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You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence

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It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. Today I will tell a story that I love telling. It has some of my favorite people in it. Back in 2004, early in my blogging career, I heard about a service that had just launched called...
You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence

Former Google Reader product manager confirms our suspicions: Its demise is all about Google+

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When Google announced today it was killing Google Reader on July 1st, just one thought crossed my mind: “I bet this has something to do with Google+.” I didn’t have anything more than a hunch to go on, however, until Brian Shih, a former Google Reader product manager, confirmed my...
Former Google Reader product manager confirms our suspicions: Its demise is all about Google+

ON THE HOT SEAT: 10 Tech CEOs Who Could Be Fired Tomorrow (YHOO, AOL)

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Millions of people use your product, but none of them pay. The SEC is investigating.  You don't  own the rights to the content. Your stuck at number two. A 5% stakeholder just started a proxy war. Life as a startup CEO isn't easy.Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, has got...
ON THE HOT SEAT: 10 Tech CEOs Who Could Be Fired Tomorrow (YHOO, AOL)

Meet The Iranian Musician Who Hammered Out Facebook's $1 Billion Instagram Deal In Zuckerberg's Living Room

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pretty much handled his company's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram all by himself, according to tick tock story from the WSJ. He called Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on a Thursday and signed the deal, in his living room, on Sunday. The report does give credit to one...
Meet The Iranian Musician Who Hammered Out Facebook's $1 Billion Instagram Deal In Zuckerberg's Living Room

Google Reader Is Closing--And People Are Absolutely Freaking Out (GOOG)

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Google, in another push to reduce and rationalize its sprawling lineup of Web apps, is closing a host of products. The only one people care about: Google Reader. (Seriously, will anyone miss the Google Voice App for BlackBerry?) Google is shuttering Reader, a product which allows people to quickly skim...
Google Reader Is Closing--And People Are Absolutely Freaking Out (GOOG)

The Google Reader Shutdown Is Yet Another Nail In Feedburner's Coffin

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How long until Google shuts down Feedburner? The company just announced that it is shutting down Google Reader on July 1. That’s a sad day for all of us who still regularly use it, but its demise was probably inevitable. Reader had been lingering in a stasis for months (maybe...
The Google Reader Shutdown Is Yet Another Nail In Feedburner's Coffin
How To Make A Splash In A Sea Of Startups: Tips From Chicago's Top Accelerator and VC

Boot up: AT&T kills HTC First, Apple's maps mystery, another Google shutdown, and more

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Plus Wikipedia's Middle Earth bias, more on Windows Blue, caption glasses for deaf cinemagoers, graphene gets magnetic, and moreNote: the daily launch time for this post will in future be 0730 UK time.A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamHTC First discontinued...
Boot up: AT&T kills HTC First, Apple's maps mystery, another Google shutdown, and more
Your Visual Identity: Tim Draper-Backed Vizify Launches An About.me On Steroids

Google Loses Feedburner.jp Domain (The Latest Sign That Feedburner Is Dying)

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A series of actions — and inaction — on Google’s part makes it clear that Feedburner is a very low priority in Mountain View. Google has been slowly abandoning Feedburner over the past 16 months, and all signs show that the RSS service is headed to the dead pool. Google’s......
Google Loses Feedburner.jp Domain (The Latest Sign That Feedburner Is Dying)

Visual Identity Platform Vizify Launches Out Of Beta, Now Lets You Share Graphics Via Social Media Cards

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The Portland-based Vizify came out of TechStars’ accelerator in 2011 with the goal of helping everyday people turn their personal data — the stuff that’s fragmented across scores of profiles, networks and websites — into one, unified visual profile. Essentially, piggybacking on the rise of digital portfolio platforms that aim...
Visual Identity Platform Vizify Launches Out Of Beta, Now Lets You Share Graphics Via Social Media Cards

Fred Wilson: Money Is Information, Like Bits, And We Want To Invest In Ways Of Moving It

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Fred Wilson, legendary New York venture capitalist and partner at Union Square Ventures, is the latest VC to highlight his interest in startups that help move money, “an area that is still very much up for grabs,” in his opinion. “Money is information, like bits,” he said today, giving currency...
Fred Wilson: Money Is Information, Like Bits, And We Want To Invest In Ways Of Moving It

FeedBurner Experiencing Stat Issues, API To Shut Down

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Feed stats, one of FeedBurner‘s main features, is currently broken, and Google quietly wrote a shutdown notice for the API. FeedBurner is a product that has been neglected by Google over the years. Yet, as the dominant product to manage RSS feeds, many developers count on it and expect it...
FeedBurner Experiencing Stat Issues, API To Shut Down
Storify gets serious about sales, hires former Adobe business development executive Don Loeb
Taptu's Acqusition By MediaFed Hints At Smart Move To Put The Heat On Flipboard And The Rest

After Reader, are Feedburner, Orkut and Alerts next for Google's abattoir?

