TECH cocktail Week in Review 12/18

December 18, 2009

9:12 pm

Well well, another week down with some great events and even bigger tech news.

Locally in DC we had some big news, our good friend Nick O’Neill had his company, Social Times acquired by WebMediaBrands !  I have had the pleasure of getting to know Nick over the last couple of years and was always impressed by his drive and passion.  He always had ideas and was getting things done.

Just up 95 north to Baltimore, I attended the MD Tech Crawl.  It was a gathering of 21 local companies giving their best elevator pitch to people wandering around with the best judged given a $500 prize.  It was a cool event and we look for more in the future.

Now lets take a look what happened around the rest of the tech dial.

The url shortening service field got a bit more crowded.  Google and FB announced their own url shortening services earlier in  the week only to be trumped back by the incumbent announced a Pro version

which allows Web publishers to to send out short links with their own branded (short) domain names such as,,, or

Speaking of Google, it slipped out this week that Google will be announcing their own phone, not just the Android operating system.  It had been widely speculated that this is the direction they were headed, always to be shot down by Google … honestly how can we ever believe them. 😉

Last week into this week, Facebook began rolling out new privacy settings.  Nick O’Neill had a great post about 10 new privacy settings that every user should know about.  Make sure you check it out and don’t get caught “engaged” as one of our good friends did.

Obviously, we can’t catch all the news, but would love for you all to leave a comment letting us know the big news in your community to share with the rest of us.

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Jimmy Gardner is a Senior Unix/Windows Engineer, a lover of technology and photography. Follow him online at @jjgardner3 and enjoy his portfolio at

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