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Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

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Uber, a startup that allows you to hail a car from your smartphone, is facing a fresh round of legal trouble, this time in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that regulators have charged the company with a number of legal violations, including assessing a mandatory 20 percent tip and then...
Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

Teachers first: How Schoology is changing the way schools buy technology

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Edtech is a tricky beast for many reasons. One major challenge I’ve focused on during our online education month is the business model. Plenty of edtech startups have built brilliant products that leverage technology to improve the way teachers teach and kids learn. But, as we’ve outlined, the fremium,...
Teachers first: How Schoology is changing the way schools buy technology

Internet Association Hits Back At RIAA's Desire To Wipe Away DMCA Safe Harbors

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On Friday, we wrote about how the RIAA has already started pitching the terrible idea that we should do away with the important DMCA safe harbors, which make sure that liability for infringement is properly applied to those actually infringing, rather than tools and services. The RIAA, however, thinks that...
Internet Association Hits Back At RIAA's Desire To Wipe Away DMCA Safe Harbors
Randomized food delivery service NomON takes first place at Startup Weekend UW

Amazon's E-Book Deals Were Just as Tough as Apple's

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When Apple negotiated its e-book contracts with the five publishers with which it would ultimately launch iBooks, the company demanded a Most Favored Nation provision that prohibited e-books from being sold at any other retailer for a lower price. That provision today is central to the U.S. Department of Justice’s...
Amazon's E-Book Deals Were Just as Tough as Apple's

Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves

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Entrepreneurs have often used technology to bring us services we didn't even know we needed. Who would have thought a billion people would be willing to share their lives on Facebook and hundreds of millions more would change the news industry by microblogging on Twitter? But oftentimes entrepreneurs get it...
Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves

AOL's Hyperlocal Effort Patch Misses $40M-50M Sales Target, Partly Because Of Sandy, Still Aiming For Profitability In 2013

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AOL’s Q4 earnings today saw that company (which owns TechCrunch) finally make a turnaround, after 8 years of decline, into revenue growth, with overall sales of $599.5 million. But there are still a lot of areas that are seeing flat or declining revenues, and some that are loss-making: among those...
AOL's Hyperlocal Effort Patch Misses $40M-50M Sales Target, Partly Because Of Sandy, Still Aiming For Profitability In 2013

Jade Raymond on Splinter Cell, PlayStation 4 and the inevitable future of microtransactions

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We talk to the head of Ubisoft's rapidly growing Toronto Studio about the latest Splinter Cell title, Blacklist, and the changes currently overtaking the industryThis week, industry insiders from all over the world are converging on the annual Game Developers Conference in sunny San Francisco. This enormous get-together is where...
Jade Raymond on Splinter Cell, PlayStation 4 and the inevitable future of microtransactions
Zillow's Marketplace revenue nearly doubles in a strong Q4
Dollar Shave Club's 'f**king great blades' help it raise $9.8 million

6 Ways To Make Freemium Work For B2B Products

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Guest author Anthony Smith is CEO of Insightly. You may have read a lot of articles last year about why the so-called "freemium" model doesn't work for most consumer-oriented companies. And it's true; offering a base-level product for free to gain visibility and marketshare and then converting a subset of...
6 Ways To Make Freemium Work For B2B Products

Thai Mobile Shopping App ShopSpot Adds Brands, Gets $630,000

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  Shopspot, a startup out of Thailand with a mobile shopping app, has won $630,000 (S$779,000) after switching its shopper matchmaking app to a more traditional shopping interface. Its earlier app focused on connecting individuals keen to sell their wares. The app would pair sellers and their goods with buyers...
Thai Mobile Shopping App ShopSpot Adds Brands, Gets $630,000

RovAir Aims to be the Airbnb of Mobile Broadband Plans

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Got a mobile broadband device that you only really use a few times a month? Me too. If you’re sick of two-year contracts and monthly fees that go mostly to a gadget that sits idle in your bag until you’re out of range, there are a couple of different alternative...
RovAir Aims to be the Airbnb of Mobile Broadband Plans
Ringadoc nabs $700K to bridge the communication gap between doctors & patients
Let's broaden the MOOC experiment

