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… and in the spirit of “If you build it, they will come!”, let’s see if it takes off.

I read Sam Sethi’s posting on TechCrunch about new entrepreneur matching service “AngelPitch” this morning, pondering if it would work (linking entrepreneurs with business angels / VCs via video-conferencing) or not. It was Sam’s last comment that caught my attention.

Will Angelpitch work? I am not sure just yet as the $150 fee feels like a barrier to me but I would love to see a YouTube like video site where entrepreneurs pitch their business and Angels watch to find companies and entrepreneurs they like.

So, you know how it is, you get an idea, you run with it and ya see how it goes! I’ve started the ball rolling with the launch of MyStartupPitch.

Yeah it’s hosted on Ning Video (for now!) rather than it’s own swish domain but it’s the idea that matters right? People invest in people and their ideas, not just the idea, so get your face in front of those that matter with just a little time and effort.

Are you a startup company, Irish or otherwise, looking for free exposure? If so post your video now, and tell your friends!

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks!

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tracking people making newsForget trawling your usual sites like Digg, TechMeme, TechCrunch and wherever else you might get your daily dose of IT news for a mention of what the big names are up to. With all the gems worth knowing on all the movers and shakers of the IT world, pmeme is definitely one to watch.

It gathers the news on all the big names like Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs etc etc from the ever expanding blogosphere and presents it all on one site for your consumption. Check it out !

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Since Yahoo, MSN and others have recently done it, it’s not new, but Google have just launched the Co-Op CSE, a service that allows you to build a customised search engine to include on your site.

The cool thing about this is it allows you to index your own site, blog, wiki or wherever you put it plus others you might specify that have similar topic content to your own. You can prioritise the results and alter how the results page looks.

The real differentiator is the option to integrate Adsense and share the revenue. Is this any different to Adsense for Search and will it prove more popular and profitable ? We’ll have to give it a whirl and see!

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The iPod is 5 today. See Steve Jobs on stage at the original launch here.

Congratulations to Apple on 5 years of leadership in consumer electronics and for bringing the joy of portable digital audio to the masses.

Meet the rest of the iPod family tree here.

For those who know me, the 80Gb video iPod is the one on my Christmas wishlist 😉

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Well folks, after a long wait Internet Explorer 7 has arrived. The final release happened today and everyone has been blogging about it. The verdict is already mixed across the blogosphere and the news that the excellent Secunia have verifired a zero day vulnerability will not help persuade people to switch.

Secunia has verified an MHTML related vulnerability that, though low impact, is a disappointing start.

Description:
A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the handling of redirections for URLs with the “mhtml:” URI handler. This can be exploited to access documents served from another web site.
Secunia has constructed a test, which is available at:
http://secunia.com/Internet_Explorer_Arbitrary_Content_Disclosure_Vulnerability_Test/

Some of the opinions I’ve read today express concern about switching back to IE from their beloved Firefox incarnation because it will not stand up to Firefox on funcionality (if you’ve got a plethora of FF plug-ins installed!). I’d encourage people to give it a go and find out as Microsoft seem to have got things properly covered for a change.
Any functionality they haven’t taken from Firefox and Opera (tabbed browsing, feed reader etc) in the new base product could already be done via an add-on, and you might just find it at the IE Add-Ons site!

From another angle, some including Tom Raftery have expressed concerns that moving to IE7 will be a support nightmare. I think Microsoft have done sufficient release prep work to minimise this, providing enough information to the average user for a change so they can plan their upgrade properly.

With post-upgrade IE7 checklists for various levels of user and thorough Release Notes to check for potential application compatability issues etc before you ever run that setup.exe, there should be reduced amounts of tears and hair puling 😉

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Hey here’s a service I stumbled on today that you might not have seen before called Pingoat. It allows you ping multiple listing services when you’ve updated your website or blog.

Nothing new there you say but what I liked about this is the ability to choose to ping non-English listing services right there on the same page with no fuss. So, if you’ve got the BabelFish translator widget on your site you can hope to attract a much larger no. of visitors.

If that’s not enough, should your site regularly include Podcasts you can also choose to ping Podcast listing sites too!
I’ve just given it a go so we’ll soon see if the desired hits boost happens!

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The traffic buzz around the YouTube acquisition news from earlier this week continues. My own blog traffic is up about 300% and a surprise turned up in my stats this evening. It looks like the kids at Stanford University all want to know more about the millionaire celeb on campus, Jawed Karim, and they’re going to Technorati to find all the juicy news!

I wonder if my hit was Jawed himself searching out what’s being said about him ???

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