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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in October 2005

Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin?

10/26/2005
Reading the recent news out of Google, I can't help thinking about Netscape. Like Google, Netscape had a dazzling entry into the world of business. At that time, Web browsers were still a new thing; there were literally two dozen commonly available, none of them with decisive market dominance. And none of them presented any significant competition to the Netscape browser, which was decisively smaller, faster and lighter. Later, Netscape launched the first superstar dotcom IPO. We all

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Videocast: Firefox Heading For A Wall

10/21/2005
My Web video debut describes how Firefox's stalled market share and the threat of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 could mean big trouble soon for the plucky, open-source browser. Download the video here (Windows Media format, 2 min., 7 sec, 7.3 MB), or, if you have your podcasting software pointing at this blog, the video should download automatically. Like I said, this is my first effort, so it's not exactly an awar

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Why It's Wrong To Predict Failure For The Video IPod

10/14/2005
A Web site called TVpredictions.com looks into its crystal ball and concludes that the video iPod will be a failure. Philip Swann, president of TVPredictions.com, really hates the idea. In what appears to be a press release, TVpredictions.com writes:
"The video iPod will be Steve Jobs' folly," Swann said. "Americans will not watch full-length videos -- or perhaps even short music videos -- on 2.5-inch screens on portable dev
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Debating Municipal Wi-Fi

10/6/2005
In the classic war between the pro-government Left and the pro-free-market Right, I'm a member of both camps. Governments are good at providing some services, such as national defense, police, and enforcing building and health codes. On the other hand, free-market capitalism has been a driver of most of the material benefits we enjoy today. Free-market capitalism has provided us with everything from healthcare to indoor plumbing. It also brought us movies starring Rob Schneider. Nobody said th

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