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General Assembly to boost its entrepreneurial presence in the U.K.

Twitter Co-Founders' New Site, Medium, Will Open to Public in New Year

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Medium, the new publishing platform created by Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone, is currently only open to a couple hundred “early adopters” who have crafted interesting stories and essays on specific topics. But that will change after the first of the new year, Williams said, when the lightweight...
Twitter Co-Founders' New Site, Medium, Will Open to Public in New Year
Boston accelerator to focus on connected devices

Is Bit.ly The Next Google?

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We still don't know what to think of Bit.ly, the popular URL shortener that was spun out of Betaworks and has raised $3.5 million in venture funding. Some people think it's preposterous that anyone could ever think that Bit.ly could be a successful business, given that anyone can hack together...
Is Bit.ly The Next Google?

Jolicloud Open Platform arrives, lets developers put most any cloud service into one hub

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Jolicloud has portrayed itself as a sort of one-stop shop for cloud services and web apps, where a single sign-in keeps us on top of everything. It's mostly been limited to big-league content as a result, but that's changing with the new Jolicloud Open Platform. Developers now just have...
Jolicloud Open Platform arrives, lets developers put most any cloud service into one hub
5 ground rules for B2B startup success

Sponsored post: Open source: how new models are challenging the nature of business

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While the historical role of hobbyists in the tech sphere can be traced back to the Homebrew Computer Club and beyond, in 2013 a series of trends are empowering the current breed with more disruptive potential than ever before. On one hand, the maker movement blends technological innovation with more-traditional...
Sponsored post: Open source: how new models are challenging the nature of business

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

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Founders Den co-founder and angel investor Zachary Bogue has joined forces with seasoned big data VC Matt Ocko, Metamarkets founder Michael Driscoll and Prismatic CEO Bradford Cross to launch Data Collective, the world’s first Big Data-only early stage investment fund. The two Data Collective co-founders, who are currently raising fund number...
Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups
Mochi Media says 86 percent of Flash game developers are expanding into mobile (exclusive)

Sterne Agee: Here's Why Groupon's Stock Will Almost Double (GRPN)

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Here's something you don't see all that often: A bullish call on Groupon. Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia slapped a $9 price target on Groupon and gave four reasons for his contrarian call on the stock. (It closed yesterday at $5.29.) Here, in Bhatia's own words, are the four reasons...
Sterne Agee: Here's Why Groupon's Stock Will Almost Double (GRPN)

What Union Square Ventures wants out of your company

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Every venture capital firm has its own secret for success, including the likes of Union Square Ventures, a very well-known, early stage NYC-based VC firm with an impressive portfolio of companies such as Tumblr, Behance and 10gen. Of course, subscribing to a single methodology may be dangerous thinking, but if you’re starting a company and have hopes...
What Union Square Ventures wants out of your company

Netflix's options are dwindling

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Margins for streamed video are much thinner than those for DVD rentals. And with few barriers to entry, competition will only get tougher for Netflix. FORTUNE -- Netflix chief Reed Hastings was right about one thing when he made his clumsy, quickly retracted announcement last year that he was going...
Netflix's options are dwindling
Dmitri Grishin is like a Russian Elon Musk — He’s Got Big Ambitions for Real Problems

It Can Be Incredibly Hard To Invest In Tech Stock And Not Lose A Lot Money (AAPL, RIMM, HPQ, YHOO)

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* Chanos, Whitworth made opposing bets on HP in 2011 * Fast-changing tech trends make investment tricky * Investors say large deals, changes at top are red flags Dec 27 (Reuters) - When Hewlett-Packard Co agreed to buy British software company Autonomy in August last year for $11.1 billion, two...
It Can Be Incredibly Hard To Invest In Tech Stock And Not Lose A Lot Money (AAPL, RIMM, HPQ, YHOO)
CHART: Market Estimates For Google Glass And Other Wearable Devices Are All Over The Place
Vimeo’s Festival + Awards reveals how it is intensely embracing past and future

Andrew Mason: Groupon To Begin Offering Deal Personalization Abroad Later This Quarter

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At the Goldman Sachs Internet and Technology Conference in San Francisco Thursday, Groupon Founder and CEO Andrew Mason took to the stage to talk about the daily deal behemoth’s newly-minted position as a public company, its roller coaster ride both leading up to and since its IPO, as well as...
Andrew Mason: Groupon To Begin Offering Deal Personalization Abroad Later This Quarter

Police Ticketing Informal Rideshare Participants Based On No Law, But To Protect Port Authority Revenue

