News Dredge 161007

• A rather odd event has crossed my desk in the shape of the London Startup Weekend on November 30- December 2: “Startup Weekend is an idea, an experiment, a chance gather the tech community and create a company over one jam packed weekend.” But organiser Andrew Hyde appears to be a web developer from Boulder, Colorado, US, who appears to be on some kind of startup hell trip. “In the next 6 weeks I will be cofounding 6 companies with 3-450 cofounders. What are you up to?” he says jauntily on his blog. Really Andrew, do tell. He’s even doing an event in Dublin. Personally I think this is just a clever plan to get free accommodation and perhaps the odd shag across the planet, but then that’s just me. I’m just old, cynical… and jealous. I’m sure it’ll be just great.

• Ryan Carson, founder of Future-Of-Insert-Geek-Event-Here / Carsonified and darling of the geek UK/European geek community, has started a war of words with YCombinator founder Paul Graham. Essentially Ryan reckons you don’t need to go to Silicon Valley to do a startup. Paul disagrees. Go Ryan!

• Idiomag, an online magazine which repackages RSS feeds into a Flash interface, has now built a Facebook application. Other improvements include some design tweaks, some more content providers, and the site has been nominated in the .net magazine awards. The site is billed as a personal online magazine which will share ad revenue with content providers of RSS feeds. Let me know if you’ve made any money out of Idiomag. I’d love to know…

• Remember That ‘different’ take on photo and video sharing which somehow locked all the content up so no-one could see it? Ok, ok, so, only your friends and family could see it. Well the UK-based startup from Mashupevent maven Simon Grice is planning a re-launch and has kicked things off with a new design. I can’t wait.