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Germany Increases 'You Are All Pirates' Tax On Solid State Media By 2000%

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Techflaws alerts us to an announcement by ZPÜ, the organization responsible for setting the levy on storage media in Germany, that fees will rise rather significantly (German original). For a USB stick with a capacity greater than 4 Gbytes, the tax would increase from 8 eurocents (about 10 cents) to...
Germany Increases 'You Are All Pirates' Tax On Solid State Media By 2000%

APIs cannot be copyrighted, judge says, torpedoing Oracle case against Android

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Ruling by Judge William Alsup stymies Oracle's aim of winning billions of dollars against Google over mobile operating systemOracle's high-profile lawsuit against Google, in which it claimed that the search giant's Android mobile software infringed both copyrights and patents obtained from Sun Microsystems, is in tatters after the judge in...
APIs cannot be copyrighted, judge says, torpedoing Oracle case against Android

AT&T CEO responds to paid 3G FaceTime rumor, says it's 'too early' to talk pricing

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has responded to rumors that Ma Bell plans to add an additional levy upon those planning to use FaceTime over cellular. Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm conference, he's quoted as saying that he'd "heard the same rumor," but that it was "too early to talk...
AT&T CEO responds to paid 3G FaceTime rumor, says it's 'too early' to talk pricing

Lover.ly Raises $500K To Be An Online, Visual Inspiration Engine For Weddings

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Lover.ly, an inspiration engine and Pinterest-like startup for weddings, has raised $500,000 from Joanne Wilson, Michael Edwards, Michael Yavonditte, Charles Smith, Anu Duggal, Jordan Levy, and Rick Webb. Launched in the Fall of 2011, Lover.ly is a centralized place that helps brides discover and save wedding ideas. The site is...
Lover.ly Raises $500K To Be An Online, Visual Inspiration Engine For Weddings

Sezion lets anyone collaborate on a song, could be the Instagram for amateur musicians

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Sezion is undoubtedly one of the most interesting startups to have come out of Telefónica’s acceleration program. As we reported, its presentation yesterday during the Wayra Madrid Demo Day made a big impression on the audience – and not only because its team played the electric guitar on stage. Launched...
Sezion lets anyone collaborate on a song, could be the Instagram for amateur musicians

Hiptype wants to be the Google Analytics for ebooks

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Retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble are already collecting data about how users are consuming ebooks on their platforms — but the book publishers themselves have no access to that retailer data, and they often have no idea who’s reading their ebooks or how readers are consuming them. The...
Hiptype wants to be the Google Analytics for ebooks

True&Co Takes $2M Seed Funding From First Round, SoftTech, Others To Shake Up The Bra Industry

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The women’s liberation movement once taught ladies to cast off their bras in solidarity and empowerment; now a new startup, founded by two women, is inverting that formula to make sure that when you put it back on, that bra fits like a glove. True&Co is launching an online bra...
True&Co Takes $2M Seed Funding From First Round, SoftTech, Others To Shake Up The Bra Industry

While publishers levy digital fees, Time Out goes free on London streets

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As tens of thousands of Olympics spectators visit London, Time Out Group has decided to abandon its £3.25 magazine cover price and distribute free on the city’s streets. From autumn, the magazine will be given away at London Underground stations in zones one and two. The publisher plans to distribute...
While publishers levy digital fees, Time Out goes free on London streets
Y Combinator-Backed Hiptype Launches A Google Analytics-Style Service For E-Books

Meet 'The Spectacle': Site gives you perfect nickname

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For less than the price of a fake ID, Custom Nickname will find you a personalized nickname of your very own. CNET Senior Copy Editor Karyne Levy tries it out. [Read more]...
Meet 'The Spectacle': Site gives you perfect nickname
Facebook's Eduardo Saverin renounces U.S. citizenship over IPO fees, but are taxes good for tech?

Excel to acquire ShoutOmatic, hopes for "the next big thing in social media"

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Excel, a publicly traded licensing, merchandising, and distribution company has announced intent to acquire ShoutOmatic, a social network of sorts that lets users record short voice status updates. The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. As for Excel’s reason for interest in this “ShoutOmatic,” that company states...
Excel to acquire ShoutOmatic, hopes for "the next big thing in social media"

Data-driven publishing: How Hiptype hopes to be the Google Analytics for eBooks

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If an online business wants to know the behaviour of (potential) customers, there are a plethora of tools out there to help them know. There’s Google Analytics, for starters. With such tools, they can glean crucial data, such as where customers decide to abandon the check-out process, or which sections...
Data-driven publishing: How Hiptype hopes to be the Google Analytics for eBooks
With startup True&Co, big data meets bra shopping

