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Tempest or Nuclear Winter

Tempest or Nuclear Winter

A Hurricane Ike for Tech Start-UpsVentureWire Alert (free subscription required) today reported that venture capitalists are advising their portfolio firms to prepare for a potential nuclear winter. One venture capitalist featured in today’s newsletter was quoted as telling firms “to slow down their burn rate, and not concentrate on pushing their valuations up”.

October 9, 2008 by in Banking

Google PPOB?  What is it?

Google PPOB? What is it?

When you are looking for things that Google is about to do, the best place to keep your eye on is Google's robots.txt file -- a document they keep updated with a list of websites they don't want search engines to index.

October 9, 2008 by in Developer

Optus problems run to porting

Optus problems run to porting

Optus has run into problems again with its mobile phone network after a software upgrade over the weekend broke the carrier's ability to port some numbers to or from the network.

October 9, 2008 by in Telcos

Asustek to offer touch-panel Eee PCs?

Asustek to offer touch-panel Eee PCs?

While the Web swoons over news of Apple's latest $800 market entry, Asustek is planning to launch touchscreen Eee PCs in the first quarter of 2009, which the company expects will help drive sales further, according to Samson Hu, general manager of Eee PC business at Asustek, by way of DigiTimes.According to the report, Asustek has not yet decided details of the models which will be updated, but will reach a decision based on market demand.

October 9, 2008 by in Hardware

Asus ships Eee Box PCs with malware

Asus ships Eee Box PCs with malware

Asus has confirmed and apologized to customers (press release in Japanese; translated version) for shipping malware on the recently introduced Eee Box desktop computer :"According to an email sent out by Asus, PC Advisor reports, the Eee Box's 80GB hard drive has the recycled.exe virus files hidden in the drive's D: partition.

October 9, 2008 by in Hardware

An interview with David Provost

An interview with David Provost

I covered David Provost's report, On the cusp: a global review of the Semantic Web industry, when it was published at the end of last month.Earlier this week, I spoke with David about the report and some of his views on the semantic technology industry.

October 9, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

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