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Life with a Chromebook: my cautionary tale
This One Chart Shows Why The U.S. Economy Is Finally Recovering...
Virgin America's business flounders as it doubles down on party planes

Startup Winter Is Coming: Beware Funding Cliffs and Falling Valuations in the Consumer Web

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“It’s harder to act in a disciplined way in summer. All around you, you see excess and nonsense, companies being bought or funded for zillions of dollars without traction.” Eric Ries, the pioneer behind the Lean Startup movement, wrote those words back in August, 2011, warning that in the cyclical...
Startup Winter Is Coming: Beware Funding Cliffs and Falling Valuations in the Consumer Web

Why I’m Returning My Apple iPad ($APPL)

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In the past 48 hours I’ve gone from boycotting the Apple iPad, to purchasing one, and this morning I’m bringing it back to the store. While I can explain my initial justification for purchasing the device, I should state that I could just as easily justify the purchase of a...
Why I’m Returning My Apple iPad ($APPL)

Why The Music Industry Should Be Thanking Illegal Downloaders

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Next month, people who download music illegally may start getting anti-piracy warnings from their Internet Service Providers. If recent research is any indication, maybe they should be getting "thank you" notes instead.  Turns out that people who frequently download music without paying for it actually end up buying 30% more...
Why The Music Industry Should Be Thanking Illegal Downloaders

Rumor Roundup: Artsy's Art Basel Bust and the $500,000 Tip That Wasn't

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Basel Bust? Artsy’s invite for its Art Basel party this year–thrown by Chanel–was positively littered with enticing cohosts. “On behalf of Carter Cleveland, Larry Gagosian, Wendi Murdoch, Peter Theil & Dasha Zhukova, we invite you to a beachside barbecue on Wednesday, December 5th in Miami Beach,” the invite said. Perhaps...
Rumor Roundup: Artsy's Art Basel Bust and the $500,000 Tip That Wasn't

LIVE DEBATE: Walmart Should Pay Its Employees More

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Walmart made $26 billion of operating profit last year. Walmart pays its average "associate," of which it has about 1.5 million in the U.S., just under $12 an hour. This equates to an annual salary that is below the poverty line. Like other healthy corporations, Walmart could afford to...
LIVE DEBATE: Walmart Should Pay Its Employees More
A plea to triple-A game developers: Enough is enough

TechCrunch Friday GiveAway: An Apple iPad #CRUNCH

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It’s Apple iPad day, and every early adopter worth their salt is pre-ordering one of the soon to be ubiquitous little devices and counting the days until they get their hands on it on April 3. You’ve been waiting on this thing since December 2008, after all. We know you’ve...
TechCrunch Friday GiveAway: An Apple iPad #CRUNCH

Men's suits with an aggro attitude

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Vishaal and Mohit Melwani's clothing line has attracted supporters including top executives at Zappos and the North Face. By Kurt Wagner, reporter FORTUNE -- Cousins Vishaal and Mohit Melwani want to sell you a suit. Born out of the recession, the duo's new clothing company--Combatant Gentlemen--targets young, brash businessmen who...
Men's suits with an aggro attitude

CHART OF THE DAY: Smartphones Are Still For The Young And Rich

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This chart comes from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research and and analysis service focused on the mobile and Internet industries. Sign up for a free trial here. Smartphone adoption is highest among young consumers with more disposable income. According to Nielsen, Americans aged 25 to 34 earning more than...
CHART OF THE DAY: Smartphones Are Still For The Young And Rich

TMNG launches smartphone lease plan in the US

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Consulting firm TMNG Global has launched a smartphone leasing scheme in the US as an alternative to a two-year phone contract. This will allow people to use the latest handset technology without having to pay early termination charges.This will definitely appeal to mobile fanatics, for whom the 'latest model'...
TMNG launches smartphone lease plan in the US

