Dinner with Harry…Yahoo Flickerizes

I had dinner with a bunch of CEOs and press folks tonight, same dinner that Mike Arrington just got a news scoop that Yahoo is closing Yahoo photos in favor of Flickr (existing photos don’t need to move, Stewart Butterfield told me, but new accounts need to be placed up on Flickr). Mike demonstrated to me again why TechCrunch is one of my favorite blogs. He got the scoop before any of us could figure out what was going down and borrowed a PC and wrote a blog post write from the corner of the dinner. No matter what you say about Mike he works his ass off and I, for one, appreciate that a lot.

I thought it was ironic that Harry McCracken (former PC World Editor who was the topic of a blog storm today) was also at my table. He told me that he appreciated me backing off of writing about him and the PC World situation. Says that there indeed is more behind his decision that hadn’t been reported and probably won’t and that he actually had TWO articles that he wanted to run on Apple: one positive, one negative.

From our conversation it’s clear he has great love for PC World and he told me he’s going to experiment with blogging and possibly video. Colin Crawford, who was Harry’s boss, wrote about Harry’s resignation over on his blog, but didn’t give too many details other than to say that the reports are not accurate.

“Day of Flickr:” May 5th

I got a new HD2 Sanyo to try out on the 24 hours of Flickr participatory event that’s going on on Saturday (thanks to Sam Levin who loaned it to me for the trip). I’ll be in Cancun, so should have some photographic scenery to add to the tagged pile. Too bad I won’t be hanging out with Thomas Hawk or Kris Krug or Heather Champ. Are you going to participate?

While we’re talking about Flickr, over on the Flickr blog I also read that Moo is having a party next Tuesday in San Francisco. If you’ve never heard of Moo cards, for photographers they are great business cards that you make from your own photography.

Kyte.tv shows Flash, er Flex 2.0, vs. Silverlight battle

To put an underscore on the Silverlight vs. Flash battle, last night there were several Web video startups that presented at the SF New Tech! Live shindig. I think all of them are using Flash. Will Silverlight start to show up? You can watch last night’s proceedings too on Veodia. Funny enough, they aren’t using Flash.

But what caught my eye last night? Kyte.tv. That rocks as a way to interact with other people via your video camera (particularly cool with cell phones). There’s a chat capability — you can email any video into the system and it’s shown immediately. Plus you can talk smack with the community that’s hanging out on your channel. I gotta try this out, but Maryam and I are headed off to Cancun tomorrow.

Right now I’m driving to Zoho in Pleasanton to get a good look at their suite of “Work 2.0” services.

Adobe and Microsoft are going full force after developers now. It’ll be interesting to see what other services like Kyte.tv come along because of Flash and Silverlight. Those who are arguing for using plain old HTML are missing the point. Kyte.tv is cool and is cool because it’s using Flex 2.0. I don’t see developers building Kyte.tv style sites in plain old HTML.

Harry, would love to talk with you!

The top story on TechMeme this morning is that PC World Editor, Harry McCracken, resigned his job yesterday cause his boss wanted to be nicer to advertisers and wanted to kill a story he did on Apple. I like Harry a lot. He was in my living room a few months ago during a debate about OSX vs. Vista.

Anyway, Harry, I’d love to work with you again — your stock just went up due to your editorial stance. IDG’s just went way down.

UPDATE: I just striked out the text above because John Welch is right and I don’t know what really happened. I’ve been reflecting on his words and he’s right that we’re only hearing one side of the story. I know that from my time inside Microsoft that usually the story you see in public isn’t the true story and that only the employee who left the company gets to speak because of fears of getting sued. We know that Harry isn’t working for PC World anymore. But we don’t know the kind of story he wanted to run or hear Colin’s point of view.

Either way, Harry was enjoyable to work with before and I’d love to work with him again.