Weekly Wrapup, 14-18 Jan 2008

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on ReadWriteWeb. For those of you reading this via our website, note that you can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email.Highlights this week: we covered the big news coming out of Apple’s annual conference, Macworld; ReadWriteWeb co-hosted the Crunchies on Friday, recognizing the best in Startups over 2007; Alex Iskold wrote about ‘The danger of Free’; we provided in-depth reviews of Earthmine (a Crunchies winner), Sharpcast, Xobni; we took a look at the burgeoning lifestreaming market.Crunchies & Macworld This Friday the first annual Crunchies awards was held. The ceremony took place at the historic Herbst Theater in downtown San Francisco. Over 100,000 votes were cast, and many of the races were very tight. Check out our post listing the winners. Also this week was Apple’s Macworld expo. Check out our overview post! Probably the most anticipated announcement that Apple CEO Steve Jobs made was that of the MacBook Air: a 13.3″, LED backlit notebook computer that pushes the concept of “thin” to its boundaries. But the one that Jobs spent the most time on, and seemed the most excited about, was the announcement of the iTunes Movie Rentals store in conjunction with the revamp of his maybe-no-longer-a-hobby-project Apple TV. Our network blog last100 was also busy pumping out a lot of great coverage and analysis. In their follow-up posts last100 asked how movie rentals on iTunes fare?; called for the AppleTV to be opened up to third-party developers; and looked in more detail at the iPhone/iPod Touch updates and how they point to the future.TrendsThe Danger of Free Everyone loves to get stuff for free. We line up to get a free drink, we sign up for free checking accounts,and we’re happy to get a free gift with the purchase of our next car. We love free stuff, even though we all knowand understand that free is an illusion. After that free drink, we pay for the next three. The bank is making money by investing what we put in that checking account. The car dealer can afford to give away a small gift because the profit on the caris large. But none of this seems to bother us – free things still have a certain allure. But is the concept of free taking us down a dangerous road?Perspective: Myspace Still Kicking Facebook’s Ass in Traffic While the media and Silicon Valley have lost our collective minds over the rise of Facebook over the past year, traffic analysts Hitwise released numbers today indicating that things are not as they might seem. Apparently, all the Facebook hype has not translated into a huge growth in social network market share among US users. Hitwise says that Myspace received 72.32% of US visits to the top ten social networks in December 2007, while Facebook received just over 16%. Examining Feeds in Social Networks In mid-december, we interviewed Kevin Marks (Developer Advocate, Google Open Social) on ReadWriteTalk. One of the areas we spent considerable time discussing was Open Social’s Activity Streams. Since that interview, we’ve noted the increasing number of social networks that create ‘feeds’ around user activity within the site.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYWeb ProductsExclusive: Sharpcast Launches SugarSync – Full Sync Between Web, PCs & Mobile This week Sharpcast launched an invite-only private beta of it’s much-anticipated Project Hummingbird product, with full public launch to follow this Spring. The product has been re-named SugarSync and with it you will be able to sync and backup your files and media across all of your computers, the web and mobile phone. Sharpcast CEO Gibu Thomas described this to me in an interview as “the holy grail”.ReadWriteWeb was given exclusive early access to the beta of SugarSync. As well as the first look, we have 1,500 beta invites for our readers (details at the end of the post).Earthmine: Building a 3D Datamine of the Urban EnvironmentEarthmine, the Best Technology Innovation/Achievement category winner at the Crunchies, is a company that might seem uninteresting at first glance. When we first saw earthmine we assumed that it was just a Google Maps Streetview knock-off. We were wrong.This startup is doing something far more interesting than that. While Google Maps and related consumer products have whetted the public’s appetite for visualization of specific places on a map, earthmine is making those places machine readable.Lifestreaming: a ReadWriteWeb Primer Lifestreaming, according to Wordspy, is “an online record of a person’s daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person’s online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.” In this post we review some of the top lifestreaming web apps: Onaswarm, Lifestrea.ms, Soup, Jaiku (the service Google bought), and perhaps the most popular of them all, Tumblr.Xobni: Social Network in Your InboxXobni(that’s inbox backwards – cute!) is the next big idea in productivity enhancements for your inbox. The Xobni software is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook that offers email management and quick access to important information in your email. But more than that, Xobni claims to “expose the hidden social network” in your email. That’s ingenious because everyone we know is in our email…somehow, somewhere…but they may or may not be our friend on MySpace, Facebook, flickr, YouTube, etc. This is especially true for family members over 40!SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone.last_img read more

