Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Kink in Venture Capital's Gold Chain — The high-risk, high-return venture capital business may have turned into all risk and no return. — That, in a nutshell, is the message that a prominent venture firm delivered yesterday to its investors when it told them that it could not continue …
Sadagopan / Sadagopan's weblog …: Is The VC Model Broken?
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets: Web 2.0 start-up survival: Business plans, revenue models required
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC: Venture Capital 2.0: It's All A Game
Stowe Boyd / Message: Traditional VC Model: Broken, or Just Tired?
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog: Storm clouds ahead?
John Evans / SYNTAGMA: Has the Bubble Burst for VC Funding Firms?
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: A Dealer Calls in the Venture Capital Game
Fred / A VC:
Is The "Traditional Venture Capital Model" Broken? — According to The New York Times, Sevin Rosen has decided not to raise Fund X (ie their tenth fund) because: … That is an opinion not to be taken lightly. Sevin Rosen is a quality firm with a ton of experience doing venture deals over almost 30 years.
Discussion: Newsome.Org, O'Reilly Radar, Howard Lindzon and Clickety Clack
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Sevin Rosen: Venture Capital is Over — In what will be one of the most talked-about moves in recent venture-capital history, the folks at Sevin Rosen, one of the best-known venture capital firms, say they have decided to return all commitments for what would have been their latest fund.
Discussion: VC Ratings and VC Circle
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
RIM & T-Mobile-Why Does It Have To Be So Hard — When a client calls me and asks to change words in a press release, adjust the time of a briefing or do something that is in their best interest we do everything to make them happy, unless it is something requiring divine intervention (or if the other party just can't change).
Discussion: GigaOM, VoIP Blog and Signal to Noise
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 is now available for download — Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 (RC 2), the latest preview release of the next version of the Firefox browser, is now available for download. Web application developers, our testing community, and users who want to get a sneak peek …
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and Slashdot
IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready? — The final release of IE7 is fast approaching ... and I mean really fast ... and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it's available for download. We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there.
Ryan Carter / Download Squad: Internet Explorer 7, out this month?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Internet Explorer 7 to go live in October
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog: Preparing your feeds for IE7
John Evans / SYNTAGMA: Is it a bird? Is it a Plane? It's IE7
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer: IE7 set for release in just a few weeks
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration: Microsoft Gets Breathing Room As Google Puts a Full Stop to New Products
Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com: Microsoft to Publicly Release IE7 Soon
Robert W. Anderson / Robert W. Anderson's …: IE7 release date decoupled from Vista
Greenjimmy / digg: IE7 to be released this month ...
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON GOOGLE, YOUTUBE AND SEMANTICS — Well, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the rest of the media world are now following up on the story that Michael Arrington broke for TechCrunch yesterday, that Google is in talks to acquire YouTube for around $1.6 billion.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Incremental Blogger, Valleywag and Perceptric Forum
Doug Berger / Gadgetell: Google shows interest in buying YouTube
Richard McKinnon / Perceptric Forum: The Last Laugh — Oh, they said, the pundits and soothsayers …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
T-Mobile to Launch Mixed-Signal Phone — NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA is set to launch by year's end a new breed of mobile phones that can pass live phone calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, a top executive told The Associated Press on Friday. — Robert Dotson, chief executive …
Discussion: IP Democracy and VoIP Watch
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy: T-Mobile to Get Aggressive on VoWi-Fi
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: T-Mobile VoWiFi — Give props to the AP's Bruce Meyerson …
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 2 — This is part two of the "Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0″ series. In this article, I will cover web-based alternatives to desktop office applications including: word processing, presentations, diagrams, spreadsheets, and more.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and digg
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog: One is More than Six: Zoho Suite Single Sign-on
Nick Coleman / Agence France Presse:
Russian music Internet site refuses to buckle to US pressure — MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian Internet site selling Western pop music at knock-down prices says it will continue its methods even though the United States says it is obstructing Russian accession to the World Trade Organisation.
Discussion: Techdirt and Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Knocking the exuberance out of employees — In an earlier post I said, "If you asked the head of a company which employee they'd prefer: the perfect team player who doesn't rock the boat or the one who is brave enough to stand up and fight for something rather than accept the watered-down group …
Discussion: Harold Jarche and thoughtsignals
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Pluggd, Woz, and seven minutes of Flock — Ever want to look into a podcast, er, netcast without listening to it? Well, Pluggd.com is your service. I visted them today and they crawl the Web looking for audio (and soon video) content, like Leo Laporte's TWiT program.
Discussion: ScobleShow and Digital Inspiration
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow: Demo of Flock: your next browser?
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Book sales get a lift from Google scan plan — FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Publishers are starting to report an uptick in sales from Google Inc.'s online program that lets readers peek inside books, two years after the launch of its controversial plan to digitally scan everything in print.
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets, Open Culture, Google Watch and Life On the Wicked Stage
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets: Google to Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon: Hand over confidential, competitive info
GeekyGirl Dawn Foster / Open Culture: Searching Inside Books Boosts Sales
Steve Bryant / Google Watch: Publishers: Google Scan Plan Actually Helps Book Sales
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: Book Sales See Increase from Google's Book Search
Mike / Techdirt:
If Mod Chip Firms Get Fined, Should Pep Boys Start Calling Their Lawyers? — from the analogies dept — Imagine if you bought a car, and you wanted to mess around with it and turn it into a hotrod. While that may not be for everyone, it's a pretty common practice.
Mike / Techdirt:
George Lucas Announces The Death Of The $200 Million Feature Film — from the good-for-him dept — Back in April, at the Cato Institute conference on copyrights, someone in the audience from NBC Universal challenged both myself and Professor David Levine from UCLA on how the movie industry …
Actroid DER2 fembot — Kokaro a division of Sanrio which specializes in robotics has unveiled the Actroid DER2 fembot a successor to the Actroid DER. The Actroid DER2 is a bit thinner and can deliver more expressions, in fact she is so lifelike that you might mistake her for an actual human being.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo: Rent a Snario Fembot: $3,500 For Five Days
Digitalgopher / digg: Rent a Fembot: $3,500 For Five Days (w/ video)