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What's Next for Kik, One of the Original Mobile Messaging Hotshots

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Mobile messaging apps — WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, Line, WeChat, Voxer, Kik, etc — are in an interesting spot. They are some of the largest, most-used and best-loved apps in the world. They dominate their various countries and regions. But it’s not necessarily clear how they evolve and become long-lasting businesses. Are...
What's Next for Kik, One of the Original Mobile Messaging Hotshots

The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology | Naomi Wolf

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If you think that 24/7 tracking of citizens by biometric recognition systems is paranoid fantasy, just read the industry newslettersA software engineer in my Facebook community wrote recently about his outrage that when he visited Disneyland, and went on a ride, the theme park offered him the photo of himself...
The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology | Naomi Wolf

Where are they going? New Yorkers' daily movements mapped

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Jeff Clark, of Neoformix, has used data from geolocated tweets to map the movements of New York's Twitter users over a typical dayDrawing inspiration from Hint's wind map of America, Neoformix's Jeff Clark has created a similarly intricate map of New Yorkers' daily journeys.The map was produced using data from...
Where are they going? New Yorkers' daily movements mapped

Foursquare Keen To Sell Data For Targeted Ads On Other Platforms

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Foursquare is building a new advertising product that will leverage users’ check-in data and sell it to other businesses to help create targeted ads on external platforms, according to a report by Ad Age. The article refers to “executives familiar with the situation,” but warns that the new platform is...
Foursquare Keen To Sell Data For Targeted Ads On Other Platforms

Fun Friday: Routines

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Someone suggested to me in the comments this past week that this fun friday be about Routines. If I could recall who it was, I would give them credit. Maybe you can identify yourself in the comments. In any case, we are going to talk about routines today. Every weekday...
Fun Friday: Routines
Here's What A $100 Million Valuation Gets You In New York

Wattpad Takes Quick $17.3M for Thriving E-Book Community

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Wattpad, a booming e-book community site, has raised $17.3 million led by Khosla Ventures, and including Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Union Square Ventures and Golden Venture Partners. Check out that growth chart on the right. The site now hosts five million stories, with 500,000 added per month. It has eight...
Wattpad Takes Quick $17.3M for Thriving E-Book Community

[Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Onswipe CEO Jason L. Baptiste’s new book The Ultralight Startup: Launching a Business Without Clout or Capital. To coincide with giving the chapter away, Jason will be choosing one entrepreneur from the TechCrunch audience to meet four of the best venture capitalists...
[Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

Look at that DuckDuckGo! Daily search traffic is ballooning, up 227% in 3 months

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True story: just yesterday I had a meeting with an entrepreneur, looked up something on his computer and noticed that he was using alternative search engine DuckDuckGo rather than Google or Bing. And, as pointed out on Hacker News yesterday, he’s apparently far from the only one using it. As...
Look at that DuckDuckGo! Daily search traffic is ballooning, up 227% in 3 months

What It's Like Using Hailo, The Instant Taxi-Hailing App That Just Raised $30 Million

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This past week I visited London and got to know the startup scene there. One of the most promising new tech companies to come out of Europe is Hailo, an iPhone app that lets you hail a nearby cab in real time. The best part: you can pay with a...
What It's Like Using Hailo, The Instant Taxi-Hailing App That Just Raised $30 Million

"Eat me I'm organic" in Union Square today. http://r2.ly/8nvf

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"Eat me I'm organic" in Union Square today. http://r2.ly/8nvf

Yes, Twitter Will Drink Your Milkshake

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Twitter investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures may have thought he was just musing aloud about the Twitter ecosystem and whether it has reached an “inflection point” in his recent blog post, but it seems as though some third-party app developers took his comments about Twitter features as...
Yes, Twitter Will Drink Your Milkshake

Bill of Rights in Cyberspace, amended

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I’ve amended my proposed Bill of Rights in Cyberspace thanks to a suggestion in the comments from Jeff Sonderman: All data are created equal. I made that all bits are created equal, which broadens it somewhat and is quite relevant today in the discussion of net neutrality that will explode...
Bill of Rights in Cyberspace, amended

Twilio brings its Voice API to 4 new Western European countries

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Cloud communications company Twilio is expanding into four new European countries, days after striking a major deal with Microsoft to spread its voice and messaging APIs to developers on the Windows Azure platform. The San Francisco-based company is today launching phone numbers in Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands and Sweden for...
Twilio brings its Voice API to 4 new Western European countries

10gen CTO Eliot Horowitz on the Rise of MongoDB, Partnering with Red Hat, and Hiring in a Talent Crunch

