Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran journalist, media executive and entrepreneur. He was editor of the ground-breaking Digital Media newsletter in the 1990s and a frequent contributor to ZDNet over the years. He led development of the first Web audio/video news network at ON24, sat on the board of Electric Classifieds Inc. and Match.com, and worked as an investment banker. A dedicated "portfolio career" worker, Mitch is co-founder and Chief Scientist of BuzzLogic LLC, a social network analytics and marketing communications platform developer, and works with Audible Inc. on its podcasting service, among other projects detailed <a href="http://www.ratcliffe.com/ disclosure.htm">here</a>. </p>

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The IRS' Gates-only computer

The IRS' Gates-only computer

It must be running Windows, because Bill Gates complains that the IRS is always getting things wrong when calculating his taxes, which reside on a "special computer because their normal computers can't deal with the numbers."

February 2, 2006 by in Hardware

Two takes on China

Two takes on China

Google is out with an explanation of its decision to censor Chinese search results. In sharp contrast, another company, Anonymizer, is working on proxy services to provide unfettered access to information.

February 1, 2006 by in China

Google to $260

Google to $260

Google disappointed The Street, but the troubling portion of the report lies in rising costs that are returning less revenue than in earlier quarters. Google's costs rising almost as fast as revenue

February 1, 2006 by in Google

The Friends-and-Family Era

The Friends-and-Family Era

Dave Winer wants to reform venture capital. His idea is to do the IPO first, then invest. That's bassakwards, because it assumes the challenge of a new capital investment approach is to find home runs. The future will be mostly singles and doubles.

January 30, 2006 by in Start-Ups

Cowards

Cowards

Reports that Google and Microsoft will not attend hearings into censorship by U.S. companies operating in China only make the companies look worse.

January 30, 2006 by in Security

How bulky is your Internet?

How bulky is your Internet?

Bill Gates wants to deliver the Net to the poor via cell phone. Nicholas Negroponte (he of the world of bits obliterating the world of atoms) wants to make the Net available to hundreds of millions of kids by laptop. What do you think would work?

January 30, 2006 by in Laptops

It's the blatant hypocrisy

It's the blatant hypocrisy

John Battelle asks why Congress is holding hearings about Google's China compromise and not Yahoo! and MSN's before? I answer with a variation on an old beer-selling slogan.

January 26, 2006 by in Google

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