DEMO Producer Chris Shipley to Pass the Torch to VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick The DEMO conference, a Silicon Valley institution, will announce a changing of the guard tonight. Executive producer Chris Shipley will begin a hand-off of leadership to Matt Marshall, San Jose Mercury News reporter turned blog founder at VentureBeat. That’s right, DEMO is being taken over by a blogger.If you’re not familiar with DEMO, it’s a very slick conference where startup companies are selected to present to an audience of potential investors, reporters and others. It’s been around for decades and has roots in the mobile world. All the major tech blogs now race to cover the scads of companies that launch there each year. It’s also become very controversial as the media and tech landscapes have changed.The move comes after a period of speculation that the business was losing momentum, at a time when startup companies tend to debut on a stage that didn’t exist until recently (on blogs) and amidst an extended public fight with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, who famously told an interviewer that “DEMO needs to die.” Startups don’t require huge piles of money to launch anymore, thanks in large part to the Web 2.0 phenomenon. Arrington argues that the DEMO entry fees prohibit the participation of some of the smallest but most exciting startups.I like DEMO, though my wife reminds me that every one of the 3 times I’ve been there as a reporter and once with a presenting company, I’ve called home and said “why do I come here, I don’t want to ever come to this again.” It’s too Silicon Valley for me, though I do love getting to see and meet many of the people I always do at DEMO. I feel similarly about reporting on this story. I just want to see what Kara Swisher has to say about it, because I’m guessing that she’s going to explode with snark.More details on this in a few minutes as I fill in my thoughts on the topic. I just wanted to post first on it because the behind the scenes wrestling match over embargoes, etc. is absurd. It’s actually pretty funny that you read about this here first. I hate the fact that most of this story is not about Chris Shipley, who has done a great job for 13 years running DEMO, even dancing on stage while she does it! Unfortunately, some big personalities have overshadowed Shipley’s hard work at least in these parts and in recent times.Photo of Chris Shipley CC by Robert ScobleMichael Arrington’s contention is that DEMO is a “pay for play” event that excludes some of the most important innovators by way of its nearly $20k price of participation. Arrington, who incidentally is a former employer of mine and whom I owe a lot of gratitude for help with my career’s advancement, believes that his competing conferences (the TechCrunch 50 etc.) are superior because they are free for startups to present at. That’s a debate that has raged back and forth but my personal opinion is that many startups have for decades been able to drop that $20k without too much hesitation. Those who can’t can debut at different events, or on blogs. Scheduling the TechCrunch events at the same time as DEMO seemed an overly competitive move to me, but Arrington doesn’t often put the words “overly” and “competitive” in the same sentence. He is winning, too, so that’s hard to argue with.Now DEMO will be taken over by Matt Marshall, who is ostensibly a blogger and seems like a nice enough man. He’s also been a partner in Arrington’s other major conference The Crunchies for the past two years. We at ReadWriteWeb were as well for the first year, but we declined to participate this year.Michael Arrington is a very competitive man whom many people either love, hate or have both feelings towards. Many people live in fear of falling out of his good graces, but now someone very much within his good graces (Matt Marshall) will be taking over the conference that Arrington seemed intent on killing. Meanwhile, Arrington himself is out of the country in an undisclosed tropical location taking a much needed break from a lot of hard work and some really inappropriate backlash from psychotic people targeting him for his accumulation and perhaps use of power in the tech industry.It’s all a big nasty Silicon Valley mess, and Silicon Valley is always fairly big and nasty. We’d like to see a bunch of successful conferences thrive and bring great technology into the public eye. We’d also like to congratulate Chris Shipley on her great work over the last 13 years and wish her the best in the consulting she’ll continue to do. Disclosure: DEMO is a current RWW sponsor. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Virginia “Subject to Tax” Exception Applies on Post-Apportionment Basis

first_imgThe “subject to tax” exception to the Virginia’s intangible addback provision applies only to the extent that royalty payments are actually taxed by another state. However, a related member did not have to pay this tax for the exception to apply.The Supreme Court of Virginia recently considered how the “subject to tax” exception applies to royalties. The taxpayer argued that all of the royalties at issue fell under the “subject to tax” exception because they were included in the taxable income of the related member. However, the court determined that the exception applies on a post-apportionment basis. The court stated that it was not clear from the plain language of the statute whether the “subject to tax” exception applied on a pre-or post-apportionment basis. Thus, the court looked to the legislative intent behind the statute. It concluded that accepting the taxpayer’s argument would:negate the addback statute’s intended operation, anddecrease the revenue estimated to be raised by enacting the addback statute.Further, the court noted that the statute was enacted to close a loophole. That loophole had allowed corporations to pay royalties to a related member in a state in which its apportionment factor was insignificant. Applying the exception on a pre-apportionment basis would reopen the loophole.The taxpayer also argued  that, to the extent the royalties were apportioned to and taxed by certain states, they fell within the “subject to tax” exception. The court agreed, holding that to the extent that the royalties were actually taxed by “Separate Return States, Combined Return States, or Addback States,” the royalties fell within the “subject to tax” exception, regardless of which entity paid the tax.Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. v. Virginia Department of Taxation, Virginia Supreme Court, No. 160681, August 31, 2017, ¶206-382Want to know more about state income tax apportionment? CCH CPELink has easy to access classes on Multistate-Income Tax Basics and Hot Topics.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Barcelona’s Malcom scores against Real Madrid to leave semi-final in the balance

