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Bret Easton Ellis contemplates American Psycho sequel

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US author delights Twitter followers with multi-tweet ideas session, finishing with tentative plans to start writingBret Easton Ellis appears to be pondering a sequel to his most famous novel, American Psycho, in which his antihero Patrick Bateman might stalk Gavin Rossdale, murder David Beckham and slit Chris Martin's throat.The novelist...
Bret Easton Ellis contemplates American Psycho sequel

The Rise Of Social Commerce [DECK]

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Yesterday, we hosted our Social Commerce Summit in New York. To kick off the conference, our BI Intelligence team—Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Alex Cocotas, and I—put together a deck on the current trends in e-commerce, including the explosion of innovation in the past few years. We focused on the impact of social...
The Rise Of Social Commerce [DECK]
Mitt Romney's New App Misspells America, Twitter Goes Wild

New speech-jamming gun hints at dystopian Big Brother future

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Japanese researchers have created a hand-held gun (pictured above) that can jam the words of speakers who are more than 30 meters (100ft) away. The gun has two purposes, according to the researchers: At its most basic, this gun could be used in libraries and other quiet spaces to stop...
New speech-jamming gun hints at dystopian Big Brother future
Investing in Disruptive Technology to Compete for the Future

Why I won’t be using Menshn, and you shouldn’t either

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When Menshn — a new “topical chat” service intended to rival Twitter, started by U.K. politician Louise Mensch — launched on Tuesday, I went to take a look. And almost immediately the site, which effectively allows to engage in Twitter-like conversations about pre-determined political topics, had me grinding my teeth....
Why I won’t be using Menshn, and you shouldn’t either

You and This YouTube Video Can Stop A Warlord: KONY 2012

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Joseph Kony is one of world’s worst war criminals. By using the Internet to make him famous, he can be brought to justice. The Invisible Children project’s goal is to reach 20 culture makers including Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates and 12 policy makers including John Kerry and Mitt Romney...
You and This YouTube Video Can Stop A Warlord: KONY 2012
President Obama orders federal agencies to optimize sites for smartphones and tablets

Ready, Set, Crowdfund: President Obama To Sign JOBS Act Tomorrow

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On March 22nd, a slightly modified “Jumpstart Our Business Startups (or JOBS) Act” was approved by the Senate in a 73-26 vote. Last week, the House of Representatives, too, showed its support for the bill, giving it the green light in its own 380 to 41 vote. Tomorrow, President Obama...
Ready, Set, Crowdfund: President Obama To Sign JOBS Act Tomorrow

LIVE: Groupon's First Ever Earnings! (GRPN)

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Groupon's earnings are going to be out in a few minutes and as soon as they hit we'll have the numbers filled in here. Click here for the latest. What are we looking for? Below is a preview of the metrics the Street is interested in: EPS: $0.03 (Street...
LIVE: Groupon's First Ever Earnings! (GRPN)

Attention politicians: For every ‘prison-wage’ job shipped to Shenzhen, the App Economy has created a healthy job in the US

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American politicians are in a hullabaloo over the 500,000 Foxconn prison-wage jobs in China that they claim could be stationed in the United States, but no one seems to pay attention to the booming “App Economy” that created roughly the same amount of decent jobs stateside. Both sides of...
Attention politicians: For every ‘prison-wage’ job shipped to Shenzhen, the App Economy has created a healthy job in the US

'Star Trek' in the White House: Obama and Uhura go Vulcan

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Actress Nichelle Nichols of Lt. Uhura fame posts a photo of she and the president flashing the Vulcan salute in the Oval Office. [Read more]...
'Star Trek' in the White House: Obama and Uhura go Vulcan

Path's Loudest Investor Just Publicly Told It To Delete Its User Data

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Mike Arrington, an investor in Path, just called out the company and Dave Morin after it was revealed that Path is storing address book data. He told Morin and his company that it should just delete all the stored address books on its servers on his personal blog, Uncrunched....
Path's Loudest Investor Just Publicly Told It To Delete Its User Data

Cable Companies Have Launched A Massive Attack Against Boxee Over Set-Top Boxes

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There's a complicated debate going on between Boxee and other TV tuner businesses and the cable companies over how available the FCC should make basic cable. As it stands, cable subscribers don't need a cable box for basic cable — they can get it straight through the wall. That...
Cable Companies Have Launched A Massive Attack Against Boxee Over Set-Top Boxes

Get Up Close And Personal With ZocDoc, Hiidef, And LivePerson

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Check out this video as Anthony de Rosa, social media editor at Reuters, takes a look at three prominent startups in the New York City scene. He interviews the founders at ZocDoc, Hiidef, and LivePerson to see how they work and what lessons they've learned since forming their companies....
Get Up Close And Personal With ZocDoc, Hiidef, And LivePerson

Google launches Hangout series ‘Versus’, featuring Richard Branson and Julian Assange in its first debate

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For the most part we’ve seen Google+ turn into a great marketing tool for celebrities to connect with their fans, from Japanese girlbands and Egyptian pop stars to international stars like David Beckham and Will.I.Am. In between all the star-studded Hangouts, we’ve also had seen some interesting political and global...
Google launches Hangout series ‘Versus’, featuring Richard Branson and Julian Assange in its first debate

