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Tim Cook met with lawmakers in Washington to strengthen relationship and to “open up a line of communication” last week
Consumers Don't Want The BlackBerry

Gravity Raises $10.6M For Content Personalization And Marketing, Round Led by GRP Partners

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Gravity, the content personalization startup founded by a team of former MySpace executives, just announced that it has raised $10.6 million in Series B funding. When Gravity launched in 2009, it offered some content recommendation products for consumers, but its real goal was to offer its “interest graph” technology to...
Gravity Raises $10.6M For Content Personalization And Marketing, Round Led by GRP Partners

Mark Zuckerberg May Not Even Need A Prenup

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Mark Zuckerberg is having a banner week. On Friday, he became a billionaire with Facebook's IPO and on Saturday he tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan.  The couple hasn't said whether or not they signed a prenup, but because of Zuckerberg's timing and where he lives that may...
Mark Zuckerberg May Not Even Need A Prenup

What Verisign's New Contract With ICANN Means For Domain Name Rates

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Verisign, the operator for .com domain registry, has renewed its six-year contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names (ICANN) with the U.S. Commerce Department's blessing.  Under the terms of the new contract, Verisign is not allowed to raise its current price of $7.85 per domain name for the length of the...
What Verisign's New Contract With ICANN Means For Domain Name Rates

Booting Up: 'Objectify a Man in Tech' Day Over Before It Started

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Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle sluttin’ it up at CES. (Photo: Gizmodo) “Objectify a man in tech” day is no longer a thing. Tech journalist Leigh Alexander proposed the exercise last week in hopes it would “catalyze discussions about the way we use language and how seemingly-innocuous ‘compliments’ are belittling and distracting”; ...
Booting Up: 'Objectify a Man in Tech' Day Over Before It Started

No Metro-capable iTunes app coming to Windows 8 in near future

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"You shouldn't expect an iTunes [Metro] app on Windows 8 any time soon," Microsoft CFO Tami Reller tells CNN Money. "iTunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying." The quote may suggest that Microsoft has been talking with Apple about...
No Metro-capable iTunes app coming to Windows 8 in near future
Booting Up: Dick Costolo Resigns as Director of Twitter U.K.

Microsoft Employees Have Science Fairs Where The Prize Is Pretty Hot (MSFT)

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When was the last time you participated in a science fair? Microsoft employees hold science fairs about twice a year. It's good old-fashioned fun, but it's also serious career-building business. Microsoft has this on-campus techno lab called the Garage. It's located in Bill Gates old office and is equipped with...
Microsoft Employees Have Science Fairs Where The Prize Is Pretty Hot (MSFT)
Papa John's accused of delivering spam with your pizza

What Warren Buffett’s huge bets on tech say about the IBM, Google, and Microsoft

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Warren Buffett is famous for his allergy to technology companies and their stocks. I can’t find the quote, but if my memory serves, the Oracle from Omaha once joked that he wanted to have a class answer a question on the value of a theoretical technology company, and that he...
What Warren Buffett’s huge bets on tech say about the IBM, Google, and Microsoft

Google's Marissa Mayer is 'Irrationally Happy That Shamrock Shakes Will Be Available At Any And All McDonald's This Year' (GOOG)

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Well, now we know what Marissa Mayer likes best. For those of you wondering: a Shamrock Shake is basically a leprechaun-colored shake that's sold in some McDonald's stores that's typically available around St. Patrick's Day. She Tweeted her elation over the move, reported by CNN Money, just a moment...
Google's Marissa Mayer is 'Irrationally Happy That Shamrock Shakes Will Be Available At Any And All McDonald's This Year' (GOOG)

Study: AT&T has fastest 3G, Verizon more consistent

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A study suggests that AT&T has the fastest 3G network but lacks consistency in connection speed, reports CNN Money. Data from the CarrierCompare app (free, App Store) found the connection offered by Verizon, although half the speed of AT&T, to be far more consistent throughout the day. Sprint appeared to...
Study: AT&T has fastest 3G, Verizon more consistent

Oh, Dear: Your Grandpa May Be Trying to Buy Facebook Stock

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(elitedaily.com) You might want to give your grandparents a call, because they may be badgering their brokers right this very minute for Facebook shares--at least if this CNN Money article is to be believed. The star of the piece is 79-year-old Alvan Sweet, described as "an experienced IPO investor," who now...
Oh, Dear: Your Grandpa May Be Trying to Buy Facebook Stock

Kickstarter Owns Up to Being 'Mockable,' Still Doesn't Care About Deadlines

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twitter.com/ystrickler Still waiting around for some sort of weird tchotchke you backed months ago on Kickstarter? Well, at least you’ve got company. In a big, expansive package released today, CNN Money crunched the numbers and found that of the 50 most-funded projects in the platform’s history, 84 percent were late. A...
Kickstarter Owns Up to Being 'Mockable,' Still Doesn't Care About Deadlines

Microsoft Employees Get Inspired At Bill Gates' Old Office (MSFT)

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There's a place where Microsoft employees go when they want to tinker: the Microsoft Garage. The Garage is a physical counterpart to Google's 20% free-time idea, although employees often go there after hours, not as part of their day jobs. It's on Microsoft's campus, in Building 4, where Bill Gates'...
Microsoft Employees Get Inspired At Bill Gates' Old Office (MSFT)

Structure 2012: How is Facebook is reimagining the data center?