Why your free-to-play users aren't coming back

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This story was contributed by Eric Seufert of mobile game developer Grey Area Labs. Retention is the foundation of the free-to-play model. If retention metrics don’t hold, a free-to-play title won’t make money. Conceptually, this makes sense: Lifetime Customer Value is a function of time spent in-game (lifetime) and...
Why your free-to-play users aren't coming back
The Modbook Pro returns, morphing a MacBook Pro into a pen-based tablet
Tablet game revenue to hit $3.1B by 2014

Basico Gets $500K To Launch Luxury Apparel Basics E-Commerce Brand For Brazil

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When it comes to quickly growing markets, it’s hard to beat Brazil, where an emerging middle class looking to spend disposable income is driving strong demand for all kinds of products — particularly in the e-commerce sector. The latest startup primed to take advantage of this boom is Basico, which...
Basico Gets $500K To Launch Luxury Apparel Basics E-Commerce Brand For Brazil
CHART OF THE DAY: Here's The Next Group Of U.S. Smartphone Buyers (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT)
Why Online Retailers Are Scrambling To Lure In Canadian Shoppers

Kindle Fire Claims 14 Percent of Tablet Market

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Apple’s leadership in the tablet market was shaken slightly in the fourth quarter of 2011, but not by competitors like Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. No, the iPad’s biggest rival was the newly introduced iPhone 4S. According to a report issued Thursday by IHS’s iSuppli, the iPad’s share...
Kindle Fire Claims 14 Percent of Tablet Market
Out of India: Meet tech’s latest global humanitarian

No Fitbit Or Fuelband Necessary. The Moves App Tracks Your Steps From The iPhone.

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For those of you who don’t have the disposable income or the obsessiveness of a Quantified Self devotee to try every single smart pedometer out there like the Fuelband, Fitbit or Jawbone Up, there’s an app for you. Called Moves, the free app just landed in the iOS store...
No Fitbit Or Fuelband Necessary. The Moves App Tracks Your Steps From The iPhone.

Nicklas Bendtner banned for 56 days after clocking 104mph in Porsche

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• Sunderland striker fined £660 for offence in December• Dane not present in court, no points added to licenceNicklas Bendtner has been banned from driving for 56 days and fined £660 after admitting speeding at almost 104mph in his Porsche.The Danish striker was late for a flight from Newcastle Airport...
Nicklas Bendtner banned for 56 days after clocking 104mph in Porsche

With iPhone Theft on the Rise, Protect Your Bubble’s Gadget Insurance Hopes to Break Into New York

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The last time Betabeat got mugged (8pm in the West Village by some a couple of jerkoff hipsters!), smartphones hadn't really been invented yet. Or maybe they had, but we didn't have enough disposable income to buy one. If we lost our iPhone today, however, we would be be, in...
With iPhone Theft on the Rise, Protect Your Bubble’s Gadget Insurance Hopes to Break Into New York
Research: Pay TV customers will cut existing bills before cutting cords

Today we spend 1/6 of our disposable income on clothes compared to 1950. And it shows. http://bit.ly/a5XIly

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Today we spend 1/6 of our disposable income on clothes compared to 1950. And it shows. http://bit.ly/a5XIly
Baby boomers are the real drivers of 'big data' demand

AMD throws 15% of its workforce off the sinking ship

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Bob Dylan once warned that the times are changing, but his lyrics couldn’t have prepared us for a world without AMD, the spunky chip designer that’s kept Intel honest (mostly) and ensured, by way of competition, that processor prices wouldn’t fly through the roof. Now it appears the floor is...
AMD throws 15% of its workforce off the sinking ship
Rutube, The YouTube Of Russia, Links Up With Facebook, Gets YouTube, Vimeo Videos

Local charities and community groups need to focus on online efforts

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Online marketing and donation tools can help grassroots organisations survive the current economic difficultiesThe UK has slipped back into recession, putting even more pressure on the collective national pocket. As disposable income and financial confidence shrink, what affect will this have on the UK's small, local charities and community groups?These...
Local charities and community groups need to focus on online efforts
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