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Twitter’s Ev Williams Says, Hit the Road Jack

Proving that just because you came up with the great idea, doesn’t mean you can run the company, Twitter has announced that Jack Dorsey will step down as CEO and Ev Williams will take his place.

We’re entering a new phase now and there are new kinds of challenges ahead. Healthy companies acknowledge the need for change even during the best of times. As Twitter grows both internally and externally, we took a good look at our path forward and saw the need for a focused approach from a single leader.

Breaking: MySpace MyAds Enters Public Beta

MySpace has just announced the public beta of its do-it-yourself advertising platform MyAds.

“With MySpace MyAds, we’re blowing the lid off display advertising solutions for small and medium businesses,” said Jeff Berman, President of Sales and Marketing for MySpace. “MySpace MyAds is a direct marketer’s dream – providing entrepreneurs with the most accessible, personalized, and targeted advertising toolkit in the market. We’re giving businesses better ROI ASAP and in today’s economy, that’s a must-have.”

MySpace is touting its HyperTargeting ad technology as a way for advertisers to use MyAds to target users based upon their profiles–assuming that they’ve not lied about who they are.

What do you think? Have you had success with advertising on other social networks? Will you give MyAds a try?

Exclusive: New Twitter Homepage Revealed?

At the Aloha Summit today, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone revealed the company’s plans to revamp the Twitter homepage to include saved searches and filtering.

Here’s a mock-up of how it might look:

Biz Stone of Twitter

Aloha Summit Kicks-off Today, Follow the Event on Twitter

Posting from me will be a little light today. The reason? Aloha Summit baby!

If you want to follow the action/tips you can do so by watching for the hashtag #aloha on Twitter.

You can also keep an eye on my Twitter updates here.

Friendster to Add Facebook App Compatibility

friendsterI have a little song for you today. It’s to the tune of “Oh Shenandoah.”

O-pen Social, you long to give us
A-a-apps, all open source
O-pen Social, you long to serve us
A-a-away you’re bound to go
‘Cause Facebook’s stealing your lunch

Okay, the last line might not fit so well in the song, but it looks to be happening in the real world. Yet another social network that had pledged its support to Open Social is adding compatibility with Facebook’s application language. Yes, first it was Bebo (in December) and now it’s Friendster.

Announced a year ago, Open Social is Google’s answer to Facebook’s then-proprietary social network app markup language. Designed as a cross-platform, open source language and set of standards, Open Social seemed pretty awesome at first.

Google Blog Search Adds Meme Tracking; Puts Techmeme on Notice

Just because Google suddenly enters your playground, that doesn’t automatically mean you need to pack-up your toys and go home. Still, Techmeme has every reason to be just a little nervous that Google has launched a new homepage for Google Blog Search.

From the Google announcement:

Adapting some of the technology pioneered by Google News, we’re now showing categories on the left side of the website and organizing the blog posts within those categories into clusters, which are groupings of posts about the same story or event. Grouping them in clusters lets you see the best posts on a story or get a variety of perspectives. When you look within a cluster, you’ll find a collection of the most interesting and recent posts on the topic, along with a timeline graph that shows you how the story is gaining momentum in the blogosphere.

StumbleUpon Changes: No Toolbar, Partners, Better Ads

Maybe the big change coming for StumbleUpon last month wasn’t a change in ownership after all. While rumors of eBay’s planned sale of the website-discovery toolbar have yet to be confirmed, StumbleUpon has come out with a few big changes this week.

Originally designed as a toolbar that delivers recommended pages in your specified areas of interest, StumbleUpon has seen great popularity. It even had a decent revenue model: selling some of those pageviews for a nickel a pop. ClickZ reports that one out of every 20 to 30 pages stumbled is a paid inclusion. But the toolbar may soon be a thing of the past for all users.