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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Flipping Your Startup 101  —  A friend of mine called me yesterday to ask for my opinions on the fact that Meebo just got a few million dollars in funding.  For those not in the know, Meebo is an AJAX version of Trillian.  And what is Trillian?  It's an instant messaging client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Selling your start-up to GYMA  —  Dare Obasanjo has an interesting post titled Flipping Your Startup 101.  Dare references my earlier post Microsoft Will Acquire My Company which explains the logic the big players use when considering the acquisition of a startup.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
What matters if you wanna flip your company  —  Have visions of flipping your company to one of the big companies and making a good paycheck?  I know lots of people who do (and even have recommended a few to our M&A guys).  —  Dare Obasanjo writes about what matters if you wanna do that.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Is Mark Cuban Missing the Big Picture?  —  MARK CUBAN is known to many in the sports world as the madcap-billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, the one who relishes every opportunity to defy propriety.  Less well known is Mr. Cuban's day job as co-owner, with Todd R. Wagner …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The NY Times does it again...  Since it makes for an entertaining comparison, I will post the email exchange here for the NY Times email interviews that I do.  —  This is a previous interview experience with the Times.  —  This is the column Randall Stross wrote for this Sunday.
Learning from Mark Cuban: The ink isn't dry yet on tomorrow's NY Times, but billionaire blogger Mark Cuban has already posted a reponse on his weblog to a piece critical (or, at least, dubious) of him in the business section of the Times.  Among Mark's classic responses is his posting …
Discussion: Blog Maverick and IP Democracy
Scripting / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Interop between blogging tools  —  I've been reading lots of reports about the current TypePad outage, but while the outage is still going on, I don't want to appear to interfere.  I remember how awful it was to have popular bloggers jumping on my case when I last had a big outage.
Discussion: adfreak
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON TYPEPAD OUTAGES AND WEB 2.0 MORTALITY  —  (UPDATE: More details on the Typepad problems from Niall Kennedy)  —  Typepad, one of the largest keeper of millions of blogs large and small, was down for most of the day.  Although most frustrating to regular bloggers, and at most puzzling …
Moral support for Six Apart
Discussion: paradox1x
Update: Blog service provider crippled by storage glitch
Discussion: NevOn and Somewhat Frank ~ Blog
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Google Poised to Invest $1 Billion in AOL  —  Google plans to invest $1 billion in Time Warner's America Online in a deal that, if completed, would deepen the ties between two Internet advertising giants and leave rival suitor Microsoft in the cold, people familiar with the negotiations said today.
Michael Bazeley /
Google to buy 5 percent of AOL for $1 billion  —  SEARCH BEHEMOTH BEATS OUT MICROSOFT FOR DEAL  —  Google has agreed to purchase a 5 percent stake in America Online and will significantly strengthen its advertising and Internet search partnership with its biggest customer, a source said today …
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft patch jams up IE  —  Last Tuesday's "critical" security fix for Internet Explorer is causing trouble for users who have been testing the new IE 7 browser.  —  Microsoft has received "scattered reports of users experiencing odd browser behavior" after installing the latest security update …
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:   Opera dismisses Google takeover talk as rumor
Pete Wright / The secret life of an MS Author:
Motion Le 1600 - second impressions  —  I posted up my first impressions a while back of my new Motion LE 1600.  They were written within hours of receiving the device and understandably had a certain 'new-gadget' excitement factor influencing them.  So, how is it now?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Wikipedia founder 'shot by friend of Siegenthaler'  —  World mourns Lazarus for the Web 2.0 generation  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been shot dead, according to Wikipedia, the online, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia.  —  Apparently, the assassin was a "friend" …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Dela /
More artists take a stand against DRM  —  The battle between artists and Sony BMG over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy protection on audio CDs just got even more interesting as some more artists have decided to act.  This time it is My Morning Jacket, who's album "Z" is copy protected.

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