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The signs aren't good for the feeds service, the social network that preceded Buzz and Google+, or the email alerts systemAfter the breast-beating about the impending demise of Google Reader over the past couple of weeks, and my own calculation about how long services and APIs that don't survive tend...
After Reader, are Feedburner, Orkut and Alerts next for Google's abattoir?

The FeedBurner Deathwatch Continues: Google Kills AdSense For Feeds

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As part of its latest round of “spring cleaning,” Google just announced that it is shuttering AdSense for Feeds. The service, which allows publishers to earn a bit of extra revenue by adding Google’s ads to their RSS feeds, will be retired on October 2 and will close on December...
The FeedBurner Deathwatch Continues: Google Kills AdSense For Feeds

Google Continues Dismantling Feedburner: Goodbye Adsense For Feeds

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Google has announced plans to shut down its Adsense for Feeds service, a move that continues Google slow dismantling of the Feedburner RSS service. Adsense for Feeds is (was) Google’s primary moneymaker for Feedburner. The program allowed publishers to make money by putting Google ads in... Please visit Marketing Land...
Google Continues Dismantling Feedburner: Goodbye Adsense For Feeds

Google's Spring Cleaning program removes AdSense for Feeds and decreases Drive storage

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As part of its effort to minimize resources while also focusing on products that they feel could improve users’ lives, Google announced that it was continuing its spring cleaning program and shared that it’s going to end a bunch of more features that just haven’t necessarily gained any traction–bringing the...
Google's Spring Cleaning program removes AdSense for Feeds and decreases Drive storage

Google's Spring Cleaning program removes AdSense for Feeds and decreases Drive storage

thenextweb.com
As part of its effort to minimize resources while also focusing on products that they feel could improve users’ lives, Google announced that it was continuing its spring cleaning program and shared that it’s going to end a bunch of more features that just haven’t necessarily gained any traction–bringing the...
Google's Spring Cleaning program removes AdSense for Feeds and decreases Drive storage

Shouldn’t @FeedBurner’s “Socialize” feature use the item when available instead of the ? http://bit.ly/b9Bh1w

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Shouldn’t @FeedBurner’s “Socialize” feature use the item when available instead of the ? http://bit.ly/b9Bh1w

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

My instant review of Twitter's new business plan

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Shared by Bud Looks like business model desperation. There's a lot of that lately. When will I be able to fire up a buzz server like I can a web server? or a mail server? There's something deeply unsettling about Twitter's new crackdown on publishers who run ads through Twitter....
My instant review of Twitter's new business plan

Blogger and Google Reader Speed Up, Suggestions Improve

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Two of the major outlets where I produce content and consume content, both from Google, took steps forward on Thursday, as Blogger announced new improvements to load slow-performing pages more quickly, and Google Reader unofficially made a big move, with the likely addition of Pubsubhubbub support, which makes the service...
Blogger and Google Reader Speed Up, Suggestions Improve

What if Zuck invented the web?

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David Weinberger asks a thought-provoking question on his blog. It would make an interesting debate. I don't believe it's anywhere near as simple, or black and white, as he portrays it. I spent some time this week with Joe Hewitt who was in NY and one of the things we...
What if Zuck invented the web?

Never Mind the Valley: Here's SXSW 2010

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A ReadWriteWeb Guide For all of our startup friends from coast to coast and around the world, we look forward to seeing you at SXSW Interactive! More and more, we're seeing good folks creating great products outside the SF Bay Area, and we love highlighting and showcasing vibrant startup communities...
Never Mind the Valley: Here's SXSW 2010

Google Continues To Embrace QR Codes, Integrates Them Into Its URL Shortener

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Last December, Google joined the myriad other companies that offer link shortening services with the launch of Goo.gl, the official Google URL Shortener. Today, it’s gotten a nifty new feature: add “.qr” to the end of any shortened link, and Google will generate a QR code for it. For example,...
Google Continues To Embrace QR Codes, Integrates Them Into Its URL Shortener

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Speaks Out On Censorship And IPO

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Twitter is quite the social network. 140 character blasts that has revolutionized how we communicate and how we get our news. Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter and who used to own Feedburner which was then sold to Google, talked about politics, censorship, and the inevitable IPO. Recently, they’ve...
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Speaks Out On Censorship And IPO

Bloggers, keep an eye on your RSS feed validity

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I had an issue recently where my RSS feeds were not being picked up correctly by the PlanetV12n aggregator, I have never really had any problems in the past but as of a post last week it stopped passing through the article title to the PlanetV12n and thus it’s twitter...
Bloggers, keep an eye on your RSS feed validity

Fred Wilson, Ken Lerer And Ben Lerer To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2013

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We’re proud of the fact that some of the tech scene’s most innovative thinkers and problem solvers are going to be speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC this year and are happy to be making our first speaker announcement today. We’re also psyched to host NYC Startup Battlefield for the fourth year in...
Fred Wilson, Ken Lerer And Ben Lerer To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2013
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