DAILY FIVE (3/15)

15 March 2011

1. Venture investment in U.S. clean tech companies rose in 2010, Reuters, Nichola Groom

Venture capital investment in U.S. clean technology companies rose 46 percent to $5.1 billion last year after a big decline in 2009, according to a report by research firm Clean Edge released on Monday.

2. Japan earthquake disrupts technology companies, BBC, Staff

Technology firms are facing major disruption to supplies in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami which have devastated parts of Japan.

3. How Japan’s Quake Disaster May Damage Tech Business, Fast Company, Kit Eaton

The ongoing disaster in Japan is an unprecedented human tragedy. And there are less immediately pressing but still considerable side effects–Japan is a key location for much of the world’s high tech industry. How will the earthquake and tsunami affect the industry?

4. Tech industry gets drunk on SXSW’s fumes, Tech Eye, Aurevoir Chatte

If you thought CES was weird, with its giant neon alien babies and quesadillas, then you haven’t been to South by Southwest.

5. Diller on tech bubble: ‘We’re puffing it up pretty nicely’, CNET, Caroline McCarthy

Is there a little bit of madness to the sky-high tech company valuations that are all over the place right now? Yes, says IAC founder and former entertainment mogul Barry Diller, who gave a talk at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) this morning to provide a bit of blunt, curmudgeonly insight for a conference best-known as a hub of the young, wide-eyed, and exuberant.

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