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12:40 PM ET, March 20, 2007

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Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
Web 2.0 - Over and Out  —  Many of us in the VC community have been quietly wondering about the state of Web 2.0 innovation.  We aren't seeing much.  Startup activity remains strong, but the consumer web landscape seems to be populated with the same bodies with different skins.
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Looking back at three years of Web 2.0 investing  —  Almost three years ago, I left the fund I was a general partner of and decided to switch my investment focus from mid-stage enterprise software to (very) early stage consumer Internet.  Dotcoms as they were, since the Web 2.0 meme had not been cornered yet.
Discussion: alarm:clock
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does everything have to be Web 2.0?  —  Web 2.0 might have jumped the shark - that is not exactly what Peter Rip says, but that is the essence of his argument: Web 2.0 has gone mainstream, and the innovation around it is scuffling.  The personal anecdote Rip retells is pretty amusing.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace Restrictions Upset Some Users  —  Some users of MySpace feel as if their space is being invaded.  —  MySpace, the Web's largest social network, has gradually been imposing limits on the software tools that users can embed in their pages, like music and video players that also deliver advertising or enable transactions.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   MySpace Blocks Hoooka, Makes NYTimes
Julio / iinnovate:
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google  —  Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, talks about Google's industry and competitors, about leading innovation, and career advice.  —  MP3 File |  Subscribe via iTunes |  Digg it!  Add to del.icio.us  —  We caught up with Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google last week …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-generation iMacs to add a touch of grace  —  AppleInsider has learned that Apple's popular line of iMac personal computers are about to undergo a substantial facelift that will showcase striking new industrial designs aimed at leaving both competitors and onlookers smitten.
Unstrung:
Palm Deal in the Final Stretch  —  A Palm Inc. buyout could be finalized by Thursday this week, demanding $20 or more per share, according to sources close to the situation.  Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK - message board) is seen as the leading vendor bidder; while Palm's management is said to prefer a private equity buyer.
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Reuters:
Palm Takeover Expected This Week — Report
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
John W. Backus, 82, Fortran Developer, Dies  —  John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, which helped open the door to modern computing, died on Saturday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Slashdot
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Google Blog Search Ranks Results  —  Unlike most blog search engines, Google Blog Search ranks the results by relevancy.  You can change that by clicking on "sort by date", but the default option is useful if you want to find the most significant blog posts about a topic.  But how does Google rank blog posts?
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Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
GPS navigation plan to help blind  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  An Italian technology company is pioneering a GPS satellite system that will give blind people greater independence and mobility.  —  The Easy Walk service has been developed by Il Village, a firm in Turin in northern Italy.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Google Personal Homepage Gets Skinnable  —  When I think of Google, I think of a site with a relentlessly consistent—and ultimately mundane—look and feel.  Which is why a fairly minor new Google feature—dynamic themes (aka skins) for the Google Personalized Homepage—is worthy of comment here.
CNET News.com:
Who exactly wrote the first blog  —  Someone, somewhere created the very first Web log.  It's just not quite clear who.  —  It may not be one of the Internet's grandest accomplishments, but with the number of active bloggers hovering somewhere around 100 million, according to one estimate …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and UMBC eBiquity
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Cue the 4:53 Silver Bullet to Happy Hour  —  YOU know the old drinker's saying that it is always 5 o'clock somewhere?  Coors is turning back the clock seven minutes in an effort to turn the clock forward when it comes to reaching consumers through new media.
Discussion: Techdirt
MediaShift:
DOOMSAYERS DEBUNKED Serious Journalism Won't Die as Newsprint Fades  —  I was reading my local newspaper today — yes, I still read it in print — and came upon this unfortunate passage in an otherwise nice report on a maverick newspaper publisher in rural California: "With classified advertising usurped …
Dick / Ask the Wizard:
Launch Late to Launch Often  —  A common theme I hope to address in this blog is accepted wisdom, especially when I think I've got a bit of a different spin on things.  One piece of accepted wisdom one hears in software circles these days is "release early and often", and as you can tell …
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Infringing videos on iFilm could cause problems for Viacom
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Time Warner Cable Internet sucks rocks
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
NAB ripping off MasterCard with anti-Sirius/XM merger ad: priceless.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wink Pulls Half An Odeo, Partially Liquidates
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Apple releases WWDC details
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Philips intros iPod-ready LCD-TV kitchen system
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Sirius, XM Sued on Patent
Discussion: Engadget and Orbitcast
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ridiculous: One Digg Clone Takes Legal Action Against Another Digg Clone
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