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[qi:86]Technology business often goes through periods where rationality and reality are suspended. We just might be in that phase, and nothing highlights that than the launch of ad-supported phone services. In UK, Blyk, an ad-supported mobile service we wrote about eons ago launched. Given the high […] Read more »

The web video advertising market is going to be a $775 million business in 2007, according to eMarketer. And yet it is a business with more unknowns than one can list. Liz has pointed this out again and again. In fact, even Google folks have said […] Read more »

[qi:012] Dimdim, a Burlington, MA.-based web meeting services startup, wants to take on Cisco Systems’ (CSCO) WebEx and Microsoft’s (MSFT) Placeware by emphasizing simplicity and ease of use. The company, which is backed by investors including Draper Richards, Index Ventures and Nexus Capital India, launches its […] Read more »

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Andy Warhol used to say that everyone has their 15-minutes of fame. In the post-YouTube era, make it 15 frames of fame. For that is the only reasonable explanation to latest kookiness around Britney Spears’ dismal performance at the MTV Video Awards. Her performance  was mocked […] Read more »

[qi:011] With every new technology, innovation generates excitement, the excitement turns into buzz and the buzz, more often than not, gives way to a buyout in which a buyer overpays for a hot new startup — and triggers a slow deflation in the valuations of the […] Read more »

Weekends… what are they good for? Two things – catching up on RSS reading and answering emails – which just seem to pile up during the week, especially in weeks when we are all busy with conferences. And it is also the time to take stock […] Read more »

[qi:032] Did someone circulate a secret memo to the Big TV executives? Suddenly they can’t wait to give away their television shows, betting that old will strike gold in the NewTeeVee world. First it was NBC (GE), then ABC (DIS), and now FOX (NWS) is giving […] Read more »

More than 15 months ago, Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt publicly admitted that he wanted to build an infrastructure for what would be a global $100 billion company. Given that the search giant’s revenues are projected to reach just over $30 billion by the end of […] Read more »

The baseball season is winding down. The New York Yankees are headed to the playoffs, and there is a slight nip in the air. Yes, even in San Francisco. It must be fall, also known as the conference season. We just saw TechCrunch wrap up their […] Read more »

[qi:_webworkerdaily] WebWorkerDaily is putting People Search Engines – Spock, SquidWho, WhoZat and Wink  through the grinder. They are using me as one of the lab rats. What’s the final verdict? “Maybe searching for people is a great unsolved problem, but if it is, I don’t see […] Read more »

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Compared to Japanese mobile services, cellular services in U.S. simply suck. Soon you may say the same about U.S.-based video sharing sites. YouTube has all the traffic, but the video quality is not anything to write home about. Not so in Japan, where the Sony eyeVio […] Read more »

Updated: Sling Media, the early leaders in place-shifting technology have scored a touchdown – they are working with DirecTV on a new offering called SuperCast. As part of this deal, viewers can get online streams of NFL games every Sunday. The deal has been rumored for […] Read more »

In this episode: Zimbra’s Satish Dharmaraj talks about the $350 million sale to Yahoo. Facebook has $10 million for developers. “Web 2.0 King Maker” Jeff Clavier has a new seed stage fund, SoftTech VC II. [download the show here. Quicktime large format, Quicktime Small Format, Windows […] Read more »

A $350 million buyout of Zimbra by Yahoo (YHOO), Thunderbird being spun out as an independent entity by Mozilla, and the impressive launch of San Francisco-based Xobni: Email, the most socialist of all web apps, is back on the front burner. As old as the contemporary […] Read more »

[qi:053] Earlier this week we were joking about Fundinistas or companies that the ones who raise venture capital relentlessly. One of them happened to be Zillow, which had raised $57 million. Well, today they called to let us know that they had raised another $30 million, […] Read more »

A few months ago, a rash of Web 2.0 start-ups had put their projects (and assets) up for sale on eBay (EBAY). Some of them actually sold – like Kiko (for $258,100). Now it is the turn of Facebook App developers to put their wares under […] Read more »

[qi:83] Back in September 2006, Nokia (NOK) CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo declared that phones were no longer phones but multimedia computers that play back music, record videos, snap photos and — oh, yes — make phone calls. Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone has only reinforced that notion. And as […] Read more »

[qi:009] Britney Spears might have bombed at the MTV Video Awards, but she has proved to be da bomb for Viacom (VIAB), making visitors out of water cooler gossipers. [qi:83] Will French, Brits and Germans fall for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone? T-Mobile (Germany)and O2 (UK) think so, […] Read more »

Google (GOOG), the search and advertising giant, is always looking for ways to increase its control of the online advertising market. Today the company is launching a new effort to turn widgets into ads. A select group of brand advertisers are working with Google on special […] Read more »

