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We had a very lively and healthy debate here at AVC a while back about gun safety. I am very much in the camp that we need to put a lot more restrictions on what guns should be on the market and how. But regardless of where you are on...
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SynchroCam Tethers Your iOS Devices to Make Mobile 3D Gifs

Apple Has To Advertise That Samsung's 'Not Cool' Tablet Is No iPad Copycat

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So even as Apple has been successful in getting a US court to rule against Samsung for having a tablet that Apple thinks looks too much like an iPad, things are shaping up very differently in the UK. We already noted that a judge over there had rejected Apple's claims...
Apple Has To Advertise That Samsung's 'Not Cool' Tablet Is No iPad Copycat

Samsung's AdHub Market advertising platform set to debut this year

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Would it be such a bad idea if Sammy were to try squeezing more revenue out of those five million (and counting) Notes? Not by any means. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung, in partnership with OpenX Technologies, is planning to launch an advertising platform of its own...
Samsung's AdHub Market advertising platform set to debut this year

This Internal Apple Email From 2011 Got The Attention Of Everyone In The Court Room Yesterday

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The Apple-Samsung case picked up yesterday. Of particular interest was an email exchange among Apple executives from January 24, 2011. "This made up just a very small part of a cross-examination of Scott Forstall, Apple's head of iOS software at Apple, but it was enough to get the attention of...
This Internal Apple Email From 2011 Got The Attention Of Everyone In The Court Room Yesterday

Kickstarter Suspends Social Video Glasses Project; Fundraisers Decamp to IndieGoGo

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The project at issue. (screencap, Kickstarter.com) Despite all the enthusiasm for Kickstarter as savior of hardware companies, it’s still worth caveats all around. Backers should remember there’s still the occasional scam, failed project, and downright bad idea. And would-be money-raisers should remember that they are using someone else’s platform and...
Kickstarter Suspends Social Video Glasses Project; Fundraisers Decamp to IndieGoGo
Fab CEO to entrepreneurs: learn to break up with a bad idea

Why It's A Bad Idea For Startups To 'Buy' Facebook And Twitter Followers

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This article originally appeared on American Express Open Forum. If you type "Buy likes and followers" into the google search bar, you'll get dozens of resulting featuring companies that specialize in this type of purchase. Each one has different rates, packages, and services that mainly appeal to new businesses looking...
Why It's A Bad Idea For Startups To 'Buy' Facebook And Twitter Followers

The New York Times Gets All The News That's Fit to Print – All of It – Into Flipboard

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Like the New York Times? Like Flipboard? Here’s a corporate mash-up for you: The Time’s subscribers will soon be able read the entire paper on the aggregation/recommendation app. The news is important for Flipboard, because it marks the first time the startup has convinced a big publisher to give it...
The New York Times Gets All The News That's Fit to Print – All of It – Into Flipboard

Idiot users still intentionally opening, clicking on spam

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Internet users are still opening their spam e-mail with abandon and clicking the links and/or opening the attachments within. These are the latest findings from the Ipsos Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), which found once again that people continue to practice poor e-mail habits despite awareness of the consequences....
Idiot users still intentionally opening, clicking on spam

Why Intel TV Is Just Another Doomed Lunge At The Consumer Market

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Over the past dozen years or so, Intel has repeatedly demonstrated that it has a tin ear when it comes to consumer electronics. Despite a long trail of failure, the tenacious chipmaker keeps coming back with one bad idea after another. Its latest scheme has Intel going toe-to-toe with... wait...
Why Intel TV Is Just Another Doomed Lunge At The Consumer Market

PayPal Launches In-App Payment Library For Android

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For developers, being able to make a bit of cash from your app after the user has downloaded it is wondrous — especially if the initial app download was free. Nothing like being able to, you know, pay rent, or eat. While the iPhone has supported the idea of...
PayPal Launches In-App Payment Library For Android

The Return Of Dumb Ideas: A Broadband Tax To Save Failing Newspapers

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RobW points us to an opinion piece over at The Guardian, by David Leigh, who argues that there should be a £2 tax on every broadband connection sent to newspapers in order to prop them up for their own failures to adapt to a changing market place. He tosses out...
The Return Of Dumb Ideas: A Broadband Tax To Save Failing Newspapers

Moving target APIs

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I'm working on glue to connect to a new web app that I really like and want to try developing for. But they're already warning me that they are planning to change things about their OAuth implementation. This is happening before I have any investment in the platform. That's what's...
Moving target APIs

Stuxnet's Infection Of Chevron Shows Why 'Weaponized' Malware Is A Bad Idea

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The Stuxnet worm that attacked an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility a couple of years ago was exceptional from several viewpoints. It is believed to have been the costliest development effort in malware history, involving dozens of engineers. It also made use of an unprecedented number of zero-day exploits in Microsoft...
Stuxnet's Infection Of Chevron Shows Why 'Weaponized' Malware Is A Bad Idea

Sprint Sticks It To AT&T And Commits To Keeping 3G FaceTime Free On The iPhone (T, S)

