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Outdoor gear retailer REI gets its geek on, names several techies to board

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REI may be known for ice axes and backpacks. But the Seattle online retailer is getting a little geeky in the board room.   The company today announced that it has named venture capitalist Steven Hooper —  the former CEO of AT&T Wireless and co-founder of Ignition Partners — and...
Outdoor gear retailer REI gets its geek on, names several techies to board

Samsung's network biz is on a roll: Lands first European 4G deal with 3 UK

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3 UK may not get its 4G network running until 2013, but when it does it will have a distinct Asian flavor. The UK mobile operator revealed it has awarded Samsung its LTE contract, giving the Korean vendor not only its first 4G win in Europe, but its first major...
Samsung's network biz is on a roll: Lands first European 4G deal with 3 UK

Braintree Raises $35 Million to Tackle PayPal's Core Business

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Braintree, which promises to simplify payments for retailers online and mobile, has raised another round of capital. The second round totaling $35 million was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from other investors, including Accel Partners, RRE Ventures and Greycroft. The Library of Virginia The payments company said the cash would go towards...
Braintree Raises $35 Million to Tackle PayPal's Core Business

Obama Campaign Dominates Social Media

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The incumbent's online campaign far exceeds that of GOP challenger Mitt Romney, posting nearly four times the content and staying active on more platforms, a study reveals....
Obama Campaign Dominates Social Media

AMD Will Build 64-bit ARM based Opteron CPUs for Servers, Production in 2014

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Last year AMD officially became an ARM licensee, although the deal wasn't publicized at the time. Fast forward to June 2012 and we saw the first fruits of that deal: AMD announced it would integrate ARM's Cortex A5 core into its 2013 APUs to enable TrustZone support. Today comes...
AMD Will Build 64-bit ARM based Opteron CPUs for Servers, Production in 2014
Maine gamer wins election despite anti-Warcraft attacks

The Thin Line Between $1 Billion And Going Out Of Business – A Conversation With Instagram's Kevin Systrom

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Before becoming a millionaire hundreds of times over when Facebook bought his startup for $1 billion, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom spoke at Business Insider's Ignition West conference just a few weeks ago. At the conference, Kevin and I had a conversation that is, in retrospect, pretty enlightening. I told Kevin...
The Thin Line Between $1 Billion And Going Out Of Business – A Conversation With Instagram's Kevin Systrom

Oracle's Fight for the Future

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In the continuing trial over whether or not Google violated copyright and patents belonging to Oracle, the biggest question is not in the lawsuit. Why is Oracle suing, and what does it really want? The answer has much to do with a once-disruptive company that now finds itself an incumbent...
Oracle's Fight for the Future

Strategy For Startups: The Innovator’s Dilemma

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Editor’s Note: A guest post by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, the company behind Base CRM. Strategy. Unfortunately, it suffers from a bad reputation among startups. It is associated with consultants who are paid millions of dollars only to come back with a two-by-two matrix of animals....
Strategy For Startups: The Innovator’s Dilemma
Watch this: Barry Diller on Aereo's future and why buying Newsweek was a mistake

With "Wish Lists," Grabio Creates the One Thing Most "Sell Your Stuff" Marketplaces Lack: Liquidity

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If there was ever a time to dethrone Craigslist, it’s now. The company’s bare bones online marketplace has been a source of “macro-angst” for years. Yet no one’s been able to displace it because that’s where the buyers, renters and job hunters are. Without those people, a marketplace is...
With "Wish Lists," Grabio Creates the One Thing Most "Sell Your Stuff" Marketplaces Lack: Liquidity
PayPal exec scooped up by Square to lead international expansion

Google Drive detailed: 5 GB for free, launching next week for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS

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Sometimes we get lucky, and today is one of those days. I got a draft release from a partner of Google’s upcoming Google Drive service and it gives away a wealth of information about how Google plans to take on the incumbent Dropbox. The short story? 5 GB of storage,...
Google Drive detailed: 5 GB for free, launching next week for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS

Worry About an Apple Television? Don't Make Samsung Laugh.

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Smug complacency. That seems to be the standard TV industry response to rumors of an Apple HDTV. Back in December, Sharp’s Kozo Takahashi dismissed the potential threat Apple might pose to the TV market, saying consumers are far more focused on price, picture quality and size than any advanced technology...
Worry About an Apple Television? Don't Make Samsung Laugh.

