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How Disruption Works: Job Loss Isn't Really Job Loss
The dangerous culture of comfort
2U One-Ups MOOCs, Coursera, Now Offers Online Undergrad Courses From Top Schools For Credit

They Screwed Us. Right Before They Screwed Us Again. #poohead

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We just got screwed. More on this below. Nobody says “Web 2.0” anymore. The term just didn’t stand the test of time, long ago it became cliched. But a handful of years ago it had real meaning to a lot of us. It encompassed a lot of ideas, but chief...
They Screwed Us. Right Before They Screwed Us Again. #poohead
Peak Games acquires Saudi Arabia’s Kammelna Games as games go social in the Middle East

Google Offers Lip Service Response to Privacy Commissioners

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Last month, leaders from 10 countries co-authored a letter to Google criticizing the company's handling of privacy concerns when rolling out new technologies. On Friday, Google sent a response to that letter, which it identified as an "invitation to us to reiterate our core commitments to privacy". Google's response does...
Google Offers Lip Service Response to Privacy Commissioners

Does Anyone Who Develops New Products In Hollywood Ask 'Would I Ever Actually Use This?'

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For all the lip service the MPAA has been paying to the claim that it loves tech innovations and wants to work with the tech industry to build cool things, why is it that every new "innovation" the industry comes up with only seems to make life complicated for people...
Does Anyone Who Develops New Products In Hollywood Ask 'Would I Ever Actually Use This?'

Former RIM CEO: Stepping Down was a Hard Decision, Buying $50 Million in Additional Stock was Easy

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Mike Lazaridis, the Greek Canadian businessman who founded Research In Motion (RIM) and recently stepped down as the company's co-Chief Executive Officer, is putting his money where his mouth is. Lazaridis wholeheartedly believes big things are in store for RIM, and while it might be easy to dismiss his outwardly...
Former RIM CEO: Stepping Down was a Hard Decision, Buying $50 Million in Additional Stock was Easy

Google Now Translates As Much Text in a Day As Human Pros Can in a Year

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Today, Google announced that their translation engine, which is premised on simple machine learning techniques multiplied by vast volumes of data, now receives 200 million users per day. The scale of the service spins out some crazy stats about Google's role in language today. Here's Franz Och, a research scientist...
Google Now Translates As Much Text in a Day As Human Pros Can in a Year
"Okay Glass, now try to do everything imaginable right out of the box"

Decide.com Says It Will Accurately Predict Prices or Your Money Back

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Decide.com helps eliminate buyer’s remorse by predicting whether the price of products will rise or fall. Now it’s confident enough about some of its deals that it’s offering a money-back guarantee. Starting today, Decide.com will choose 10 deals that it is so confident about that if its prediction proves wrong,...
Decide.com Says It Will Accurately Predict Prices or Your Money Back

7 Ways to Motivate Your Startup Team — Without Giving Away Equity

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Startup entrepreneurs live, eat and breathe their companies. Catching a quick catnap under your desk counts as a good night's sleep. But how do you get the same level of commitment from mere employees? Typically, the answer has been to award them significant chunks of the company in the...
7 Ways to Motivate Your Startup Team — Without Giving Away Equity

Is the FCC planning to propose some new broadband math?

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U.S. broadband needs a facelift, becoming faster, fatter and going farther if the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission has his way. In a speech Tuesday, Julius Genachowski did what I’m beginning to think of as the “Julius shuffle”, where he takes two steps forward calling for innovation, competition and...
Is the FCC planning to propose some new broadband math?

ICANN's Sense Of Entitlement Takes Over; Shocked It Lost Its Bid To Retain IANA

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Via Lauren Weinstein, we find out that ICANN has effectively lost its bid to retain control over IANA functions, though the fact that everyone else sucks too means it gets to hang on for at least six more months. In the meantime, though, it appears the whole thing took an...
ICANN's Sense Of Entitlement Takes Over; Shocked It Lost Its Bid To Retain IANA
500friends raises $5 million to focus on "omnichannel." Really, though

Tech Moves: SEOMoz hires CTO; Milk’s Kevin Rose joins Google; and more

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Skinner SEOmoz continues to grow, with CEO Rand Fishkin telling a crowd of entrepreneurs that the Seattle upstart is on pace to hit $18 million in revenue this year. Now, the maker of software to manage SEO efforts has hired Anthony Skinner as CTO to help manage the technical operations. Skinner,...
Tech Moves: SEOMoz hires CTO; Milk’s Kevin Rose joins Google; and more
Iraq Veterans Launch RallyPoint: A LinkedIn For The Military (And Life After)

