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Bootstrap creators leave Twitter for Obvious and GitHub but vow to keep working on open-source project

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Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton (aka @mdo and @fat), who created front-end Web app development toolkit Bootstrap whilst working at Twitter, have decided to leave the social networking company. In a blog post, Otto and Thornton promise that they will both continue to work on the Bootstrap project, which was...
Bootstrap creators leave Twitter for Obvious and GitHub but vow to keep working on open-source project

Zynga Optimizes for Players Who Spend More Than $10K, Says Purported Former Zynga Engineer in AMA

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A person claiming to be a former Zynga engineer hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last night. As proof, he or she submitted a snapshot of a termination notice and claims to have quit and have no axe to grind. Take it with a grain of salt, but Redditors...
Zynga Optimizes for Players Who Spend More Than $10K, Says Purported Former Zynga Engineer in AMA

Today in APIs: Facebook, Bloomberg, RESTful Quandaries and 28 New APIs

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Sure, Facebook filed for an IPO today, but it also provided developers some great guidance on using real-time features in the Facebook API. And while Bloomberg’s lead news story is the Facebook IPO, in the API world it’s probably more interesting to look at Bloomberg’s new open platform. Plus: why...
Today in APIs: Facebook, Bloomberg, RESTful Quandaries and 28 New APIs

Going Direct

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Every few months, I like to share some analytics on this blog's audience. Here's the google analytics refer logs for the past thirty days: The thing that jumps out at me is the magnitude of the direct audience. If you add the direct category, this blog's RSS feed (Feedburner), and...
Going Direct

Fun Friday: Routines

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Someone suggested to me in the comments this past week that this fun friday be about Routines. If I could recall who it was, I would give them credit. Maybe you can identify yourself in the comments. In any case, we are going to talk about routines today. Every weekday...
Fun Friday: Routines

No Shortcuts, No Mercy: The Bloodsport Of Recruitment

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One year ago I wrote an article called “Why The New Guy Can’t Code,” about how the industry-standard process for hiring software engineers is broken, shortsighted, and counterproductive. It remains my most-read TC post. Of course, I was far from the first to say so, and even farther from the...
No Shortcuts, No Mercy: The Bloodsport Of Recruitment

Turning The Drama Down On Y Combinator V. Google Ventures

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I have a few thoughts on this Y Combinator/Google Ventures mess. Background: The original post is at Business Insider and includes a leaked email from Y Combinator founder Paul Graham. The email: If you’re talking to Google Ventures you may be part of a pattern. The pattern is: you’ve already...
Turning The Drama Down On Y Combinator V. Google Ventures

Build A Beautiful Data Dashboard With Leftronic

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Y Combinator-backed Leftronic is launching a new service allowing companies to create custom dashboards that visualize all of your company’s important data. With Leftronic, you can pull data from a number of services, including Google Analytics, Twitter, Chartceat, Mixpanel, and Zendesk, and then customize the layout with a drag-and-drop interface....
Build A Beautiful Data Dashboard With Leftronic

FoundersCard Kicks Off New Events to Expand Global Membership [Lifetime Discount Code]

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Mesh?! Patrick Bateman would be so jealous. FoundersCard, the Amex Black for aspirational startup types, has been on a hot streak, boasting a $1 million in revenue its first full year of business. The Soho-based service is a private membership card, not a credit card per se. But it offers...
FoundersCard Kicks Off New Events to Expand Global Membership [Lifetime Discount Code]

Cloud Computing Company Joyent Leaves Early Supporters Out In The Cold

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Back in 2006, cloud computing company Joyent offered a lifetime subscription to bundle of hosting services for a one time fee of $500. Now, according to an e-mail sent to customers, Joyent is pulling the plug on those lifetime accounts. Customers are predictably upset, but not for the reasons you...
Cloud Computing Company Joyent Leaves Early Supporters Out In The Cold

Look at that DuckDuckGo! Daily search traffic is ballooning, up 227% in 3 months

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True story: just yesterday I had a meeting with an entrepreneur, looked up something on his computer and noticed that he was using alternative search engine DuckDuckGo rather than Google or Bing. And, as pointed out on Hacker News yesterday, he’s apparently far from the only one using it. As...
Look at that DuckDuckGo! Daily search traffic is ballooning, up 227% in 3 months
Google gives Weather API the boot

Dear VCs: I'm Breaking Up With You

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"The game taught me the game. And it didn't spare the rod while teaching."  - Jesse Livermore There's a new bully in town. And I guess that's me, at least according to a VC who emailed me last week to complain about my blog post. He wrote that it was unfair...
Dear VCs: I'm Breaking Up With You

Judge holds Google to infringe 8 more Java files -- FOSS Patents was first to publish 6 of them

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I had to wait for this day -- yesterday, to be precise -- for almost 16 long months. But there are other people who believe in things they say and have to wait even longer, or don't even live to see, their vindication.On January 21, 2011, I published a blog...
Judge holds Google to infringe 8 more Java files -- FOSS Patents was first to publish 6 of them
First GitHub, Now Meteor: Andreessen Horowitz Backs Another Developer Favorites

