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Xbox, iTunes, and the massive money found in selling entertainment

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iTunes is a big, profitable business for Apple. Revenue for the iTunes marketplace rose 32 percent in Apple’s most recent quarter to more than $4 billion. According to the Apple, iTunes is on track to bring in $16 billion in 2013. That’s exceptionally impressive. However, when those numbers came out,...
Xbox, iTunes, and the massive money found in selling entertainment

How To Turn Your Blog Into A Profitable Business

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Recently I went to the Connect Now conference and had the chance to hug Darren Rowse, meet Gary Vaynerchuk and hang out with my social media friends. One year ago, I didn’t think I’d be able to accomplish something so awesome. Skellie was one of the people that made this...
How To Turn Your Blog Into A Profitable Business

Ads hit Tumbler desktop feeds as Yahoo takeover looms

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Tumblr is now putting ads in users' feeds on the desktop, in what could be the first move toward making sure the social blogging site is a profitable business for Yahoo....
Ads hit Tumbler desktop feeds as Yahoo takeover looms

Is App-Era Pricing Making Software Better, or Worse?

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Last week I mentioned Mark Bernstein's essay on the surprisingly complex sequence of decisions, trade-offs, and design choices that went into creating even the most routine-seeming aspects of the electronic environment that surrounds us.Now reader David Glende, a software veteran in California, describes the way that Internet-era everything-is-a-commodity pricing pressures...
Is App-Era Pricing Making Software Better, or Worse?
NBC News closes EveryBlock, pioneer of microlocal and data-driven news
Technicolor looks for patent payoff from Apple and Samsung

Startup Spotlight: This 25-year-old Web entrepreneur built a profitable business on a shoestring

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Josh Neblett of GreenCupboards Josh Neblett was a finance major at Gonzaga University when he heard venture capitalist and adjunct professor Tom Simpson describe the idea for GreenCupboards, an online retail site for eco-friendly products. Neblett didn’t waste much time jumping on the opportunity. He approached Simpson after class, and...
Startup Spotlight: This 25-year-old Web entrepreneur built a profitable business on a shoestring

Microsoft looks to cash in on the iPhone

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Microsoft has a profitable business building software for the Mac; now it has an eye on the iPhone, too. Image: Apple Tom Gibbons, head of Microsoft's Specialized Devices and Applications Group, said the focus would be on extending Office functions onto the iPhone and iPod touch. Image: Microsoft Don't think...
Microsoft looks to cash in on the iPhone

Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

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We've argued for years that broadband data caps are not -- as the industry would have you believe -- about stopping "data hogs" or making sure that people "pay their fair share," but rather about protecting provider revenue (or, really, secretly increasing fees without "increasing" fees). A recent study from...
Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

What Amazon Brings to the Smartphone Market

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The notion that Amazon might do a smartphone is not new, though a new Bloomberg report suggests that one might hit the market sooner rather than later. And, while clearly a novice at making phones, Amazon brings a lot of know-how and relevant skills, which have already benefitted the company...
What Amazon Brings to the Smartphone Market

Smash smartphone. Throw it in the ocean. Hope DriveSavers doesn't get it.

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In a plain beige building in a Novato, California, office park hides a government-grade clean room, multiple layers of security, and a signed photograph from George Lucas. It overlooks a small pond alongside a quiet stretch of road, and most people drive right past without a second glance. That's...
Smash smartphone. Throw it in the ocean. Hope DriveSavers doesn't get it.

Dragons' Den Company DMCAs Google To Censor Competitor

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Fans of Dragons’ Den who watched the launch of the new series on the BBC last Sunday will have felt completely at home. Cosmetic alterations to the set aside, the format – which is licensed from Sony Pictures – remained completely unchanged. As usual, a series of hopeful entrepreneurs pitched...
Dragons' Den Company DMCAs Google To Censor Competitor
Apple Is Losing Important, Trustworthy Executives At Foxconn, Says Barclays (AAPL)

6 Ways To Make Freemium Work For B2B Products

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Guest author Anthony Smith is CEO of Insightly. You may have read a lot of articles last year about why the so-called "freemium" model doesn't work for most consumer-oriented companies. And it's true; offering a base-level product for free to gain visibility and marketshare and then converting a subset of...
6 Ways To Make Freemium Work For B2B Products

Strategy For Startups: The Innovator’s Dilemma

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Editor’s Note: A guest post by Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, the company behind Base CRM. Strategy. Unfortunately, it suffers from a bad reputation among startups. It is associated with consultants who are paid millions of dollars only to come back with a two-by-two matrix of animals....
Strategy For Startups: The Innovator’s Dilemma

