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Carlyle Group Leads $100 Million Round for Video Service

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Avail-TVN, a company that helps process and manage video for cable systems and other services, has raised $100 million in a round led by the Carlyle Group, along with previous investors including Columbia Capital, Valhalla Partners, Novak Biddle and Pioneer Ventures. Avail-TVN used $27 million of the round to buy...
Carlyle Group Leads $100 Million Round for Video Service
Chicago options market goes nuclear, files $525 million patent suit

Judge to Apple and Samsung: So How Does All This End?

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The federal judge overseeing the Apple-Samsung case asked a question last week that is clearly on everyone’s mind. When will all of this mobile patent warfare come to an end? Unfortunately, the responses that she and the rest of us got back indicate that the answer is probably no time...
Judge to Apple and Samsung: So How Does All This End?
Senate passes Internet sales tax in final vote, 69-27

Apple - Think Twice.

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Apple - Think DifferentTwice.I'm writing this because I think Apple may have changed. I have been a loyal customer for 11 years, but will think twice before every buying from them again. I hope anyone reading this will do the same.I bought from Apple because they make (made) fantastic...
Apple - Think Twice.

Human Rights Group Deploys An 'Empathy Test' Captcha System To Help Sites Fend Off Trolls

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Fact: if you have a site with any amount of traffic and open comment threads, you're going to draw trolls. There's no method that's been proven to completely rid your site of trolls, though not for a lack of trying. (This one is particularly mischevious.) Various sites have tried anything...
Human Rights Group Deploys An 'Empathy Test' Captcha System To Help Sites Fend Off Trolls

Atlas launches to reduce the stress of scheduling, helping you organize group meetings on the go

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Back in 2009, Tungle.me launched to help make time management easier. Two years later, it was acquired by then-Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) before being ultimately shuttered. Some may have lamented its loss, but no longer. Atlas Powered is making its public debut on Thursday as a replacement service. While much...
Atlas launches to reduce the stress of scheduling, helping you organize group meetings on the go

Blogger Victorious over Apple in Small Claims Case on NVIDIA GPU Failures

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Back in January, blogger Seattle Rex announced that he would be suing Apple over issues related to his 2008 MacBook Pro that appears to have suffered from an NVIDIA graphics card failure. According to Rex, the graphics chip on his top-of-the-line 17-inch MacBook Pro began to flake out late last...
Blogger Victorious over Apple in Small Claims Case on NVIDIA GPU Failures

How Quora Supercharges Its Site By Optimizing For The 99th Percentile

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Site speed has a quantifiable effect on user experience, it impacts everything from your site's search optimization to the number of page views per visit. But many of the ways you'd increase speed involve compromising the product--something we didn't want to do at Quora. So when we set off to...
How Quora Supercharges Its Site By Optimizing For The 99th Percentile

Righthaven Case Gets Even More Bizarre: CEO Files Statement About How Righthaven's Own Lawyer Won't Respond To Him

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Every time you think the Righthaven farce must be over -- or, at the very least, couldn't get any stranger -- something new pops up. The latest is that Righthaven CEO Steve Gibson (who, as we've mentioned, has already moved on to a new lawyer job, while still technically being...
Righthaven Case Gets Even More Bizarre: CEO Files Statement About How Righthaven's Own Lawyer Won't Respond To Him
Court shreds power of Motorola's standard-based patents

Postscript on the scripting.com outage

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Two weeks ago, when I was in Calif, preparing my house to go on the market, and moving almost 40 years of possessions, or giving them away, or selling them, and preparing to drive cross-country -- while all that was going on -- scripting.com stopped working. It appeared the problem...
Postscript on the scripting.com outage

Your Guide to Getting Retweeted by Amanda Bynes

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Your coveted destination: Amanda Bynes’s Twitter feed. Perez Hilton sympathizers need not apply. Internet users are probably well-versed by now in the glory that is Amanda Bynes’s Twitter account. One hardly needs to spend a minute scrolling through her Twitter feed before encountering a booty call to Drake, a death...
Your Guide to Getting Retweeted by Amanda Bynes

Uber May Soon Be Moving Packages As Well As People

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Uber is mobile app that lets people hail nearby black cars and hybrid vehicles for rides in real time. Right now, it only moves people from Point A to Point B. Next, it may move their packages. We've been told that Uber is looking to expand as a delivery service....
Uber May Soon Be Moving Packages As Well As People
There Goes The Weekend! Pinterest, Instagram And Netflix Down Due To AWS Outage

