied a deployed soldier's home) decided to leave after receiving unwanted media attention. http://www.wfla.com/story/2532..." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Phoenix Suns: The LeBron James Free Agency Pitch - http://hoopshabit.com/2014...
"While this is a good analysis, it's missing discussion of three key factors that would enter into any Decision - the owner, the general manager, and the coach. For example, here's how LeBron would analyze a potential return to Cleveland: OWNER: Dan Gilbert Right at that point, the decision is no. I admit that I'm not familiar with the current Suns organization (I live in southern California - we're the guys who jump into other people's swimming pools), and I'm sure that the Suns owner is much better than Dan Gilbert, but LeBron will need to evaluate ownership and management before making any decision, since a star player or up and coming player is one trade or injury away from becoming a non-factor." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: ’21 Things You Need to Know About Pomona Before You Move There’ - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Years and years ago, I had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant operated by Cal Poly Pomona's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Wonderful dinner; I need to go back." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Quinn: Brendan Eich, Mozilla's former chief executive, needed to tell us more. - http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_2548...
"A case can be made for being intolerant of intolerance, or to be non-inclusive of people perceived as exclusive. But if that is the view that Mozilla is going to adopt, then Mozilla should not claim to be inclusive or tolerant. This is what is written in Mozilla's Community Participation Guidelines: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/a... "Some Mozillians may identify with activities or organizations that do not support the same inclusion and diversity standards as Mozilla. When this is the case: "(a) support for exclusionary practices must not be carried into Mozilla activities. "(b) support for exclusionary practices in non-Mozilla activities should not be expressed in Mozilla spaces. "(c) when if (a) and (b) are met, other Mozillians should treat this as a private matter, not a Mozilla issue." Of course, people can claim that Mozilla's hand was forced by outside interests, and that Mozilla was therefore forced to disregard item c in its own guidelines. But a principle that is easily bent..." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Quinn: Brendan Eich, Mozilla's former chief executive, needed to tell us more. - http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_2548...
"The brouhaha over Eich's appointment will result in less transparency, not more. The lesson learned here, yet again, is that the only way to survive in the so-called age of transparency is to keep all of your personal opinions to yourself." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Last gasp for Upland packing house - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Whoops...should have read your Daily Bulletin article before I asked the question..." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Last gasp for Upland packing house - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"I guess "Super Dave Osborne" doesn't fear any competition from you. :) Any idea what will happen to the property? Nearby residents would probably object to new commercial use, but the property presumably isn't zoned for residential." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: Starbucks & The Economist Admit To Using Google+ For SEO More Than Social - http://searchengineland.com/starbuc...
"Theoretically, "social" refers to personal engagement. For example, if I post a message saying that "the Starbucks location at 123 Main Street doesn't calibrate its machines," then ideally someone at Starbucks would respond and say "We're really sorry, John, and we'll check into that." In other words, the @ComcastCares model. Whether the distinction matters is up to the individual, I guess." - John E. Bredehoft
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Re: What do you think the biggest news stories of your life have been | Dead Presidents - http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/post...
"I'm a little (OK, more than a little) older than you, so I would want to add the moon landing and the Nixon resignation to the list. (I was only a baby when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.) One important difference for the older stories is the way that they were covered. Back when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, we did not have an Internet, dedicated news channels, or a 24 hour news cycle. Therefore, the very fact that the moon landing was covered live on all three networks made the story even more consequential." - John E. Bredehoft
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