links for 2010-01-12

  • You know how Google sometimes “predicts” what you might be searching for by giving you a little drop down menu of suggested search queries? These suggestions, of course, are based on what other users frequently search. So I tried teasing out some gender differences. Look at the pictures below.
  • Entrepreneurs can’t build anything without money. And to get it, one of their first stops is often to a venture-capital firm. I wanted to know more about “VCs,” so last month I sat in on a pitch meeting at Grotech Ventures, a Fairfax County firm that has invested in more than 100 early-stage information technology start-ups over the last 25 years.
    A Grotech pitch meeting works like this: About eight partners who are lawyers, MBAs and financial types sit around a conference table while an entrepreneur “pitches” the business he is starting. If Grotech likes what it hears, it might offer between $500,000 to $5 million to help a business get started or expand.

  • It?s no secret that Apple doesn?t like Flash. It won?t allow Flash apps to run on the iPhone or iPod Touch despite all of Adobe?s cajoling and pleading, and despite the fact that it’s long been working in the labs. The iPhone?s lack of support for Flash is a major inconvenience for both consumers and developers, and is a gaping hole in the iPhone?s arsenal.
    But all of that is about to change because Adobe is going to bring its 2 million Flash developers to the iPhone, with or without Apple’s blessing. As it announced in October, the next version of its Flash developer tools, Creative Suite 5 (currently in private beta), will include a “Packager for iPhone” apps which will automatically convert any Flash app into an iPhone app. So while Flash apps won’t run on the iPhone, any Flash app can easily be converted into an iPhone app. (Microsoft is taking a similar approach with Silverlight). This is a bigger deal than many people appreciate.
  • Apple and Verizon. Two star-crossed lovers.
    A few years ago, when Apple originally set out with the idea of giving the iPhone to one carrier exclusively in the U.S., they first went to Verizon. But the network balked at some of Apple’s demands, which at the time of complete and utter carrier dominance in this country, must have seemed like a joke. So instead, Apple with with AT&T, and the rest is history.
    And while Apple is getting a very sweet deal from AT&T in the form of huge payments for each iPhone sold, which is pulling in billions of dollars in revenues each quarter for the company, the relationship is also the subject of much discontent. Obviously, plenty of users are fed up with AT&T complete and utter failure at times to provide a network that will support the iPhone. But word is that Apple has also not been a happy camper, as what many perceive to be greatest source of weakness for the iPhone, AT&T’s network, is something that is completely out of their control.

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