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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It's another week with one big winner, this time coming in on our popular post about the DJ who was suspended for pulling the classic "dihydrogen monoxide" prank on his listeners. Gareth soared past the competition in both the insightful and funny categories, because our readers don't seem to...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Enterprise social software vendor Moxie goes freemium

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Moxie Software will now provide its full enterprise social networking (ESN) software for free because the company is convinced that standalone, general-purpose ESN capabilities are a commodity.The company will charge customers when and if they link its Collaboration Spaces product with other, third-party business applications and systems."This supports our...
Enterprise social software vendor Moxie goes freemium

Entrepreneurs Have A 'Superman Complex' That Holds Them Back

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One the biggest lessons entrepreneurs need to learn is that some serious dangers come along with rapid growth.  The very things that help entrepreneurs succeed -- including willpower, individualism, and the ability to go it alone -- can end up holding them back. According to Gazelles CEO Verne Harnish, the thing...
Entrepreneurs Have A 'Superman Complex' That Holds Them Back
News Corp axes iPad news app The Daily (and bolsters the New York Post)

Boot up: Instagram v Vine, Playbook woes, Microsoft v BSkyB, and more

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Plus Firefox's new logo, are handsets heading for a 'black summer'?, the problem in San Francisco and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamA week after Instagram's video launch, Vine sharing tanks on Twitter >> MarketingLandIt's now been a full week...
Boot up: Instagram v Vine, Playbook woes, Microsoft v BSkyB, and more

eBay to Stop Advertising Inside Mobile Apps: "It's Not Worth It."

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eBay is ecstatic about mobile, just not mobile advertising. Devin Wenig, eBay’s president of global marketplaces, said in an interview that the company will stop running mobile ads next year inside of its applications. “We aren’t happy with the user experience and we don’t need the money,” he said. This...
eBay to Stop Advertising Inside Mobile Apps: "It's Not Worth It."

UK ISPs Start Blocking KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy

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KickassTorrents is currently listed among the 50 most visited websites in the UK, but this is about to change. Starting today, several British Internet providers started blocking the popular torrent site, as well as Fenopy and H33T. The blockades follow on from the High Court verdict last month which required...
UK ISPs Start Blocking KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy
How Cater2.me is quietly scaling without venture capital

About.me goes premium, and finally lets you use your own domain name for $4 a month

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More than three months after About.me ‘bought itself back’ from AOL, spinning itself out as an independent company once again, the San Francisco-based startup is now ramping things up a notch by introducing personalized domain names for its online identity platform. The service constitutes part of its new freemium business...
About.me goes premium, and finally lets you use your own domain name for $4 a month

Twelephone Is A Telephone That Connects To Your Twitter Feed And Your Customers

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Twelephone is a new service for making calls right from your Twitter account. The service is one of the first to use the new WebRTC standard, which allows for real-time communication in the Chrome browser via JavaScript APIs. The enterprise will serve as Twelephone’s business model. The idea: a customer...
Twelephone Is A Telephone That Connects To Your Twitter Feed And Your Customers
Anger, fear, and heartbreak: the top five episodes from the Color lawsuit
Google and Samsung: with partners like these, who needs enemies?

Microsoft's Challenge: Bringing Office to iOS and Android While Protecting Its Two Money Makers

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Developing Office for iOS is not a huge technical challenge. Indeed, Microsoft has had working apps in-house for some time. However, coming up with the right business model while balancing all of the company’s many objectives — now that’s the tricky part. And that, more than anything else, explains the...
Microsoft's Challenge: Bringing Office to iOS and Android While Protecting Its Two Money Makers

Google Partnering With Startup Weekend

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The tech giant wants to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. Google is partnering with Startup Weekend to create Startup Weekend NEXT, a five week course using Google + hangouts to help entrepreneurs with their business model and skills, Google's John Lyman wrote in a blog post...
Google Partnering With Startup Weekend
"Look, you may hate me": 90 minutes with John Steele, porn troll
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