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Editor's note: Every morning, James Altucher presents the most timely, topical posts from the Web's best business blogs. As always, let us know what you think.

There has definitely been deflation in terms of the costs of starting an Internet business. Depending on the type of business, it could cost as little as 1% of the prior costs for a similar launch. My old company, Reset, used to build these businesses for VC-funded startups that outsourced programming, development and marketing to us. There's no need for a business like Reset anymore. The blog, Startup Guide, gives the lowdown on how to get hardware, software, hosting, etc., on the cheap.


Buffetteer goes over last week's fallen angels list. Several of the tech plays look interesting, including Calamp (CAMP), Multi Fineline Electronix (MFLX), Secure Computing (SCUR), and Internet Review pick Global Sources (GSOL).


Andy Kessler, the former Internet stock analyst turned tech hedge fund manager, turned author, is out with a new book, "The End of Medicine." His blog has an excerpt.


Leftbusinessobserver has some great charts showing the link between Bush's approval rating and gasoline prices. Value Discipline also shows a chart from Leftbusinessobserver's site showing a fascinating view of gas prices. And finally, Calculated Risk looks at energy as a percentage of GDP.


This Saturday, Value Discipline also took a look at Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM), a childcare center operator.


A few years ago I bought the 1965 classic, "A Technique for Producing Ideas," but frankly, I found it a boring read. Goodie Bag provides a nice summary.


BloggingStocks notices that Yahoo! (YHOO: Nasdaq) went on a partnership rampage last week. I didn't realize that Yahoo was the "tenth best stock performer of the past decade."


Last week, Mark Cuban wrote in his blog about how the Internet was old news. Not one to shirk away from being controversial, the founder of Broadcast.com also thinks broadband video is overrated too.


Apparently, this is the latest rage in hedge fund manager fashion.


Calculated Risk analyzes the risk of recession given the recent sluggishness from retailers.


13 reasons why San Francisco housing is crashing and six categories of people who disagree.


Yet another amazing Google maps mashup .


The money blogs takes a look at some Wall Street Videos.

Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider Calamp and Secure Computing to be small-cap stocks. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.

Editor's note: Due to a technical problem, this week's bulls/bears poll was delayed. Voting ends at 9:30 a.m. EDT:


RealMoney Barometer Poll

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2 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move up in the coming week?
3 Which of these sectors do you think is set to move down in the coming week?


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James Altucher is a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs several quantitative-based hedge funds as well as a fund of hedge funds. He is also the author of Trade Like a Hedge Fund and Trade Like Warren Buffett. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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