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Frank Frankovsky sees a blurry line between servers and networking devices, so he’s heading in the other direction. With Facebook’s Open Compute Project, networking is about to be turned upside down. Stacey Higginbotham’s recent article delved into more details about Frankovsky’s plan, stating that the server of tomorrow will...
Structure 2012: How is Facebook is reimagining the data center?

Computer Attacks Are Skyrocketing And Criminals Are Targeting Macs

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Viruses, trojans, and other aggravating malware that once attacked only PCs are now making their way to Macs, CNN Money is reporting. Intel subsidiary McAfee has released its quarterly "Threats Report" and come out with bad news not only for Apple but also for Google and, well, the entire computer...
Computer Attacks Are Skyrocketing And Criminals Are Targeting Macs

Fortune Deletes Racist Portion of Its iPad Mini Live Blog: 'Some Readers Complained About Ethnic Profiling'

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Mr. Elmer-DeWitt (Photo: Twitter.com) This morning’s release of the iPad Mini saw crowds completely forgetting about the hurricane and lining up to score themselves a miniaturized version of their favorite fancy tablet. Apple beat reporter Philip Elmer-DeWitt was covering the release for Fortune/CNN Money. His online bio says that he’s been covering...
Fortune Deletes Racist Portion of Its iPad Mini Live Blog: 'Some Readers Complained About Ethnic Profiling'

Three Things the Amish Taught Me About Money

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Yesterday, a couple of readers pointed me to a CNN Money article about why Amish businesses don’t fail. Good timing, because today’s guest post is from the author profiled in that piece. This is a guest post from Erik Wesner, who researched the Amish for his new book Success Made...
Three Things the Amish Taught Me About Money

BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: What IT Decision Makers Really Think About Mobile Devices

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Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today. What You Need To Know About BYOD (Dell)How does bring your own device (BYOD) work best? How can companies ensure that their employees are happy and working productively...
BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: What IT Decision Makers Really Think About Mobile Devices

RT @jerell: Great article on Most Popular Franchises / Success / Failure Rates from CNN Money http://kl.am/franchise (cc: @balihoo)

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RT @jerell: Great article on Most Popular Franchises / Success / Failure Rates from CNN Money http://kl.am/franchise (cc: @balihoo)

Tesla's Elon Musk says he's broke

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Filed under: TeslaDiving into an extremely competitive and capital-intensive business in which customers generally don't appreciate having access to beta products is not a good way to enhance your personal fortune. In fact, if Elon Musk is being honest in the latest court filings related to his divorce proceedings, it...
Tesla's Elon Musk says he's broke

Zillow acquires NYC-based real estate company Buyfolio

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Real estate listing company Zillow plans to announce Wednesday that it has acquired Buyfolio, a NYC-based company that allows prospective home buyers and brokers to communicate and organize their real estate searches. This is the fourth acquisition for Zillow, a real estate listing site that boasts over 110 million postings of homes...
Zillow acquires NYC-based real estate company Buyfolio

The Morning Lowdown 2-9-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  GigaOM Acquires paidContent (New York Times Dealbook) »  Why we are buying paidContent (Om Malik, GigaOM) »  GigaOM And paidContent Join Forces (paidContent) »  Developers say Facebook Credits is converting fewer paying users than they had hoped (Inside...
The Morning Lowdown 2-9-12
Only eight of the top 50 Kickstarter projects shipped on time, 16 haven't shipped at all
Another Electric Car Company Is Going Bankrupt

Booting Up: Tech-Mad Millennials Edition

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Good morning, sunshine! (Photo: flickr.com/globochem) Gen Y just loves working for tech companies. This study cites “flexibility,” which we’re just going to read as “free food.” [CNN Money] AT&T towers are reportedly screwing with a pricey new police radio system in Oakland, California. [Ars Technica] Quora assesses Y Combinator’s latest...
Booting Up: Tech-Mad Millennials Edition
Who is the Really Truly Real Mark Zuckerberg?

John Liu Is Wondering Whether a Certain Facebook Banker Should Give His Bonus Back

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Grimes. (CNN Money) After the mostly closely-watched initial public offering in anyone’s memory transformed into a spectacle marred by malfunctioning trading systems and a plummeting stock price, people were bound to ask questions. One person, Massachusetts securities regulator William F. Galvin, asked after the role Morgan Stanley  played in managing...
John Liu Is Wondering Whether a Certain Facebook Banker Should Give His Bonus Back
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