Bubble 2.0: 100 Million for StudiVZ

The only topic that might be able to de-throne “Saddam execution” from Technorati’s top list.

Let’s recapture: a team of people steals idea and web coding from facebook.com, agressively acquires a user base, and gets sold. It’s a circle of people that pulled the same kind of deal with the german version of eBay back then.

You can read more about the acquisition here and here.

I’m not jealous, really – I’m just surprised we’re suddenly back in pink bubble land again. I mean, really: 100 million for a few kids playing on a community site?

Give me a break.

StudiVZ: facebook.com in german, no privacy either

You sure have heard about the german social network startup StudiVZ (the link doesn’t go to their home page, but to a great summary of what all the fuss is about).

Now there’s even more proof that StudiVZ is a facebook.com rip-off:

“This morning Don Alphonso reported that StudiVZ has a huge data leak – which seems to be the next big problem in the StudiVZ history.
The images are saved on a different server and have public access – despite the StudiVZ announcement that data privacy is ensured. Even more, their competitor and potential buyer Facebook.com reveals the same security leak which fuels speculations about identical program codes and ongoing co-operation.”

This is just incredible. “Identical program codes” – yeah, right….