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It's still uncertain, but all signs are pointing to AT&T charging its customers for using FaceTime over 3G when iOS 6 comes out. Sprint has taken the opportunity to go on the record as remaining committed to providing its customers with truly unlimited data, saying that the company remains "committed...
Sprint Sticks It To AT&T And Commits To Keeping 3G FaceTime Free On The iPhone (T, S)

If Apple is really rejecting apps over use of UDID, the lack of alternatives is a problem

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Apple has been warning developers since August of last year that they should stop referencing the UDID (Unique Device identifier) of iOS devices in their apps. The ID itself is harmless, and carries no personal information about a user, but it can be combined with information gathered in an app...
If Apple is really rejecting apps over use of UDID, the lack of alternatives is a problem

Old Ideas Are Better Than The Idea You Just Thought Of

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Editor’s note: Jake Knapp is a design partner at Google Ventures where he helps startups with product strategy and design. Follow him on Twitter @jakek. It drives me crazy every time I hear about Mailbox, the fancy-pants email app that Dropbox bought for a gazillion dollars. I mean, come on, it’s such an...
Old Ideas Are Better Than The Idea You Just Thought Of

Steve Jobs Was Open To Making An iPad Mini In 2011, According To Internal Emails (AAPL)

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Apple is reportedly set to release a smaller version of the iPad this fall. This seems like a stunning turn of events for Apple because Steve Jobs was on record as saying a smaller tablet was a bad idea. During an earnings call in 2010, Jobs said that people just...
Steve Jobs Was Open To Making An iPad Mini In 2011, According To Internal Emails (AAPL)

Q&A: Geoengineering: 'Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come'

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We have no choice but to study the geoengineering options for flighting climate change, says Eli Kintisch, author of the new book, Hack the Planet. Kintisch explains why in this Q&A....
Q&A: Geoengineering: 'Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come'

The SOPA/PIPA Protest Shows Why There Needs To Be Complete Transparency With TPP

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Lawyer Jonathan Band has written up an execllent analysis for why what happened with SOPA/PIPA (pdf) demonstrates why the Obama administration and the USTR in particular must be significantly more transparent when it comes to TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. TPP, of course, is the evil stepchild of ACTA. Rather...
The SOPA/PIPA Protest Shows Why There Needs To Be Complete Transparency With TPP
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Microsoft lifts Xbox Live Gold requirement for Netflix's 'House of Cards' premiere

Airbnb launches Wish Lists for bookmarking all of the places you’d like to stay

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Airbnb, the travel-disrupting service that provides ways for people to rent out their home to holidaymakers, has launched a new feature for planning travel in the future. The company’s lovely layout and glorious photographs can be tempting to travellers but most of us cannot be in all places at once,...
Airbnb launches Wish Lists for bookmarking all of the places you’d like to stay

Proposed Licensing For Newspaper Snippets Could Threaten Users Of Blogs, Facebook And Twitter In Germany

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A few months ago we wrote about a really bad idea that was being floated in Germany: making companies like Google pay for the use of news snippets in services such as Google News. Unfortunately, that idea has now been turned into a concrete proposal for a new law; remarkably,...
Proposed Licensing For Newspaper Snippets Could Threaten Users Of Blogs, Facebook And Twitter In Germany

VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch

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Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, prominent Silicon Alley investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures spoke about the worst things people do when pitching a VC. "Going through a really long backstory is a bad idea," Wilson said on stage to TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.  Wilson and other VCs don't want...
VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch

Chamber Of Commerce Lies Again: Attributes Millions Of Jobs To IP Laws Based On Flimsy Correlation

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Remember how we were just talking about Senator Chris Coons, and the fact that maybe (just maybe) he was realizing that pushing for ridiculously over-aggressive "anti-piracy" laws without understanding the details was a bad idea? Yeah, apparently that lesson didn't sink in very well. On Wednesday, Coons appeared at an...
Chamber Of Commerce Lies Again: Attributes Millions Of Jobs To IP Laws Based On Flimsy Correlation

Why does technology celebrate ageism?

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It started with a tweet that I sent this morning: A bit tired of, and confused by, the “under 30” clubs. Apparently upending my life and becoming wildly successful doesn’t matter at 35. Then I got to really thinking about how we in technology celebrate the young while dismissing the...
Why does technology celebrate ageism?

Apple Lightning to Micro USB adapter now availble for $19

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Apple has made its $19 Lightning to Micro USB adapter available on its online store this afternoon for $19. The adapter allows you to charge or connect your iPhone with any Micro USB cable, and considering how cheap the cables are, buying this adapter may not be such a bad...
Apple Lightning to Micro USB adapter now availble for $19

Why Congress's Digital Archive For Text Messages Is Such A Bad Idea

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Text me. Wait, don't. Not anything too private anyway. That's because if a new proposal is approved by the Senate, each and every SMS message you send will be stored in a digital archive by your phone provider. Why, you ask? It's all in the name of law enforcement being...
Why Congress's Digital Archive For Text Messages Is Such A Bad Idea
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