Monday, April 12, 2010

Cybersquatters abuse the Valley

The Merc ran a story Sunday about all the odd startup company names among recent Silicon Valley Startups, due to the problem of cybersquatters having all the good names. No word on whether the startups used the “Web 2.0 Name Generator,” which sounds better the stories they told reporter Patrick May.

As part of efforts to sell the dead tree-version — or perhaps just laziness on running the website — the online story left out the two best parts of the story. One element is a crossword puzzle with 16 new startup names.

The other part was a quick quiz:

Guess which one of these five company names is fake:
Since you are all reading this on the Internet, the answer is left to the readers as an exercise.

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