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Google's attempts to circumvent grant-back clauses are evil, hurt its reputation as a licensing partner

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Yesterday I reported on a Motorola Mobility v. Microsoft trial in Mannheim, Germany, where the wholly-owned Google subsidiary desperately tried to argue that a grant-back clause in an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) license agreement between Microsoft and Google wouldn't apply to Microsoft's implementation of the DirectPush part of EAS. And I...
Google's attempts to circumvent grant-back clauses are evil, hurt its reputation as a licensing partner

Being Naked Online

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I saw this tweet from the start of Howard Lindzon's talk in Boulder yesterday:   "First two people I met on the Internet (who weren't naked) were @bfeld & @fredwilson" - @howardlindzon #bigboulder quotes — Kyle Porter (@kylegport) June 21, 2012   I don't know exactly what Howard means by...
Being Naked Online

Announcing AVC Meetups Everywhere

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Announcing AVC Meetups Everywhere

AVC Mobile

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AVC Mobile

Going Direct

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Every few months, I like to share some analytics on this blog's audience. Here's the google analytics refer logs for the past thirty days: The thing that jumps out at me is the magnitude of the direct audience. If you add the direct category, this blog's RSS feed (Feedburner), and...
Going Direct

Drive vs Dropbox

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Bijan posted yesterday about Drive vs Dropbox. He prefers Dropbox. I commented on his blog saying that I prefer Drive. I figured it would be interesting to poll the AVC readership to see where everyone stands on the two most popular cloud storage services. I had to hack Quipol to...
Drive vs Dropbox

Microsoft says Google 'committed to license' Motorola's H.264 patents to it under the MPEG LA agreement

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Four weeks after I reported on a Microsoft court filing that appeared to relate to a grant-back provision in Google's license agreement concerning the MPEG LA AVC/H.264 patent pool, I saw a Microsoft filing with the ITC (which remanded the investigation of Motorola's complaint against the Xbox to a judge) that...
Microsoft says Google 'committed to license' Motorola's H.264 patents to it under the MPEG LA agreement

Disqus2012 Launches

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Today is launch day for Disqus2012. The speedy new commenting system built from the ground up by our portfolio company Disqus is generally available today. There's a slick new website, a comprehensive new feature list, and a showcase featuring all the big blogs and online publications that are using D2012....
Disqus2012 Launches

Video Of The Week: My Talk With Startup Milan

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Last October, I skyped into an entrepreneur meetup in Milan and talked for 30 minutes. This was arranged by AVC community member David Semeria. The main topics were building a tech community outside of the main startup hubs, raising angel and venture capital in a market where there isn't much...
Video Of The Week: My Talk With Startup Milan

MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Donna White

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Now we start the guest post part of this MBA Mondays series on People. First up is AVC regular Donna White. In this post, Donna explains that recruiting is fun if you approach it the right way. I know many founders who don't really enjoy recruiting so this post is...
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Donna White

StackOverflow

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StackOverflow announced yesterday that our firm Union Square Ventures led a $6mm round of financing in their company yesterday. My partner Brad is joining Stack's board and he will post about this investment on usv.com sometime this week. However, given Kid Mercury's persistent advocacy of niche communities here at AVC, I...
StackOverflow

Reuters Tech Tonic taping today

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A while back, I posted a video of the week of Avner Ronen on Reuters Tech Tonic. In the comments to that post, the host Paul Smalera invited me to appear on the show and then invited the AVC community to sit in the audience. Well the taping is today...
Reuters Tech Tonic taping today

ITC judges make scheduling decisions in cases involving Apple, HTC, Samsung, Microsoft, Google

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Three scheduling decisions in investigations that I follow were made by ITC judges in recent days:Judge Shaw set a schedule today for the investigation of Apple's enforcement complaint against HTC. He scheduled the evidentiary hearing (trial) for December 19-20, 2012; his initial determination for March 8, 2013; and the final Commission decision...
ITC judges make scheduling decisions in cases involving Apple, HTC, Samsung, Microsoft, Google

The Management Team - Guest Post From Phil Sugar

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Continuing our MBA Mondays series on The Managemet Team, we are deep into the guest post phase. This guest post comes from AVC regular Phil Sugar. I've never met Phil, but his comments here at AVC tell me that he's a very experienced entrepreneurial manager. And so I reached out...
The Management Team - Guest Post From Phil Sugar

daily bizcard 11: fred wilson

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Today’s “Daily Bizcard” design, “Puck”, goes to one of my New York blogging posse, Fred Wilson. Fred is very successful venture capitalist, a partner in Union Square Ventures. I first became aware of him via his blog, AVC.com, which I was turned on to by Nick Denton. Besides always...
daily bizcard 11: fred wilson

