Even if you don't need to raise money, or if you know you probably aren't fundable, you should probably get in the habit of hanging out with and pitching VCs regularly. Why? Because VCs have more meta-data about who is doing what than any one else in the business world. They are on the front line of all the emerging technologies, the best new ideas, and they know hundreds and hundreds of entrepreneurs and funded companies.
Google has released its Google Homepage API and Yahoo recently introduced its Yahoo Widgets Engine (see CNET article). More toys for developers to play with. I remember back in 1999 or 2000 when Homestead enabled its home page builders to use something like 150 "elements" to customize their web sites.