Knight Foundation and Mozilla invest $1m in crowdsourced video translation project Amara

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Knight Foundation and Mozilla have joined forces to invest $1m in Amara, the two entities announced today. A pioneer in crowdsourced video translation, the platform was previously known as Universal Subtitles. In practical terms, Amara lets volunteers easily collaborate to create subtitles for all sorts of videos. While leveraging their language skills, its...
Knight Foundation and Mozilla invest $1m in crowdsourced video translation project Amara

Why trailblazing Amazon should take on the publishing establishment

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Scaremongers who warn of of a potential Amazon monopoly conveniently forget that one already exists in shape of legacy publishersAs the author of nine novels (the most recent, The Detachment, published by Amazon) and four self-published works, I've long been curious about why so many people are frightened of a potential future...
Why trailblazing Amazon should take on the publishing establishment

A/B Tester Optimizely Raises Funding From Battery And Google Ventures, Plans Mobile Launch

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Optimizely, the Y Combinator-incubated startup that helps companies A/B test their websites, just announced that it has raised new funding from Battery Ventures, Google Ventures, and InterWest Partners. The startup previously raised $1.2 million from angels including Ron Conway, Chris Sacca, and Ashton Kutcher, but this is its first venture...
A/B Tester Optimizely Raises Funding From Battery And Google Ventures, Plans Mobile Launch

SpaceX founder Elon Musk just posted this epic (and much deserved) tweet

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Just when he thought his week couldn’t get much better — what could top pioneering private space travel? — Elon Musk, the serial entrepreneur behind SpaceX, got a call from President Obama which prompted him to post this epic tweet. The President just called to say congrats. Caller ID was...
SpaceX founder Elon Musk just posted this epic (and much deserved) tweet

Google+ plans hangout with local pop star as it looks to crack the Middle East

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We’ve already spotted at least three articles in the past 24 hours with the words ‘Google+’ and ‘Ghost Town’ in the title, since a report came out yesterday claiming that users only spend an average of 3 minutes per month on Google+. While we don’t agree with that analysis of...
Google+ plans hangout with local pop star as it looks to crack the Middle East
White House announces new privacy "Bill of Rights," Do Not Track agreement

Why did MPAA exec join Internet Society?

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Paul Brigner campaigned for SOPA, but now he says he's 'adjusted' his thinking. Is he a mole? No, he's just woken up to realityLate in March, I started to get a steady stream of emails from concerned readers: did you see that the Internet Society has appointed the former chief...
Why did MPAA exec join Internet Society?

President Obama test drives a Sphero on Boulder visit

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President Obama was in the Centennial State last night, hyping up an enthusiastic crowd at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Coors Events Center. Of course, he couldn't help but take some time to check out some some of the local innovation. The President took a few moments out...
President Obama test drives a Sphero on Boulder visit

Romney Campaign: Square "Could Be Huge," And Other Digital Trends In Politics

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If 2008 was the year that Facebook and YouTube cracked the mainstream in politics, then 2012 will be the year that most every other digital tool breaks the dam wide open on the campaign scene. It's no longer enough for politicians to just be on Twitter--now almost all serious candidates...
Romney Campaign: Square "Could Be Huge," And Other Digital Trends In Politics

Kony 2012 and the politics of sending a brutal villain viral | Nicky Woolf

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A video highlighting Uganda's Joseph Kony and the LRA has raised some ideological criticisms, but it is undeniably powerfulThere are plenty of men in east Africa with guns and armies, plenty of brutal militia and bandits, but only one of them, Joseph Kony, is an internet celebrity, one of the...
Kony 2012 and the politics of sending a brutal villain viral | Nicky Woolf

Once Again, The Administration Vindictively Charges A Whistleblower As Being A Spy

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This is getting ridiculous. When President Obama was campaigning and even when he first took office, he claimed that it was a priority to support whistleblowing activities. And yet, as President, he has been ridiculously aggressive in pushing vindictive criminal lawsuits against whistleblowers -- often by abusing the Espionage Act....
Once Again, The Administration Vindictively Charges A Whistleblower As Being A Spy

White House gets behind online 'bill of rights,' companies to adopt 'do not track'

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President Obama is throwing his weight behind a consumer bill of rights that includes protections against online companies in particular, and aims to safeguard customer privacy. While the plan doesn't come prepackaged with a new set of laws for companies to abide by, the Commerce Department is working to...
White House gets behind online 'bill of rights,' companies to adopt 'do not track'

Google makes Hangouts On Air available to everyone

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Google just flipped the switch for Hangouts on Air, allowing almost everyone to stream their Google+ Hangouts live video chat sessions to an unlimited number of viewers. The company had previously allowed a select number of pre-approved to publishers to stream Hangouts, and the feature has been used by pop...
Google makes Hangouts On Air available to everyone

How The JOBS Act will hurt the startup industry

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Today, Obama is set to sign into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. In this post I’m going to argue that the passing of the JOBS Act is really bad for the health of the startup industry. Specifically, the JOBS Act is likely to lead to a startup speculative...
How The JOBS Act will hurt the startup industry
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