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5:55 AM ET, May 13, 2006

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Feld Thoughts:
Web 2.0: The First 25,000 Users Are Irrelevant  —  For the past few months, whenever I talk to someone about a Web 2.0 application and hear that they already have "10,000 users", I've been telling that them the first 25,000 users are irrelevant.  —  Josh Kopelman has a perfect post up today called 53,651.
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David Beisel / Genuine VC:
All Users Are Not Created Equal  —  Brad Feld called Josh Kopelman's recent blog entry, 53,651, "a perfect post."  I completely agree with Josh's fundamental premise - that there is a strong disconnect between new Web 2.0 companies claiming traction with plugged-in Silicon Valley geeks and real usage by "Mainstreet USA" consumers.
Josh / Redeye VC:
53,651  —  One of the few benefits to being a technology investor based outside of Silicon Valley is that I don't spend all my time in the valley.  While I'm out in California every few weeks, I get to spend most of my time in the "real world."  —  Over the last several weeks …
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Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
Blogging with OneNote 2007 via Word 2007
Discussion: Neowin.net and GottaBeMobile.com
Janet Whitman / New York Post:
YAHOO! BOO-BOO: SEMEL PASSED ON GOOGLE  —  May 12, 2006 — Acquiring Google for $3 billion seems like an impossible bargain today, but back in 2001 Yahoo! boss Terry Semel shied away from doing just that deal.  —  Semel, the former movie mogul who runs Yahoo!, met with Google's two young founders …
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
BBC starts to rock online world  —  The BBC has staked a claim to a virtual tropical island where it can stage online music festivals and throw exclusive celebrity parties.  —  The rented island exists in online game Second Life and will hold its first event this weekend with bands including Muse, Razorlight and Gnarls Barkley.
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Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Google moves into virtual worlds
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
TechCrunch Goes Green  —  Mike Arrington's well-read TechCrunch blog has a new look, as he announces on one of his other blogs, CrunchNotes.  Many of the commenters there aren't so sure about the heavy use of the color green, but as Mike explains: … Indeed, the notable change is that there's …
LAPD Blog:
Chief William J. Bratton's Welcome Message  —  Welcome to the LAPD Blog.  Our online journal is an interactive tool that we use to deliver real-time, unfiltered information.  We invite you to take a look inside the Department to learn more about the men and women in blue who have sworn to protect and to serve you.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:   LAPD starts a blog
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Jackass of the Week: Rob Glaser  —  I'm never quite sure what to make of Rob Glaser, CEO of Real Networks.  As his company's digital media technologies fall further behind Apple's and Microsoft's (at least in terms of popularity), he frequently pipes up in the press with ridiculous statements …
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Valleywag:
Valleyspeak: Real Networks is making jack squat
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft VC Summit  —  Microsoft held its 6th annual VC Summit yesterday.  Over 170 VCs from around the world were invited to attend.  Steve Ballmer does the keynote speech every year and many top executives also present at the Summit.  —  The Microsoft VC Summit is an opportunity for VCs …
Discussion: BeyondVC and Vecosys
Andrew / Treonauts:
Treo 700p News Ahead Of Schedule...  It's funny how every time a new Treo smartphones is just about to be released there is at least one news organisation which prints the news 'by accident' a few days ahead of time...  For the forthcoming Treo 700p the award goes to TechWorld which yesterday posted …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gadgets on the Go
Evan Blass / Engadget:
WSJ sez Nokia 770 followup to feature Google Talk  —  We've known since February that Nokia was working on a QWERTY-sportin' followup to the 770 Internet tablet, and now the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that the included VoIP app will indeed be, as we anticipated, Google Talk.
Discussion: MobHappy
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
The best features from Tablet PCs I've used  —  Having used quite a few tablet pcs the past several years, I've come to appreciate the finer things about each of them.  I thought I'd compile that list for your enjoyment.  These are all subjective.  —  Best pen - The eraser pen for the HP TC1100.
Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
A low point  —  The XXX decision on Wednesday by ICANN's board, which voted 9-5 to reject the XXX contract, represents a low point for ICANN.  I am a member of ICANN's board, and I voted in favor of the agreement.  —  Here is the statement I made in connection with the vote on Wednesday afternoon:
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
French Digital Music Copyright Bill Advances  —  PARIS, May 11 — Resisting pressure from business, French lawmakers have moved the country a step closer to a copyright law that would have wide-ranging effects on those selling or listening to digital music.  —  The Senate passed the bill …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ANOTHER HITWISE: MYSPACE SENDS 8.2% OF TRAFFIC TO GOOGLE, IMPLICATIONS  —  Wow.  I love infoporn.  I have a hunch that Mr. Murdoch is thinking hard about this graph: … There are a lot of other insights in the piece.  I've had MySpace again on my mind after talking Weds with Jon Miller, CEO of AOL.
Tara Connell / gannett.com:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Gannett acquires Planet Discover  —  Firm's technology powers Web sites' local search  —  McLEAN, VA - Gannett today acquired Planet Discover, a provider of local, integrated online search and advertising technology.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sogrady / tecosystems:
DEBIAN, UBUNTU AND THE FUTURE OF LINUX  —  It's perhaps only fitting that I begin a defense of the Debian Linux distribution with remarks from one of the people behind one of Debian's more significant competitors.  It was efforts like Debian, after all, that are likely to have inspired the original comment.
 
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