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Mr. Horowitz Earlier this week, 10gen, the promising AlleyCorp startup launched by DoubleClick cofounder Dwight Merriman, announced a new partnership with an eye toward helping developers who work with big data and cloud technologies. The boost in market share probably doesn't hurt either. 10gen both develops and sponsors the open...
10gen CTO Eliot Horowitz on the Rise of MongoDB, Partnering with Red Hat, and Hiring in a Talent Crunch

Why A Site You've Never Heard Of, SoundCloud, Has 180 Million Users

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Song-sharing site Soundcloud announced at Le Web Paris that it now has 180 million users a month. Soundcloud co-founder Alex Ljung said on stage at Le Web that users upload more than 10 hours of music every minute. That's probably because Soundcloud serves as a great platform for independent artists...
Why A Site You've Never Heard Of, SoundCloud, Has 180 Million Users

Duolingo Plans To Translate Virtual Language Learning Into Real Life Big Bucks

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The startup Duolingo has found a way to make free foreign language learning profitable. Venir otra vez? The company, which counts Ashton Kutcher and four-hour obsessive Tim Ferriss among its backers, is doing it, in part, by enlisting new language learners to translate the web. It's an approach that investors...
Duolingo Plans To Translate Virtual Language Learning Into Real Life Big Bucks
Cloud communications biz Twilio adds global SMS and multi-language support

Union Square was gorgeous and green today, if a little overcast. http://r2.ly/3cqi

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Union Square was gorgeous and green today, if a little overcast. http://r2.ly/3cqi

Hacking Society: It's Time To Measure The Unmeasurable

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I was lucky enough to attend a small gathering of great thinkers put together by Union Square Ventures earlier this week for an event they called Hacking Society -- which was designed to be a one day open conversation on the economics and power of networks, and how to use...
Hacking Society: It's Time To Measure The Unmeasurable

VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch

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Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, prominent Silicon Alley investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures spoke about the worst things people do when pitching a VC. "Going through a really long backstory is a bad idea," Wilson said on stage to TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.  Wilson and other VCs don't want...
VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch

DLD 2013: Google's dominance of search will loosen, says expert

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Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures says smaller search companies, such as DuckDuckGo, will become more commonWhat of the future of search? Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures went out on a limb at the DLD13 conference on Tuesday to predict that Google will not be able to retain such...
DLD 2013: Google's dominance of search will loosen, says expert

How Foursquare Crushed My Startup In The 'Check-In Wars' (FB)

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As an entrepreneur, it can be hard to admit defeat.  When Facebook Product Manager Josh Williams started working on Gowalla, a location-based social network, his ultimate vision was for "people to see the world through the eyes of their friends," Williams recently wrote on Medium. Convinced that the idea was crazy,...
How Foursquare Crushed My Startup In The 'Check-In Wars' (FB)
Thompson needs to go as Yahoo’s CEO

All Tumblr blogs now come with iPhone optimized versions that you can customize

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Simple blogging service Tumblr has just announced that all its tumblelogs will come with a standard design optimized for the iPhone.As far as we’re aware, it’s just one design and not based on the theme you’ve chosen for your blog. Fortunately the design is what you expect from Tumblr, neat,...
All Tumblr blogs now come with iPhone optimized versions that you can customize

Database Startup 10gen Just Got A Big Pat On The Back From Intel And Red Hat (RHAT, INTC)

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Database startup 10gen just signed up Red Hat, the open-source software company, and Intel, the chipmaker, as investors, the startup announced today. 10gen makes MongoDB, a relatively new kind of database known as NoSQL. NoSQL's name contrasts it to SQL, a language used to access conventional structured databases. NoSQL is one...
Database Startup 10gen Just Got A Big Pat On The Back From Intel And Red Hat (RHAT, INTC)

Big Data Startup 10gen Raises Gobs Of Money On A Half-Billion-Dollar Valuation (ORCL)

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If you aren't paying attention to a market called big data—and in particular a company called 10gen—then wake up! 10gen just raised a hefty $42 million—$73 million to date. Sources tell us its valuation is over half a billion dollars—in the range of $500 million to $550 million. The company...
Big Data Startup 10gen Raises Gobs Of Money On A Half-Billion-Dollar Valuation (ORCL)

We Are Hiring - Union Square Ventures: A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing [del.icio.us]

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RT @fredwilson: if you are interested in spending the next two years working at Union Square Ventures, read this post http://bit.ly/cHZVcQ...
We Are Hiring - Union Square Ventures: A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing [del.icio.us]

These Are The Top 20 Tech Investors You Should Follow On Twitter

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If you follow the right investors on Twitter, you can gain a lot of insight into how they think, the types of startups they find most interesting, and markets that are ripe for disruption.  PeekAnalytics, a social media analytics company, ranked the top tech investors on Twitter based on influence. ...
These Are The Top 20 Tech Investors You Should Follow On Twitter
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