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BoomTown in London to See the Queen

BoomTown has left our sojourn in Ireland with Walt Mossberg in our ongoing quest to create EuroD and has arrived in London.


For some reason, though, we have still not gotten our invite to Buckingham Palace to discuss the wireless access and show off the iPhone to the royals.

Nonetheless, we press ahead and will be out and about through Monday to see a little of what’s cooking in the digital space here.

London and all of England are quite the users of online technologies–for example, London itself just became the top geographic network on Facebook, with 810,000 sign-ups.

While here, I will be meeting with Reuters head Tom Glocer; Yahoo’s new Europe honcho, Toby Coppel; the people behind the Bebo social network (the service is very popular in the United Kingdom); Index Ventures’ Danny Rimer; and a few cool start-ups. A planned meeting with the Joost folks got canceled sadly, but somehow I will recover.

Look for my tech travel posts and videos in the days ahead and, until then, try to identify this quote and from where from a famous Englishman, and which seems particularly apt for the entrepreneurs of tech:

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work