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Press Parrots Cybersecurity FUD From Former NSA Boss Without Mentioning Massive Conflict Of Interest

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Not this again. Nearly three years ago, we wrote about the growing hype around "cyberwar" in the US government -- much of it being pushed by one Michael McConnell. News reports love to cover McConnell's fear-mongering about how the internet is at risk. He used to always talk about "cyberwar"...
Press Parrots Cybersecurity FUD From Former NSA Boss Without Mentioning Massive Conflict Of Interest
Holy Conflict Of Interest! Tell Congress That The Public Good Is More Important Than Their Chance To Cameo In Batman

Tech Blog Payola?

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Suppose you have a stake in an investment fund and would like to get favorable publicity for the companies in your portfolio. One approach is to spend your day reaching out to influential tech bloggers, trying to sell them on the glories of these companies. But that takes so much...
Tech Blog Payola?

Can A Pattern Recognition App Improve Your Creativity? InboundWriter Thinks So

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The best business software needs zero employee training, makes you more productive and saves novices from big mistakes. The secret to nailing all three might lie in the technology of pattern recognition. When a company's bottom line depends on your app working the right way, you just can't hand...
Can A Pattern Recognition App Improve Your Creativity? InboundWriter Thinks So
Why regulators are dead wrong about crowdfunding and risk

Backed By Rappers Nas And Pusha T, Urban Culture-Focused Media Company Mass Appeal Raises $1.2M

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Mass Appeal, a joint venture that’s both reviving the Broolyn-based, graffiti-focused magazine of the same name and also moving into online content, is announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in funding. It’s backed by a mix of traditional firms and figures from the hip hop world. The rapper, (and...
Backed By Rappers Nas And Pusha T, Urban Culture-Focused Media Company Mass Appeal Raises $1.2M

Meet the sock-puppet: Oracle, Google file list of paid authors

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A federal last week wrote that he was “concerned” Oracle and Google had paid journalists and bloggers to comment on their highly-publicized intellectual property trial and ordered them to provide a list of names. The responses are now in. Oracle’s list is headed by patent propagandist, Florian Mueller, a long-time...
Meet the sock-puppet: Oracle, Google file list of paid authors

Look, This Is What It Comes Down To

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The old press is still having the same conversation about the new press: objectivity! Here’s the latest by the L.A. Times, titled Are Silicon Valley tech bloggers truly objective? This can (and has) gone on and on and on. I argue that there’s no such thing as objectivity, and that...
Look, This Is What It Comes Down To

REUNITED! This Time, Jeff Bezos Bets on Henry Blodget.

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Henry Blodget and Jeff Bezos, together again! As Blodget explains on his own site, the Amazon CEO is personally leading a $5 million investment round in Blodget’s six-year-old Web publishing business. By my count, that brings total investment in Business Insider to more than $18 million; via IM, Blodget tells me...
REUNITED! This Time, Jeff Bezos Bets on Henry Blodget.

Why did Target boot Amazon’s Kindle?

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It’s not clear why Target decided to no longer carry Amazon’s e-reader, but it may have simply come down to a choice between Amazon and Apple. FORTUNE — Last night, The Verge reported that Target (TGT) was dropping Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle e-readers from its inventory because of what an unnamed ...
Why did Target boot Amazon’s Kindle?

Report: Target to dump the Kindle

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This could get very interesting, especially in light of the new alliance between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. The Verge reports today — citing an unnamed source and an internal Target memo — that the giant retailer will stop selling the Kindle due to “conflict of interest” later this month. There...
Report: Target to dump the Kindle

US Gov't Says Megaupload Shouldn't Be Allowed To Use Top Law Firm It Hired For Its Defense

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The US government seems to be bending over backwards to make sure that Megaupload cannot get a fair trial. Perhaps they're finally realizing that their own indictment had serious problems and figure the best way to get past that is to make it that much harder for Megaupload to defend...
US Gov't Says Megaupload Shouldn't Be Allowed To Use Top Law Firm It Hired For Its Defense

Read the Letter Launching the Campaign to Unseat Three HP Directors

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You’ve probably read today about the campaign launched by a group of pension fund managers who own a big block of shares in Hewlett-Packard to shake up that company’s board of directors. And if you haven’t here’s a rundown: A collection of pension funds led by the investment arm of...
Read the Letter Launching the Campaign to Unseat Three HP Directors

Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt share a coffee

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Filed under: Steve JobsWonders never cease. Gizmodo has posted photos of what appear to be Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt sharing a coffee in Palo Alto. What's significant is that the photo was supposedly taken today. Gizmodo's tipster supposedly overheard Jobs say, "They're going to see it all eventually so...
Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt share a coffee

Here's The Letter That Has HP's Board Back On The Hot Seat

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Four of HP's board members, including chairman Ray Lane, met with about 20 of its biggest investors yesterday in the hopes of calming an investor revolt, the Wall Street Journal reports. The meeting seemed to be spurred, at least in part, by a campaign lead by activist shareholder Richard Clayton,...
Here's The Letter That Has HP's Board Back On The Hot Seat

Targeting Early-Stage Startups In Europe And Beyond, Point Nine Capital Closes New €40M Fund