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We've talked many times about how legacy industries and organizations seek to protect against competition they don't like. One example we've mentioned a few times involves taxi companies and bus companies trying to shut down upstarts such as ride-sharing/carpooling services as being "unlicensed" transportation offerings. What they really mean, of...
Police Ticketing Informal Rideshare Participants Based On No Law, But To Protect Port Authority Revenue

California Is Rethinking The Financial Regulations That Are Driving Payments Startups Crazy (EBAY, INTU, GOOG)

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California's state legislature is holding a hearing today in Sacramento about its Money Transmission Act--a sweeping reform of financial regulations which caught a lot of payments startups in its net since its passage in 2010. The outcome could affect a number of high-profile companies, from Square and Stripe to eBay, Intuit,...
California Is Rethinking The Financial Regulations That Are Driving Payments Startups Crazy (EBAY, INTU, GOOG)

On Writing from the Boonies

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In Upstate New York, it’s easier to find a drug dealer than it is a decent Internet connection. This is the region that has decided to make a name for itself, growing grapes and outsourcing any labor-intensive work to the Amish, while the rest of us attempt to find something, anything to...
On Writing from the Boonies

Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet

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Internet adoption among U.S. adults increased rapidly from the mid-’90s to about 2005. Since then, though, the number of adult Internet users has remained almost stable at around 75 to 80%. The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest poll shows that this trend continued in 2011. Those who are...
Report: One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet
Song Pop Hits 2 Million Daily Active Users, Many Of Them Probably Flirting
The $99 Ouya game console: Exciting, innovative -- and probably doomed

Blue Jeans CEO Looks To Beat His Two-Time Acquirer Cisco With Low-Cost Video Conferencing

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Having sold two companies to Cisco, Krish Ramakrishnan knows what it takes to compete with the venerable networking giant. After leaving Cisco for the second time to be an entrepreneur in residence at Accel Partners, he started Blue Jeans Network three years ago to compete in the video conferencing space....
Blue Jeans CEO Looks To Beat His Two-Time Acquirer Cisco With Low-Cost Video Conferencing

Appeals Court: Bundling Cable Channels Together Isn't Anticompetitive

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Over the years, one topic that seems to engender extremely passionate responses around here is the question of cable TV bundling. People hate bundled cable TV packages -- usually because they hate paying for a bunch of channels they don't want just to get the four channels they do want....
Appeals Court: Bundling Cable Channels Together Isn't Anticompetitive

Jeremy Jaech, Shwetak Patel form UW home sensor spin out WatchFrog

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Jeremy Jaech (Tech Alliance photo) Entrepreneur Jeremy Jaech has been at the center of two of Seattle’s biggest technology successes, helping to create Aldus (sold to Adobe) and Visio (sold to Microsoft). Now, Jaech, after running startups Trumba and Verdiem, is back in the startup game with a new company...
Jeremy Jaech, Shwetak Patel form UW home sensor spin out WatchFrog

Startup copycats: You’re doing it wrong.

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Yesterday I was having brunch with another Italian entrepreneur in San Francisco. He said he was thinking about going back to Italy to create startup copycats, that spurred an interesting conversation and I wanted to share my thoughts on it. I’m not going to debate on the morality of it,...
Startup copycats: You’re doing it wrong.

Popular NYU-Stern Professor Offers His Classes For Free on Coursekit, 1,800 Sign Up

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A sample question This semester, Coursekit, an academic social network of sorts that gives teachers and students a way to communicate outside of class, tried a little experiment from the Peter Thiel school of thought. Coursekit founder Joseph Cohen, a Wharton drop-out and TechStars New York alum, was already familiar...
Popular NYU-Stern Professor Offers His Classes For Free on Coursekit, 1,800 Sign Up

Google Wallet Now Supporting Multiple Cards, Like, Um, a Real Wallet

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One of the reasons why mobile payments haven’t been widely adopted is because the services aren’t easy enough to use. And Google Wallet was one of the biggest offenders. But starting today, the company is making a few key changes that will remove a lot of barriers to entry. For...
Google Wallet Now Supporting Multiple Cards, Like, Um, a Real Wallet

Content farms and the ongoing democratization of journalism

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If you follow online sports at all, you’ve probably come across at least one site or story from Bleacher Report, the massive sports-writing network that was recently acquired by Turner Broadcasting for an estimated $200 million. Much of the content that draws the 10 million unique visitors BR gets every...
Content farms and the ongoing democratization of journalism
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