Question: which of the following headlines does not belong in the list?

If you selected “Julia Allison’s Real Test,” you are smarter than the people making decisions at Yahoo Finance.

The Wisdom of Drama - July 30, 2008

Drama 2.0 says:

Easy money usually goes as fast as it comes.

Why VCs Invest in Stupid Companies

From Webvan to Facebook, why do VCs make stupid investments?

Since I’m often very critical of VCs, I figured it was appropriate to look at the reasons behind the their less-than-intelligent investments in .

Another Non-Existent Non-Profit, the Open Web Foundation, Launches

Back in April, I criticized DataPortability for presenting itself (and allowing others to present it) as a legitimate non-profit organization when, in fact, DataPortability does not exist as a legal entity.

With “open” everything being in vogue, it’s no surprise that another “organization” has launched to make sure the web becomes a more “open” place.

This “organization” is the . It describes itself as “an independent non-profit dedicated to the development and protection of open, non-proprietary specifications for web technologies.”

There’s only one problem - the Open Web Foundation does not exist as a legal entity.

Zuckerberg’s Zany Comparisons

At Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg proved once again that not only is he still socially awkward (ironic for a “social” networking startup CEO) but that he is still capable of stating with a straight (or robotic?) face.

at Valleywag, Zuckerberg used his keynote to prove that he’s completely out of touch with reality by making some zany comparisons about Facebook applications.

iLike is Like MySpace, Only Better

According to Zuckerberg, the “top 5,000 bands on iLike have more fans on iLike than they have on any other site on the web.” He goes on to note that this is especially impressive because it puts iLike ahead of MySpace.

Copyright infringement apologists believe that Google will be protected from Viacom’s $1 billion YouTube lawsuit because of the Safe Harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Google argues that Viacom’s lawsuit “threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information” over the Internet.

But what does the law say?

I haven’t found very many intelligent, informed discussions about the YouTube/Viacom lawsuit that address the actual allegations and defenses in much depth.

So today on, I posted Part I of a two-part series that looks closely at the real legal issues that are in play.

“Personal Branding” is Bullshit

Fairly recently, a commenter on this blog asked for my opinion on “personal branding.”

For those who haven’t been exposed to this cutting-edge concept, it’s really quite simple.

In 1997, business consultant and author Tom Peters wrote :

Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.

The Wisdom of Drama - July 16, 2008

Drama 2.0 says:

Wealth is rarely redistributed from the few to the many; it is almost always transferred from the few to the few.

Sponsor MySites Launches, Drama 2.0 Reviews

The Launch

, the lead sponsor of The Drama 2.0 Show, launched this past Saturday. Registration is open and MySites is offering 10GB of storage space to all users.

MySites founder Ramine Darabiha welcomes all feedback so if you try MySites out, feel free to post comments here.

Review Introduction

When MySites purchased its sponsorship of The Drama 2.0 Show, Ramine expressed interest in having me provide an objective, no-BS review of his business and I’m pleased to post that today.


Is Duncan Riley Web 2.0’s Scott McClellan?

During his tenure at TechCrunch, I was never a big fan of Duncan Riley. His posts were utterly atrocious and I was just one of many who questioned Michael Arrington’s sanity for keeping Duncan on staff.

Of course, Arrington had good reason to keep Duncan around - Duncan’s posts were so devoid of logic and reason and so filled with Web 2.0 kool aid that they more often than not brought in the pageviews. Quality be damned, Duncan was good for business.

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