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What Took So Long? Germany’s Samwer Brothers Rumored to Launch a Square Clone Soon

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Square, the mobile payment startup founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies right now. It’s no surprise then, that German clone factory Rocket Internet, which is run by brothers Mac, Oliver and Alexander Samwer, is now rumored to be developing its own blatant Square...
What Took So Long? Germany’s Samwer Brothers Rumored to Launch a Square Clone Soon

Huawei hardware won't be part of National Broadband Network, says Australia

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Huawei just can't catch a break -- first the US blocks it from being a part of its first responder wireless network, and now, Australia is following suit. According to the Australian Financial Review, the Shenzhen-based outfit has been barred from tendering contracts for the country's A$43 billion National...
Huawei hardware won't be part of National Broadband Network, says Australia

Fancy doubles its user base to 500k in two months, launches an Android app

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Since launching its commerce platform in February, Fancy has gone on to double its user base to 500,000. A lot of signups is all good and well, but what really counts is how often engaged those users are. While Fancy itself wants to veer away from the Pinterest comparison, it’s...
Fancy doubles its user base to 500k in two months, launches an Android app

SoundCloud announces next version of its site, hits 15M users

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Social audio sharing service SoundCloud is announcing its “next” version of the service during a press event in San Francisco. We last told you about the company when it hit 10M users in January of this year. SoundCloud allows anyone to upload audio of any type, including music or messages...
SoundCloud announces next version of its site, hits 15M users

China nabbing 'great deal' of U.S. military secrets

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That's the word from National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander, who also said that China was responsible for last year's RSA attacks. [Read more]...
China nabbing 'great deal' of U.S. military secrets

Y Combinator-Backed Virool Provides An Easy Way For Video Producers To Boost Their Views Online

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Virool, which is part of the current Y Combinator Summer 2012 class, has launched a self-serve platform that will let any YouTube user increase their video views through placement in Facebook and mobile apps. Its platform works like this: On the publisher side, Virool provides an API that developers can...
Y Combinator-Backed Virool Provides An Easy Way For Video Producers To Boost Their Views Online

Big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon

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Several of the big-six publishers are refusing to sign new annual contracts with Amazon. While that could result in their “buy” buttons being turned off, it is more likely for now that the feud will result in less promotion of big-six publishers’ titles on the site. The news was first...
Big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon

Best Buy offers $50 discount on iPad 2 models

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Reader Alexander Wright dropped us a line this afternoon to point out that Best Buy is now selling all variants of the iPad 2 for $50 off the usual list price. Given that the Apple-authorized big box electronics retailer usually sticks to the regular pricing, this is a bit...
Best Buy offers $50 discount on iPad 2 models
Iran-targeting Flame malware used huge network to steal blueprints

A Boeing phone: Aerospace giant making Android device

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Boeing is jumping into the smartphone business, developing a new mobile device  – but we probably won’t be buying this one at our local wireless store. The company is working on a secure communications device for the U.S. government defense and security market, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed this...
A Boeing phone: Aerospace giant making Android device

Fortune names Steve Jobs the 'greatest entrepreneur'

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He tops a list that includes Gates, Bezos, Page, Brin, Schultz and Zuckerberg "Though he could be abusive and mean-spirited to people who threw themselves into their work on his behalf, Steve Jobs has been our generation's quintessential entrepreneur. Visionary. Inspiring. Brilliant. Mercurial." So writes Fortune's John Byrne in the...
Fortune names Steve Jobs the 'greatest entrepreneur'
IBM Think: Explore Innovation From the Dark Ages to the Present

The Best Uses For The Facebook Timeline We've Seen So Far

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Facebook began rolling out its new Timeline to users and brands earlier this year. It organizes your entire Facebook news stream, all the way back to when you started using the service, in a chronological timeline. Businesses can also use it to show the history of...well, anything they want. Some...
The Best Uses For The Facebook Timeline We've Seen So Far

