If you've followed any of my coverage of the patent mess that the technology industry is in -- and it's a real mess -- you'll know that I'm in agreement with anyone who says it's a mess but not necessarily in agreement with those who say get rid of it, or those who say to keep it.
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At the Churchill Club last night, Garage Technology Ventures Managing Director Bill Reichert led a discussion with a panel of notable startup veterans: Kamran Elahian, Steve Kirsch, Dan'l Lewin and Heidi Roizen.Here are a few highlights of the interview, which is available as both an MP3 download and as podcast that you can have downloaded to your system and/or MP3 player automatically (see ZDNet's podcasts: How to tune in).
Coop comments on the ruling by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P.
I talked with Garage Technology Ventures Managing Director Bill Reichert about the climate for startups,entrepreneurers and venture capitalists, and what investment categories are heating up. He also expounded on his belief that VC investment decisions involve a lot of subjectivity and that the companies that get funded are those that investors fall in love with...
ZDNet reviews the current crop of Web conferencing applications: Citrix GoToMeeting, Convoq ASAP Pro 2.0, Microsoft Live Meeting, Macromedia Breeze and WebEx Meeting Center.
eWeek: Has the success of Firefox inadvertantly put the team behind the browser in a bind? In his column, Steven J.
Today, Novell announced that it will be including support for an open source-based virtual machine technology known as Xen in the soon-to-be-released SuSE Professional Linux 9.3 (due in mid-April).
Over on Anchordesk, my colleague and CNET senior editor Molly Wood has reopened the debate over the dangers of cell phone use by citing some disturbing parallels -- including whistleblowing and attempts to supress relevant evidence -- between the cell phone and tobacco industries.
Blogger/analyst Michael Sampson has some good analysis of the Groove/Microsoft deal.
Microsoft acquiring Groove Networks isn't a shocker. Microsoft is an investor in the company, Groove is a loyal Microsoft independent software developer, and Microsoft is very focused on collaboration software.