Google launches Dbase, circa 1985, but with less functionality

Google launched GoogleBase last night. What a disappointment. Whilst Google Reader clearly points to somebody at Google “getting” the importance of edge published content and real-time indexing, GoogleBase is a throw back. Basically a dumb flat-file database system for the world to throw content into. It’s actually embarrasing for the whole of Silicon Valley. I know insiders who desperately do not want their name associated with it. Can’t say I blame them. Not to be abusive but why would millions of people who run web sites, and databases, and blogs, suddenly feed stuff into GoogleBase (an act of duplicating their already web based data into another database run by Google)? Maybe to get better search results. But this is an act of pure laziness from Google. The same results could be achieved in a manner far more consistent with the distributed data model that the world is currently flocking to.
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Mike Arrington launches CrunchNotes

Mike Arrington, editor of TechCrunch and a partner in Archimedes Ventures, has launched a second blog – CrunchNotes.
In Mikes words:
< p style="text-indent:80pt;">So, why am I starting CrunchNotes? The main reason is that I find that sometimes, I want to talk about more than just new companies and products. Sometimes I have something to say about what’s going on in the blogosphere or the world. Sometimes I want to link to something interesting another blogger has written, but which has nothing to do with new companies. I found that doing that on TechCrunch tends to dilute the core value of that blog. And so I am starting CrunchNotes, a companion blog to TechCrunch. It’s a place that I can write about things that interest me but that doesn’t belong on TechCrunch.
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It was confirmed today that Dave Winer’s has sold its assets to VeriSign. The price has not been officially disclosed but the blogosphere has very efficiently decided the range ($2-5m). Dave has posted his story and his response to the reactions. Michael Graves – a great guy and heading up the technology side of VeriSign’s Real Time Web team – has posted a significant and detailed overview of the what?, why? and where now? of the deal. Several commentators, including Dave (thanks Dave) have revealed that Mike Arrington and myself were involved in helping make the deal happen. Mike has a post up on TechCrunch. I have received quite a few requests to clarify and to save time I’ll say a little here. Firstly, we can claim no credit for the deal. VeriSign bought for two reasons that have nothing to do with us. First,
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Microsoft’s Reorganization and Web 2.0

Microsoft Logo Microsoft announced a major reorganization this week. the crux of the reorg seems to be that the MSN and Windows divisions are being unified, and as part of this Jim Allchin is retiring. A new “Platform Products and Services Division” is the result. It will be led by Kevin Johnson once Allchin retires. There will also be a “Business Division” led by Jeff Raikes. This includes the Office line of products and it’s “Business Solutions and packaged applications group”.Robbie Bach wil head the third group – “Entertainment and Devices division”. Many commentators are interpreting the changes as having been motivated by Microsoft’s need to modernize itself to better compete in a Web 2.0 world. There are many good reasons for Microsoft to be concerned about the changing architecture of computing, and particularly the architecture of the network. However many of the commentaries about this fail to nail the Continue reading "Microsoft’s Reorganization and Web 2.0"

Archimedes launches to focus on Web 2.0 opportunities

Archimedes LLC is a partnership specializing in the development of companies focused on Web 2.0 technologies and solutions. We are looking to develop companies that take advantage of the way Web 2.0 has changed the architecture of the Internet from a passive publish and read web into a two way web. These companies will generally have answers to questions like "How does Web 2.0 change the way _______ will be done?" See the "Our focus" section for more information. TechCrunch is our Web 2.0 blog for tracking developments in the space.

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Archimedes Ventures incubates companies from the ideas stage, to development of prototypes and through to launch of working services. It typically takes a company to its ‘A’ round phase, or – if it is appropriate – it’s sale. At the ‘A’ round stage, along with other investors, Archimedes Capital Continue reading "Archimedes launches to focus on Web 2.0 opportunities"