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Keys to successful startups

At a Churchill Club event on August 17, a group of experienced entrepreneurs discussed the current climate for startups. Unlike the pre-bubble days, startups are far leaner and meaner, requiring less capital to get on the radar.

September 14, 2006 by Dan Farber

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24 hours: The time it takes to crack the newest DRM from Microsoft or Apple

It was only a week ago that hackers proved that Microsoft may be unable to win the game of cat-n-mouse that it's in with hackers who are determined to neutralize the software giant's digital rights management (DRM) technology (a technology with a nasty side effect of keeping people from using legitimately acquired audio and video where they want, when they want, on the device they want).

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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PatriciaGate worsens for HP

While HP's stock flutters near its 52-week high (apparantly unscathed by PatriciaGate), other forces are conspiring to blow a dark cloud over the company with the biggest "kick me" sign on it's back.  The dust had barely settled from the California Attorney General's  office having announced yesterday that it could be filing charges within the week when more news news about the affair came to light.

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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Thursday's Mobile Review Roundup

Our reviews team was very busy with a bunch of new mobile products in the last day.  Here's some of what our reviews team published in the last 24 hours:The big screen of handhelds?

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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IBM's Sutor, Sun's Phipps give lukewarm reception to Microsoft patent covenants

In yesterday's post regarding Microsoft's remarkable step in the right direction (with regards to its issuance of some patent non-assertion covenants), I mentioned that silence on behalf of the normally quick-to-respond-to-such-news Bob Sutor (IBM's open source and standards veep) and Simon Phipps (Sun's chief open source officer) might have been a good sign that there were no major gotchas in those covenants. Well-known open source lawyer Larry Rosen gave Microsoft good marks on the news.

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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Go ahead. Try calling 1-800-ROADSIDE with the Motorola Q. OK, bad idea.

In one of my first segments in this series of real-world takes on Motorola's Q smartphone, I criticized it for the difficulty I had in accessing those company directories that you sometimes navigate when the business your calling has no receptionist on duty. You know, the kind where it asks you to spell the name of the person you're trying to reach?

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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Bummer: Motorola Q requires "reboots" a little too often

This is another in what is now a series of installments about my experiences with Motorola's new Q smartphone.  The Q is based on the latest greatest smartphone operating system to come out of Microsoft (Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones).

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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Dogster plans to embrace all critters

After three years of tapping into the passion of dog (Dogster) and cat (Catster) lovers, Dogster the company is ready to expand to all pets and even non-pet categories. The 10-person company is profitable, and expects to generate $1 million in revenue this year, and just inked a $1 million Series A capital infusion from a dozen angel investors, including Michael Parekh, Joshua Schachter, Brad Feld and Jeff Clavier, to build out new areas.

September 13, 2006 by Dan Farber

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