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India's Spotify, Dhingana explodes past 15M active users, launches on Windows 8

Imgur Partners With Brisk And “Scumbag Steve” For Meme-ified Ads

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Imgur has built a massive audience for the sometimes amusing, sometimes adorable images and memes that it hosts. Now it faces another challenge: Making money. With 2 billion monthly page views, advertising seems like an obvious business plan. The problem, says CEO Alan Schaaf, is that “the Imgur audience has...
Imgur Partners With Brisk And “Scumbag Steve” For Meme-ified Ads

Tech's stimulus boost

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Here's one group you won't hear complaining too bitterly about government spending: Tech executives. They may be deficit hawks when it comes to their own balance sheets, but leaders of the largest technology companies these days are positioning global stimulus packages - including the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus plan...
Tech's stimulus boost
Cheating and deception are at Reddit’s core, founder reveals

Startup Spotlight: Monchilla looks to take on Quickbooks with new accounting service

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If you’ve ever taken an accounting course or have run your own business, you know that accounting is a huge pain.  Sadly, it’s a necessary evil for every business.  But Monchilla is looking to make it a a little more tolerable. The self-funded team of eleven has spent the past 2.5...
Startup Spotlight: Monchilla looks to take on Quickbooks with new accounting service
Thinglist: A Note-Taking App That Keeps Track of Your Every Wish
This Week in Crazy Policies That Are Out of Touch With the Public: The London Olympics

No Pop Equals a Flop? Welcome to the Irrational World of Public Markets, Facebook

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Disappointing. Dud. Lackluster. Underwhelming. Facebook shares didn’t blow up like pretty much everyone thought they would. (And stop saying you told us so, it’s too easy to be a nay-sayer.) Because no one managed our fragile, sky-high expectations, we are sorely let down. At least, that’s how most financial coverage...
No Pop Equals a Flop? Welcome to the Irrational World of Public Markets, Facebook

No phone signal? What bliss | Alex Clark

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Were you a victim of the 02 network problem? How lucky you wereMuch of my working life is spent in a basement, where the advantages include easy access to garden, kettle and fridge, plus a certain sort of troglodyte peacefulness; and the main disadvantage is that it is largely impossible...
No phone signal? What bliss | Alex Clark

WordPress.org bans Themeforest members from participating in official WordCamp gatherings

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A storm is fast approaching the WordPress community, as a controversy involving the WordPress Foundation and Themeforest creator Envato has left all participating Themeforest merchants banned from attending WordCamps, the largest “official” gatherings surrounding WordPress. At the heart of this issue are differing interpretations of GPL licensing, and now many of WordPress’...
WordPress.org bans Themeforest members from participating in official WordCamp gatherings

For the Silicon Valley Ecosystem, Politics Can’t be a Dirty Word

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Politics is considered a dirty word, not just at dinner parties and among mixed company, but also within much of the startup ecosystem. It seems that since the political system can’t be hacked as consistently or predictably as the social graph its importance has has been largely ignored. At a...
For the Silicon Valley Ecosystem, Politics Can’t be a Dirty Word

Sony patent wants to make advertising more interactive

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We all know adverts are a necessary evil, which is why different companies are trying to make them more personalized, more engaging or just plain get rid of them. In a recently granted patent, Sony outlines its ideas for next-gen advertising on network-connected devices -- essentially to make it...
Sony patent wants to make advertising more interactive

Unlike “Thermonuclear” Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He’d Rather “Settle” Litigation

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Looks like Tim Cook doesn’t quite want to go as “thermonuclear” on rival phone makers as Apple founder Steve Jobs did. Cook didn’t sound so eager to pursue patent infringement suits against Samsung, Motorola and HTC on today’s quarterly earnings call. “I’d highly prefer to settle versus battle,” Cook said on...
Unlike “Thermonuclear” Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He’d Rather “Settle” Litigation
How Dell should go big now that it has gone private
Business cards go high-tech with programmable NFC chips [video]