True&Co Raises $2 Million So You Can Try On Bras Online

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True&Co has raised a $2 million first round of financing from First Round Capital, SoftTech VC, Aileen Lee, SofBank Capital and former LinkedIn executive Ellen Levy. True&Co is looking to steal some of Victoria's Secret's thunder and give women a way to successfully shop for bras online. It takes their...
True&Co Raises $2 Million So You Can Try On Bras Online

Y Combinator Brings On Two New Partners, Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy

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Y Combinator is welcoming two new partners, Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy. Nathoo will also be the company's CFO. She's been working for the startup accelerator for a few years.  Levy was formerly a lawyer at Wilson Sonsini. There are now 11 Y Combinator partners, three of whom are women...
Y Combinator Brings On Two New Partners, Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy

Submarine cable operators to FCC: don't make us pay into broadband fund

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A coalition of submarine cable operators is balking at a proposal that  would end their exemption from contributing to the Universal Service Fund, a pool of money intended to improve access to telecommunications across America. In a recent objection filed with the FCC and reported by TeleGeography, a group of...
Submarine cable operators to FCC: don't make us pay into broadband fund

Portuguese opposition party wants 'terabyte tax,' voters want a new opposition party

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Portugal's opposition party, Partido Socialista, is pondering a tax on storage media under the flag of copyright protection. Under the proposal, consumers would pay €0.2 for every gigabyte of storage purchased, so a 1TB HDD would cost around €21 ($28) extra, plus an additional levy on devices over that...
Portuguese opposition party wants 'terabyte tax,' voters want a new opposition party

'Facebook tax' could make web companies pay for usage outside the US

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Leaked documents purportedly from the ITU reveal that the body is considering a levy on content-heavy services like Facebook and Netflix to pay for the bandwidth they use outside of the US. Tabled by lobbyists representing Europe's biggest cellphone networks, the proposal suggests that Google and others should shoulder...
'Facebook tax' could make web companies pay for usage outside the US

This Kickstarter project aims to paint an online portrait of a city

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Every now and then we come across a Kickstarter project that is just too good not to share, and Projet en Vue is certainly no exception. The project, launched by Oakland-based photographer Sati Faulks and journalist Saskia Levy-Sheon, takes a deeper look at the city of Oakland in California, by...
This Kickstarter project aims to paint an online portrait of a city
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Groupon Acquires NYC-Based Startup Hyperpublic

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Groupon has just acquired Hyperpublic, a NYC-based startup that’s spent the last two years building technology related to geo-location and the layers of information — like deals and events — that live on top of it. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but CEO Jordan Cooper describes it as a...
Groupon Acquires NYC-Based Startup Hyperpublic

Israel's Promodity bags $1.5m angel cash, launches free trial to help you boost marketing campaigns

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Promodity has closed a $1.5 million angel round, participated in by Gigi Levy-Weiss, member of local Israeli TechAviv Angels. In what it calls a celebration of sorts, the firm’s product will be free to use for marketers, its target audience, for limited time. The company works with marketing campaigns, nearly all of them. The...
Israel's Promodity bags $1.5m angel cash, launches free trial to help you boost marketing campaigns
T-Mobile: consumers do not want ‘one size fits all’ shared family data plans

Portuguese Artists Association Struggles To Get Even 100 Members On List In Favor Of Exorbitant New Private Copying Levies

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Few ideas display a sense of entitlement better than that of private copying levies. For they assume, by definition, that artists' representatives have a right to money from the public simply because there is some kind of storage that could be used to hold digital copies of copyright files, and...
Portuguese Artists Association Struggles To Get Even 100 Members On List In Favor Of Exorbitant New Private Copying Levies

Portugal proposal would tax computer, mobile storage [U]

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(Update: may be shelved) Portugal's opposition-status Socialist Party has made a proposal that could, in at least some cases, hike the prices of computers and mobile devices. Although ostensibly to focus on professionals, what Portugal's Exame Informatica saw (via TechEye) would add a levy of 20 euro cents per gigabyte...
Portugal proposal would tax computer, mobile storage [U]

The Levy flight

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Clay Shirky taught me this very cool mathematical concept that shows up in nature, and now in marketing and social media. An animal that forages will hang out in a small area, looking for nuts or berries, then will realize it has used up all the likely sources in this...
The Levy flight

Seth's Blog: The Levy flight

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Seth's Blog: The Levy flight

My Plans for SXSW

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Are you going to be in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest? So will I. So will Justin Levy and Colin Bower from New Marketing Labs. While we’re there, I’m definitely up for business meetings with people interested in talking about upcoming projects. I don’t like making set time...
My Plans for SXSW

Overcast, or, How I learned to stop whining and embrace the cloud

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By Carmi Levy, Betanews It's one of the most predictable responses in all of tech: Every time there's a blowup over some online service's privacy or data security lapses, if you stick your head out the window and focus yourself just so, you can hear the rumble in the distance...
Overcast, or, How I learned to stop whining and embrace the cloud
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