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BlackBerry Partners Fund Manager ATP Rebrands As Relay Ventures, Raises $150M

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ATP Capital, the firm that runs JLA Ventures, Clairmont Capital, and BlackBerry Partners Fund, is ready to start investing a new $150 million fund — and it will be doing so under a new name, Relay Ventures. Technically, the new fund will be called the BlackBerry Partners Fund 2, but...
BlackBerry Partners Fund Manager ATP Rebrands As Relay Ventures, Raises $150M

Microsoft again dodges the question of desktop apps on ARM-based Win 8 systems

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It’s been less than a week since we called on Microsoft to make plain its plans for ARM-based Windows 8 computers, in regards to whether they will be able to run normal desktop applications or not. The company has yet to provide a response. To quickly summarize the issue, we...
Microsoft again dodges the question of desktop apps on ARM-based Win 8 systems

Not just another About.me clone: Create gorgeous ‘portable’ websites with Sidengo

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We’ve seen our fair share of About.me clones, making it easy to create a landing page for yourself, or your business, in a matter of minutes. Sidengo (pronounced ‘see-den-goh’) is a new service which takes a page from About.me, but builds on it, allowing you to create an entire multi-page website. Rather...
Not just another About.me clone: Create gorgeous ‘portable’ websites with Sidengo

Google building "home entertainment system" for wireless music streaming

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Google is building a "home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand," according to a report today in the Wall Street Journal. While the move has not been confirmed by Google, it would build upon the Google Music streaming...
Google building "home entertainment system" for wireless music streaming
With Over 30 Million Users On iOS, Instagram Finally Comes To Android

Google Drive vs. the competition: pricing plans and perks, compared

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Sometimes a table says a thousand words. Now that Google has finally announced its cloud service, Google Drive, we're sure more than a few of you are crunching the numbers in your head in an attempt to figure which is the best deal. Far be it for us to...
Google Drive vs. the competition: pricing plans and perks, compared

Cisco backs down over right to see your internet history

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Got any spare sympathy for Cisco? The company just can't catch a break with its various hardware schemes, and now it's getting aggro from an unexpected direction: users of its generally reliable Linksys routers. Owners of E2700, E3500 and E4500 models recently discovered that their router login credentials stopped...
Cisco backs down over right to see your internet history

Steve Jobs tried to hire Linux founder a decade ago

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Interesting little paragraph from Wired’s profile of Linus Torvalds, the founder of Open Source Linux OS: Torvalds has never met Bill Gates, but around 2000, when he was still working at Transmeta, he met Steve Jobs. Jobs invited him to Apple’s Cupertino campus and tried to hire him. “Unix...
Steve Jobs tried to hire Linux founder a decade ago

Newly-discovered Apple letter to wireless standards body proposed solution to rampant FRAND abuse

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The Wall Street Journal reports today that an Apple letter "dated Nov. 11 but not previously disclosed", proposed to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to set basic rules for FRAND licensing of standard-essential patents. I have obtained a copy of the letter (as always, I protect my sources). Here's...
Newly-discovered Apple letter to wireless standards body proposed solution to rampant FRAND abuse

Collaborate and edit anywhere with the updated Google Docs for Android

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As I was sitting on the ferry commuting to Google’s Sydney office this morning, two thoughts occurred to me. First, Australia is beautiful. If you’ve never been here, you really should visit. And second, it’s amazing how productive I can be with just my Android phone and an Internet connection....
Collaborate and edit anywhere with the updated Google Docs for Android

Take a Note: Typing With No Hands

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I am writing this paragraph on an iPhone. But I am not typing it on the phone’s virtual keyboard. I am dictating it using a little-known feature that allows you to employ your voice instead of your fingers wherever text entry is possible on the device. [ See post to...
Take a Note: Typing With No Hands

What I saw in Zuckerberg’s bungalow

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Facebook’s wild, nascent summer of 2004 was loosely chronicled in the bolckbuster The Social Network. This is what it was really like. Editor’s Note: When I was still in college and dreaming of getting paid to write, my friends started a magazine. I wanted to contribute. At the first ideas...
What I saw in Zuckerberg’s bungalow

Seth Godin’s Kickstarter campaign for new book beats $40k goal in 3.5 hours

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This morning at 5:05 AM ET, Seth Godin launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $40,000 for his upcoming book “The Icarus Deception.” The goal was to raise the money in a month, but the campaign has already beat the goal, raising $43,538 in about three and a half hours. “The...
Seth Godin’s Kickstarter campaign for new book beats $40k goal in 3.5 hours

Consumer Reports now recommends the iPad, proving pageviews mean more to it than helping buyers

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Late last month a couple of sites posted up thermal readings taken of the new iPad, suggesting that it ran slightly warmer than its predecessor. This wasn’t all that surprising, given that it is also much more powerful than the previous model. But then the product information site Consumer Reports...
Consumer Reports now recommends the iPad, proving pageviews mean more to it than helping buyers

Big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon

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Several of the big-six publishers are refusing to sign new annual contracts with Amazon. While that could result in their “buy” buttons being turned off, it is more likely for now that the feud will result in less promotion of big-six publishers’ titles on the site. The news was first...
Big-six publishers refuse to sign new contracts with Amazon

‘Micro-publishing’ startup Checkthis picks up $910,000 in seed funding to help fuel its public beta

