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Former Square COO Keith Rabois Has Started A Square-Bashing War On Twitter

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Keith Rabois, former Square COO, prolific angel investor and new partner at venture firm Khosla Ventures, has been bashing his former company, Square on Twitter this weekend. This prompted Square cofounder Dennis Crowley to take to Twitter, defend Square, and bash Rabois back. And now many of the Valley's biggest...
Former Square COO Keith Rabois Has Started A Square-Bashing War On Twitter

The One Question Facebook Has To Answer Today (FB)

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It's early on the West Coast, but we'd believe that Facebook executives Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg are having a hard time sleeping. Facebook reports its third-quarter earnings this afternoon just after 4pm eastern. We'll have live, wall-to-wall coverage on the earnings, breaking out all interesting angles. It's a huge moment...
The One Question Facebook Has To Answer Today (FB)
How Disruption Works: Job Loss Isn't Really Job Loss
Rovio to give another teaser of Angry Birds Space (from space)

US Still 'Warning' Antigua That It Better Not Set Up Piracy Hub, Even As WTO Gives Approval

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This is hardly a surprise given the decade-long history we've gone through concerning the US's attempts to screw over Antigua by violating a trade agreement, and then ignoring, repeatedly, efforts by the WTO to make things right. Given that the WTO gave initial permission for Antigua to set up shop...
US Still 'Warning' Antigua That It Better Not Set Up Piracy Hub, Even As WTO Gives Approval
Play this: 'Shufflepuck Cantina'

AngelList Now Matching Start-Ups With as Much as $12M Funding and 100 New Hires Per Month

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AngelList, the matchmaking site for start-ups and investors, facilitates all sorts of early stage technology funding deals. But the site is free and mostly open, so it often doesn’t get formal recognition for its role. Today AngelList announced that start-ups had raised $12 million on AngelList in the past 30...
AngelList Now Matching Start-Ups With as Much as $12M Funding and 100 New Hires Per Month

Running Windows 8 on old or new hardware?

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Neil wonders if he could save money by installing the Windows 8 operating system on a Windows 7 tablet?I'm after a Windows 8 tablet/hybrid. Looking at the prices of these beasts, however, shows that they tend to be expensive. Is it possible to buy a Windows 7 tablet - which...
Running Windows 8 on old or new hardware?

The Personal Analytics of My Life

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One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so...
The Personal Analytics of My Life

Quick Look: Inferno+ (with Gameplay Video)

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Inferno+ is a twin-stick shooter with a top down perspective, one of the newest titles made by Radian Games, which tasks players with guiding a ship through a variety of levels filled with obstacles, enemies and all sorts of dangers. We decided to try out Inferno+ and see if it’s...
Quick Look: Inferno+ (with Gameplay Video)

Apple CEO’s visit to Valve? Turns out it didn’t happen

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A report that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Bellevue headquarters of video game company Valve last week stirred up all sorts of speculation, as we reported at the time. But the report was incorrect, says Valve boss Gabe Newell in an excerpt from an interview made public today. Game site...
Apple CEO’s visit to Valve? Turns out it didn’t happen

That Didn’t Take Long: iPhone 4.0 Beta Jailbreak Tool Released

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We already suspected that, when it comes to jailbreaking it, the iPhone 4.0 software is nothing special compared to the previous versions. Now, a jailbreak tool is released for iPhone 4.0 Beta, and the eternal game of cat and mouse between Apple and the hacking community continues.Even if you’ve...
That Didn’t Take Long: iPhone 4.0 Beta Jailbreak Tool Released

Ridiculous: SEC Boss Refused To Move Forward On Required Crowdfunding Rules To Protect Her 'Legacy'

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Earlier this year, the JOBS Act passed Congress with widespread bipartisan support, and was signed into law by the President. There were a few different pieces involved, but one that got plenty of attention was the opening up of crowdfunding for equity (i.e., owning actual shares in a company). In...
Ridiculous: SEC Boss Refused To Move Forward On Required Crowdfunding Rules To Protect Her 'Legacy'

Revenue Traction Doesn't Mean Product Market Fit

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I recently had lunch with Mark Leslie, a successful entrepreneur and CEO, who now teaches at Stanford and works with startups, often as a board member. He told me about a paper he and a colleague published in Harvard Business Review called The Sales Learning Curve. I read the paper...
Revenue Traction Doesn't Mean Product Market Fit

Does Setting Up A Paywall Suddenly Make Your Readers Erudite & Intellectual vs. Crass & Tacky?

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We've seen all sorts of bizarre defenses of paywalls for newspapers, but I think this latest one might be the strangest. Melanie Coulson, a senior editor at the Ottawa Citizen, which recently added a paywall, makes the argument that paywalls are needed to get newspapers to stop competing for pageviews...
Does Setting Up A Paywall Suddenly Make Your Readers Erudite & Intellectual vs. Crass & Tacky?

