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Pinterest Hits 10 Million Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Standalone Site Ever

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It’s beautiful, it’s addictive, and now Pinterest is having its glorious hockey stick moment. TechCrunch has attained exclusive data from comScore showing Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history. In fact, users are spending so much...
Pinterest Hits 10 Million Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Standalone Site Ever

Milkroundabout, London’s startup jobs fair, returns

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London’s attempt to cement itself as the dominant startup hub in Europe is getting another small boost today, with the news that the third Silicon Milkroundabout jobs fair will take place next month. The event, which was started by a group of U.K. entrepreneurs who wanted to woo jobseekers away...
Milkroundabout, London’s startup jobs fair, returns
Airbnb Is Raising A Big Third Round, Aiming For A Valuation North Of $2B

The Web vs. the Cloud: Which Metaphor Survives?

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Ask yourself this: Would you install ReadWriteWeb as an app? You might, if you were convinced that it did something useful for you, and if you didn't have to pay much (or anything) for it. You may already have installed Dropbox, and services like Pinterest and LinkedIn are now...
The Web vs. the Cloud: Which Metaphor Survives?

With Instagram Buy, Facebook Officially Pushes M&A Strategy Beyond The ‘Acqui-hire’

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The surprise announcement this morning that Facebook is acquiring Instagram for $1 billion says a lot about the state of the web startup ecosystem and the tech world at large — and no doubt, a large part of the industry (and the blogs that breathlessly cover it) will be analyzing...
With Instagram Buy, Facebook Officially Pushes M&A Strategy Beyond The ‘Acqui-hire’

InnoSpring Launches First U.S.-China Tech Accelerator, Unveils Inaugural Batch Of 12 Startups

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As research from the Startup Genome is beginning to show, the world has become a global entrepreneurial playing field, as cities from Tel Aviv to Santiago evolve into thriving startup ecosystems, becoming both regional and global engines of job creation. With such a large, increasingly internet-connected population, China has become...
InnoSpring Launches First U.S.-China Tech Accelerator, Unveils Inaugural Batch Of 12 Startups
Skype and Spotify founders join Rovio's chairman in EU initiative to inspire web startups

Pivotal Labs is in takeover talks

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Developing story: Pivotal Labs, one of the smartest web consulting firms known for its pioneering work in agile development is in talks to be acquired, according to some of my sources. The San Francisco-based company held an all hands meeting yesterday that lasted for hours, a source tells me. Pivotal is...
Pivotal Labs is in takeover talks

Structure:Data live coverage

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(C) 2011 Pinar Ozger. pinarozger.comIn the year since we launched our inaugural data event, big data has gone through major changes. Data science is no longer something mysterious and out of reach; it’s something that your company is probably putting to use right now (or trying to figure out how...
Structure:Data live coverage
Neckbeards, rejoice! Dell’s new Linux ultrabook was developed just for you

SecondMarket adds former U.S. Congressman Scott Murphy to board

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Scott Murphy, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and former U.S. Congressman (D-NY) is joining the board of New York-based SecondMarket. The company, which arranges secondary sales of shares in privately-held companies, said in a statement Thursday that Murphy’s background in finance and public policy will be valuable to SecondMarket’s business and...
SecondMarket adds former U.S. Congressman Scott Murphy to board

Red Hat CEO Is Ready To Squash Microsoft, VMware, and Oracle (RHT)

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Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat has some fighting words for old-school software makers like Microsoft, VMware and Oracle. He wants them gone. Or at least, he wants their closed, proprietary software outta here. Now that Red Hat has become the first and only pure open-source company with a billion...
Red Hat CEO Is Ready To Squash Microsoft, VMware, and Oracle (RHT)

Yahoo Japan buys Community Factory for $12.8 million, furthering its mobile push

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Yahoo Japan, the Yahoo Inc. subsidiary, has furthered its mobile ambitions after it announced the $12.8 million (1 billion yen) acquisition of Tokyo-based mobile content firm Community Factory, as Japanese tech blog Asiajin reports. The deal is a rare example of a big company acquisition in the country, as Asiajin notes, and, for its investment,...
Yahoo Japan buys Community Factory for $12.8 million, furthering its mobile push

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2bn

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Acquisition steps up software giant's battle with Google for the future of technology in the workplaceMicrosoft has bought the four-year-old business social network Yammer for $1.2bn (£770m) as the software giant steps up its battle with Google for the future of technology in the workplace.The purchase of Yammer, dubbed "Facebook...
Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2bn

Amidst Yammers & Asanas, YC Alum Siasto Finds Revenue By Streamlining Business Collaboration

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Forget Yammer, forget Asana. In April, Y Combinator grad Siasto launched a streamlined project management solution for teams and small businesses that syncs with Google Apps and allows users to create tasks, events, and documents all from the inbox. Since then, the project management and collaboration startup has continued making...
Amidst Yammers & Asanas, YC Alum Siasto Finds Revenue By Streamlining Business Collaboration
KPCB’s Chi-Hua Chien: The Next Wave Of Tech Disruption Will Hit Commerce

Google+ updates mobile UI, still no iPad app

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Google rolled out a new design for its Google+ mobile site Monday morning, which now looks more like the Google+ apps for Android and iOS. That’s especially good news for Google+ iPad users, which have been waiting for a native app for the social network for some time. The new...
Google+ updates mobile UI, still no iPad app
Who needs data? Google launches Gmail SMS in Africa

Want to see how close TV and broadband are? Check out this chart.

