Archives: September 2006

Handy Web 2.0 Exit Strategy Badges

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 29

Marco Rosella at Central Scrutinizer has some helpful badge designs for Web 2.0 startups, which should be especially handy at the upcoming Web 2.0 Conference. There are four escalating message...

Vanished eBay Seller Returns--As a Blogger

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 27

Randy Smythe's Glacier Bay DVD was one of eBay's largest sellers until last January, when his store abruptly closed--stiffing many buyers (including me). Now, he has surfaced with a blog...

IOGEAR: A Self-Cleaning Computer Mouse

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 26

A germs-free computer mouse? IOGEAR just introduced a mouse whose surface effectively cleans itself free of germs.

More Trouble for eBay in China

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 26

The departure last week of Martin Wu, head of eBay Eachnet, eBay's site in China, has some news outlets there reporting that the online marketplace is exiting the market entirely...

New Online Ad Model at Techmeme

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 25

The popular tech news aggregator Techmeme just debuted a new advertising/sponsorship model that looks pretty interesting to a lot of folks besides me. Founder Gabe Rivera explains: There's a...

Check Out Your Choices for Best of the Web

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 25

Our now-annual Best of the Web package is now up, including your picks....

Growing Concerns over Click Fraud

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 22

My colleagues Brian Grow and Ben Elgin take a fascinating dive into click fraud, concluding: A BusinessWeek investigation has revealed a thriving click-fraud underground populated by swarms of small-time...

Dunn's Done, Hurd's Not

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 22

In the wake of the HP leaks probe scandal, Chairman Patricia Dunn is now leaving the board entirely--not surprising, given her central role in the mess. Looks like HP senior...

Creative Destruction in the Software Industry

Posted by: Steve Hamm on September 21

It's fascinating to witness the phenomenon of people who created sizable chunks of the software industry coming back with open source or on-demand companies aimed at disrupting the very market...

HP Scandal: Now, It Leads to CEO Mark Hurd

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 21

Until now, Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd has been squarely in the eye of the hurricane that is the HP leak probe--you know, that place in the middle of the storm...

Video Tagging Gets Cool

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 19

First, we tagged photos. Now, video tagging, promising to vastly improve video search, is the next big thing. Offerings from ComVu and Motionbox offer a glimpse of what's to come.

New Yahoo Mail: Wish I Liked It Better

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 14

Even more, I wish I could get to it. I was overjoyed a few weeks ago when I was accepted as a beta user on Yahoo's new email service, which...

Hot chips and cool consoles

Posted by: Steve Hamm on September 14

Much has been made of the Cell chip that will be the brains of Sony's PlayStation 3 game console. Perhaps too much. That thought came to me at the end...

HP Scandal: Another Blow to the Silicon Valley Way

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 14

That's what I'm thinking in a commentary I just wrote, anyway. I don't want to lard onto the HP mess too much significance. But while HP's poorly controlled leak probe...

HP Leak Investigation Scandal Continues

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 12

It just never seems to end. And I'm not so sure this morning's board changes will call the government dogs off HP....

The RFID Patent Pool: Will It Make Waves?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 11

The RFID Consortium is on the brink of forming its RFID patent pool. Will this pool speed up RFID adoption? Much will depend on whether Intermec joins in -- or not.

The Politics of Options

Posted by: Peter Burrows on September 09

Just when it seemed the news flow on the stock options scandal had eased to a slow boil, it's now heating up again. The news is emanating from the halls...

Amazon Unboxes Digital Video Service

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 07

After watching all day for the rumored debut of Amazon Unbox, the online retailer's much-anticipated digital video download and rental service, I see from a tip on on Alan...

Come Clean, HP

Posted by: Peter Burrows on September 07

Having reported these past few days on the mess surrounding HP's investigation into board leaks to the press, I--like most others--am dissatisfied with the extent of HP's response. While the...

Share a Game, Win Some Cash

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on September 06

Casual games site Big Fish Games wants to, well, be the big fish of the sector and has come up with an interesting plan to overtake rival Real Arcade. Jumping...

PS3-Blu-ray Woes Redux

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on September 06

Sony just can't seem to shake its Blu-ray woes. Now comes official word from the company that the supposed worldwide launch the company confidently predicted in May of PlayStation 3...

Management By Snooping Around

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 06

I just wonder what Bill and Dave would have thought of this....

Got Sisu?

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 05

The social gaming site Bunchball just got venture funding, so it's hiring--as long as you have sisu. I had to follow the company's link to the Wikipedia entry to figure...

On Telephone Telepathy and Chat Robots

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 05

E-mail and phone telepathy? A robot that can concurrently have up to 1,000 conversations? A new cancer treatment? All of these are being discussed at this week's British Association for the Advancement of Science conference.

Web 2.0 Ads: Another Sign of a Bubble?

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 05

I wish Om Malik the best with his new tech news gig, and I bet he'll find (or keep, I should say) a sizable audience. But I think even he...

Wikipedia: Maybe It's Democratic After All

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 04

Lately, some skeptical folks, notably Nick Carr, have been wondering how democratic a process Wikipedia really has. Even founder Jimmy Wales has noted that a very small number of people...

Samsung Takes on Apple's iPod (again)

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on September 01

Introducing the K5. All I can say is, It's about time Samsung! After years of trying, the South Korean giant has finally come up with a truly drool-worthy competitor to...

Movie Downloads Coming on iTunes

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 01

... starting in mid-September, says my colleague Ron Grover. It appears that Wal-Mart is not happy about the pricing: $14.99 for new DVDs and $9.99 for older ones, compared with...

Time for a Surprise Tech IPO Upswing?

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 01

VC Paul Kedrosky wonders if we've just hit the trough of tech IPOs, and are likely to see a surprise return of the Valley's financial elixir. I'm not sure it's...

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