Giant Star Wars TIE fighter for sale on Craigslist in Olympia

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Maybe the Museum of Flight could buy this thing and put it next to that replica Space Shuttle when it arrives? This replica TIE fighter has been generating a ton of buzz online today after it was put up for sale on Craigslist by someone in Olympia, Wash. The...
Giant Star Wars TIE fighter for sale on Craigslist in Olympia
Director Roland Emmerich turns entrepreneur with 'earn-per-view' film portal

NSA Chief Says NSA Doesn't Need Access To Your Info... As Whistleblowers Say They're Already Getting It

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The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) recently held an event about cybersecurity and cybersecurity legislation. The keynote speech was from NSA boss General Keith Alexander. He of course talked about why he supports cybersecurity legislation, such as CISPA and other proposals that will make it easier for the NSA access private...
NSA Chief Says NSA Doesn't Need Access To Your Info... As Whistleblowers Say They're Already Getting It
Is Anonymous a threat to national security, or just trolling?
Blue Origin details testing plans for its next-generation Space Vehicle
NSA Director blames China for a 'great deal' of military-related data theft

GroupMe launches Groupon-like service to help you plan, discover and pay for your night out

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For the first time since its creation, GroupMe is expanding far beyond messaging by diving head first into payments and event discovery. The company, which was acquired by Skype nearly a year ago, is launching a new service called “Experiences,” which the GroupMe says is “the easiest way to do...
GroupMe launches Groupon-like service to help you plan, discover and pay for your night out
NSA trolls for talent at Def Con, the nation's largest hacker conference

Spotify Finally Launches In Germany -- And Immediately Hits Data Protection Problems

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The music streaming service Spotify has adopted a rather unusual pattern of launches around the world. Founded in Sweden, it spread gradually to various parts of Europe, and only later arrived in the US. The main reason for this slow rollout seems to have been difficulty striking licensing deals with...
Spotify Finally Launches In Germany -- And Immediately Hits Data Protection Problems
Future Passed: When we dreamed of television

AVC.fm: Fred Wilson’s blog, podcasted, sans Fred Wilson

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then AVC.fm should leave prolific, blogging VC Fred Wilson feeling high on life. You see, AVC.fm is not run by Wilson, but rather by the enterprising people behind VoiceBunny, a startup that I wrote about here...
AVC.fm: Fred Wilson’s blog, podcasted, sans Fred Wilson
LightSquared supporters ask for spectrum swap, lenders propose 90-day lifeline

Band Explains Why It Loves When Fans Download Unauthorized Copies Of Its Music

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There's an interesting blog post by Alexander Abnos, who is both a musician in the band Secret Cities and currently working as an intern at WNYC's SoundCheck radio program. He talks about how much his band loves the fact that people download their music, because it's helped them to build...
Band Explains Why It Loves When Fans Download Unauthorized Copies Of Its Music

Branch Joins Obvious Corp, Picks Up $2 M. from Lerer Ventures and SV Angel, and Heads East to Betaworks

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Branch cofounders via bulletin.branch.com When you've got Evan Williams,  John Borthwick, and Max Levchin chatting it up on your "curated discussion platform," it's probably just a matter of time before the high-powered investors,  incubators makers, and other loosely-defined collectives come a' calling. Today, Branch, the startup that initially launched in...
Branch Joins Obvious Corp, Picks Up $2 M. from Lerer Ventures and SV Angel, and Heads East to Betaworks

Conan O’Brien visits Microsoft, tries out for Halo 4 role

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Microsoft yesterday announced a Nov. 6 release date for “Halo 4,” the next installment in the blockbuster video-game series for Xbox 360, which is being developed for the first time by Microsoft’s 343 Industries — the first Halo game to be made outside the auspices of the franchise’s original...
Conan O’Brien visits Microsoft, tries out for Halo 4 role

NSA Insists It Doesn't Have 'The Ability' To Spy On American Emails, Texts, Etc.

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Earlier this week, we wrote about an excellent and detailed article in Wired about the efforts by the NSA to collect and store pretty much all communications data they could get their hands on -- whether originating in the US or not (despite clear rules that the NSA is only...
NSA Insists It Doesn't Have 'The Ability' To Spy On American Emails, Texts, Etc.
NSA director refutes domestic surveillance allegations in Congressional budget hearing
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