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FCC to reevaluate wireless spectrum rules for mergers and purchases
U.S. court rules that Apple's iPhone infringes three patents from MobileMedia

FCC seen reviewing rules for carrier spectrum sales, might try one-size-fits-all model

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The FCC currently decides on concerns of wireless spectrum concentration on a case-by-case basis: what's acceptable in one deal might be forbidden in another. That inconsistency can be maddening to carriers and advocacy groups alike, which is why FCC Chairman Juilus Genachowski is reportedly on the cusp of distributing...
FCC seen reviewing rules for carrier spectrum sales, might try one-size-fits-all model

Why can we send people to the moon but still not predict the weather? (video)

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Science has come a long way in the past 100 years. We’ve sent humans to space, landed devices on Mars, proposed groundbreaking theories, exploded nuclear bombs, decimated diseases, and more. But with all these advancements, why is still so hard for us to predict future weather conditions? A new...
Why can we send people to the moon but still not predict the weather? (video)

You Know What’s Cool? $1 Billion In Profits

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We learned a lot of things about Facebook today from its IPO filing. But there is one detail that sticks out for its improbable exactness: The $1.000 billion in profits Facebook reported for 2011. The number wasn’t $998 million. It wasn’t $1.003 billion. It was $1.000 billion right on the...
You Know What’s Cool? $1 Billion In Profits

FCC Introduces "Experimental Authorization" Program To Give Commercial Space Companies Access To Spectrum

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The FCC has introduced a plan to give commercial space companies like SpaceX access to the spectrum they need to perform missions. The plan will allow companies to apply for spectrum on a temporary basis so they can safely operate their missions, as scheduled. As it stands now, companies like...
FCC Introduces "Experimental Authorization" Program To Give Commercial Space Companies Access To Spectrum

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Explains The Pros And Cons of Being a Public Company

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Sure, going public in a predictable industry would be more fun. But being a company in transition doesn't make an IPO less necessary. With Zynga's stock trading at about 20% of the price it opened at last December, it was surprising that, when asked by Fast Company Editor in...
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Explains The Pros And Cons of Being a Public Company

Square ups the ante: offers merchants a monthly fee option

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Square rivals have tried to compete with the mobile payment startup by undercutting its 2.75 transaction fee. But Square is now turning the tables by offering a flat monthly transaction fee of $275 for merchants who do more volume. It’s the first time that any of the mobile payment companies...
Square ups the ante: offers merchants a monthly fee option

Tech to get you home safe on New Year's Eve

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Already nervous about getting home safe on the busiest night of the  year, New Year’s Eve? If you decide to forgo a traditional taxi cab, there are myriad options to choose from. But be warned, many of these novel ride-sharing services have already issued warnings that prices will be...
Tech to get you home safe on New Year's Eve

Iterations: We Know About B2B And B2C, But Don't Overlook B2D

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Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is an EIR at Javelin Venture Partners and has been a contributor to TechCrunch since January 2011. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. Consumer and enterprise. Software and hardware. Infrastructure operations and user experience. Products and services. No matter the focus, innovation in technology, and...
Iterations: We Know About B2B And B2C, But Don't Overlook B2D
The not-so-secret iPhone 5: What to expect from Apple's event

Lot18 Lays Off 25 More Employees, Halves Its Staff From 90 Last Year To 46 Today

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Wine sales site Lot18 laid of 25 employees today or 35% of its staff, AllThingsD reports. In the past year, the startup has downsized from 80-90 employees to a mere 46. While its previous layoffs coincided with sections of the site folding, this has more to do with a change...
Lot18 Lays Off 25 More Employees, Halves Its Staff From 90 Last Year To 46 Today

Square Offers Flat Monthly Fee for Processing Credit Cards

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If there’s one thing that businesses like in their costs, it’s predictability. When there’s a bill to pay every month, it’s easier to plan around when you know exactly what it’s going to be. Charges associated with accepting credit cards have always been variable: A heavier month costs more in...
Square Offers Flat Monthly Fee for Processing Credit Cards

Another Reason We Need Open Government Data: To Avoid Information Asymmetries

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Can the future aggregate actions of people be predicted from relevant sets of data that describe them? That, of course, is what Isaac Asimov's invented mathematical discipline of psychohistory was supposed to do. Some Japanese researchers claim to have made some progress towards that goal: These guys have used ideas...
Another Reason We Need Open Government Data: To Avoid Information Asymmetries

Cellphones' Location Patterns Show That We Are Predictable Ramblers [Science]

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A study on cellphone location data—made over users calling every two hours on average—says that human moves are predictable 93% of the time. And here I was, thinking that I was better than a bacteria. The study—published last week in Science magazine—found out that no matter how far humans travel,...
Cellphones' Location Patterns Show That We Are Predictable Ramblers [Science]

IBM's Limited Margin for Error

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Investors pay a premium for predictability. Are IBM shares still worth one?...
IBM's Limited Margin for Error
Why SaaS is the secret to success in the business marketplace

Which businesses are the least transparent?