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This morning, Checkthis announced that it has raised a $910,000 seed round. The funding closed in May, with the round ending oversubscribed. The company began the fundraising process in January, and the round was led by Lerer Ventures, with Index Ventures, SV Angel, Betaworks, Seedcamp, and various angel investors taking part....
‘Micro-publishing’ startup Checkthis picks up $910,000 in seed funding to help fuel its public beta

This Startup Finally Launched After Being In Super Stealth Mode For Three Years

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Seattle based startup Wavii wants to give news reading a face lift and make it look more like your Facebook news wall. Wavii uses natural language processing to sort through articles, tweets, videos, and other content, then presents them all to you in a way that highlights the facts and the news...
This Startup Finally Launched After Being In Super Stealth Mode For Three Years

And Now Wall Street Is Beginning To Panic About Apple's Earnings (AAPL)

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Peter Misek at Jefferies is cutting his iPhone estimate for the March quarter this morning after worse than expected iPhone sales at Verizon and AT&T. Overall, Misek is still bullish on Apple. He has an $800 price target, and he thinks iPads and iPhones will continue to be monster sellers....
And Now Wall Street Is Beginning To Panic About Apple's Earnings (AAPL)

New Update Brings Collaborative Editing To Google Docs Android App

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It’s safe to say we’ve all been in a situation where a few extra pairs of eyes could come in handy, and the folks at Google know just how that feels. In an effort to give people that backup when they need it, they’ve just pushed out a useful...
New Update Brings Collaborative Editing To Google Docs Android App

Slovak Collecting Society Sends Village Invoice For Singing Folk Song About Itself

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Performing rights societies probably don't have the best reputations here on Techdirt, but just when you think they can't get any more outrageous in their demands, they do. Here are two stories from the Slovak Republic, both involving SOZA, the Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society: The recent case of...
Slovak Collecting Society Sends Village Invoice For Singing Folk Song About Itself

Samsung pairs Qualcomm and ARM DRM to get HD content on Galaxy Note Media Hub

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Samsung's going to bring "premium HD video content" to Media Hub after pairing up Qualcomm's StudioAccess and ARM's TrustZone DRM systems. The first device that will benefit from the rollout is the Galaxy Note thanks to its enormous 1280 x 800 HD display. Owners of the large phone /...
Samsung pairs Qualcomm and ARM DRM to get HD content on Galaxy Note Media Hub

Canadian Court Issues Triple-Whammy Ruling In Favor Of Free Speech And Commentary Online

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Close on the heels of Canada's recent copyright reform bill (which despite significant problems also contains some fantastic language that carves out important new exceptions to copyright) the Federal Court of Canada has issued a significant ruling that answers some key questions about copyright online. The decision is in a...
Canadian Court Issues Triple-Whammy Ruling In Favor Of Free Speech And Commentary Online

HP and Oracle Talk Pre-Trial Trash In Itanium Case

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Hewlett-Packard and Oracle continue to wrangle in court over the Itanium chip. Now that both sides have failed to convince the judge hearing the case to side with them and throw out the others case, all that’s left is for the judge to narrow down the scope of the arguments...
HP and Oracle Talk Pre-Trial Trash In Itanium Case

Why Does Everything At Yahoo Take Forever? (YHOO)

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Another day, another Yahoo scandal made worse by the company's flat-footed response. Over the years, we've heard from Yahoos that it's a company full of good ideas and promising innovations strangled by layers of process. That bureaucratic tone is set from the top — by Yahoo's board of directors. Take...
Why Does Everything At Yahoo Take Forever? (YHOO)

Facebook updates payments terms to reflect addition of subscriptions, Credits phase out and more

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Facebook has updated its payment terms for both users and developers following Tuesday’s announcement that it would support monthly subscription billing for apps and games on its platform and phase out Credits in favor of a user’s local currency. Note that Facebook’s transition from Credits to local currency is not an...
Facebook updates payments terms to reflect addition of subscriptions, Credits phase out and more

Google Docs for Android Now Lets you Collaborate On the Go

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Google Docs may not be as fully featured as a full-blown productivity suite like Microsoft Office, but its collaboration features are something many of its users can’t live without anymore. Until now, though, you couldn’t edit documents collaboratively when you were on your phone. That’s changing today. Android users can...
Google Docs for Android Now Lets you Collaborate On the Go

Kara Swisher’s “Just Jokin’” Look At Buying TechCrunch

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Interesting line in PandoDaily’s article a couple of days ago about TechCrunch – “Kara Swisher was kicking some tires [about buying TechCrunch] to add the brands to the expanding All Things D franchise.” Then a full retraction yesterday: There’s only one part of yesterday’s story that I regret, and that’s...
Kara Swisher’s “Just Jokin’” Look At Buying TechCrunch

Debunking The EU Commission's 'Myths About ACTA'

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Crossposted from Computerworld UK where it was originally split into two separate articles. It's a sign of the European Commission's increasing desperation over ACTA that it has been forced to send out a document entitled "10 Myths About ACTA" [pdf] that purports to debunk misinformation that is being put around....
Debunking The EU Commission's 'Myths About ACTA'

Netflix Posts an In-Line Quarter, but Investors Balk (Updated)

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Reed Hastings had a good Q1, and says the rest of the year will be good, too. Wall Street doesn’t believe him, and is hammering the stock. His conference call, which starts at 6 pm ET, should be interesting. ————— Earlier: First look at Netflix numbers: A loss of $0.08...
Netflix Posts an In-Line Quarter, but Investors Balk (Updated)
Comcast's Xbox 360 video service flies in the face of the FCC's net neutrality efforts
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