Watch the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Online

While online video coverage of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing is unlikely to drive the same spikes in traffic as the recent Michael Jackson memorial, we realize there is a contingent of people who want to watch our government in action.

Fans of political theater can find “gavel-to-gavel” coverage amongst the usual news site suspects: MSNBC, CNN, FOX News, ABCNews.com and CBSNews.com. Live-streaming began for most a little before 10 a.m. ET this morning. And it looks like online is picking up the broadcast slack. Though the cable nets are carrying live coverage on oldteevee, the traditional broadcast networks are not.

UPDATE: Political junkies can also find live online video coverage at CSPAN and USA Today.

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With Eye on Future, Microsoft Offer Startups Freebies

Microsoft, in an effort to woo startups and combat the open source movement, is going to start offering free software and online services to certain type of startups across the world, the company announced today. This effort, dubbed “Biz Spark,” will be rolled out across the world in 82 countries.

‘Accelerating’ Advice from Microsoft’s Dan’l Lewin

Last week I got to speak with Microsoft’s Dan’l Lewin, an Apple alumnus who now leads the software giant’s Emerging Business Team, meaning he’s Microsoft’s chief embassador to VCs and startups — Ballmer’s “Man in the Valley.” (Here he is giving a keynote at GigaOM’s NewTeeVee Live event in November.)
Lewin discussed Microsoft’s biz dev strategy, but emphasized the part that takes root long before Ballmer’s much-hyped M&A machine. These days, he said, Microsoft is very happy to partner with startups that support its platforms (not a new idea) — even when it has no intention of ever buying or rolling-up said startups (a fairly new idea). Sometimes Microsoft will help companies grow and scale to the point at which a peer buys them instead. Microsoft did this with PolyServe, which was bought by Hewlett-Packard, and with MySpace, now part of NewsCorp.
This is the primary function of Microsoft’s Startup Accelerator Program, which Lewin oversees as well. You may be wondering: Even if we accept that Microsoft has shed it’s one-time hostile ways of engaging young companies (Netscape!), how do you go about getting noticed by the biggest software company on earth? Especially in this increasingly noisy startup market?’
Today’s you’re lucky day. Lewin offers some tips on just how to do this… Read More about ‘Accelerating’ Advice from Microsoft’s Dan’l Lewin