Social Sources

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Google Analytics has a relatively new feature that allows you to look at your "social sources" of traffic. According to Google, about 27% of the vists to AVC in the past month came from social sources. For those who are curious about the rest of the traffic, 30% is direct,...
Social Sources

AVC.fm: Fred Wilson’s blog, podcasted, sans Fred Wilson

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then AVC.fm should leave prolific, blogging VC Fred Wilson feeling high on life. You see, AVC.fm is not run by Wilson, but rather by the enterprising people behind VoiceBunny, a startup that I wrote about here...
AVC.fm: Fred Wilson’s blog, podcasted, sans Fred Wilson

Engag.io Is the 1 Inbox To Rule Them All

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Engag.io launches to the public today. Imagine a Gmail inbox (in a good way), but for all your online conversations. That's Engag.io. But on top of that simple idea, Engag.io has features no one else provides for finding, following and expanding online conversations. If you're active in lots of places...
Engag.io Is the 1 Inbox To Rule Them All

Crowdfunding Brooklyn Castle

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I blogged about this a couple weeks ago so this topic will be fresh in the minds of the AVC crowd. I am super excited about this. There is a documentary about a chess team in the IS 318 middle school in Brooklyn. The film is called Brooklyn Castle and...
Crowdfunding Brooklyn Castle

Feature Friday: Listen To This Blog

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A few days ago, I stared getting emails asking about avc.fm. Was this done with my approval? Did I know who was behind it? The answer was no and no so I tweeted this out and gave my approval.   AVC.fm, the unofficial blogcast of @AVC created by @VoiceBunny avc.fm...
Feature Friday: Listen To This Blog

Now That The $1.1 Billion Sale Is Official, This Is As Close To Gloating As One Tumblr Investor Is Going To Get (YHOO)

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Union Square Ventures was one of the earliest investors in Tumblr.  Now, USV's most famous partner, Fred Wilson, is celebrating Yahoo's $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr without trying to gloat. On Wilson's personal blog, AVC, he reiterated that "success has a thousand fathers." "You can count on it - when a...
Now That The $1.1 Billion Sale Is Official, This Is As Close To Gloating As One Tumblr Investor Is Going To Get (YHOO)

A Quarter Century

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Twenty-five years ago today, the Gotham Gal and I were married. It was a hot humid day in Washington DC. The wedding ceremony, indoors thankfully, occurred during a loud thunderstorm. At the end, I missed the attempt to break the glass by making a glancing blow. My best man John...
A Quarter Century

'Get a Mac' commercials coming to an end?

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Justin Long (Mac) told the Onion's AV section that Apple's iconic 'Get a Mac' ads might be done.  In fact, he's heard from John Hodgman (PC) that Apple was "moving on". AVC: what’s the status on those Apple commercials? JL: You know, I think they might be done. In fact,...
'Get a Mac' commercials coming to an end?
Fun Friday: Back In The Day

Getting Out The Vote

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The "net native" generation can be and should be an important political force. These young people grew up with the Internet and they understand how to leverage it in all aspects of their lives. And they understand the importance of protecting the Internet and the all important concept of Internet...
Getting Out The Vote

Feature Friday: Android Sharing

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My all-time favorite feature on Android is the way sharing works. I like this feature so much I am concerned that this might be a repeat of a prior Feature Friday post. But I searched on gawk.it and did not find any posts so maybe I haven't done a Feature...
Feature Friday: Android Sharing

UK, US seize 36 domains tied to financial fraud

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British and US authorities have moved to seize 36 domain names associated with websites being used to traffic in stolen payment card data. The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said in a release issued today that the sites used Automated Vending Carts, a type of Web e-commerce software...
UK, US seize 36 domains tied to financial fraud

AVC Redesign

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AVC Redesign

Microsoft filing says Google's Motorola is entitled to $1.2 million in FRAND royalties for 2012

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Very late on Wednesday, Microsoft and wholly-owned Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility filed their trial briefs ahead of the FRAND rate-setting trial that the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington will hold starting next Tuesday (November 13). I'm going to analyze the parties' positions in more detail and...
Microsoft filing says Google's Motorola is entitled to $1.2 million in FRAND royalties for 2012

Feature Friday: DuckDuckHack

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One of my favorite features of the DuckDuckGo search engine (a USV portfolio company) is the instant answer. The instant answer is the box at the top that gives you what you were looking for. For Fred Wilson, it looks like this: So Gabe, the founder of DDG, hacked up...
Feature Friday: DuckDuckHack
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?