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Red Herring:
RSS Fund Makes 1st Investment  —  The fund set up to invest in web technologies leads $9-million investment in RSS startup Attensa.  —  RSS Investors, a private equity fund focused on information aggregation and other cutting-edge web technologies, said Monday it led a $9-million investment round …
Discussion: BASEMENT.ORG and
Attensa Lands Series B Financing Led by RSS Investors  —  RSS Fund's First Investment Brings Total Raised by Attensa to Date to $12 Million  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - December 5, 2005 - Attensa, Inc., a leading developer of RSS network infrastructure software, today announced that it completed …
James Moore / Jim Moore's Journal:
Why we invested $5 million in Attensa: RSS Investors Fund  —  News is out on the RSSI investment in Attensa, announced today.  —  KBCafe,  —  Red Herring  —  When John Palfrey, Richard Fishman and I founded the RSS Investors Fund, our aim was not simply to make money.
Kim Peterson / Seattle Times:
Rhapsody becoming visible on the Web  —  RealNetworks is moving today to increase the visibility of its Rhapsody music service, hoping to gain more paying subscribers with a greater presence on blogs and other Web sites.  —  The company is rolling out a Web-services platform …
John Borland / CNET
RealNetworks moves Rhapsody to the Web
Discussion: business2blog and
Brian Smith /
Froogle Spam  —  Froogle has a problem, and I assume Google Base will have the same problem.  Because there are no setup fees and no per click fees, the results on Froogle are often made up of spammy results which make for a horrible user experience.  Google might be great at general search and maps …
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications: Plans Expansion  —  DIGG.COM, A COLLABORATIVELY EDITED TECHNOLOGY news site that some on the Web are touting as the next Slashdot, intends to branch out from tech stories and move into other news categories as well as media such as video and audio, said CEO Jay Adelson.
Talking-Head Video Is Boring Online … As broadband connectivity has grown, websites have increased their use of video clips.  Unfortunately, many of these videos are produced for television broadcast and are thus unsuitable for the online environment.  —  In 1997, I wrote an analysis …
Dave Girard / Ars Technica:
Aperture 1.0: the Ars review  —  Introduction  —  Aperture  —  Apple has cojones.  Let's not pretend otherwise.  Jumping headfirst into the fully mature digital imaging market requires the shameless bravado of a one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest or any number of contestants on So You Think You Can Dance?
>>>  ENTER THE ROUNDTABLE  —  GUESTS  —  Stephen Arnold is a technology consultant and author of six books, among them "The Google Legacy: How Google's Internet Search is Transforming Application Software" and "The Enterprise Search Report."  —  John Battelle is one of the co-founders …
Darren Rowse / Blog Tips at ProBlogger:
Blog Stats - Page Views  —  Stuart left a comment on a previous post pointing to some traffic graphs of a few of Weblogs Incs that he was interested that none of the WIN blogs seem to have an average of more than 2 page views per visitor.  —  I replied to Stuart's comment that I'd be interested …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Conversion Rater
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Hidden Feature in Sony DRM Uses Open Source Code to Add Apple DRM  —  For weeks, the blogosphere has been abuzz with tales of intrigue about Sony's XCP copy protection system.  Among the strangest revelations was that XCP itself infringes on the copyrights to several open source software projects.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
Xeni Jardin / Wired News:
Thinking Outside the Box Office  —  When Steven Soderbergh releases his next film on January 27, it will have not only the critics squawking, but Hollywood studio execs, too.  Bubble, an all-digital thriller, is set in an Ohio doll factory, and all of the actors are completely unknown.
Discussion: Techdirt
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The last presses  —  Last month, I went to Europe for a session at the Guardian's management offsite.  They were just about finished converting the Guardian and the Observer print editions to the Berliner format (halfway between a broadsheet and a tabloid) at great effort and expense and at no small risk.
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Social Networks 3.0  —  I have received a lot of calls recently from reporters interested in discussing social networks.  It reminds me of the set of calls I got way way back in 2004.  The reporters today want to know what I think of social networking companies and if the venture capital …
Rachel Metz / Wired News:
Printing Organs on Demand  —  Need a skin graft?  A new trachea?  A heart patch?  Turn on your printer, and let it spit one out.  —  A group of researchers hope printers' whirs and buzzes will soon be saving lives.  —  Led by University of Missouri-Columbia biological physics professor Gabor Forgacs …

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