Thursday Sept. 15 SVWatch
- Arrington might violate SEC rules when writing about his startup investments
- Facebook IPO delayed
- VC legend appears to swear under oath: Boom not bubble!
- Thiel vs. Khosla re: cleantech "disaster" debate
- Another Valley solartech company is struggling Sep 16
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Google is calling for help in identifying a long-running problem: scraper sites in its search results — and particularly scraper sites that are ranking higher than the original page. Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s spam fighting group, put out the call for help on Twitter this morning: The link leads to a Google Doc form that asks for the exact query where there’s a “scraping problem,” along with the exact URLs of the original and scraper pages.
SAN FRANCISCO--In a "fireside chat" at TechCrunch Disrupt today, Silicon Valley venture capital guru John Doerr announced the launch of Erly, a new social network built around "experiences." Doerr, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner who is considered among the most important VCs in Silicon Valley, said during an interview by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington that Erly was built around the idea of "a different kind of interaction, an experience graph." Erly was founded by Eric Feng, the founder of Hulu (who was also a Kleiner, Perkins partner). Kleiner Perkins VC John Doerr, speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today
Facebook is preparing to launch its blockbuster initial public offering in the US towards the end of next year, a later public debut by the social networking site than had been widely anticipated, say people familiar with the company. The IPO, expected to be one of the world’s biggest with recent private share sales valuing Facebook at more than $66.5bn, has been expected by April 2012, with persistent speculation that it could even come this year. However, people close to the company have told the Financial Times that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, wants to wait until next September or later in order to keep employees focused on product developments rather than a pay-out.