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Point Nine Capital, the Berlin-based VC that originally spun out of the investment arm of German incubator Team Europe, has announced that it has closed Point Nine Capital II, a €40 million (~$53.7m) fund focused on early-stage Internet investments of approximately €1m upwards in Europe and beyond. It’s being billed...
Targeting Early-Stage Startups In Europe And Beyond, Point Nine Capital Closes New €40M Fund

REPORT: Facebook's Underwriters May Have Helped Hedge Funds Short The Stock (FB)

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The Facebook fiasco continues as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that trading desks at banks like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs helped some firms short Facebook by lending the stock out.  The big kicker? Those two banks also helped underwrite the IPO and promote the stock. Morgan Stanley (most...
REPORT: Facebook's Underwriters May Have Helped Hedge Funds Short The Stock (FB)
Intel's new microserver chips and how it is beating its innovator's dilemma

Judge excuses himself from new Siri-related patent suit, cites conflict of interest

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New York District Court Judge Gary Sharpe on Tuesday recused himself from presiding over a patent case involving the Siri virtual assistant, saying he had an unspecified interest in Apple....
Judge excuses himself from new Siri-related patent suit, cites conflict of interest

Jun Group Launches HyprMX To Help Mobile Publishers Manage Their Video Ads

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Video ad distribution company Jun Group has launched a new, wholly-owned subsidiary called HyprMX, offering mediation tools for mobile publishers and developers manage video ads from multiple sources. HyprMX CEO Corey Weiner said that Jun Group runs its ads through hundreds of publishers, and it found that some of those...
Jun Group Launches HyprMX To Help Mobile Publishers Manage Their Video Ads

Wikimedia Scandal: Proof Of Unreliability Or Confirmation That Crowdsourcing Works?

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While Glyn just recently wrote about Jimmy Wales' effort to stymie UK snooping, it appears there may be other issues to address in England. If Wikipedia has had to fight any stigma, it's been the notion that a crowdsourced encyclopeda in which most anyone could contribute would be so rife...
Wikimedia Scandal: Proof Of Unreliability Or Confirmation That Crowdsourcing Works?

Reddit Flat-Out Banning Domains for Spamming, Including Businessweek and The Atlantic

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(Source: Flickr.com/kinopix) Seems like the folks over at Reddit don't take too kindly to spammers. The Daily Dot reports that at least five news source domains, including some media heavyweights like The Atlantic and Businessweek, have been banned from Reddit. That doesn't just mean employees at those companies can't post links--it means...
Reddit Flat-Out Banning Domains for Spamming, Including Businessweek and The Atlantic

Just Give The Dish DVR Its Nomination Back, CNET

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Here we go again. There is a CONFLICT OF INTEREST in the tech news media. Well I just can’t believe how this could happen in an industry that pays bloggers to review products from companies that then get advertised on those bloggers’ websites which pay those bloggers’ salaries … Ohhhhh....
Just Give The Dish DVR Its Nomination Back, CNET

A crash course in car insurance policies and premiums

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Direct Line's approach to a car insurance claim left us wondering about a conflict of interestLast June, our VW Golf was parked at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds when a van reversed into the back. Minor damage was sustained: a dent in the bumper and a slight scratch to the rear...
A crash course in car insurance policies and premiums

US Continues To Try To Block Megaupload From Using Its Lawyers, Pretends It Has Jurisdiction Over The World

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Following some filings by Megaupload's lawyers in the US, the US Attorneys office has shot back, asking the court to deny all of the company's requests. And, it goes even further than that: seeking to deny Megaupload the ability to use the topnotch lawyers it hired. This part is not...
US Continues To Try To Block Megaupload From Using Its Lawyers, Pretends It Has Jurisdiction Over The World

Amid Boeing's 787 Scare, Competitor Elon Musk Takes To The Media

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While Boeing's 787 Dreamliner plans are literally going up in flames, Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has "put it on the line" over at Flightglobal. A Boeing Competitor Musk wrote the aviation media site to say that "the [battery] pack architecture supplied to Boeing is inherently unsafe." Boeing,...
Amid Boeing's 787 Scare, Competitor Elon Musk Takes To The Media

Target Closes the Book on Kindle

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Target, the first brick-and-mortar store to sell the Kindle, will soon pull Amazon’s popular e-reader from its shelves. Kindle shipments to Target stores will cease on May 13, and once the device is out of stock, the company will not be replenishing it. And, as you can see from the...
Target Closes the Book on Kindle

IP Diplomat Sob Story: It's Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason

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We've talked in the past about the US State Department's horrific IP Attache program. These are US government "diplomats" whose sole job is to go around the world spreading copyright and patent maximalist propaganda based on the interests of a few large US companies. There's been an effort underway to...
IP Diplomat Sob Story: It's Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason
U.S government attempts to silence Megaupload’s lawyers

Why Netflix' Christmas Eve Crash Was Its Own Fault

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After an ill-timed outage on Christmas Eve zapped popular video provider Netflix - the popular refrain has been clear: Blame the cloud. But when there's a car crash, do we blame the highway or the humans driving the vehicles? Is Netflix really the victim here, or did it drive off...
Why Netflix' Christmas Eve Crash Was Its Own Fault
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