Guy Who 'Hates To Be A Curmudgeon' Explains Why Yahoo Buying A 17-Year-Old's Startup For $30 Million Makes No Sense

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When a startup sells for multiple millions, other founders are left reeling. "Why him, not me?" they wonder. One Y Combinator founder, Origami's Vibhu Horby, vented publicly about this in a post that rose to the top of Hacker News over night. His article, "The Summly deal makes no sense"...
Guy Who 'Hates To Be A Curmudgeon' Explains Why Yahoo Buying A 17-Year-Old's Startup For $30 Million Makes No Sense

Garlic.js stores form values locally, so your users never lose any precious data

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Hot off the presses, Garlic.js is a new JQuery plugin made by French developer Guillaume Potier which serves quite a simple purpose: to prevent your users from losing their form data. It may sound a bit dry at first, but when it comes to acquiring new users, usability is everything, and that...
Garlic.js stores form values locally, so your users never lose any precious data

'Cyborg Attack' in Parisian McDonald's Raises Complicated Questions About Wearable Computing

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Mr. Mann (Photo: EyeTap Blog) On Monday, a post by University of Toronto professor Steve Mann about an attack he experienced at a Parisian McDonald’s made it to the front page of Hacker News, gripping the techno-focused in pure fascination. In an emotional retelling, Mr. Mann recounted how, while on...
'Cyborg Attack' in Parisian McDonald's Raises Complicated Questions About Wearable Computing

Careful, Twitter — remember what happened to MySpace and Digg

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Twitter sent some shock waves through the technology community with a blog post on Friday that talked about its plans for the future, and suggested that those plans don’t necessarily involve third-party services and apps. Although the company phrased its statement as a move designed to standardize the experience...
Careful, Twitter — remember what happened to MySpace and Digg

Feature Friday: Listen To This Blog

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A few days ago, I stared getting emails asking about avc.fm. Was this done with my approval? Did I know who was behind it? The answer was no and no so I tweeted this out and gave my approval.   AVC.fm, the unofficial blogcast of @AVC created by @VoiceBunny avc.fm...
Feature Friday: Listen To This Blog
Playhaven developer fired for making sexual jokes after SendGrid's developer evangelist outs him on Twitter

SingleHop launches Public Cloud to give customers "elastic" cloud infrastructure

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SingleHop, a Chicago-based infrastructure-as-a-service startup that manages some 12,000 servers for 5,000 clients, is today launching the SingleHop Public Cloud service. The service will allow SingleHop customers to utilize the VMWare cloud platform without having to deal with all of the technical aspects of its back-end — SingleHop is...
SingleHop launches Public Cloud to give customers "elastic" cloud infrastructure

Dropbox Is Doing The Smartest Thing It Can To Protect Itself From Google: Staffing Up In Mobile (GOOG)

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Dropbox is hiring a bunch of Android, iPhone and iPad developers to regear its file-storage service for mobile devices, according to a post listing job openings on Hacker News. It looks like the company is completely remaking its mobile applications — both for consumers and for businesses. Here are some of...
Dropbox Is Doing The Smartest Thing It Can To Protect Itself From Google: Staffing Up In Mobile (GOOG)

What Is The First Thing Jony Ive Needs To Do To Make The iPhone Better? (AAPL)

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Apple's iPhone and iPad software, iOS, has been quietly criticized by the techno-snoots as being boring and only incrementally improving from year to year. The basic look of the operating system has been the same since it was introduced in 2007. There have been a lot of great features added...
What Is The First Thing Jony Ive Needs To Do To Make The iPhone Better? (AAPL)
Web developers: Watch out for Meteor!

A Dongle Joke That Spiraled Way Out Of Control

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In an age of blogs, tweets, Hacker News, Reddit and Anonymous, an off-the-cuff joke can spin wildly out of control. At least it appears that’s what happened with PyCon this week when a sexual joke led to some very public firings, a virulent debate about women in technology, another virulent...
A Dongle Joke That Spiraled Way Out Of Control

Square suffers hour-long outage, confirms website and "some payments" were affected

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It’s been two weeks since Square announced a landmark partnership with Starbucks,  but the red-hot mobile payments startup experienced difficulties this evening (US time) after its payment app and website suffered outages that affected some payments. Squareup.com was down for an hour but, more importantly, a number of users reported (via...
Square suffers hour-long outage, confirms website and "some payments" were affected
Iran ‘celebrates’ 1979 revolution anniversary by blocking encrypted websites

Stack Exchange CTO Jeff Atwood Choses Life Over Work, Internet Applauds

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Mr. Atwood Yesterday, Stack Exchange CTO Jeff Atwood did the unthinkable, at least in Startupland where work is your life and companies are talked about and tended to with the same care as young children. On his blog Coding Horror, Mr. Atwood announced that effective March 1st, he would leave...
Stack Exchange CTO Jeff Atwood Choses Life Over Work, Internet Applauds
YC's first non-profit seeks to bring medical care to everyone on the planet
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