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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
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.
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:
NYTimes Sunday Business or Bloggers.  Who has higher standards ?  —  the more time i spent on my last blog entry, the more it became apparent i wanted to ask this question and see the comments to this blog, and inevitable commentary around the blogosphere and in traditional digital and analog media..
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: IP Democracy
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Firefox Moves Farther Ahead of the Hunt  —  The browser that finally broke Microsoft's monopoly just got its first major update.  If you haven't switched from Internet Explorer yet, consider Firefox 1.5 your invitation to do so.  —  Most important among them is a security update mechanism that should solve a common dilemma.
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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
How Google woos the best and brightest  —  Free cafeteria food, annual ski trips to the Sierra and free laundry are just some of the fringe benefits of working at Google.  Getting hired is the trick.  —  Every month, aspiring workers deluge the popular Mountain View search engine …
Om Malik on Broadband:
Another $250 million for Vonage  —  By now Vonage was supposed to be on track for an IPO, that would have helped the company raise $400 to $600 million from public markets, and help fight a good fight with cable providers, phone companies and others with VoIP ambitions.
Discussion: Mark Evans and VoIP Watch
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
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
Moral support for Six Apart  —  I read on Niall Kennedy's weblog about a TypePad outage—and I just wanted to send the Six Apart folks a bit of moral support at a time when they might be able to use it.  —  You may not know that before I did NetNewsWire and MarsEdit I worked at UserLand Software where I helped write weblog systems.
Update: Blog service provider crippled by storage glitch
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
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 …

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