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Penny Arcade raises $528k on Kickstarter, no home page ads for a year

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What the Penny Arcade home page will look like without ads, thanks to the Kickstarter campaign. Chalk up another big milestone for the crowdfunding phenomenon. Penny Arcade raised more than $528,000 from its fans in a Kickstarter campaign that ended yesterday, clearing the way for the Seattle-based webcomic and events...
Penny Arcade raises $528k on Kickstarter, no home page ads for a year
Kickstarter Project Adds Canon L-Series Level Environment Protection To Any DSLR Lens
Holiday Shopping Guide: The best docks, stands, cases, & cables for your iPad mini

If Kickstarter and StumbleUpon had a love child, it would be Kickstumbler

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We’re big fans of Kickstarter here at The Next Web and have highlighted our fair share of interesting projects that are coming out of the community which helps crowdsource ideas into reality. But if you’ve ever tried to navigate Kickstarter, you probably know how hard it can be to find...
If Kickstarter and StumbleUpon had a love child, it would be Kickstumbler

Tweet archiving may be available by year's end

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Twitter lovers who want to smoothly save their words of wisdom for posterity may soon be able to do so. That's what the CEO of the microblogging company predicted at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco last week. Personal archiving will be available "before the end of...
Tweet archiving may be available by year's end

Latest Facebook feature more than triples organ donation registration with the NHS

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Facebook launched its ‘Life saving‘ feature just yesterday where users can update their intention to donate organs. There will be critics who say that this is attention seeking for donors or that slacktivism will mean that people don’t actually do as they pledge on social networks. But the figures are...
Latest Facebook feature more than triples organ donation registration with the NHS

Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead

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This news is likely to be a bit disappointing to some Oculus Rift backers. Project supporters were set to be rewarded with a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition, which was to arrive bundled with each development kit. Unfortunately, it turns out that the device won't support the game...
Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead

Companies Pledge Not to Help Pakistan Filter the Web

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An unusual campaign asks technology companies to pledge that they will not help the government of Pakistan filter content on the Web -- and several agree to do so....
Companies Pledge Not to Help Pakistan Filter the Web

OUYA Reveals New Games For The Platform, Including Tim Schafer's Double Fine Adventure And The Cave

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Our own Romain Dillet noted the regrettable lack of confirmed games for the upcoming OUYA Android-based home gaming console just yesterday. Today, as if in answer, OUYA founder and CEO Julie Uhrman spoke at DICE to announce some new launch partners for the Kickstarter-funded project. The newly announced titles include...
OUYA Reveals New Games For The Platform, Including Tim Schafer's Double Fine Adventure And The Cave

Insert Coin: The Kick, an iPhone-controlled camera light

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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. Lighting in photography or movie making is often the reserve of...
Insert Coin: The Kick, an iPhone-controlled camera light
Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked'

Motrr Galileo nets $700k in Kickstarter pledges, available to pre-order now for $117

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Perhaps you were discouraged by the uncertainty that comes along with a Kickstarter pledge, or you simply missed your chance to give Motrr's Galileo an $85 kick before the deadline hit. Whatever the reason, you're still in luck -- the iOS-controlled iPhone platform is now available for a proper...
Motrr Galileo nets $700k in Kickstarter pledges, available to pre-order now for $117

Insert Coin: cookoo is the watch for geeks who want to keep it subtle (video)

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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. This is the cookoo, a smart timepiece created by former Microsoft...
Insert Coin: cookoo is the watch for geeks who want to keep it subtle (video)

Samsung withdraws display technology injunction against LG in Korea following recent pact

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Samsung has ended its pursuit of a Korea-based injunction against LG following the duo’s recent pledge to drop all charges in an ongoing legal spat related to display technologies. Today’s move — reported by the Yonhap — ends the case that Samsung put forward in September 2012 and comes a week...
Samsung withdraws display technology injunction against LG in Korea following recent pact
“Defensive Patent License” created to protect innovators from trolls

Persuade bands to play near you with Songkick's 'Detour' crowdfunding platform, kicking off with London

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If you’re one of those music fans who hounds bands and musicians with questions such as ‘When are you coming to play MY town?’, Detour is one service you will be all over like a deranged groupie rash. London-based startup Songkick launched crowdfunding platform Detour in private beta last year,...
Persuade bands to play near you with Songkick's 'Detour' crowdfunding platform, kicking off with London

RT @HilaryP Who is your favorite #womenintech? Pledge to write about her for #ald10 http://findingada.com/ 50 more to reach 1000!