Editor's Letter: When it rains, it pours

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In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. It's been a slow couple of weeks here through the beginning of May. Everyone, it seems, was saving up to pile all of their announcements at once, leaving us scrambling and our RSS feed...
Editor's Letter: When it rains, it pours

Cheezburger gets Olympic spirit with ROFLympics

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Cheezburger is turning its focus from cats to Olympians with a new site called ROFLympics 2012 that’s launched just in time for the opening ceremonies in London (which start in about three hours). For those not hip to Internet slang, ROFL is an acronym which means “rolling on the floor laughing.” Cheezburger,...
Cheezburger gets Olympic spirit with ROFLympics

Oracle Wants To Help You Find Meaning On Twitter (ORCL)

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Oracle today joined the crowded market of companies sifting through data, blogs and Twitter streams to discover stuff. The database giant released Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. It came from its purchase of Endeca Technologies last fall. Information Discovery is a big data product, meaning it can grab data from...
Oracle Wants To Help You Find Meaning On Twitter (ORCL)

Nokia calls Google's EU antitrust complaint "frivolous" and a waste of time and resources

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I just reported on Google's EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft and Nokia, and subsequently saw that Nokia has meanwhile issued a statement. I'll now quote it, and comment on it, passage by passage:"Though we have not yet seen the complaint, Google's suggestion that Nokia and Microsoft are colluding on IPR...
Nokia calls Google's EU antitrust complaint "frivolous" and a waste of time and resources

How Much Of That All Important Journalism Is Really PR?

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We get pitched stories from PR people all the time, and probably 99.9% of them end up getting ignored and trashed -- mostly because they're not even close to relevant, but often because we have no interest in being someone's free promotional team. What's amusing, however, is that invariably, days...
How Much Of That All Important Journalism Is Really PR?

Crowdfunding Picks: Throw Trucks With Your Mind & Other Cool Control Interfaces

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For many, many years, we've talked about all kinds of business models, including ideas (and early attempts) at crowdfunding before "crowdfunding' was a word. Obviously, over the past couple years, Kickstarter has become "a thing," along with a number of other platforms, like IndieGogo, PledgeMusic and many more. On a...
Crowdfunding Picks: Throw Trucks With Your Mind & Other Cool Control Interfaces

Name that Tech Tune: Chance to win a Roku 2 XS

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We’ve got another great prize up for grabs this week in our Name that Tech Tune contest — a Roku 2 XS 1080p streaming player for accessing all sorts of Internet content (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, etc.) and games on your television. This is courtesy of Roku and...
Name that Tech Tune: Chance to win a Roku 2 XS

Daily Report: A Cold Shoulder for Amazon as Publisher

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Amazon.com inspires anxiety just about everywhere, but its publishing arm is getting pushback from all sorts of booksellers, David Streitfeld reports in Monday's New York Times. They are scorning the imprint's most prominent title, Timothy Ferriss's "The 4-Hour Chef." That book is coming out just before Thanksgiving into a fragmented...
Daily Report: A Cold Shoulder for Amazon as Publisher
'EVE Online' getting a TV show based on real player stories

Maxim Sex Survey: Texting Skills Matter

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A recent sex survey of women by Maxim magazine has all sorts of interesting factoids -- "What sounds emanating from a man during sex do you find a major turnoff?" 77.8% Crying -- but I was particularly tickled by the Tech & Sex section: How many of your hookups have...
Maxim Sex Survey: Texting Skills Matter

Canadians Respond To Internet Spying Bill By 'Revealing All' To Politician Backing It

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We recently wrote about a new effort in Canada around "lawful access" (a nice way of saying internet spying by government). The really ridiculous part was that the Public Safety Minister pushing the bill, Vic Toews pulled out the ridiculous logical fallacy that anyone against the bill was "for child...
Canadians Respond To Internet Spying Bill By 'Revealing All' To Politician Backing It

Tomorrow is No Email Day: Ignore your inbox and do something more useful instead

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Looking at your ever-growing inbox and looking for a reason to ignore it? Tomorrow you have that excuse, as it will be the second annual No Email Day. A year ago, UK-based Paul Lancaster declared a No Email Day and managed to get coverage for it everywhere from The Next...
Tomorrow is No Email Day: Ignore your inbox and do something more useful instead

As YouTube rolls, it's woodshed time for Yahoo

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Along with its earnings report, Yahoo faces all sorts of unpleasant questions - most of them about ad revenues and video competition. On the ad sales side, Yahoo said in September it's taking a hit because car companies and financial services firms are spending less. That's a big blow to...
As YouTube rolls, it's woodshed time for Yahoo

Rep. Zoe Lofgren Plans To Introduce 'Aaron's Law' To Stop Bogus Prosecutions Under The CFAA

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There's been talk for years about fixing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which has been widely abused by law enforcement/prosecutors to claim that basically any use of a computer that did not fall under the explicitly allowed uses was a form of "computer hacking" -- and potentially a...
Rep. Zoe Lofgren Plans To Introduce 'Aaron's Law' To Stop Bogus Prosecutions Under The CFAA

Viral Video Of 9-Year-Old Girl Football Star... Taken Down Because Of Music

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If you follow the "hot viral video of the week" you probably have seen or heard about Sam Gordon, the 9-year-old girl who is pretty damn good at football, (the American kind for all you foreigners), as shown in an impressive highlight reel her father put together: As tends to...
Viral Video Of 9-Year-Old Girl Football Star... Taken Down Because Of Music
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