Vortex 2000

Kennard at Vortex: William Kennard, FCC chairman, speaking with Vinod Khosla, partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers venture capital firm.
ericphil: Eric Benhamou watches Philippe Kahn's presentation at Vortex conference.

The annual Vortex conference, held in southern California, brings together some major players in the telecommunications field. In the top picture, FCC Chairman William Kennard is chatting with Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Kholsa. Below, 3Com CEO Eric Benhamou watches valley legend Philippe Kahn on one of the monitors in the hallway outside the main conference hall.

Like most conferences, some of the best stuff tends to be outside the formal sessions. You can catch up with people you don’t see regularly. For reporters this is a great help.

eBay and “Trespassers”

eBay has won a key battle (Wired News) against Bidder’s Edge, the service that gives consumers a portal into various auction sites. I hope this decision is overturned.

eBay is acting more and more like a monopolist, befitting its dominant position in the online auction market. The company is inviting scrutiny from the Justice Department and states.

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