Blogger Who Quit The Internet For A Year Had A Horrible Time

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Blogger Who Quit The Internet For A Year Had A Horrible Time: Yours truly, a year ago writing about Paul Miller's decision to "quit" the internet for a year: In my month away from email, I didn't miss it at all. Not for one second. Unfortunately, it's a necessary evil...
Blogger Who Quit The Internet For A Year Had A Horrible Time

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

Adolfo Farsari – The Man Who Shot Old Japan

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Adolfo Farsari was quite a character.  An Italian who emmigrated to the USA with the sole intention of fighting in the Civil War (he was a fervent abolitionist) he eventually arrived in Japan.  He was one of the few foreign photographers allowed to set up shop there in 1880s....
Adolfo Farsari – The Man Who Shot Old Japan
Measuring interruptions: How to keep your software development team in the 'zone'

YC-Alum Lockitron Is Back With A New Kit That Allows Smartphones To Control Dumb Deadbolts

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Locks are a necessary evil. They keep the bad guys out while allowing good guys in. The Lockitron aims to make the point of entry as safe as possible, but also as convenient as possible. Plus, it’s packed full of features including remote management, proximity entry through Bluetooth, and, even...
YC-Alum Lockitron Is Back With A New Kit That Allows Smartphones To Control Dumb Deadbolts

Facebook implements new policy to crack down on objectionable ad material

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No one really likes ads, but for better or worse, they're a sort of necessary evil when it comes to, you know, making money online. And while Facebook's not likely to stop sprinkling your stream with paid content, the social network announced a new plan today to tackle some...
Facebook implements new policy to crack down on objectionable ad material

The difference between being a founder and a hired CEO

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When I founded my own startup, I thought I knew what I was getting into: after all, I had been a senior manager at eBay, managing director at Gumtree and chief operating officer at Zoopla. But since starting Adzuna in 2011, I’ve realized that being a founder can be very,...
The difference between being a founder and a hired CEO

AppAide Is an Interesting, Flawed App Discovery Service

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Sales are a poor metric for judging a product. McDonald’s probably sells more hamburgers in an hour than the diner a block away from my apartment sells in a year, but I don’t think anyone (except maybe this guy) would say that McDonald’s hamburgers are better than the diner’s. The “higher sales...
AppAide Is an Interesting, Flawed App Discovery Service

Apple's Patent War Against Android May Lead to Settlements Under Tim Cook's Influence

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Bloomberg Businessweek publishes a cover story on the ongoing patent war between Apple and Android, outlining the history of the disputes between Apple and Android manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung and Motorola. The report notes that Apple has actually experienced only limited success in its legal efforts, suggesting that Steve...
Apple's Patent War Against Android May Lead to Settlements Under Tim Cook's Influence

Here Comes The Fund, Do Do Do Do, The Mega Fund

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In a blog post Tuesday, 3-year old venture firm Andreessen Horowitz announced its third fund, a $1.5 billion monster that brings the firm’s total capital under management to $2.7 billion. The news not only cements the firm’s place among the upper echelons of the Silicon Valley VC elite, but is...
Here Comes The Fund, Do Do Do Do, The Mega Fund
CoverHound Lands $4.5M From RRE, Bullpen & Blumberg To Become The Kayak Of Online Insurance

Is Data Throttling a Necessary Evil for Cellphone Carriers?

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Data throttling has become a common practice for cellphone carriers. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all say they do it to some customers to keep their networks usable for everyone. But that doesn't mean throttling is the only and best solution. Among the suggestions; Charging volume users more....
Is Data Throttling a Necessary Evil for Cellphone Carriers?

Twitter Search Now Parses Shortened Links for Keywords

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Twitter just made a small, but important change to its search service available at search.twitter.com. It's now parsing shortened URLs in order to discover additional keywords to aid in searches. In other words, Twitter isn't only returning tweets where your search term is found in the 140 characters of text...
Twitter Search Now Parses Shortened Links for Keywords
Apple changes App Store search without warning, costs developers sales

Carriers hate the iPhone

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Apple’s iPhone is the most profitable product offered by the most valuable company in the world. With only three iPhone models in its lineup, the Cupertino-based technology giant shipped more smartphones last quarter than any other vendor in the world. Carriers that sell Apple’s sought-after smartphone enjoy huge activation...
Carriers hate the iPhone
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