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The SHIELD Act

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And now a return to a favorite topic here at AVC - patents, patent trolls, and the urgent need for patent reform here in the US. One of my favorite ideas for sensible patent reform is "loser pays" for the legal costs of the other side. The reality is that...
The SHIELD Act

A Source Met With Marissa Mayer's Acquisitions Team, And This Is What They Said They Want To Buy (YHOO)

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A source of ours met with Yahoo's corporate development team sometime during the past few months. This source said the team was open about the kinds of startups and companies CEO Marissa Mayer would like to buy. Here is what they said. Primarily Yahoo wants to buy small, failed startups...
A Source Met With Marissa Mayer's Acquisitions Team, And This Is What They Said They Want To Buy (YHOO)

Guest Post: Software patents are broken, and it's hurting our economy

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Editor’s note: The U.S Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a second software patent roundtable on Wednesday in New York City, which aims to give the public an opportunity to share their thoughts on how to improve on software-related patents. Josh Hartwell, CEO of Mobile Deluxe, an independent mobile...
Guest Post: Software patents are broken, and it's hurting our economy

Now Canada Wants Activist Investors To Share With The Rest Of The Class

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Cross-posted from If you're an activist investor your job is to (1) think of an idea for how to make a company's stock go up, (2) buy stock in the company, (3) convince them to do your idea, and (4) sell high. Step 3 tends to involve lots of...
Now Canada Wants Activist Investors To Share With The Rest Of The Class
After heightened hacks, Twitter releases two-factor authentication
Software patents are broken, and it's hurting our economy

Apple M&A rumor mill makes millions as Foxconn ‘confirms’ iTV

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Apple may not be buying a high-design German home entertainment device maker, but that doesn’t mean investors in the rumoured target company won’t make a killing – and it doesn’t mean they won’t still have a part to play in Apple’s iTV. This is a classic weekend story conundrum… In...
Apple M&A rumor mill makes millions as Foxconn ‘confirms’ iTV
Dell's Board Said To Be Considering Takeover Proposals From Blackstone And Carl Icahn
Nokia sells Vertu, shuffles execs, announces plans to cut 10,000 more jobs

As Netflix Pops Its Poison Pill, Wall Street Struggles to Find Icahn a Buyer

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Last week Carl Icahn took a big stake in Netflix, and announced that he wanted someone to buy the company. Here’s the next step: Netflix has adopted a “poison pill” provision, designed to keep Icahn from acquiring any more of the company. This is straight out of the Icahn v....
As Netflix Pops Its Poison Pill, Wall Street Struggles to Find Icahn a Buyer
Why Instagram pursued a $50M round just before its Facebook acquisition

Why It Could Make Sense for Instagram to Take Sequoia Funding During Facebook Acquisition Talks

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Debate is already starting around Instagram's recently-announced acquisition by Facebook. e.g., Why the heck would Instagram sell a stake of its soon-to-be-acquired company to Sequoia (and Thrive, and Greylock, and Benchmark?) The reason is simple: playing chicken with a potential acquirer can drive a much higher valuation. And more importantly,...
Why It Could Make Sense for Instagram to Take Sequoia Funding During Facebook Acquisition Talks
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