Political Content On Social Media More Negative Than Positive

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Findings from a Pew report has shown that negative political comments on social media outweigh positive ones. "Relentlessly negative" was the phrase used, with both candidates' poll ratings largely unchanged, despite campaign events. Worst offender was Twitter-- but that is probably because all the best jokes are the rude ones,...
Political Content On Social Media More Negative Than Positive

HTC said readying Beats-tinged streaming music service

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HTC could get into its own proper music service and more if sources are accurate. Beats co-creator and Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine was said by GigaOM's contacts to be working with HTC on a streaming music service that would be built-in with each phone and tablet. Details of how it...
HTC said readying Beats-tinged streaming music service

Diaspora's curse

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Diaspora, the “open Facebook alternative” (NYT story for background if you aren’t familiar), has raised Over $170,000 from over 4600 people in just a few weeks. All for an idea. That’s an impressive start if victory was measured in press coverage, cash, and cool. Here’s the problem: Diaspora has all...
Diaspora's curse

Cory Booker Is Keeping His Options Open Online

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According to a Wall Street Journal report, Newark Mayor Cory Booker is now considering a 2014 run for the Senate seat currently occupied by 88-year-old Frank Lautenberg after mounting speculation he would challenge incumbent New Jersey Governor Chris Christie next year. On the internet, a close advisor to Mr. Booker...
Cory Booker Is Keeping His Options Open Online

Do Network Effects Span Geographies

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Three years ago most western european countries had a local social network that was the most popular social net in the country. Today Facebook is dominant in most of western europe and those local social nets have been bypassed.It would seem that Facebook leveraged the size of its network (approaching...
Do Network Effects Span Geographies

AT&T's Screen Pack Is No Netflix Competitor, And We Shouldn't Pretend That It Is

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So AT&T announced at its developers conference at CES today that it will be launching a new service, called Screen Pack, which promises U-Verse subscribers access to unlimited streaming of some crappy movies on tablets and other devices for $5 a month. It’s got people saying that with this new...
AT&T's Screen Pack Is No Netflix Competitor, And We Shouldn't Pretend That It Is

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

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Yesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees. They call this proposed amendment the Innovator's Patent Agreement. I've been aware of this effort inside of Twitter for a while and I like to call this move the "Twitter Patent Hack" because...
The Twitter "Patent Hack"

Le Web London Hears A Warning - Big Cos. Are About To Start Copying Startup Sharing Strategies [TCTV]

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Long-time analyst and noted commentator Jeremiah Owyang, partner at research company Altimeter Group, spoke at Le Web in London today about the so-called ‘sharing economy’ and had a few home truths to impart, especially to big businesses being disrupted by startups. Owyang thinks there are two things going on...
Le Web London Hears A Warning - Big Cos. Are About To Start Copying Startup Sharing Strategies [TCTV]

It's Unnatural

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It's Unnatural: Sarah Lacy talking about Google+ on PandoDaily: We simply don’t need another social network, no matter how great your circles are or how badly Larry Page wants to have one.  Agreed. The problem, which Google really, truly does not seem to understand is that at the end of...
It's Unnatural

Google Drive SDK announced, but APIs are only for Web apps right now

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Google launched its long-awaited cloud storage offering today. The service, which is called Google Drive, will compete with incumbent Dropbox and Microsoft’s Skydrive. Alongside the launch this morning, Google also announced the availability of an SDK that will allow third-party developers to integrate with the service. The new Google...
Google Drive SDK announced, but APIs are only for Web apps right now

The Dogs of War: Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft

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It’s hard to grasp the breathtaking scale of the epic war between Microsoft, Google and Apple. Billions upon billions of dollars. Entire industries at stake. This is the board. These are the pieces. If you think about it, what’s shocking isn’t the size of Microsoft or Apple, companies that...
The Dogs of War: Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft

Barry Diller: Aereo's grand plan is to create original content for its eventual customers

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Today at the All Things D: 11 conference, Chariman of IAC and Expedia Barry Diller and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker talked to Walt Mossberg about the future of television. Mossberg kicked off the discussion by asking diller about ‘charging for something that’s free’. “I don’t want to beat up...
Barry Diller: Aereo's grand plan is to create original content for its eventual customers

Don't Call it a Lobby: New Startup Platform 1776 To Help Companies Tap D.C. Power

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It's a hard truth confronted by many a would-be world-changing entrepreneur that the industries that seem most ripe for disruption are also the businesses most heavily regulated, putting that dream of a tech company that revolutionizes education or health care or transportation a little farther out of reach. So what's...
Don't Call it a Lobby: New Startup Platform 1776 To Help Companies Tap D.C. Power
Amazon's dead serious about the enterprise cloud

This Story About A Startup CEO Who Got Canned Months After Turning Down $100 Million Will Make Your Stomach Turn

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Pretty much the worst nightmare of any startup CEO and cofounder just came true for Brett O'Brien, according to PandoDaily's Michael Carney. O'Brien is the CEO, chairman, and co-founder of a startup called Viddy, which makes a video-sharing app. At least, he was all those things until this week. Last...
This Story About A Startup CEO Who Got Canned Months After Turning Down $100 Million Will Make Your Stomach Turn

Activist shareholder Starboard completely trashes AOL in 96 slides

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We were aware that activist fund Starboard Value wasn’t exactly a fan of the way AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and co run the aging Internet giant, but this ‘investor presentation’ filed with the SEC yesterday is still a must-read. In just south of 100 slides, Starboard throws tons and figures,...
Activist shareholder Starboard completely trashes AOL in 96 slides
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