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Apple Acquisition Target The Fancy May Have Gotten Its First Buyout Offer Two Years Ago

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We've been digging further into The Fancy, the social-commerce startup that Apple is trying to buy. Here's something interesting: In 2010, the company, then known as Thing Daemon, raised $6 million in a round led by Allen & Co., the investment bank. A document filed with the SEC plainly states that $2.66...
Apple Acquisition Target The Fancy May Have Gotten Its First Buyout Offer Two Years Ago

An E-Book Argument: Are Fixed Prices Needed to Preserve Publishing?

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The U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to file antitrust charges against Apple and five of the nation’s largest publishers for conspiring to raise e-book prices may do more harm than good if it dissolves the new agency pricing model for books those companies created. At least that’s the case being...
An E-Book Argument: Are Fixed Prices Needed to Preserve Publishing?
Scopely launches LevelUp platform, invites other developers to play in its sandbox

Jeff Bezos named Fortune's businessperson of the year

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Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos got a nod from Fortune as the businessperson of the year Thursday, topping a list full of technology and telecommunications executives. The magazine called him the "ultimate disrupter," citing the way Bezos approaches everything from executive meetings to his tendency to ignore Wall Street and...
Jeff Bezos named Fortune's businessperson of the year
Life after Kickstarter: Daily Grommet supports projects after honeymoon ends
Facebook tops 1 billion users
Fab CEO to entrepreneurs: learn to break up with a bad idea

Google's Attempt To Bully Microsoft Back With Patents Not Going Too Well

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Ever since Google decided to stick with Motorola Mobility's existing patent fights with various companies, I've been wondering why they did so. Here was a chance for Google to take the high road and actually live up to what it had been claiming concerning the problems of patents. But, instead,...
Google's Attempt To Bully Microsoft Back With Patents Not Going Too Well

This Email Exchange Started A Company That Google Bought For $50 Million

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In 2010, Google bought a Web-based photo-editing startup called Picnik for $50 million. Picnik's three cofounders made $16 million each. Privco, "the private copmany financial data authority," (subscribe here) has obtained a copy of the email thread that launched Picnik in 2005. Everyone in the startup space likes to say...
This Email Exchange Started A Company That Google Bought For $50 Million
Who's in worse shape: RIM or Nokia?

Haters Gonna Hate, But Facebook Is Still a Buy, Analyst Says

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Ever since its disappointing Nasdaq debut last month, Facebook can’t seem to catch a break. Its shares tumbled from day into the following weeks, and analysts and investors the world around have called into question Facebook’s potential for long-term monetization. At least one market research firm isn’t concerned with the...
Haters Gonna Hate, But Facebook Is Still a Buy, Analyst Says
Texas Instruments wants to ditch smartphones, switch focus to embedded processors

Music Marketing With Free SoundCloud Story Wheel

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SoundCloud recently released Story Wheel, an app for creating a slideshow using Instragram pics and audio via SoundCloud. It's an interesting webtool with a lot of potential for music marketing involving storytelling. Though they will be connecting Story Wheel to additional services, the creators are insistent on maintaining a retro...
Music Marketing With Free SoundCloud Story Wheel

Dave Morin, CEO of Path: 'If Facebook Is A Chevy, Then We're A BMW'; 'Family Friendly' Network Pushes 6M Users, Launches Virtual Goods

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Dave Morin, CEO and founder of Path, today likened Facebook to a Chevy, and Path to a BMW or Audi, as he attempted to draw out the differences between his privacy-focused social network and the one that is now publicly-traded and recently passed 1 billion users (and happens to be...
Dave Morin, CEO of Path: 'If Facebook Is A Chevy, Then We're A BMW'; 'Family Friendly' Network Pushes 6M Users, Launches Virtual Goods

Facebook and Walmart to 'deepen' involvement, won't rollback FarmVille prices just yet

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The involvement between Facebook and Walmart is about to get a lot cozier than gift cards in aisle three. Facebook says it wants to "deepen" its connection to Walmart and hopes to learn from the big-box retailer's skill in building a long-term business; that's rather important when the social...
Facebook and Walmart to 'deepen' involvement, won't rollback FarmVille prices just yet

PeopleBrowsr Gets Temporary Restraining Order Against Twitter For 'Felony Interference With A Business Model'

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For years, we've seen so many legal disputes that could be jokingly described as arguing "felony interference of a business model" -- a term coined by Steven Bellovin a while ago as shorthand for lawsuits that are much more about a company who bet on the wrong business model, than...
PeopleBrowsr Gets Temporary Restraining Order Against Twitter For 'Felony Interference With A Business Model'

Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

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Yelp built its ad business by attracting users that know what they want, just not who to buy it from — exactly when ads are most effective. That’s why I find today’s VentureBeat piece by Rocky Agrawal titled “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” to be ridiculous. His sources...
Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal
From The Valley To The Motor City: Why Stik Moved Back To Detroit

Now That It's Grown Up, Is Facebook Ready to Face the Real World?

