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23Nov/14Off

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

Me_Books_ipad_bursting PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be the final nail in the print coffin. The NYT created this chart of rising revenue from… Read More

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23Nov/14Off

Fitmob Gets More Funding As It Partners With Gyms And Looks To New Markets

fitmob Fitness marketplace Fitmob is growing fast and looking to grow even faster, and to do so it’s raised new strategic funding from Recruit Strategic Partners. The funding will be used as Fitmob adds more options to its fitness marketplace through partnerships with gyms, and as it seeks to expand into new markets. Read More

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23Nov/14Off

Crowdsourced War

medical aid symbol on a vintage jute army bag Roughly 5,000 gallons of blood has been spilled in Eastern Ukraine, if the United Nation’s estimates that at least 4,000 have perished are any indication. Much of this bloodbath was avoidable; in fact, in 90 percent of potentially survivable battlefield mortalities, uncontrollable bleeding was the top cause of death, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research found in 2012. Read More

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23Nov/14Off

Uber Über Alles

travis-taxi Oh, Uber. Such a great service…run by such short-sighted, thin-skinned executives. Clue: when people criticize you and/or your company, suck it up, take the criticism on board and apologize/adjust if warranted, then shut up and move on. Do not muse aloud, even at a quasi-off-the-record party, about forming million-dollar funds to attack and silence your critics. Read More

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23Nov/14Off

SF Has An S&M Problem

Folsom Street Fair Event It’s a Friday night, and I am on the prowl. I’m with my friend Edgar, and we are looking for evidence of the increasing S&M problem among the denizens of America’s startup capital. We all know the story the past few months: it’s really bad right now, but don’t worry, everything will get better in time. But it is not getting better, and it’s time to call… Read More

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23Nov/14Off

UK Government Pushes IP-Matching In Latest Digital Counter-Terror Measure

lonerouter ISPs and mobile operators will be forced to retain information linking IP addresses to individuals for 12 months under U.K. government counter-terrorism plans expected to be detailed next week. Read More

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23Nov/14Off

Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding

Jolla Tablet Late last week Finnish mobile startup Jolla launched a crowdfunding campaign for a tablet running its open source Sailfish OS, smashing past its initial funding goal of $380,000 in a couple of hours. It has since pushed past the $1 million mark, with around $1.18M now pledged from more than 7,370 backers of the Indiegogo campaign. Read More

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22Nov/14Off

Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one of the agents of destruction. Marketplaces are eating every type of firm on the planet. Let’s look at where the feasting is happening. Read More

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22Nov/14Off

How To Raise Venture Capital In A Frothy Market

choppy water Raising venture funding may have just gotten a little tougher. A major investor recently announced that venture capitalists are “taking on an excessive amount of risk right now – unprecedented since ’99.” Read More

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22Nov/14Off

Is It The Beginning Of The End For Cable Or Just A New Beginning?

hbo-cbs In mid-October of this year, HBO dropped a bombshell — albeit a long-rumored one — with the news that it would launch a standalone streaming service sometime in 2015. The media and Game of Thrones fans everywhere immediately went into overdrive, analyzing every last one of the scarce details to death (What content will be included? How much will it cost? Should I cancel my… Read More

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