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Nonprofit Transparency International ranks sectors' disclosure records. Its results may surprise. FORTUNE -- Big Energy is the most "transparent" industry when it comes to corruption-fighting, according to Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog. The might sound surprising. But those who prefer predictability can take heart in the fact that the...
Which businesses are the least transparent?

Want To Hook Your Users? Drive Them Crazy.

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Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Nir Eyal, a founder of two startups and an advisor to several Bay Area companies and incubators. Nir blogs about technology and behavior engineering at NirAndFar.com. In advertising, marketers reinforce a behavior by linking to the promise of reward. “Use our product,”...
Want To Hook Your Users? Drive Them Crazy.

Via Licensing Adds China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom To Its 4G LTE Standards-Essential Patent Pool

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Via Licensing Corporation today announced that China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom joined the company’s LTE patent pool for standards-essential patents. The two telecom giants join AT&T, Clearwire Corporation, DTVG Licensing, HP, KDDI Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and ZTE Corporation in this pool that launched last October....
Via Licensing Adds China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom To Its 4G LTE Standards-Essential Patent Pool
Fusion Drive: Apple jumps on the (ridiculously overpriced) SSD cache bandwagon

Google and Pre-announcing New Features

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Google: "We don't pre-announce our products." (2006)Before the launch of Google Apps Premier Edition, Google rarely pre-announced new features or new services. Since many new features were released in beta, Google announced them when they were available. Google wanted to deliver real value and trying a service is far more...
Google and Pre-announcing New Features

Bing rolls out cleaner home page and improves page-load times for UK users

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Bing, Microsoft’s search engine with the attractive backdrops, has announced that it has had a bit of a clean up. The UK site now has a cleaner home page, on which the larger images the search engine is known for, get a bit more breathing space. If you can’t remember...
Bing rolls out cleaner home page and improves page-load times for UK users

Managing the Costs and Complexities of a Cloud-Based Infrastructure

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The complexities that come with cloud computing go way beyond interoperability issues. Cost is a significant factor as is performance. What's emerging from these forces are new services such as Digital Fuel and Nimsoft that are designed to bring meaning to the costs and the performance issues that come with...
Managing the Costs and Complexities of a Cloud-Based Infrastructure

Here it is: GeekWire's new app for Windows Phone 8

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For the past six months, I’ve been using Microsoft’s Windows Phone and documenting the highs and lows here on GeekWire, experiencing first-hand the challenges and opportunities faced by Microsoft in the smartphone market. So I’m pleased to announce the arrival of a Windows Phone 8 app from my favorite technology...
Here it is: GeekWire's new app for Windows Phone 8

The road to IPO: Who’s next, with Fred Wilson, Eric Hippeau, Rich Miner and more

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F.ounders, the highly prestigious event we called the Rolls Royce of technology events, is here in NY today for its first non-Dublin event, bringing together 100′s of highly noteworthy entrepreneurs and investors at the NASDAQ MarketSite. Right now, Eric Hippeau of Lerer Ventures, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, Bob McCooey...
The road to IPO: Who’s next, with Fred Wilson, Eric Hippeau, Rich Miner and more

Is this data scientist a consumer’s best friend?

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In Oren Etzioni’s world, telling you where to buy a product is so 20 years ago. He did that with his first startup, Netbot, in 1996. Today, Etzioni wants to tell you when to buy — that ideal moment when the price won’t fall for a while and you won’t...
Is this data scientist a consumer’s best friend?

Thinking about predictability: More musings about Push and Pull

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Thinking about predictability: More musings about Push and Pull

The Subscription Economy Is About Strengthening Customer Relationships, Not Just Recurring Revenues

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Editor’s note: Tien Tzuo is the CEO of Zuora, a subscription billing company. Follow him on Twitter @tientzuo. TechCrunch recently ran a post by Ray Sobol, founder and CEO of EvidencePix, called It Might Be Time To Ditch The SaaS Monthly Subscription Model. In it he argues that a pure pay-as-you-go approach is...
The Subscription Economy Is About Strengthening Customer Relationships, Not Just Recurring Revenues
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