Nick O'Neill

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Viacom Sues Google for $1 Billion

The Wall Street Journal has published an article stating that Viacom has filed a lawsuit against Google for copyright infringement. Viacom is seeking more than $1 billion in damages. While I assume that this will be a long trial, if Viacom was successful that would raise the cost of YouTube to a whopping $2.65 billion. […]

The Attention Economy is Killing My Attention

Last week I was speaking with Frank Gruber who seems to be just as busy as I am. He had read the same post as I had on ‚ÄúThe Attention Economy‚Äù by Alex Iskold. We both shared our experience of being overloaded with information. Recently I’ve been adding on one project after the other but […]

I'm On Twitter

Twitter suddenly became pretty popular. While reading through my feed reader I came across at least 10 posts about Twitter. I have to say that I’m not quite sure what the reason is for being on there, but I’ll give it a try. If you don’t know what Twitter is, it is a site that […]

Recent Posts WordPress Plugin

Let me preface this post with the fact that this is a technically oriented post. If you don’t program WordPress then this post will be of no use to you. After browsing the web trying to find an effective recent posts plugin for a client’s website, I decided to make my own. I couldn’t find […]

Bum Rush the Charts

How cool would it be to take a random independent musician and boost them to the top of the charts by spending a measly 99 cents? That’s what Bum Rush The Charts is seeking to accomplish. They are asking that all people that read and listen to blogs and podcasts, purchase 1 song on March […]

Stupid Questions, Stupid Answers

Yesterday I read about how Ex-Google Answers researchers are launching their own answers website. In the spirit of answers I decided to head on over to Yahoo! Answers to find some questions that I could answer. To my luck I found a plethora of great questions that I could answer. For example alter_3m0 asks ‚ÄúI […]

WordPress Becomes an OpenID Provider

Yesterday, Simon Willion announced that you can now use your blog as an OpenID. This is good stuff. Next step, major sites need to start accepting OpenID as a valid login. I think that the real tipping point will happen once major email sites (Gmail, Hotmail, etc) and social networks (MySpace, Facebook, etc) decide […]

Social Networking Goes on a Tear

Within the past 72 hours 3 major companies have all announced their entry into social networking. On Friday, the Guardian reported on Reuters decision to create a financial MySpace. On Saturday, the New York Times published an article citing Cisco Systems’ intention to acquire Then yesterday, USA Today unveiled their new website that adds […]

An Entrepreneur's Dream: Become a VC

With the announcement by O’Reilly Media of their decision to enter the early-stage venture capital market, I’ve been thinking a lot more about venture capital. Two weeks ago, at the Future of Web Apps conference, I had the pleasure of listening to a speaker from Index Ventures (who has invested in companies including Skype,, […]

The Tech Superfund

With the recent announcement of Yahoo’s Brickhouse program it seems that more and more people are catching on to the idea of tech companies creating venture capital divisions. At the beginning of December I wrote about how Google should start up their own VC division. Yesterday, Arik Hesseldahl of examined ‚ÄúWhat to Do with […]