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Wireless carriers, US government join forces to lower phone theft

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Major US wireless providers—Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile—are joining forces with the US government in an effort to combat phone theft. The Wall Street Journal reports the wireless companies will build and maintain a centralized database to track phones reported as lost or stolen. Phones on the list will then...
Wireless carriers, US government join forces to lower phone theft

Twitter Launches Expanded Tweets, Letting You Read News, Check Out Images, And Watch Video Inline

techcrunch.com
On the Twitter blog today, the company announced a new way that users will be able to get access to an expanded array of content from partners. The latest new innovation, Expanded Tweets, will let users check out content directly from certain partners, without having to leave its web site....
Twitter Launches Expanded Tweets, Letting You Read News, Check Out Images, And Watch Video Inline

Yelp to Add Health Inspection Data to Restaurant Listings in San Francisco, New York

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In a partnership with the San Francisco Mayor’s office, Yelp will soon include health score information to restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. The move is part of a broader initiative by Mayor Ed Lee, who has angled for better ways to put...
Yelp to Add Health Inspection Data to Restaurant Listings in San Francisco, New York

Keith Rabois: Why Square’s handcrafted approach to payments can win

gigaom.com
Mobile payment start-up Square has built a huge following in part by appealing to artisans and creators of hand crafted products. But the company is not just serving those merchants, it’s almost built in their image. The company has pushed a very design-focused product that has an almost artistic approach...
Keith Rabois: Why Square’s handcrafted approach to payments can win

GPS App Strava Sued Over Cyclist's Death

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Strava, the maker of GPS tracking apps that are well-loved and well-used among cyclists, has been sued by the family of a biker who died in 2010 while apparently trying to regain his downhill speed record on a descent in Orinda, Calif. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in California Superior...
GPS App Strava Sued Over Cyclist's Death
Obama 2012 campaign opens volunteer office for tech-savvy supporters

Steve Jobs Called Up Yelp And Said Don't Sell Out To Google (GOOG, AAPL, YELP)

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Steve Jobs really was willing to go out of his way to make sure Google didn't get what it wanted. Back in 2010, Jobs went so far as to personally call up Yelp's CEO Jeremy Stoppelman to tell him not to sell his company to Google. That's according to a...
Steve Jobs Called Up Yelp And Said Don't Sell Out To Google (GOOG, AAPL, YELP)

Experience more with expanded Tweets

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Starting today, you can discover more interactive experiences inside any Tweet on twitter.com and mobile.twitter.com. When you expand Tweets containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos and more. You’ve probably expanded Tweets before to play videos from YouTube or see photos from...
Experience more with expanded Tweets

Define "Hypocrisy" and "Innovation"

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Define "Hypocrisy" and "Innovation": James Temple of the San Francisco Chronicle tries to make the point that we shouldn't bash the government for hampering innovation when it's often the only entity that lead to true innovation -- or something. It's all sort of muddled. But what's really odd is that...
Define "Hypocrisy" and "Innovation"

Larry Ellison Graciously Stopped A Journalist From Being Tossed Out Of His Private Party (ORCL)

www.businessinsider.com
Larry Ellison threw a big, private bash on Wednesday night to celebrate the run-up to the America's Cup race that begins in July. The highlight of the party was the premier of a documentary called "The Wind Gods: 33rd America's Cup," produced by Skydance Productions. That's Ellison's son, David's company....
Larry Ellison Graciously Stopped A Journalist From Being Tossed Out Of His Private Party (ORCL)

Hearst Corp. invests in Wizard of Oz social game publisher Spooky Cool Labs

venturebeat.com
Media giant Hearst Corp. has announced today it has made a minority investment in Spooky Cool Labs, a social game studio that just released its Wizard of Oz game on Facebook. The amount of the investment wasn’t disclosed. But it remains interesting as Hearst is a big media corporation...
Hearst Corp. invests in Wizard of Oz social game publisher Spooky Cool Labs

Twitter teams up with media companies for more content in expanded tweets

thenextweb.com
Twitter is expanding the range of content that’s going to be shown in tweets on Twitter.com, as well as mobile.twitter.com. According to a blog post, you’ll now see content from “a diverse and growing group of new partners” that include names like Time and The Wall Street Journal. “It’s easier...
Twitter teams up with media companies for more content in expanded tweets

Airbnb Home Rentals Aren't Even Legal In Its Hometown Of San Francisco

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Airbnb is fighting in Washington to get legal cover for its business of helping people rent out their homes, apartments, and couches to strangers. But it's also facing a struggle in its hometown of San Francisco, despite backing from Mayor Ed Lee, and the president of the Board of Supervisors,...
Airbnb Home Rentals Aren't Even Legal In Its Hometown Of San Francisco

Tweets, camera, action: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone tapped to direct a short film

