Peter Kafka

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NBC U’s Peacock Equity Bets on Voice Chat Start-Up Vivox

Peacock Equity, the joint venture investment fund co-owned by GE Capital and NBC Universal, has invested $2 million in Vivox, which sells “voice chat services for social applications”–i.e., games, virtual worlds, etc. Other investors in the Boston-based company include Benchmark Capital, Canaan Partners, GrandBanks Capital and IDG Ventures. Related question: What becomes of Peacock once the Comcast deal goes through?


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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