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Congress, along with many in the content industry, are wondering about the fate of television in an Internet Age. I don’t have answers about the future of television, but I did share a list of questions I think people in Congress and even in the industry should be asking about...
Want to see how close TV and broadband are? Check out this chart.

Study: Startups Led By Stanford, Harvard Grads Lead The Way In Scoring Venture Capital Funding

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An interesting new study released today by venture capital and angel investment-focused research firm CB Insights tracked the amount of venture capital funding and deals that flowed to alumni of different universities, and in a shocking twist, graduates of Stanford University do not actually dominate the space. LOL, just kidding....
Study: Startups Led By Stanford, Harvard Grads Lead The Way In Scoring Venture Capital Funding

The Clean Web Movement: Mobile's Influence On Startup Design

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Whether it’s in response to the over-stimulation of banner ads and animated gifs, the proliferation of mobile and tablet devices whose screen size dictates simpler navigation and layout options, a reaction to our information-overloaded society, or, likely, all the above, a new class of web startups are adopting the minimalist...
The Clean Web Movement: Mobile's Influence On Startup Design

China's Alibaba splits into 25 separate divisions to get faster and more nimble

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Alibaba Group, the Chinese Web giant that operates popular ecommerce sites Alibaba and Taobao, is restructuring to split the business into 25 different divisions to help its brands more quickly respond to competitive threats, as noted by 36Kr. The reorganization is ostensibly meant to help Alibaba ensure that the new e-commerce-driven business...
China's Alibaba splits into 25 separate divisions to get faster and more nimble

Localmind CEO on how to make habit-forming products

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Think of the number of apps you’ve downloaded to your phone. Now think the of number of apps that you actually use. It’s probably only a handful. Turning an app or a product into a habit for users is a tricky undertaking for a mobile developer. So how do you...
Localmind CEO on how to make habit-forming products

Kayak Tests the Post-Facebook IPO Market

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In the wake of the troubled Facebook public offering, Kayak is finally launching its own IPO into uncertain waters. The move seems especially bold during a period when other Web startups have received less-than-enthusiastic responses from investors, and when Kayak itself has seen competition from newer rivals. Its trajectory is...
Kayak Tests the Post-Facebook IPO Market

HTC rumored to have bought MOG

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HTC’s Beats Audio unit may have bought music subscription service MOG, according to a rumor reported by Business Insider Monday. Insider writer Matt Rosoff based his report on a single source, but we have since also heard from a source that term sheets went back and forth between the two...
HTC rumored to have bought MOG

Pinterest Cofounder Reportedly Leaving Company

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Pinterest cofounder Paul Sciarra is leaving the company, according to startup community site Startup Grind. Startup Grind notes that while Sciarra is listed as CEO and founder on Pinterest’s SEC filings, he’s primarily worked in a behind-the-scenes role while Ben Silbermann has served as the public face of the fast-growing...
Pinterest Cofounder Reportedly Leaving Company

Japan's CyberAgent invests in Baitianshi, to help connect doctors and pharmaceuticals in China

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Fresh from making its second investment in Indonesia yesterday, via its dedicated Southeast Asia fund, Japanese VC CyberAgent Ventures has announced that it is putting funds into Baitianshi, a social network that connects doctors and pharmaceutical companies in China. As with many deals from CyberAgent, the level of investment and stake being purchased...
Japan's CyberAgent invests in Baitianshi, to help connect doctors and pharmaceuticals in China
Yahoo email users spend more on energy than Gmail users

Why You Can't Settle For The "Minimum" In Your Minimum Viable Product

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Many startups scramble to create a "minimum viable product," or MVP, to get a version of their product to market quickly for testing. It's a great way to cost-effectively test a website or app with real users. But be careful, if your MVP is too minimalist, it could torpedo your...
Why You Can't Settle For The "Minimum" In Your Minimum Viable Product

Japan's GMO Venture Partners focuses on Southeast Asia's potential with new $12 million fund

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There’s a new investment kid in Southeast Asia’s startup town after Japan’s GMO Venture Partners announced a 1 billion yen (circa $12 million) fund that will be dedicated to backing promising young companies in the region. The announcement of the new fund — which Tech In Asia spotted on the VC’s...
Japan's GMO Venture Partners focuses on Southeast Asia's potential with new $12 million fund
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