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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

Subtler Sprint ID arriving on Samsung's Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab

Love it or hate it, Sprint is rolling out its Sprint ID software to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Samsung Epic 4G, just as they said they would at a Sprint event last October.
Brian Smith, director of Open Platform for Sprint, told CNET that in addition to the expanded support, Sprint ID is changing going forward.
First, it won't be a "forced" experience as it was when it first launched at CTIA last fall. Instead of having to choose from a Sprint ID Pack after powering on your device, you'll now have a stock Android 2.2 Froyo experience that you can optionally customize with Sprint ID when you open the app. ID packs are the collection of wallpaper, widgets, and apps focused on a theme, like ESPN sports, or entertainment that comprises the Sprint ID offering. Sprint's Smith says its MTV, ESPN, and Yahoo ID packs are the most popular.
Second, the Sprint ID developers have worked on loading ID packs faster.
Both changes were designed to alleviate complaint…

Internet Explorer 9 RC Review

Interface:
Internet Explorer has had a long and successful journey. Despite being outclassed by other browsers in almost every aspect it continues to dominate the browser market. It is able to do this simply because it was being shipped by default along with the most popular operating system in the world.

It would be wrong to say that Microsoft has been sitting on its laurels and doing nothing about improving their browser and bringing it up to speed with other browsers and more importantly, web standards. However, it seemed they either did not care much about the browser or the people using it, as the last couple of updates have mostly been cosmetic with nothing major been done with respect to performance. For those enlightened few, Internet Explorer has always been the browser used to download other, better browsers when you first buy your computer or re-install Windows.

But with Internet Explorer 9, things have always seemed different from the start. It seems that t…