Dance Like Michael Jackson--But Lead Like Cortés

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Urban Airship is a Portland, Oregon-based company that helps power and glean analytics from the push notifications companies send you via their apps. Companies as diverse as ESPN, Groupon, USA Today, Walgreens, and NBC Universal use Urban Airship's services. This week, Urban Airship is announcing a new feature that allows...
Dance Like Michael Jackson--But Lead Like Cortés

Barnes & Noble's Web Terms Of Service Not Enforceable Without Evidence That They Were Seen

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For all the talk about the customer being right, the general attitude of most companies is that the customer is little more than a necessary evil. Between treating them like thieves by insisting on DRM, tying them up with EULAs that kick in as soon as the box is opened...
Barnes & Noble's Web Terms Of Service Not Enforceable Without Evidence That They Were Seen

The Cost of Paying Lip Service

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I just read this piece by David Weinberger about how the Internet wasn’t especially useful to him during the traffic misery caused by the Iceland volcano issue. The services work fine when everything is going well, but when the crisis hit, the sites became immediately useless. I’m not surprised, but...
The Cost of Paying Lip Service

Does Anyone Who Develops New Products In Hollywood Ask 'Would I Ever Actually Use This?'

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For all the lip service the MPAA has been paying to the claim that it loves tech innovations and wants to work with the tech industry to build cool things, why is it that every new "innovation" the industry comes up with only seems to make life complicated for people...
Does Anyone Who Develops New Products In Hollywood Ask 'Would I Ever Actually Use This?'

Gay culture doesn't begin and end with Grindr and the scene | Paul Burston

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Now that gay people have won the right to marry along with other freedoms, it's time we reclaimed all of culture for ourselvesIf I say the words "gay culture"', what do you think of? Pride parades with muscle boys in leather hot pants? Kylie Minogue? Antiquated drag queens miming to...
Gay culture doesn't begin and end with Grindr and the scene | Paul Burston

Cartoon Network may take on Angry Birds with own digital IP

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'I don't think everything has to be created as a show,' says Turner Animation boss Stuart SnyderCartoon Network is considering developing original content as apps and games first rather than as TV shows, in an effort to create its own digital brands to rival the likes of Angry Birds."One of...
Cartoon Network may take on Angry Birds with own digital IP

VMware to join OpenStack: Now what?

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If VMware’s application to join the OpenStack Foundation is approved, it could mean several things for the server virtualization kingpin. First, it adds more weight to the argument that VMware “gets” open source. Last month, news of its acquisition of Nicira, an OpenStack contributor, showed that VMware might be more...
VMware to join OpenStack: Now what?
The cost of losing a customer’s trust

Game Publisher Stardock Apologizes To Its Customers For Releasing A Subpar Game... By Giving Them Its Latest Game Free

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One of the best things you can do for your business is have the guts to stand up and take full responsibility for your screwups. Too often, businesses tend to minimize their errors or sweep the screwup under the rug. This works right up until the public notices and when...
Game Publisher Stardock Apologizes To Its Customers For Releasing A Subpar Game... By Giving Them Its Latest Game Free

ICANN's Sense Of Entitlement Takes Over; Shocked It Lost Its Bid To Retain IANA

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Via Lauren Weinstein, we find out that ICANN has effectively lots its bid to retain control over IANA functions, though the fact that everyone else sucks too means it gets to hang on for at least six more months. In the meantime, though, it appears the whole thing took an...
ICANN's Sense Of Entitlement Takes Over; Shocked It Lost Its Bid To Retain IANA
Google Encourages Going Green For Earth Day With "Nature's Engineers" Micro Site

Court Tells FCC It Has No Mandate To Enforce Net Neutrality (And That's A Good Thing)

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This should come as no surprise, given that the court indicated this a few months back, but it's now official that the FCC has no power to mandate net neutrality or to punish Comcast (even with a gentle wrist slap) for its traffic shaping practices. Lots of people seem upset...
Court Tells FCC It Has No Mandate To Enforce Net Neutrality (And That's A Good Thing)

On Lack Of IT Readiness - And Innovators Dilemma. VMware Delivers A Sad Reality

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Editor’s note: Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. More about Ben here. He hangs out 24*7 on Twitter. At VMware’s annual extravaganza in San Francisco this past week, VMware’s application to join OpenStack was announced. The keynote in which it was announced held somewhere around...
On Lack Of IT Readiness - And Innovators Dilemma. VMware Delivers A Sad Reality
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