• Bitly Gets A New CEO

    Three years after founding bitly as a home-grown startup inside betaworks, John Borthwick is passing the reigns to a new CEO, Peter Stern. Borthwick will remain CEO of betaworks and concentrate on new products and investments. Stern comes most recently from Zenbe, a webmail platform and mobile that went through a Facebook talent acquisition last November. Stern, who was a co-founder… Read More

  • Former Flickr Product Chief Lands At Bitly

    Flickr’s recently departed product chief Matthew Rothenberg is landing in a new job in New York City. He was just hired by bitly to become its new VP of Product. He will be moving from California. Score another one for the New York startup scene. Rothenberg’s decision to leave Flickr, which he says has more to do with personal reasons, is nevertheless seen as yet another sign… Read More

  • Facebook Lets You Again, After Massive Spam And Malware Concerns

    As we reported yesterday, Facebook for a while blocked all short URLs provided by parent company in status and page updates. Asked for more information, Facebook said it was working with to resolve the issue, and that more than 70% of links pointed to spam or “other security issues” at the time the block was imposed. Thanks to our original tipster on the… Read More

  • Facebook Appears To Be Blocking All ( Operated) Links

    William Albano checks in to tell us that Facebook is blocking all links in status and page updates (but not profiles). Sure enough, I tried to post a link in a status update just now, and I got an error notice saying: “This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error.” Read More

  • Bitly News Tries To Create A Hacker News For The Rest Of Us

    What are the headlines people are sharing the most? A new headline aggregation site called Bitly News tries to answer that by showing the most clicked-on shortened links on Twitter. Bitly News is not an official product. It is an independent hack by Jeff Miller built on top of both the and Twitter APIs. (John Borthwick, CEO of both and betaworks, just mentioned… Read More

  • Bundles Multiple Links Into One Short URL

    There is a simple rule on the Internet when it comes to passing links around: the easier it is to share links, the more links will be shared. and other URL shorteners proved this with their billions of links repackaged for a 140-character world. Later today or tomorrow, will be introducing a new feature called bit,ly bundles which lets you shorten a bunch of links into one… Read More

  • True Frenemies: Facebook Works Both Against And With

    Remember several months ago when both Google and Facebook decided to get into the URL shortening game? We wondered if, the market leader, was fu.kd? And we were hardly alone. But nearly a year later, it seems like they’re doing more than fine as neither Facebook nor Google seemed to take their shortener too seriously for much of that time. It was only just about a month ago… Read More

  • With Their Own QR Code Trick, Eats Google's Balls

    Back in April, Google added a very nifty feature to their URL shortener, If you simply add “.qr” to any shortened URL, you will be taken to a page with a QR code for that URL. If you scan that image with a QR code reader, it will take you to the link that was originally shortened. It’s a feature that’s so cool, decided to do the same thing —… Read More

  • Libyan Domain Registry Shares Its Views On The .ly Hoopla, But Questions Remain

    As you may have read here earlier this week, the Libyan domain registry raised quite a ruckus by suddenly assuming control over the domain name, abruptly taking down a URL shortening service cooked up by Ben Metcalfe and Violet Blue. now states that they tried to contact the previous owners of repeatedly, to no avail, and that the domain was singled out because of… Read More

  • Raises $9 Million Series B, Still Growing Like Crazy Raises $9 Million Series B, Still Growing Like Crazy

    It looks like short links are here to stay, at least for a while longer., the largest independent link shortening service out there, closed a $9 million Series B financing. The round was led by RRE Ventures, with AOL Ventures also becoming a new investor. Existing investors betaworks, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, SV Angel, Founders Fund, and a few angels participated as… Read More

  • Trouble In Clever Domain Land: And Others Risk Losing Theirs, HootSuite (with its service), and perhaps even could well be at risk of having their domain names taken away by the Libyan government. Ben Metcalfe blogs that his domain name was recently seized by (the domain registry and controlling body for the Libyan domain space) because the content of his website, at least in their opinion, was in… Read More

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