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Ireland Denies Giving Apple Any Special Tax Deal

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Ireland has a special message for United States senators convinced the country gave Apple a special tax deal: You don’t know what you’re talking about. Remarking on a U.S. Senate investigation that claims Apple avoided taxes on tens of billions of dollars by holding significant profits in three Irish subsidiaries,...
Ireland Denies Giving Apple Any Special Tax Deal

F-35B fighter jet's first vertical landing was years, billions in the making (video)

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Lockheed Martin's F-35 program has been a political whipping boy seemingly forever, but the VTOL 'B'-variant of the pricey supersonic jet finally did what it was made for: a vertical landing. That happened nearly two years to the day after the estimated $304 million (each!) jet's first mid-air hover,...
F-35B fighter jet's first vertical landing was years, billions in the making (video)

Crowdsourcing Is Outsourcing Web 2.0 Style

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Outsourcing has been around for years and has been complained about for just as long. Now, there is a new whipping boy, crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is basically outsourcing reworked to take advantage of the power of the internet. However, crowdsourcing does nothing to fix the problems that outsourcing had. So, what...
Crowdsourcing Is Outsourcing Web 2.0 Style

Another Legislator Hops On Board The 'Violent Video Game' Bandwagon; Introduces Redundant Labeling Bill

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Recent events have returned videogames (especially "violent" ones) back to their normal position as convenient grandstand/whipping boy (or girl, you sexist)/political football. Vice President Joe Biden recently met with representatives of the video game industry to inform them that they were just as responsible as the NRA for recent tragic...
Another Legislator Hops On Board The 'Violent Video Game' Bandwagon; Introduces Redundant Labeling Bill
Can a category leader's $60M exit be seen as anything but underwhelming?

A Chevy Volt Owner Shows Us His Mileage

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Last week ago I mentioned the strange "controversy" over the Chevy Volt. This car is the brainchild of a lifelong auto enthusiast who is also a political conservative, but to the right-wing media it has become a whipping boy and symbol of pinko environmentalist over-reach.My friend Garrett Gruener, a successful...
A Chevy Volt Owner Shows Us His Mileage

High-Fructose Corn Syrup "Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain" than Sugar [Diet]

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been a whipping boy of late for its heavily processed origins (prompting a campaign about how natural it is), but it's much worse than that: Princeton researchers find that HFCS has a significant tie to obesity. More »...
High-Fructose Corn Syrup "Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain" than Sugar [Diet]

Senator Wyden Attacked For Actually Trying To Get Stuff Done, Rather Than Playing Partisan Politics

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We've written a lot about Senator Ron Wyden around here, mainly for his roles in pushing back against government surveillance efforts as well as his strong leadership in preventing bad internet regulations. But, it seems that he's becoming a target within his own party. We'd already noted that with SOPA/PIPA,...
Senator Wyden Attacked For Actually Trying To Get Stuff Done, Rather Than Playing Partisan Politics
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Senator Wyden Attacked For Actually Trying To Get Stuff Done, Rather Than Playing Partisan Politics

www.techdirt.com
We've written a lot about Senator Ron Wyden around here, mainly for his roles in pushing back against government surveillance efforts as well as his strong leadership in preventing bad internet regulations. But, it seems that he's becoming a target within his own party. We'd already noted that with SOPA/PIPA,...
Senator Wyden Attacked For Actually Trying To Get Stuff Done, Rather Than Playing Partisan Politics

'Y Combinator Has Single Handedly Jacked Up The Price Of Early-Stage Startups Over Its Last Two Batches'

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One constant gripe from early stage investors over the last few years has been that valuations are getting too high. Angel investor Kevin Hartz, for instance, put away his checkbook blaming growing valuations. Who is to blame for valuation growth? One prominent Silicon Valley investor we talked to pinned it...
'Y Combinator Has Single Handedly Jacked Up The Price Of Early-Stage Startups Over Its Last Two Batches'

No Love For Google At The Crunchies This Year (GOOG)

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Tonight was the sixth annual Crunchies awards, where the Silicon Valley tech community gathers in San Francisco to honor itself. Except for Google, which seems to have become the whipping boy of the valley. Host Harris Whittels started the night off by poking fun at Google's big advances in...
No Love For Google At The Crunchies This Year (GOOG)

Irish finance minister takes umbrage to US tax shelter accusations

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Following Apple's testimony before the US Senate, Ireland's finance minister Michael Noonan declared that neither he nor his country would be the "whipping boy" for US tax loopholes. The US-led investigation demonstrated that Apple had paid two percent of $74 billion in international income, assisted by Irish tax law --...
Irish finance minister takes umbrage to US tax shelter accusations
Zillow Steals Facebook's Secondary Offering Thunder, Files to Raise More than $120 Million
Yes, the Valley can be vacuous - but it's more complicated than the New Yorker would have us believe
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