Actually, $3.5 Billion For Spotify Isn't COMPLETELY Insane (AAPL)

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Earlier today, we reported that Spotify is shopping around for a new fundraising round and asking for a valuation of $3.5 billion. At first glance that seems completely nuts. The company does not own its core asset -- the music it's "selling" is all licensed from third parties, and...
Actually, $3.5 Billion For Spotify Isn't COMPLETELY Insane (AAPL)
4 tips for first-time startup investors

The idea is only half the battle: Stop complaining about copycats

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Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery — but it’s also an incredible way to make money off the successes of others. Around the web in today’s day and age, clones of popular global sites and businesses are everywhere, and the trend doesn’t seem to show any signs of...
The idea is only half the battle: Stop complaining about copycats
CouchSurfing, now a 'social travel network', gets a $15M boost

Why Rocket Internet and its clones are actually doing Southeast Asia a favor

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They come, they execute, they sell. The Samwer Brothers might not be idols for most entrepreneurs, but their company could be set to make a sigificant impact on the startup market in Indonesia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Even before details of the company’s plans broke, Rocket Internet has been...
Why Rocket Internet and its clones are actually doing Southeast Asia a favor

The Slash-And-Burn At Yahoo Will Continue (YHOO)

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Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson told investors that he's looking to cut or "transition" at least 50 of Yahoo's media properties. He said that the company has been doing way too much for way too long, and needs to focus on doing what it really does well, like Mail and Finance....
The Slash-And-Burn At Yahoo Will Continue (YHOO)

Facebook Finally Acquired Microsoft Atlas To Take On Google

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After a period of speculation, Facebook finally proved that the rumors were true and announced its acquisition of Microsoft's Atlas ad server on its blog today. While we don't know the exact price point, Ad Age speculated that it would cost between $30 and $50 million. Note that Microsoft got...
Facebook Finally Acquired Microsoft Atlas To Take On Google

Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

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We've argued for years that broadband data caps are not -- as the industry would have you believe -- about stopping "data hogs" or making sure that people "pay their fair share," but rather about protecting provider revenue (or, really, secretly increasing fees without "increasing" fees). A recent study from...
Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

Instagrille brings Instagram to your Windows PC

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Instagram was finally…FINALLY…launched on Android on Tuesday, which was probably as much a relief for co-founder Kevin Systrom as it was the hundreds of millions of users on Google’s mobile operating system. I can’t imagine how tired he must’ve gotten answering the same question over and over and over… With...
Instagrille brings Instagram to your Windows PC

Apptopia gives app developers an exit strategy

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The mobile app boom has attracted legions of developers hoping to make it rich like Instagram or OMGPOP. But the reality is that turning an app into a profitable business is still a long-shot proposition. But at least now developers can get something back for the investment by selling their apps...
Apptopia gives app developers an exit strategy

GOOGLE ANNOUNCES NEW STOCK STRUCTURE (GOOG)

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Google just announced plans for a new stock structure, which effectively creates a 2-for-1 stock split. To read CEO and founder Larry Page's explanation of the move, click here. MORE TO COME ... Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See Also:Yahoo's Most Profitable Business...
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES NEW STOCK STRUCTURE (GOOG)

YELP: It Has No Clear Path To Profitability (YELP)

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This note is from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's market research service. To learn more and sign up for a free trial, click here → Local reviews site Yelp is set to price their upcoming IPO tonight.  According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, it will sell 7.15 million...
YELP: It Has No Clear Path To Profitability (YELP)
The sad long story of Fisker Automotive, 'the most tragic VC-backed debacle in recent history'

How a Self-Taught 12-Year-Old Turned Spartz Media Into a Viral Media Titan

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Asking someone how they started their company is more a formality than anything else. Most people have a formulaic answer. “I had X problem in my daily life, and then I solved it with Y!” And that’s fine, it’s just not exciting after hearing it 100 times. So I...
How a Self-Taught 12-Year-Old Turned Spartz Media Into a Viral Media Titan

Revision3 Cofounder David Prager Ankles Web-Video Network

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We always wanted to use "ankles" in a headline, like Variety. (It means "quits," if you work in Hollywood.) Today's ankler is David Prager, the cofounder and COO of Web-video network Revision3, has quit after seven years—and after Revision3 sold to cable network Discovery Communications. You may remember Prager as the...
Revision3 Cofounder David Prager Ankles Web-Video Network
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