first_imgThere was no Lionel Messi for an hour, no Gareth Bale either, and there was no winner but there were two Brazilians making their clásico debuts and making their mark, taking leading roles on the biggest stage.Vinícius Júnior, 18, made Real Madrid’s opening goal and Malcom, 21, scored Barcelona’s equaliser. If one might have been expected – excitement has been building over Vinícius at the Bernabéu, the sense of the emergence of a new star – the other was not: Malcom’s goal, scored early in the second half, was celebrated with relief as well as joy. Share on Facebook First, Gerard Piqué had to dive to block Vinícius. Next Vinícus scuffed a shot, supplied by Benzema. And then, dashing away, his pull-back just evaded Benzema. That chance come as a warning, a reminder of Madrid’s threat at a time when Barcelona had started to wrest back some control. Another pass from Vinícius set up Toni Kroos, who shot over.At the other end of the same flank, Malcom was becoming a focal point too. He should have put Barcelona level, played through by Luis Suárez on 20 minutes, only to shoot straight at Keylor Navas. You could almost feel his insecurity – but he did not hide. In fact, he was the player Barcelona sought most, finding space in a familiar place: behind Marcelo. The ball went out to him repeatedly, but didn’t always come back in. Willing to run, he was not always able to find the telling pass, and at times was exasperating, but what the Catalans did create largely came from him. On the other side, Coutinho did little, timid again.Piqué headed Malcom’s clipped free-kick just over; Navas blocked Semedo after Malcom had slipped him in; and then another delivery was headed against the bar by Rakitic. He then wriggled free and found Suárez, whose shot was saved brilliantly by Navas. He remained erratic: when it opened up for him soon after, he gave the ball away to groans from the fans. Facebook Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid: Copa del Rey semi-final, first leg – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp His first months in Barcelona have not been easy. His first half here was not, either. But nobody was more involved than he or Vinícius – one on the left wing, the other on the right – and he scored the goal that means the tie hangs in the balance. In the end, with Messi playing only half an hour, there was no way of separating these sides. “There was so much quality out there,” Santiago Solari said after a special night for two Brazilians.Vinícius has led Madrid’s recent revival – enthusiasm running through everything he does and proving contagious, some light amid the darkness – and he led them here as well. Defeated 5-0 last time they came here, this time Madrid were a goal up after five minutes. And it wasn’t even their first attack. Vinícius ran at Nélson Semedo for the second time, shifting the ball on to his right and sending a cross over Jordi Alba to where Karim Benzema was waiting. Benzema pulled back for Lucas Vázquez to score.At every stage of the move, Barcelona arrived a moment too late and in the opening stages that pattern was repeated all over the pitch. There was a tentativeness about them that Madrid took advantage of: Solari’s plan to rob and run, reinforced by the early lead, reaped rewards. Ivan Rakitic was the first man caught out, followed by Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets. Each time, they found Vinícius going at them fearlessly. Share on Pinterest Pinterest match reports Share via Email Reuse this content And yet he would delight them soon enough, when Clément Lenglet’s long pass early in the second half sent Alba sprinting into the area. Navas got out but the ball ran free to Suárez, whose superb shot hit the near post, running across to Malcom. He controlled and, with time to think and to doubt, struck past four men into the net.Barcelona were level, and then Messi was on, entering the fray with Arturo Vidal, Casemiro, and Bale. He was immediately involved, and the ball was Barcelona’s. Messi won a free-kick that he bent into the wall, then almost ran free. But opportunities were few, Malcom and Vinícius having been substituted off. Messi appeared to be choosing his moments, handbrake on, and the best chance fell to Bale when Benzema found him after Marc André ter Stegen failed to clear fully. Inside the area, the goalkeeper gone, Bale was slow to shoot and was closed down. Piqué dived to block another shot, this time from Kroos. At the other end, Sergio Ramos dived too, stopping Messi as the final minute slipped away. There will be at least 90 more. Copa del Rey Lucas Vázquez beats Marc-André ter Stegen to give Real Madrid the lead. Photograph: Ángel Martínez/Getty Images Share on Twitter Topics Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus put Manchester City back on top at Everton Read more Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Barcelona Real Madridlast_img read more