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5:25 PM ET, August 11, 2007

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Paul Graham:
The Equity Equation  —  An investor wants to give you money for a certain percentage of your startup.  Should you take it?  You're about to hire your first employee.  How much stock should you give him?  —  These are some of the hardest questions founders face.  And yet both have the same answer:
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Insider Chatter
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How much equity for investors and employees?  —  Entrepreneurs face some pretty tough questions at a very early stage.  Should I take Angel or VC money?  How much money should I raise?  How much equity should I give up?  How much equity should I grant to early employees?
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to Stop Web Video Rentals, Sales  —  Google Shutting Down a Service That Sold and Rented Online Video, Ending 19-Month Experiment  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. is shutting down a service that sold and rented online video, ending a 19-month experiment doomed by the proliferation …
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Bloomberg:
Google Is Closing Its Video Retailing Operation  —  After buying the video-sharing site YouTube nine months ago for $1.65 billion, Google plans to stop selling television shows on its homegrown video site.  —  The company will stop offering download-to-own and download-to-rent programs on Wednesday …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Closes Video Marketplace; Users Out Of Luck  —  Google ignominiously shut down its video marketplace today via an email to us and everyone else who's ever tried the service.  The product, announced in January 2006 at CES by Larry Page, was an answer to iTunes' sales of television shows.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Judge Says Unix Copyrights Rightfully Belong to Novell  —  In a decision that may finally settle one of the most bitter legal battles surrounding software widely used in corporate data centers, a federal district court judge in Utah ruled Friday afternoon that Novell, not the SCO Group …
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Wall Street Journal:
Court Ruling Gives Novell Copyright in Unix System  —  A federal court in Utah ruled that Novell Inc., not SCO Group Inc., is the rightful owner of the copyright in the Unix operating system.  —  The ruling is a boon to the "open source" software movement and to Linux …
Discussion: WinBeta
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
On getting "Winered" yesterday  —  My friend Dave Winer heckled me from the back row and threw me under the bus on this blog yesterday (insert "with friends like these" joke here).  Dave's complaint was a I was "spamming" from the stage by talking about my latest passion …
Discussion: Scripting News and Gadgetophile
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Here's what bothers me about Mahalo  —  When someone gets up and gives a speech about a platform, my mind gets engaged about ways I can have fun or make money.  —  There's none of that with Mahalo.  It's about Jason and his investors making money.  Why should I care about that?  —  It's like the iPhone.
Jeremy Jones / O'Reilly ONLamp Blog:
Is Firefox on Mac Unusable?  —  I'm running Firefox 2.0.0.6 on my (relatively) new (intel) Mac.  Problem is that Firefox locks up several times a day.  I found a forum which suggested disabling the anti-phishing functionality.  Several people seemed to have benefited from said disabling.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple's iPhone: yes, it plays Doom  —  Considering that Doom runs smooth as butter on Nokia's 770, the OLPC XO, and the iPod, you knew it was only a matter of time before this classic made its way over to the iPhone.  Just in time for the weekend, Doom is now available for Apple's first handset.
Discussion: iPhone World
Richard Martin / InformationWeek:
Thumbs Surgically Altered For iPhone?  Think Again  —  It's been a long week.  More layoffs at Sun, Sprint Nextel's earnings down (again), the wheels finally coming off the municipal wireless bus, AT&T censoring Pearl Jam's anti-Bush lyrics (and then claiming it was unintentional), etc. etc.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fujitsu Siemens Computers bails out of PDA / PNA market  —  Leaving so soon, are we?  Turns out Fujitsu Siemens Computers is ditching the PDA / PNA market after 2007, which means that those bulky, albeit fashionable Loox handhelds will soon be available only in closeout bins …
Discussion: TeleRead and Mobility Site
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HealthPia's GlucoPhone gets FDA approval  —  While the idea of a diabetes phone is far from new, a company dubbed HealthPia is well on its way to actually delivering such a product.  Reportedly, the firm has "obtained FDA approval for its patent-pending technology that integrates a blood glucose meter with a standard-issue cellphone."
 
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