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Square Doubles Its Retail Presence After Landing in 20,000 Outlets

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Square has doubled its presence in retail stores since the beginning of the year by landing in about 20,000 outlets nationwide. At the beginning of the year, the company told us that it was in about 10,000 outlets. Now Square’s readers are at Walgreens, Staples Inc. and FedEx Office stores on...
Square Doubles Its Retail Presence After Landing in 20,000 Outlets

Tablets & PCs: One Industry or Two?

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It's old news that tablets are eating the lunch of old-line PC makers, but the size of the bites can be surprising. A series of reports this week showed PC shipments flat to down, while tablets - led by the iPad - are selling more strongly than most observers expected....
Tablets & PCs: One Industry or Two?

The Most Useful App For Finding An Apartment Is Coming Back!

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PadMapper will once again include apartments listed on Craigslist on its map of apartments available for rent, app developer Eric DeMenthon owner said today. This is fantastic news. PadMapper is one of the best ways to find an apartment in a city. It pulls data from a bunch of listing sites...
The Most Useful App For Finding An Apartment Is Coming Back!
HP falls off the cliff, analysts "throw in the towel"
SHA1 crypto algorithm underpinning Internet security could fall by 2018
Twitter's down ... and it has cost the economy $1 billion already?

Apple's Cash Balance Should Continue To Grow Rapidly--Even With The Dividend And Buyback

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One important point about Apple's announcement that it will begin to pay a 2% dividend and spend $10 billion on a share buyback... The company's cash balance should continue to grow rapidly even while it is using this cash. Why? Because Apple is generating a lot more cash each...
Apple's Cash Balance Should Continue To Grow Rapidly--Even With The Dividend And Buyback

As iTunes Cards Come to "Gifts," Apple and Facebook Meet Under the Mistletoe

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It looks like Facebook and Apple have been in couples therapy. Here’s the latest labor to come of the pair’s relationship: You can now purchase iTunes credits for friends on Facebook using Gifts, the social giant’s major social gifting e-commerce initiative. It works the same as all other purchases made...
As iTunes Cards Come to "Gifts," Apple and Facebook Meet Under the Mistletoe
Netflix just became cable’s biggest TV network

DealBook: Why Breaking Up H.P. Makes Sense

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A back-of-the envelope calculation shows that the parts of the once-storied computing conglomerate could be worth just under $26 a share -- 85 percent more than the company's current share price....
DealBook: Why Breaking Up H.P. Makes Sense
Giants of Web Activate New Internet Address Book

Kinect in space: Micro satellites to use the Microsoft tech in orbit

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We’ve heard of Kinect hacks before, but this is quite certainly the best one yet: the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology are building something called ‘STRaND-2,’ a mission to space that will involve two micro-satellites. The twist is that the small space machines will use parts of Kinect technology...
Kinect in space: Micro satellites to use the Microsoft tech in orbit

Bringing Craigslist Back

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I’ve been wrestling with whether to bring back Craigslist listings in the search results. I’ve found a way to include them that I’m told is legally kosher since it doesn’t touch their servers at all, but it still seems somewhat dickish to go against their wishes in this, and I’ve...
Bringing Craigslist Back
BII REPORT: How Messaging Apps Are Disrupting The Mobile Ecosystem

Could All That Free Food Get Tech Companies in Trouble with the Tax Man?

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In the real world, this costs money. (Photo: Flickr.com/blueace) Free food is such a staple of Startupland that when Marissa Mayer introduced free food to Yahoo, she was heralded like Moses stepping down from Mt. Sinai, stone tablets in hand. But the Wall Street Journal reports that all that gratis grub could...
Could All That Free Food Get Tech Companies in Trouble with the Tax Man?

How Much Would It Cost To Store All US Phone Calls Made In A Year?

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An early criticism of Snowden's leak about NSA spying activity was that the $20 million annual cost for PRISM -- whatever that turns out to be -- was simply too low to be credible. One person who knows more about storage costs than practically anyone -- well, outside the...
How Much Would It Cost To Store All US Phone Calls Made In A Year?

