Remember Lycos? One of the earlier leaders in search, it was sold to Spanish firm Terra for more than $12 billion ten years ago. This week [URL="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129246686&ft=1&f=1006"]it sold again[/URL] to an Indian company, for a paltry $36 million. Ouch. That got us wondering how some tech companies seem to go so easily from standing on top of the world to the digital bargain bin. [ATTACH=right]16714[/ATTACH]For at least part of the answer, we contacted Ernest von Simson, a guy we like to think of simply as the brains behind many of the world's top CIOs, although his [URL="http://www.limitsofstrategy.com/about_Author.html"]official bio[/URL] puts it …

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[ATTACH=right]16607[/ATTACH]Earlier this week, information and telecommunications giants Google and Verizon were nice enough to work out a deal on Net Neutrality, outlined in a "joint policy proposal" for Congress. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story303180.html"]As we reported[/URL], one of the most controversial parts of the proposal is the suggestion that service providers should be permitted to engage in "reasonable network management." In the past, providers like Comcast have gotten in trouble for slowing or prioritizing certain types of traffic. Open Internet advocates say such network management will lead to an Internet with multiple tiers of service that can be abused and would be a major …

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[ATTACH=right]16632[/ATTACH]This week, the world's most famous search and everything else company waded into a ballot battle in Google's home state of California. [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20013242-265.html"]At an event held at the company's Mountain View HQ[/URL], Google 'Green Energy Czar' [URL="http://research.google.com/pubs/author3525.html"]Bill Weihl[/URL] and a handful of other green business personalities announced their collective opposition to California's Proposition 23. Prop 23 will be on state ballots this November and, if passed, would block a previously passed law that sets out plans to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. It would suspend that law, known as A-B 32, until the state's unemployment rate dips below 5.5 …

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