links for 2010-12-02

  • The cache of more than 250,000 sensitive diplomatic cables acquired by WikiLeaks, only a fraction of which have been released, appear to contain many details on the technology and Internet policies, cybersecurity practices, and IT systems of the U.S. government and other countries. InformationWeek’s analysis of the cables already released and of the subject headers of unreleased cables, along with media reports of unreleased cables showing evidence of Chinese involvement in cyber-attacks against Google, finds thousands of references to the role that technology plays in 21st Century diplomacy.
    (tags: wikileaks)
  • New financial regulations proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will fall most heavily on super angels, a lawyer who specializes in the industry told VentureBeat this week. Angel investors are wealthy individuals who put money in startups, often providing a company’s first funding. Super angels, unlike regular angels, also manage other people’s startup investments — putting them in a different class from regulators’ perspectives. Jeff Bloom, partner and chair of the venture capital and private equity fund formation group at tech law firm Fenwick & West, said that although most of the new rules will not have much impact on venture-capital financings overall, the fastest-growing segment of the venture capital industry is definitely taking notice.

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