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5:35 PM ET, October 17, 2006


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John Markoff / New York Times:
It's a Shipping Container.  No, It's a Data Center in a Box.  —  Sun Microsystems has developed a novel "data center in a box" in an effort to transform the fundamental economics of corporate computing.  —  The expandable computer system, called Project Blackbox, is based …
Nick / Rough Type:
Trailer park computing  —  In a recent post on his blog, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz coyly hinted at a rethinking of the corporate data center.  "Now I understand that IT infrastructure has to be put somewhere," he wrote.  "But the whole concept of a datacenter is a bit of an anachronism.
The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups  —  Oct 18: Deadline for next YC funding round.  —  In the Q & A period after a recent talk, someone asked what made startups fail.  After standing there gaping for a few seconds I realized this was kind of a trick question.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
It Pays to Have Pals in Silicon Valley  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal co-founder, went on to start Clarium Capital, a hedge fund.  He also runs a venture firm with other PayPal alumni.  —  Every now and then, a group of former PayPal employees get together to catch up on life and work.
The geeks shall inherit the earth  —  Australian entrepreneurs are being forced to leave home in search of the funding they need to become the next YouTube in the Web 2.0 dotcom boom.  Joshua Gliddon reports  —  Cameron Reilly has $5000 in the bank and a plane ticket.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Skills Gap Hurts Technology Boom in India  —  Nandan M. Nilekani, the chief executive of Infosys, at its headquarters in Bangalore.  He says India must educate and provide jobs for its youth.  —  TIRUCHENGODE, India — As its technology companies soar to the outsourcing skies, India is bumping up against an improbable challenge.
Bryan Gardiner / PC Magazine:
MPAA: Frustrated Consumers Will Pirate  —  The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) isn't known its leniency when it comes to the distribution of copyrighted material.  —  So it was no surprise on Thursday at the Digital Home Developers Conference that Brad Hunt …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Wikipedia co-founder plans 'expert' rival  —  One of Wikipedia's founders and closest critics is launching an alternative to the free online encyclopedia this week.  —  Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia and the site's former editor-in-chief, is launching a rival site called Citizendium.
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Straight Dope on the IPod's Birth  —  Thanks to Apple Computer's penchant for CIA-like secrecy, there are several myths concerning the birth of the iPod.  —  One of these myths is that the iPod has a father — one man who conceived and nurtured the iconic device.
Doc / Doc Searls' IT Garage:
The art of business vs. the business of art  —  Yesterday I heard from an Apple enterprise customer who had recently bought 80 Macbooks.  Ten of them, so far, have had to bo back for heat, shut-down or freezing problems.  This customer wondered if they were taking a risk buying another 300 of the things.
Google Blogoscoped:
Niniane Wang, Googler  —  Niniane Wang (her first name is pronounced like "Vivian," the V substituted) is working at the Googleplex, currently leading "a confidential project."  She's also a regular blogger and photographer.  I've bugged her on her work at Google, life and everything in-between …
Discussion: Matt Cutts and InsideGoogle
The Register:
Wal-Mart loses case for control of  —  WIPO does not swallow 'confusingly similar' claim  —  The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart has failed in its attempt to gain control of the web address  An arbitration panel has ruled that it was unlikely …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Media Temple Crushes Shared Hosting  —  Media Temple launched a major new hosting service this morning called Grid Server.  It matches low end shared hosting services in pricing ($20/month) but promises to grow along with the site, manage huge short term traffic spikes without a disruption …
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Gimme my embedded video!  —  This has been bugging me for awhile, and I've just got to get it out in the open: If I want to put a cool movie trailer, a funny Comedy Central clip, or a news clip on my web site, why do I have to go to YouTube, where some kid has uploaded it in violation …
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