Instagram and the Age of Upsets

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Mr. Webb. Instagram, Instagram, Instagram! Oooh fun times! OMGPOP was exciting enough, but this! So exciting! What does it mean! What does it mean! A few weeks ago I tweeted that I wanted a nice big juicy acquisition to get all excited about. Chaos! Excitement! Inspiration! Copy cats. Looks like...
Instagram and the Age of Upsets

How To Play AVI Files with Subtitles On The PlayStation 3

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If you ever tried, you’ll know it’s not too easy to watch a subtitled movie on your PlayStation 3. For starters, the PlayStation fails to recognize most video files with embedded subtitle streams. Installing a subtitle ‘interpreter’, like we’re able to on a regular computer, holds no avail either....
How To Play AVI Files with Subtitles On The PlayStation 3

U.K.'s largest ISP blocks The Pirate Bay, but to no avail

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British Telecom, the U.K.'s largest broadband provider, is the last ISP to comply with a court order blocking access to The Pirate Bay. But the block was futile, and was circumvented in a matter of minutes. [Read more]...
U.K.'s largest ISP blocks The Pirate Bay, but to no avail
The Special K cure: new tests show club drug's promise for treating severe depression

Bloomberg TV’s Deirdre Bolton talks to us about the current technology investment trends

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Ever since Facebook went public, there has been a whole new crop of armchair investors and strategists emerging. Some say the IPO was a failure, some say it will take time. The most interesting thing about this story is what it means for technology investment overall. One of the people...
Bloomberg TV’s Deirdre Bolton talks to us about the current technology investment trends

Commentary | Scoble: I’ll Go Down With the Ship

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I will always love Scoble for who he is, and who he is not. He is a great user. I love users. I named a company after users. Users are everything. The only reason to make software is for users. That’s my basis for respecting Scoble. But I’m not...
Commentary | Scoble: I’ll Go Down With the Ship

Rumor: Zillow In To Buy RentJuice For $45 Million

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Between gossip and rumors and gossip and more rumors, the Silicon Valley day-to-day is so dramatic Bravo is turning it into not one but two TV shows. No joke. That doesn’t convince you? Well, how about this? Anyways, I’m in the middle of tracking down a huge funding story but...
Rumor: Zillow In To Buy RentJuice For $45 Million

Digital Video Consolidation: Avail-TVN Picks Up $100M From Carlyle, Buys UK’s On Demand Group For $27M

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A double-whammy in the digital video space today: Avail-TVN, a video services provider that works with companies like NBC, Univision, and brands like Mattel, has announced that it has picked up $100 million in financing led by the Carlyle Group, and it is using those funds to make an acquisition...
Digital Video Consolidation: Avail-TVN Picks Up $100M From Carlyle, Buys UK’s On Demand Group For $27M
Best Buy Will Not Destroy The Rare Nintendo Robot That An Employee Risked His Job To Save

Charlie Brooker: Some people are gay in space. Get over it

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Video game players can now identify their characters as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Which is wonderful, unless you're a sad homophobeIt must be awful, being a homophobe. Having to spend all that time obsessing about what gay people might be doing with their genitals. Seeing it in your mind,...
Charlie Brooker: Some people are gay in space. Get over it

Let's Help LeVar Burton Get @ReadingRainbow Where It Belongs [Twitter]

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LeVar Burton needs our help. The former host of classic educational series and childhood TV staple Reading Rainbow is trying to acquire the Twitter handle @ReadingRainbow. However his efforts have come to no avail. The name's been bogarted by an unknown party and left to rot for over three...
Let's Help LeVar Burton Get @ReadingRainbow Where It Belongs [Twitter]
Microsoft Surface Pro Earns Repairability Score of 1/10 from iFixit

Droid Acting Up This Morning? Don’t Panic!

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I woke this morning to find I had zero 3g coverage on Verizon. No data!  Maps, Google Talk, Market, Browser – all dead. I probably restarted my phone 5 times, went through the settings a couple, and even REMOVED THE BATTERY.. but to no avail. Fortunately it only took...
Droid Acting Up This Morning? Don’t Panic!

Taco Bell's Cool Ranch Doritos Facebook Marketing Totally Backfired

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On March 5, Taco Bell posted a message on Facebook to its 9.8 million fans that the highly-anticipated Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos would be available March 6, a day earlier than expected. While this had the making of a great social media marketing fairy tale, today things took a...
Taco Bell's Cool Ranch Doritos Facebook Marketing Totally Backfired

Power to the people: PublikDemand helps disgruntled consumers form pacts against big firms

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We’ve all been there…right? You move address and inform your ISP in plenty of time for them to arrange a seamless transfer of Internet services to your new abode…only to discover, by which point it’s too late, that they’ve got the date wrong and have the wrong address down for...
Power to the people: PublikDemand helps disgruntled consumers form pacts against big firms
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