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Box Defeats Preliminary Injunction In OpenText’s $268M Patent Infringement Case

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 21:29
 Some positive legal news for Box, the cloud services company that is preparing for an IPO. A judge has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction of one of its products -- originally requested by the Luxembourg-based subsidiary of Canada's OpenText, one part of a larger, $268 million patent infringement suit covering 12 patents. Read More
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CrunchWeek: Heartbleed Terrifies The Internet, And Dropbox Hires Condoleezza Rice

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:18
 Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, our weekly round up of the biggest stories in technology. This week Leena Rao, Kim-Mai Cutler, and your humble servant took to the round table to dig into Heartbleed, and the NSA-thereof, along with Dropbox’s new controversial board pick, and its new products. (If can add a small production note, the show was taped in… Read More
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Ran Harnevo On AOL’s Video Strategy And The Web’s “Massive Wave” Of Original Content

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:51
 We're a few weeks away from the Digital Content NewFronts, where the big online companies pitch their upcoming programs to advertisers. So it seemed like a good time to sit down with Ran Harnevo, AOL's president of video, to talk about the company's plans, and about broader trends in the industry. Harnevo suggested that House of Cards on Netflix became "a defining moment" in "a massive wave" in… Read More
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With Its New Samsung App, Health Startup Lark Moves Away From Hardware

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:10
 Among the freebies included in Samsung's just-released Galaxy S5 was a new app from Lark, a health startup that's been pretty quiet for the past year or so. In fact, co-founder and CEO Julia Hu told me that Lark has been "pretty much in stealth mode" as it worked on the new app. The vision, she said, is still the same — the company is still trying to provide "personalized health coaching"… Read More
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Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs…

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:00
 Oh, hey, puny human. What's up. Not much, right? Well enjoy the brief respite between now and the rise of our robotic overlords, something we call TIDWRTWHUFOO. Your first nemesis? Proton, the surprisingly realistic robotic man. Read More
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Tinder Is Not Valued At $5B, And IAC Did Not Buy 10% Of The Company

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:30
 There was an audible gasp in the Twittersphere this morning, after Bloomberg reported that buzzy mobile dating app Tinder was valued at $5 billion in a recent transaction. According to Bloomberg, IAC recently purchased 10 percent of the company for $500 million from Social+Capital Partnership founder and former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya. Palihapitiya had accumulated Tinder shares via his… Read More
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Dropbox Promises Adding Condoleezza Rice To Its Board Won’t Change Its Privacy Views

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:01
 After Dropbox announced the hiring of former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, the Internet roiled with unrest: Could a former government official who defended warrantless wiretapping during the Bush administration properly advise a cloud storage company at the epicenter of the discussion of data privacy, especially in the current context of the NSA and… Read More
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Are You Living Your Purpose? Asana’s Justin Rosenstein Will Challenge TechCrunch Disrupt NY

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:50
 Cynicism in tech has reached a new peak, and with good reason. We may be squandering our potential to truly improve the world by building silly apps in pursuit of riches, but there is another way to live and work, and Justin Rosenstein has discovered it. Read More
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Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into A Computer From The 80s Using Commodore Pi

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:40
 As a former user of the Atari 800XL, I find the Commodore line to be piffle at best but I'll become a bit more catholic in my support of decades-old hardware and tell you a bit about the Commodore Pi, a wacky emulator that turns your Raspberry Pi into a real, multi-tasking Commodore. Read More
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Native Advertising Startup Adyoulike Acquires Content Amp For $2.5M

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:30
 French native advertising company Adyoulike acquired Content Amp. According to Rude Baguette, the British company was acquired for $2.5 million. Adyoulike appears to be at the same time an advertising technology company and a more traditional advertising network for native content. An ad-tech company in native advertising seems counterintuitive — native ads are blog posts, articles and… Read More
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Gillmor Gang Live 04.11.14

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:10
 Gillmor Gang - Robert Scoble, Semil Shah, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording has concluded for today. Read More
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ZEFR Is Selling MovieClips To Comcast’s Fandango

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:00
 Los Angeles-based ZEFR has built a huge business by helping content owners and brands to track and monetize video content on YouTube. But years after launching as a destination site for movie fans to discover and watch all their favorite movie scenes, the company is selling off its legacy Movieclips business to Comcast's Fandango unit, according to sources. Read More
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Report: NSA Exploited Heartbleed For Years. NSA: No

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:55
 Update: An account associated with the NSA tweeted out a quick denial: “Statement: NSA was not aware of the recently identified Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public.” So, either Bloomberg was misled, misunderstood their information, or the NSA is lying. [A caveat: The Twitter account in question is being treated by the larger world as legitimate, but remains unverified… Read More
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Box Debuts ‘Box Open Source’ To Share Its Internal Tools With The Larger Developer World

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:37
 Box today unveiled a new initiative called Box Open Source for sharing its own homegrown open source engineering tools with the larger programming community. The project was announced this afternoon in a company blog post accompanied by a tweet from Box CEO Aaron Levie. In a joint phone interview today, Levie and Box’s principal technical operations developer Benjamin VanEvery said that the… Read More
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App.io Turns iOS Apps Into Playable Mobile Ads

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:44
 App.io, a startup offering tools that allow iOS applications to run in the browser for testing or demo purposes, has now taken the next logical step: it’s bringing its technology the world of mobile advertising. With the company’s newly launched mobile ad product, developers can create ad units that are basically functional copies of their mobile app or game that consumers can play… Read More
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Turning The Ship: Microsoft Might Have Begun A Subtle Shift From Windows To Services

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:20
 Since Steve Ballmer passed the torch to Satya Nadella earlier this year, it marked a sea change in the organization: the first time in its history one of the founding team wasn’t running the show. Changes were expected and have happened. A surprising one is a subtle shift toward a service model and what appears to be an understanding that as long as people are running Microsoft tools, the… Read More
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After Killing Intro For iOS, LinkedIn Gets Deep Integration On Mobile Via Samsung Partnership

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:01
 Score a small victory for Android users. Earlier this year, LinkedIn killed a clever app called Intro, which used an engineering hack to inject information from LinkedIn and its Rapportive service into your iOS emails. But the service was deemed too risky for the way it intercepted emails on behalf of users before augmenting them with the additional data, and was later shut down. Today, however,… Read More
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Why Stock Prices Are So Important For Startups

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:00
 Yesterday was a bit of a bloodbath for shares of internet stocks. The NASDAQ composite index declined by almost 130 points, its worst drop in two years, and Splunk and FireEye, two of last year’s most popular technology IPOs, each declined by more than 10%. The one-day tumble doesn’t undo the gains made by the markets over the past 24 months, during which both the NASDAQ and S&P 500… Read More
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And That’s A Wrap On The TC Meetups In Boston And LA

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:30
 When you have as much fun as we did this week in Boston and Los Angeles, it's hard to say goodbye. But we must! For without bidding farewell to these fine cities, we wouldn't be able to venture into new territories. Read More
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Weev Is Free

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:22
 Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is set to be released from federal prison, following a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction and sentence. “I’m going to prison for arithmetic,” Weev declared last March. Shortly after, he was incarcerated in the federal prison system, charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the same law that… Read More
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