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Paul Graham says "don't sweat about business models"

An interview with Paul Graham on TechCrunch is attracting flak from the blogosphere for the investment criteria he uses for Y Combinator.

Last week we witnessed the sale of Kiko, a well-designed Y Combinator-funded online calendar. The deal went through via eBay to an as-yet-undisclosed party, for a quarter of a million dollars. Which is a good return for Paul and the Kiko founders, but not the really big bucks that they would have seen had Google bought it. Google of course launched its own calendar app, integrated into Gmail, which prompted the Kiko sale.

So does a fire sale on eBay, albeit a profitable one, mean that Graham is any more correct when he advises startup founders not to worry about business models?

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Rand's top tips on how to increase blog traffic

Rand at SEOmoz has published another fine article, this time on how to attract more traffic to your blog.

The article contains 21 tips, including ‘Choose the right blog software’, ‘Tag your content’, ‘Only one post in 20 can be linkbait’ and ‘Use a human voice’. Rand’s post is linkbait of the very best variety, since it is original, valuable content, so I’m linking to it.

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Waterstone’s relaunches site as Amazon deal ends

High street book chain Waterstone’s  has relaunched its website as part of a bid to revive falling sales.

A soft launch of the site took place this week, with new features including a book club, suggestion lists and video feeds from authors.

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Why do banks suck so badly at online customer service?

A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to ask Barclays why I was paying a monthly fee on an overdraft that I haven’t used for a long, long time.

I knew that finding an answer to this simple question could be a painful process, but I braced myself and set about to find out what was happening...

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Thank you for coming to party with us

Hundreds of internet pros turned up for last night’s Lemon Studios Summer Party at The Havana Bar & Club in London, which was roaring good fun.
 
Many attendees will be in full-on recovery mode judging by some of the strategic quaffing we witnessed. The cocktails were especially dangerous, particularly those that were tipped into glasses the size of small baths.

Happiness = large cocktails

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Group cancels online Ashes ticket sales

Over 1,000 cricket fans have had their Ashes tickets cancelled after an investigation into second hand sales on the web.

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Tesco takes on Argos with home shopping service

Not content with 30% of the UK retail market and a huge lead in the online grocery sector, Tesco has announced an aggressive drive into home shopping for non-food products.

In what is seen as a major challenge to Argos, the retailer is preparing to launch an internet and catalogue service that will offer customers a range of 8,000 goods.

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Jakob loves easy search words, but ignores labels and tags

Jakob Nielsen has been making some noise this week, ostensibly to promote his new book, about the benefits of speaking in the language that can be easily understood by users.

In the Age of Google this 20-year old ‘speak the user’s the language’ usability maxim has a fresh impetus, since many users begin a web journey on a search engine, by typing in a search query.

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Apple elects Google CEO Schmidt to board

Apple has pulled off a coup by luring Google CEO Eric Schmidt to its board of directors, in a move that was announced late last night.

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Not a bubble, reason #32 – messing about on boats

There are some sure signs that we’re not in a bubble, despite some of the big money being hosed at disruptive startups such as Zillow and Jobster.

However, as the pictures below prove, there are some signs that we are witnessing another – ahem – wave of dotcom madness. Notably, the hiring of powerboats…

Powerboats rocks our world

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Red Hat develops open source widget-based portal

Linux software maker Red Hat is quietly developing an open source portal that aggregates applications from mainstream sites such as Flickr and Rhapsody, reports Internet Financial News . 

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Daily Mail buys SimplySwitch.com

The owners of the Daily Mail have expanded their web presence with the £22m purchase of Simply Energy Limited.

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