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RT @HilaryP Who is your favorite #womenintech? Pledge to write about her for #ald10 http://findingada.com/ 50 more to reach 1000!

Ending Slavery: The Billionaire's Club Innovations

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Australia's Andrew Forrest Gets Help From Bill Gates, Richard Branson Australia's richest man, Andrew Forrest, has long been committed to ending worldwide slavery, and he recently gained some sage advice and a few dollars from fellow billionaire, Bill Gates. Find a way to quantify slavery, Gates posited, while pledging...
Ending Slavery: The Billionaire's Club Innovations

John Carmack-backed Oculus Rift VR project hits Kickstarter, developer kits start at $300

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We heard late last month that the John Carmack-backed Oculus Rift VR headset would be hitting Kickstarter any day now, and it looks like today is the big day. The project has just launched on the crowd-funding site with a goal of $250,000. To reach that, the team (led...
John Carmack-backed Oculus Rift VR project hits Kickstarter, developer kits start at $300
ORA Ultimate Sound: For The iPad Owner Who Can't Live Without 8 Speakers Built Into Their Case
President Obama calls the Curiosity team, promises to 'protect... critical investments in science and technology'

Bitcoin surges past $100, gains Expensify support

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Digital currency Bitcoin has had an exciting few years since its introduction back in 2009, complete with security problems, online heists, a perceived association with the drug trade, and a recent distributed denial-of-service attack. At the same time, even as many remain mystified by how it works, the payment...
Bitcoin surges past $100, gains Expensify support

Massachusetts Senate Race Still Steers Clear Of SuperPAC Interference (Mostly)

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I'd meant to write about this back when it was first announced, but the story got lost in the sea of unwritten stories around here. But with On The Media providing an update, I can revisit it. There's been lots of talk this election season about the rise of SuperPACs...
Massachusetts Senate Race Still Steers Clear Of SuperPAC Interference (Mostly)

Twitter's no-lawsuit pledge: "We will not join the patent wars"

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Twitter today unveiled a bold new commitment that will be made in writing to its employees—the company will not use any patents derived from employee inventions in offensive lawsuits without the inventor's permission. The move is highly unusual in the technology industry, which is awash in patent lawsuits filed...
Twitter's no-lawsuit pledge: "We will not join the patent wars"

FitBark monitors your dog's 'BarkScore,' we go eyes-on (video)

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Granted, dogs tend to be a bit more vocal than, say, hydroponic plants, but sometimes it's tough for busy owners to know precisely when their furry best friend is getting enough activity. FitBark, yet another Kickstarter candidate showing its goods on the floor of TechCrunch Disrupt's Hardware Alley, is...
FitBark monitors your dog's 'BarkScore,' we go eyes-on (video)

FCC proposal hopes to grow WiFi spectrum by 35 percent, reduce hotspot congestion

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Sick of overloaded public WiFi? So is the FCC. Back at CES FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said we were heading for a WiFi "traffic jam," and promised to work with Government agencies to score public networks a little extra spectrum. In an effort to make good on the pledge,...
FCC proposal hopes to grow WiFi spectrum by 35 percent, reduce hotspot congestion

A rising tide lifts all boats: Explosive Kickstart growth helps all

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Nearly 90,000 backers pledged over $3.3 million dollars on Kickstarter to make video game developer Double Fine’s new adventure game project a reality. But Double Fine's immense success worried some projects that they would suffer from reduced contributions as a result. Not so, says Kickstarter. In fact, in a post...
A rising tide lifts all boats: Explosive Kickstart growth helps all

Some Thoughts On July 4th, 2012

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I woke up this morning thinking about patriotism, the american flag, and of course, this picture of JLM's office from the video you all made for me and the GothamGal on our anniversary. That's a lot of flags. I particularly like the large one hanging sideways. I am not overtly...
Some Thoughts On July 4th, 2012

Obama offers plan to help small businesses, start-ups

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A week after his State of the Union pledge to create a stronger economy, President Obama on Tuesday sent Congress a legislative package aimed at accelerating small business growth and removing roadblocks for start-ups. Read full article >>...
Obama offers plan to help small businesses, start-ups
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