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Facebook is the social butterfly of Internet society, but as a company it has been a wallflower, reluctant to share any but the barest hints of its strategies and finances. Last Friday's IPO coming-out party debuted the shy corporate entity in the realm of public companies and shareholder scrutiny. It's...
Now That It's Grown Up, Is Facebook Ready to Face the Real World?

Infosys Wins A Lawsuit, But Is Still In Hot Water For Hiring Overseas Workers (INFY)

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An Alabama state judge has ruled that Indian outsourcer Infosys didn't break any state laws in a case brought by a former employee who accused the company of misusing work visas to bring overseas workers to the U.S. But the bigger issue is whether Infosys, a tech outsourcing firm based...
Infosys Wins A Lawsuit, But Is Still In Hot Water For Hiring Overseas Workers (INFY)

Google Acquiring Frommer's Travel Brand, More Google+ Improvements Likely To Follow

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Google is in the process of acquiring the Frommer’s travel brand from the publishing company John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in what appears to be a further effort to beef up its Google+ business information listings service. The deal is nearly closed, according to a report from The Wall Street...
Google Acquiring Frommer's Travel Brand, More Google+ Improvements Likely To Follow
BlackBerry 10 said to show promise, but it can't dent iPhone or Android

HP To Take A Lot of Bitter Medicine In Earnings Report Today

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We already know most of the bad news, and some of the good, though it was spare, that Hewlett-Packard will announce after the close of markets in New York today. It announced nearly everything worthy of note on Aug. 9. The good news is that earnings on a per-share basis...
HP To Take A Lot of Bitter Medicine In Earnings Report Today

Foursquare Pulls A Twitter With Promoted Updates For Select Merchants

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With a new paid feature for merchants, Foursquare's long-term business model finally becomes a lot clearer.When Foursquare introduced Local Updates last week so merchants could push updates to loyal customers, it seemed like only a matter of time before the company introduced paid features for merchants. In other words, how...
Foursquare Pulls A Twitter With Promoted Updates For Select Merchants

4 ways Microsoft can make Azure better for startups

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Marcelo Calbucci Guest Commentary: This week Microsoft made a big announcement by providing TechStars startups up to $60,000 worth of Windows Azure services for two years. That’s huge. I have never seen Amazon or any other cloud provider, or any other provider of anything, offer this much. It’s an exciting...
4 ways Microsoft can make Azure better for startups

How To Be In Business Forever: A Lesson In Sustainability

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Its time to kick off my Skillshare class on Sustainability. I will do a post each week this month (on Mondays of course). I will do office hours on Google Hangouts on Mondays at 6pm eastern for 30 minutes all month. We will do a project together which is to...
How To Be In Business Forever: A Lesson In Sustainability

App.net's Dalton Caldwell wants to know why people are so angry at him

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The saying goes that when you’re doing something right people are going to hate you. App.net‘s Dalton Caldwell feels that pain, since proposing the “anti-Twitter”, ad-free social stream only a few weeks ago. In case you’ve not been following along, the story goes something like this: Caldwell thinks that Twitter...
App.net's Dalton Caldwell wants to know why people are so angry at him

SOCIAL MEDIA INSIGHTS: Americans Still Spend Far More Time On Facebook Than Other Social Media

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Social Media Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that collects and delivers the top social media news first thing every morning. You can sign up to receive Social Media Insights here or at the bottom of this post. Facebook Still Dominates Social Media Market Share (comScore via we...
SOCIAL MEDIA INSIGHTS: Americans Still Spend Far More Time On Facebook Than Other Social Media

Why university-industry collaboration doesn't have to be awkward

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There's often too much talk and not enough action when it comes to bringing industry and academia togetherThe bringing together of industry and academia has always been a tricky process. The issue came under scrutiny in last month's Wilson Review, which looked at how collaboration in the UK between universities...
Why university-industry collaboration doesn't have to be awkward
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