Two Silicon Valley incubator companies that between them feature the founders of Twitter, Blogger and Digg are gearing up for some much-anticipated product announcements in the coming weeks, according to the latest social media buzz surrounding the firms.
The Obvious Corporation, which started life as the company which gave birth to Twitter, was relaunched at the end of June by Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, alongside colleague Jason Goldman.
The firm's web site indicates that it is actively seeking to partner with existing organisations and entrepreneurs who it may be able to help, as well as recruit "people who can create great internet products, especially engineers and designers".
Obvious Corporation announced two new additions on Friday: Susan Wu, a venture capitalist, and Don Neufeld, a gaming expert and former technical director at Sony Online Entertainment and now chief architect at Obvious.
The company has been pretty tight-lipped on its plans, although Neufeld's background may be a hint at the projects under development, and the addition of Wu certainly indicates that Obvious is gearing up for something.
Meanwhile, in the Mission district of San Francsiso, ex-Digg founder Kevin Rose has been incubating his own projects with his latest company, Milk.
Founded in April, the firm is starting off in a similarly low-key way to Obvious although, with the backing of several Digg investors as well as Twitter's Evan Williams and even actor Ashton Kutcher, it's unlikely to remain so for long.
The idea appears to be for Milk to focus on mobile development. The first project, dubbed Oink, already has its own Twitter account and holding page.
It's mission statement is 'Vote, rank, and share the world around you,' and seems to indicate some combination of Foursquare and Digg-like capabilities, although the app won't be live until late summer, according to Milk's Twitter feed.
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