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Biz Stone, the affable digital media entrepreneur who co-founded Twitter and Obvious (Lift, Medium, etc.) will be directing a short movie, we’ve just learned from a report and interview by the San Francisco Chronicle (via AllTwitter). Stone is among 10 ‘celebrities’ who will team with director Canon and Ron Howard...
Tweets, camera, action: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone tapped to direct a short film

Facebook Driving More Traffic Than Google

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Facebook is now the top source of traffic for major news and entertainment portals such as Yahoo and MSN, according to traffic analysis firm Compete, and is “among the leaders” for other sites as well. Although far from conclusive, this is just another sign of how the “social web”...
Facebook Driving More Traffic Than Google
Mobile Ad Spend Going To iOS

Facebook Now Drives More Traffic to Key Sites Than Google

www.steverubel.com
UPDATE: A couple of notes to clarify this post. First, the chart above, which I pulled from compete.com, shows the top sites that Facebook drives traffic to. Also the headline has been updated to reflect that Facebook is drives more traffic to portals than Google. The San Francisco Chronicle story...
Facebook Now Drives More Traffic to Key Sites Than Google

The High-Flying Wojcickis of Silicon Valley Talk About How They Stay Aloft (Video)

allthingsd.com
Last night, a pack of Wojcickis was honored by the Bay Area’s well known public affairs forum, the Commonwealth Club, which was feting the Silicon Valley family of high achievers for their “noteworthy contributions to local and global society.” Indeed, as noted in a very lovely profile of the...
The High-Flying Wojcickis of Silicon Valley Talk About How They Stay Aloft (Video)
Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders may be forming Washington lobbying group

Lyft, Sidecar face roadblocks from CA regulators over legality of ridesharing

gigaom.com
Lyft and Sidecar, two of San Francisco’s latest ridesharing companies, were issued cease-and-desist orders from the California Public Utilities Commission in August, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday, but continue to operate and deny that they lack required permits. The news comes as a continuation of the battle over city regulation of...
Lyft, Sidecar face roadblocks from CA regulators over legality of ridesharing
Ridesharing startups hit with cease-and-desist by California regulator

Bank Threatens Reporter Over Trademark For Using The Term 'Virtual Wallet'

www.techdirt.com
We've written many times in the past about how, thanks to the ridiculous sense of "ownership society" that is often presented to the world around copyright, patents and trademarks, it's unfortunately common to see massive overclaiming of certain rights. That's especially true of trademarks, which really shouldn't be lumped in...
Bank Threatens Reporter Over Trademark For Using The Term 'Virtual Wallet'

Newspaper Companies Invest Another $9M In Local Deal Startup Wanderful Media

techcrunch.com
Wanderful Media has raised another $9 million from the long list of newspaper and media companies that were already backing the startup and its local deal service Find&Save. The announcement comes after the relaunch of Find&Save last month. The service allows readers to browse deals aggregated from newspaper circulars, retailers,...
Newspaper Companies Invest Another $9M In Local Deal Startup Wanderful Media

Mary Meeker's mind-blowing Internet statistics contain at least one unsubstantiated 'fact'

venturebeat.com
July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Sequoia Capital über-investor Mike Moritz is fond of saying that “Powerpoint is the language of Silicon Valley.” It’s a shame, considering that founders of early-stage startups inflate numbers in their decks, often taking creative license with the size of...
Mary Meeker's mind-blowing Internet statistics contain at least one unsubstantiated 'fact'
Muggers Increasingly Stealing Samsung Phones Instead Of iPhones (AAPL)
Zuckerberg's activist group hires lobbyists to help push immigration reform
Kickstarter and the view from the trenches of TechShop

Media outsourcing and Journatic: Hate the player, not the game

gigaom.com
There’s been a debate raging in the media sphere lately over the practices of a journalism-outsourcing startup called Journatic, which used to provide hyper-local news content to papers like the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. The service was dropped by several newspapers after it was revealed that...
Media outsourcing and Journatic: Hate the player, not the game

AirBnB's new offices will cost as much as $97 million over 10 years

gigaom.com
888 Brannan: new home of AirBnB If you were looking for signs of hyper-inflation in the San Francisco real estate market, then look no further than 888 Brannan, an iconic 95-year-old building that till recently played home to San Francisco’s Jewelry Mart. This building is across the street from the San...
AirBnB's new offices will cost as much as $97 million over 10 years

Tracy Morgan Won’t Bail Mother Out of Foreclosure [Video]

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Tracy Morgan may just qualify as the most rotten son on the planet at this point.  The “30 Rock” star is being accused of not helping to save his mother from foreclosure on her Ohio home, the New York Daily News reports. Alicia Warden still owes $25,000 on her...
Tracy Morgan Won’t Bail Mother Out of Foreclosure [Video]
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