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  • Nokia drops a trio of mid-range, slick phones

    Nokia drops a trio of mid-range, slick phones

    Three new phones to Nokia today, including two that are apparently a variant on the same model. The 6600 Fold is similar to the 6600 Slide, except that it’s a clamshell instead of a slider, as the names would imply. They’re not identical though, as one would assume from the model number. The slide has a 2-Megapixel camera, OLED screen, 3G connectivity and a flash. The Fold has a… Read More

  • Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Putting a value on private companies is hard enough for insiders and venture capitalists who have full access to the company’s financial statements. When outsiders try to do it, even well-informed ones, it is nothing more than a guessing game. But it is nonetheless perhaps one of Silicon Valley’s favorite parlor activities. Today, Henry Blodget & Co. at Silicon Alley Insider try to… Read More

  • Slide Caught Posting Fake Positive Reviews For Their Own App

    Slide Caught Posting Fake Positive Reviews For Their Own App

    Multiple fake reviews for the Funwall App on Facebook have been deleted after it was discovered that the reviews came from employees of Slide, the apps owner. Fake reviews seem to be part of the norm these days, however most companies are smart enough to cover their tracks; Slide employees on the other hand post from accounts that are part of the Slide Inc Facebook network. A couple of samples… Read More

  • Chart Me Up: Web 2.0 Venture Deals

    Chart Me Up: Web 2.0 Venture Deals

    Dow Jones VentureSource put out some data on Web 2.0 deals in the U.S. earlier this week that I’ve put together into these charts. The first one above shows how much money has been invested in Web 2.0 startups so far this decade. In 2007, venture capital poured into Web 2.0 companies at a record pace—$1.34 billion. That was up 88 percent from the $716 million invested in 2006. But did… Read More

  • Is Meebo Worth Half a Slide?

    Is Meebo Worth Half a Slide?

    Investment banker Michael Montgomery has his chance to prove he’s still relevant in the tech banking world if this VentureBeat story is true. The rumor is that Meebo has hired Montgomery & Co. to represent them in a new fundraising round that may value the company at a cool $250 million. If they pull it off, they’ll set Meebo’s value at half of the $500 million Slide was… Read More

  • Kodak, Slide help you win brownie points all year long with the lady friend

    Kodak, Slide help you win brownie points all year long with the lady friend

    One of the biggest selling points for social networks, at least for me, is the ability to upload and see others photos. It’s pretty much the only way I stay in touch with friends in different parts of the country and world. I know there are other photo hosting sites that do some slide show stuff that you can embed onto your MySpace or Facebook page, but for those of you who use Kodak’s… Read More

  • Amid Yahoo Turmoil, AOL Makes An Acquisition

    Amid Yahoo Turmoil, AOL Makes An Acquisition

    On Monday AOL will announce the acquisition of San Diego-based Goowy, a startup founded in late 2004 and which launched, incidentally, in my living room in late 2006 (we had a TechCrunch party where Goowy, Meebo, Sphere and other startups launched). The size of the deal is not being disclosed. Their first product was a Flash-based webtop or alternative operating system. But later they went into… Read More

  • How Much Is a Facebook Ad Worth?  Lookery "Guarantees" (Drum Roll) 12.5-Cent CPMs.

    How Much Is a Facebook Ad Worth? Lookery "Guarantees" (Drum Roll) 12.5-Cent CPMs.

    It should come as no surprise that the ad inventory on social networks like Facebook are not worth much. A new offer by Lookery, a startup that places ads on social apps inside Facebook and Bebo, is offering a guaranteed ad rate of 12.5 cents for every thousand impressions (CPM). The promotion, which runs through April is probably close to what Lookery can get for ads it places on Facebook. Add in… Read More

  • Google, Facebook Battle For Computer Science Grads. Salaries Soar.

    Google and Facebook are fighting hard to hire this years crop of computer science graduates, we’ve heard, and ground zero is Stanford. Most of the class of 2008 already have job offers even though graduation is months away. Last year, salaries of up to $70,000 were common for the best students. This year, Facebook is said to be offering $92,000, and Google has increased some offers to… Read More

  • Slide Gets Their Huge Valuation And Raises $50 million

    Slide Gets Their Huge Valuation And Raises $50 million

    Three months ago Slide founder Max Levchin assured us that, despite rumors, he wasn’t raising money, and hadn’t even updated his pitch deck. He sure got his act in gear in a hurry, it seems. Today Business Week and The NY Times are reporting that Slide has raised $50 million at a valuation north of half a billion. Three months ago when he officially wasn’t pitching a new round… Read More