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The Roundup July 29

The Roundup July 29

Not only does it make a great tax, it’s pretty cool as a state flag, no? Nothing says “tax me” like a good joint. Oakland pot activists, fresh off a victory at local polls on the taxing of medical marijuana, took their first official step Tuesday toward asking California voters to legalize pot. A proposed [...]

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The Roundup July 17

The Roundup July 17

If the Senate can have clowns, why can’t Treasury have a cartoonist? If you don’t have a sense of humor about these things, they’re not funny. The Treasury Department is scrapping plans to hire a cartoonist to lighten the mood of its employees who manage the nation’s $1.2 trillion debt, after a senator questioned its [...]

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The Roundup July 10

The Roundup July 10

Your local bank will happily lend you a few cents. That’s why they’re called small business loans. Now we’re talking recovery. The Obama administration is developing an initiative to take money from the $700 billion rescue program for the banking system and make it available to millions of small businesses, which officials say are essential [...]

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The Roundup July 8

The Roundup July 8

And just how prophetic was Sara B’s Microsoft Google bomb, eh? Now that’s a Google bomb. The final element in Google’s drive to reshape the computing landscape fell into place on Wednesday when it unveiled plans for a PC operating system that would compete directly with Microsoft’s Windows. . . . Given Windows’s deeply entrenched [...]

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A week for disasters small and large: Google, Rackspace, and Authorize.net

A week for disasters small and large: Google, Rackspace, and Authorize.net

There goes your Web site . . . On July 2, Google’s app engine went kablooie for still unexplained reasons, stranding thousands of Web application startups and businesses as well as tens of thousands of their customers who use those Web apps. Disasters, it seems, come in threes. For just last week, Rackspace, featured prominently [...]

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The Roundup July 7

The Roundup July 7

As goes California . . . Maybe Arnold should take a cue from Sarah and vamoose. Court-appointed lawyers, cancer patients and alcoholics in treatment programmes have become the latest victims of California’s financial crisis, as the state grapples with a budget deficit that has ballooned to $26bn. The state has been forced to issue IOUs [...]

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The Roundup June 26

The billions of dollars that people are going to make on Michael Jackson’s death started yesterday on the Web. For Yahoo News, Jackson’s passing drew an even bigger crowd than Obama’s swearing-in. The site set a one-day record for unique visitors with 16.4 million, topping the 15.1 million visitors drawn on election day. Four million [...]

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The Roundup June 19

The Roundup June 19

If venture capital firms are made exempt from new regulations, will that be a loophole big enough to drive something as big as AIG through? Venture capitalists to Obama: hands off our picnic basket! Venture capitalists said on Wednesday they should be exempt from President Obama’s proposed changes in financial regulation, arguing they were not [...]

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The Roundup May 29

The good news first: the bad news is not as bad as we thought. Revised commerce department figures showed on Friday that US gross domestic product declined by an annualised rate of 5.7 per cent in the first three months of the year, compared with last month’s estimate of 6.1 per cent. The decline was [...]

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So what exactly is Wolfram/Alpha and how does that affect your SEO equation?

Unless you’re a dyed-in-the-wool tech geek with an ear to every railroad track, you’ve probably seen or heard the word “Wolfram/Alpha” in only the most fuzzy way as some kind of Google competitor or next-generation something-or-other-maybe-a-search-engine. You may have heard hints that Google plans to take on Wolfram/Alpha at its own game. What’s this new [...]

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The Roundup May 15

And speaking of the evil that Google does . . . On Monday, FPX filed a class-action suit against Google in federal court in Texas, saying that Google had infringed on its trademark and challenging Google’s policies on behalf of all trademark owners in the state. Legal experts said it was the first class-action suit [...]

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Should trademarks apply to paid search advertising?

In the rough-and-tumble world of paid search advertising where winning literally means coming out on top, competitors routinely purchase search ads using competitors trademarked names or products as search terms. Say you are selling an MP3 player and the iPod is your direct competitor. So you go to Google AdWords and bid a high price [...]

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Google Analytics: the race is on! Here’s my wish list . . .

Google today (literally about two hours ago) released the API for Google Analytics, a Web analytics package featured prominently in our book Shoestring Venture, and two upcoming books in the Shoestring Venture series now in development. Without going into details, this means that anyone who cares can now freely develop applications, add-ons, and plug-ins to [...]

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The Biz Roundup January 4

Apple isn’t worried. They knew this was coming someday and so they made it impossible to change the batteries in their products. More than half of U.S. consumers plan to cut back on purchases of high-tech products this year . . . The findings are particularly gloomy for newer categories of devices. (“Consumers to Pare [...]

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