Mike Hawash, the Intel programmer accused of aiding the Taliban, has pleaded guilty. I notice the tone of www.freemikehawash.org has changed considerably... they went from being virulent critics of the Department of Justice to stating "we hope justice has been served". (Check the Google cache...) Guess they must feel kind of betrayed, but then, by his own admission Mike is a traitor. [ via Blaster's Blog ]
Check out these photos (1, 2, 3) of Iraqi MIGs buried in the desert. Amazing! Newsmax has the story, these are brand-new Russian fighters with French radar. (Wonder why they were buried :) One reaction I have looking at the pictures is that Iraq has a lot of dirt. If an informant hadn't come forward with the coordinates at which these planes were buried, what is the chance we would have found them? Iraq is bigger than California...
Say what you like about Michael Robertson, he thinks big. Not content with taking on the music industry (MP3.com), and Microsoft (Lindows), he has just formed a new startup to take on the 'phone companies (SIPphone). This is a voice-over-IP play which uses broadband Internet connections to replace 'phone circuits. It makes all kinds of sense, especially for people (and companies!) which makes lots of long-distance calls. This is an important new market with Vonage already makes waves...
Andy Grove has a great article in Fortune: Churning Things Up. He notes that company's strategic decisions can have "linear" effects (the general market structure in which the company operates remains the same), or "non-linear" effects (the general market structure changes). In the latter case a "good" strategic decision may ultimately hurt the company, by hurting the overall market in which it competes. Interestingly, he identifies health care as the next candidate industry to undergo non-linear change...
So - I've upgraded to AOL 9, have you? Looks nice. They seem to have cleaned things up in the GUI (it is much less cluttered than it was), and incorporated video all over the place. AOL 9 clearly is designed for broadband users. The NYTimes has a complimentary review.
godless on GNXP notes Digital Rights Management is Inherently Doomed. I've had the same thought; in the end music and movies must be played, and hence can be recorded. It is what it is.
SI's Rick Reilly has a great article up on the weirdness of NCAA justice. "I support the small-mindedness of the NCAA. In fact, my hope is that someday the NCAA will get so small -- so microscopic -- that it will slide down the holes in its shower drain and be gone for good." [ via Silflay Hraka ]
Andrew Anker considers Bootstrapping your Company. "a VC who changes a company's strategy as part of his own portfolio rebalancing should have his wallet privileges revoked." There are two good points in this short post, first, not all good companies fit a VC investment profile, and second, there is a gradual thaw within the investment community, starting with more mature companies and working their way back to early stage deals.
Looking for new blogs to visit? Then check out the 46th weekly Carnival of the Vanities, which this week jumped Across the Atlantic. The theme is the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, which seems very appropriate. Happy blogsurfing!