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4:40 PM ET, October 7, 2006

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Kink in Venture Capital's Gold Chain  —  The high-risk, high-return venture capital business may have turned into all risk and no return.  —  That, in a nutshell, is the message that a prominent venture firm delivered yesterday to its investors when it told them that it could not continue …
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Fred / A VC:
Is The "Traditional Venture Capital Model" Broken?  —  According to The New York Times, Sevin Rosen has decided not to raise Fund X (ie their tenth fund) because: … That is an opinion not to be taken lightly.  Sevin Rosen is a quality firm with a ton of experience doing venture deals over almost 30 years.
Discussion: i-boy
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Sevin Rosen: Venture Capital is Over  —  In what will be one of the most talked-about moves in recent venture-capital history, the folks at Sevin Rosen, one of the best-known venture capital firms, say they have decided to return all commitments for what would have been their latest fund.
Discussion: VC Ratings and VC Circle
IEBlog:
IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready?  —  The final release of IE7 is fast approaching ... and I mean really fast ... and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it's available for download.  We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there.
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 is now available for download  —  Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 (RC 2), the latest preview release of the next version of the Firefox browser, is now available for download.  Web application developers, our testing community, and users who want to get a sneak peek …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
T-Mobile to Launch Mixed-Signal Phone  —  NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA is set to launch by year's end a new breed of mobile phones that can pass live phone calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, a top executive told The Associated Press on Friday.  —  Robert Dotson, chief executive …
Discussion: IP Democracy and VoIP Watch
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Book sales get a lift from Google scan plan  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Publishers are starting to report an uptick in sales from Google Inc.'s online program that lets readers peek inside books, two years after the launch of its controversial plan to digitally scan everything in print.
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Mike / Techdirt:   Turns Out Putting Your Books On Google Does, Indeed, Help Sales
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Nick Coleman / Agence France Presse:
Russian music Internet site refuses to buckle to US pressure  —  MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian Internet site selling Western pop music at knock-down prices says it will continue its methods even though the United States says it is obstructing Russian accession to the World Trade Organisation.
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 2  —  This is part two of the "Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0″ series.  In this article, I will cover web-based alternatives to desktop office applications including: word processing, presentations, diagrams, spreadsheets, and more.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Pluggd, Woz, and seven minutes of Flock  —  Ever want to look into a podcast, er, netcast without listening to it?  Well, Pluggd.com is your service.  I visted them today and they crawl the Web looking for audio (and soon video) content, like Leo Laporte's TWiT program.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Knocking the exuberance out of employees  —  In an earlier post I said, "If you asked the head of a company which employee they'd prefer: the perfect team player who doesn't rock the boat or the one who is brave enough to stand up and fight for something rather than accept the watered-down group …
Discussion: Harold Jarche and thoughtsignals
Mike / Techdirt:
If Mod Chip Firms Get Fined, Should Pep Boys Start Calling Their Lawyers?  —  from the analogies dept  —  Imagine if you bought a car, and you wanted to mess around with it and turn it into a hotrod.  While that may not be for everyone, it's a pretty common practice.
Newlaunches.com:
Actroid DER2 fembot  —  Kokaro a division of Sanrio which specializes in robotics has unveiled the Actroid DER2 fembot a successor to the Actroid DER.  The Actroid DER2 is a bit thinner and can deliver more expressions, in fact she is so lifelike that you might mistake her for an actual human being.
Discussion: I4U News, Gizmodo and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
George Lucas Announces The Death Of The $200 Million Feature Film  —  from the good-for-him dept  —  Back in April, at the Cato Institute conference on copyrights, someone in the audience from NBC Universal challenged both myself and Professor David Levine from UCLA on how the movie industry …
Discussion: digg
 
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New Hot Spot For Tech Firms Is the Old One
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PureVideo.com : Meta Video Search Engine
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Google in Talks to Acquire YouTube for $1.6 Billion
 

 
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