Daily Apple: Macworld Lives, Kidproofing the iPhone, Glass Apples

The Rumors of Macworld’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated – At least according to one blog, that is. Tom Yager at Infoworld thinks the trade show will be just fine without their darling star. In fact, he thinks the move will greatly improve the show, since presenters won’t have to worry about pissing off Apple, who won’t be around to be offended any more.

Because Your Kid Isn’t Safe Anywhere – Internet filtering comes to the iPhone, courtesy of Safe Eyes Mobile. Their argument for why it’s needed: there are tons of teens walking around with iPhones just desperate to use it to find porn. Probably true.

Apple Security No Longer So Special? – It looks like we might be drawing closer to PC users when it comes to security and vulnerability to threats, at least according to this article. The past two years have been banner years for Mac security, except the opposite, meaning they were the worst ever. Still, 2008 was slightly better than 2007. So there.

The Apple of Glass – This article makes the interesting claim that despite how sound they may be financially, Apple is in fact America’s most fragile company. Owing, of course, to the way the stocks dip and dive so predictably depending on the health speculation of one man.

Admob Tracks iPhone App Downloads – If you’re looking to see just how effective app advertising is, check out Admob’s new service. They enable advertisers to track how often their posted ad actually results in an App purchase. Some of the data has already been analyzed, and there’s some interesting conclusions to be found at the end of this article.

With Exits Barred, VCs Keep Investments Flat

If you believe the venture capitalists on Friday’s conference call about the latest MoneyTree Survey results, which covers venture investing in the second quarter, now is the best time to contact them with your ideas. Just because the exit environment is brutal doesn’t mean VCs won’t continue to put their time and dollars into seed and early-stage deals, two of them said. And so far the data bears that out. But if the exit environment stays grim, early-stage fundings will drop as well.

Venture capitalists invested $7.39 billion in 990 deals in the second quarter of 2008, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. That’s slightly less than the first quarter of 2008, when $7.5 billion was invested in 977 deals, and flat compared to the second quarter of 2007, when VCs placed $7.37 billion into 1,033 deals.

John Taylor, VP of research with the NVCA, said that there’s no need to sound the alarm on the exit environment just yet. He also noted the fact that IPOs are more difficult to complete than they used to be. Taylor tied the inability to take a company public or sell it to “fears of the macro economy” and a market that’s unwilling to bet on early-stage companies. But he expressed confidence that once investors realize that the overall tech sector is strong and resilient, in part because it has global exposure, “the slowdown in the exit market will stop.” Read More about With Exits Barred, VCs Keep Investments Flat