[qi:020] With 3G around the corner, and 4G not far behind, the wireless networks are going through some major changes. As more and more folks sign up for these wireless high-speed services, there will be a need for better management of the wireless spectrum. It was […] Read more »

Mozilla is ready to set the Thunderbird Free. The folks behind the Firefox browser are spinning out its email client as a separate company that will receive $3 million in seed funding from the Mozilla Corp. David Ascher, currently CTO and VP Engineering of ActiveState will […] Read more »

iPhone just might be the best thing that has ever happened to Google Maps -– it has made them popular like never before and has driven the usage substantially. YouTube, meanwhile…not so much. Read the full story on GigaOm. Read more »

iPhone just might be the best thing that has ever happened to Google Maps -– it has made them popular like never before and has driven the usage substantially. This information comes courtesy of Marissa Mayer, Google’s (GOOG) vice president of search products & user experience. […] Read more »

I am heading off to Techcrunch 40 conference where I am one of the judges, and will be checking out the initial group of companies. It should be a fun time, if I can get over my early morning grumpiness. The conference is going to keep […] Read more »

[qi:078] DowJones Venture One is all set to release their half-year report on total amount of money raised by Web 2.0 companies, which would make for rather amusing reading. Just to get a little jump start on this week of start-ups, we decided to have some […] Read more »

[qi:012] Sooner or later, every start-up has to figure out a way to make money. SoonR, based in Campbell, CA., faced the same problem and by refocusing the company has come up with a potential money maker. It has done so by shifting its focus away […] Read more »

After having a successful run with our Pier Screenings Series in San Francisco, a few friends suggested we take the series on the road, and what better place than New York. After all movie screenings at Bryant Park were the inspiration behind our series. I am […] Read more »

Viacom, which was rumored to havebought Tag World announced its own social network, FLUX, which is essentially Tag World. It turns out they partnered up with Tagworld and invested in them, instead of outright buying them. I could say so much – instead we are letting […] Read more »

In this week’s episode Joyce and I chat with Max Levchin, CEO of Slide about widgets and everything that goes with them. He pulls a Tom Cruise on us – one guesses because of that glass of scotch he knocked back during the interview. Quicktime Small […] Read more »

Michael Robertson’s portfolio of companies might not have massive market share, but it still keeps pushing the envelope. Earlier this week, his MP3Tunes introduced a new locker sync. And now his SIPphone is getting ready to launch Gizmo5, a mobile callback and IM client for mobile […] Read more »

Chris Alden, former publisher of Red Herring and co-founder of RSS aggregator Rojo Networks, has been named the new CEO and chairman of blogging software giant Six Apart. Alden first joined Six Apart more than a year ago, after the San Francisco-based creator of Movable Type, […] Read more »

[qi:032] Mercora, one of the earliest start-ups in the social music business is rebranding itself as Social.FM. The new branding – definitely an improvement over the old name – also comes with a new Mac client. Update: The company wrote to us and let us know […] Read more »

Everyone has heard about ‘going with your gut,’ ‘trust your gut feeling’ and ‘gut instinct.’ That’s as little as most people know. *I’m going to share with you a bit more about your gut feeling and why you should follow it.* A gut feeling is actually […] Read more »

Back in the 1990s, searching for something on the web was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Then Google (GOOG) came along, and it was as if someone had handed us a magnet with which finding the good (and the relevant) became downright easy. […] Read more »

[qi:009] Google (GOOG) employees are in that phase where they can exercise their options, lock in their profits and high tail out of the Googleplex. With their Mansions and Maseratis paid for, it is time for them to go start something new. Take for instance Cuill, […] Read more »

Verizon Wireless, a division of Verizon Communications (VZ), was unhappy with the way things were turning out for the 700 MHz auction and as such has decided to use the legal system to try and block the open-access provisions that were tacked onto the hotly debated […] Read more »

[qi:006] You know things are getting downright frothy when Vanity Fair rediscovers technology and starts giving way too much attention to technology titans by including them in its annual New Establishment list. The bible of frivolous has out done itself this time; it has also included […] Read more »

UBS Research analysts are predicting that recent price cuts will push Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales to a total of around 3 million by end of 2007. They expect 950,000 phones sold during the third quarter of 2007 (ends September 30, 2007) and 2 million in the […] Read more »

Did you know that Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone can store your entire genome? I learnt this earlier today when reading through Matthew Herper’s piece on 23andMe over on Forbes.com. 23andMe is a company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The company wants to […] Read more »

Microsoft (MSFT) today announced “The Ultimate Steal” deal for Microsoft Office 2007 that gives students a chance to buy Microsoft Office 2007 for $60, a deep discount of 91%. (In comparison Microsoft Office for Mac costs $150 for Student and Teachers Edition.) This might be small […] Read more »

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