SexDistance Is A New Web Service That Offers, Well, You Know

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Every once and a while gag sites pop up in our email that make us chortle lightly and say “Sure, we’ll bite.” To wit: SexDistance.com allows you to see, ummm, how far you go when you have intimate relations with another person. You feel me? You see where this is...
SexDistance Is A New Web Service That Offers, Well, You Know

Stephen Bates's diary: It's the Wars of the roses again. And this time it's on Facebook

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It started under a Leicester car park, and almost inevitably involves a boycott of Walkers' crisps• Abusive comments, offensive cartoons: it sounds like the Wars of the Roses are breaking out again, at least on the Facebook page of the Richard III Society, and it's all over whether the old...
Stephen Bates's diary: It's the Wars of the roses again. And this time it's on Facebook
Watch your data caps: Kaleidescape starts offering Blu-ray-quality movie downloads

How Much Facebook Might Make Through Gifts

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There's no way to know for sure, but a back of the envelope calculation shows that Gifts could produce modest revenue for Facebook in the short term....
How Much Facebook Might Make Through Gifts

Entrepreneurs offer their life’s future earnings for an investment

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A truism in the venture capital industry is that firms “invest in people,” not just great business ideas. So what if that premise was literally true? Three entrepreneurs are offering a share of their life’s income in exchange for cash upfront and have banded together to form the Thrust Fund,...
Entrepreneurs offer their life’s future earnings for an investment
Startups: Square Gets Even Simpler with Flat Fees, But Is There a Catch?

How Sony Got Off Easy With Its 'Settlement' In Class Action Lawsuit By Underpaid Artists

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While Eminem's producers got a ton of attention and a big ruling noting that the labels had incorrectly accounted for iTunes sales -- leading to some back of the envelope calculations that artists might be owed around $2 billion in unpaid royalties from the major labels -- the very first...
How Sony Got Off Easy With Its 'Settlement' In Class Action Lawsuit By Underpaid Artists

Did Wall Street Get Facebook's Q4 Estimates Wrong Because Of These 2 Errors? (FB)

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Facebook reported Q4 2012 revenue of $1.59 billion today, well above Wall Street analysts' expectations of $1.53 billion. Why did the experts get it wrong? It's a legitimate question because, with some simple back-of-the-envelope math and a couple of phone calls, Business Insider predicted Facebook revenue would come in well...
Did Wall Street Get Facebook's Q4 Estimates Wrong Because Of These 2 Errors? (FB)

Exploring The Earnings Of A Humble Bundle Author

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Recently, we highlighted the success of the first Humble Ebook Bundle by noting that with over 84,000 bundles sold, all those authors should be on best seller lists. That is fine and dandy on its own, but what does that mean in terms of money for the authors? With the...
Exploring The Earnings Of A Humble Bundle Author

DealBook: Why Alibaba Could Be China's Next $100 Billion I.P.O.

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A back-of-the-envelope exercise in valuing the Hangzhou-based e-commerce giant should it seek to go public.    ...
DealBook: Why Alibaba Could Be China's Next $100 Billion I.P.O.

No, The RIAA Is Not Asking For $72 Trillion From Limewire (Bad Reporters, Bad)

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In the last day or so we keep seeing people send over variations on this story claiming that the RIAA claims it is owed $72 trillion dollars from Limewire. Many of the reports appear to originate from the NME post I just linked to, though I don't think that's accurate....
No, The RIAA Is Not Asking For $72 Trillion From Limewire (Bad Reporters, Bad)

Rampant Speculation: Did Amazon Pay $1 Billion for Goodreads?

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A back-of-the-envelope estimate involves Goodreads's value per user, yet there's more to consider...
Rampant Speculation: Did Amazon Pay $1 Billion for Goodreads?
US Smartphone sales increase 9 percent thanks to huge prepaid growth
PadMapper finds "legally kosher" way to access Craigslist data
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