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15 Places to Turn for Technology News That Really Matters

Nobody on their deathbed says they wish they’d spent more time reading tech blogs. Don’t get me wrong: It’s great that consumers and entrepreneurs have so many places today to get news about the world of Internet startups, mobile devices, software, and venture investing. Back in 1998-2001, the last time things were this crazy in […]

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From MIT Robot Whiz to DoD Engineer: The Gener8tor Startup Founders

The fourth gener8tor accelerator program got underway this week with a blitz of “speed dates” between the entrepreneurs and a field of potential mentors. On Tuesday I hung out at gener8tor’s office in downtown Madison, WI, where the program’s winter crop of five startups shuffled between office suites in 15-minute individual sessions with mentors. The […]

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Gener8tor Goes International With Latest Startup Accelerator Class

Last summer, gener8tor’s startup accelerator class featured companies from outside Wisconsin, a first for the program. Now the Madison and Milwaukee-based startup nurturer has an international flavor. Five new startups have been accepted into the winter class in Madison that gener8tor is starting tonight. The companies hail from Mexico, Massachusetts, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. From […]

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TouchCast Opens Up Two-Way Interactive Window for Videos

Ever feel disconnected—figuratively—from videos online? Aside from clicking on ads or links that pop up during playback, there is not much for the audience to do but sit back and watch. Now a startup in New York thinks viewers want more. “Up until now, video has been this other [type of] media,” says Erick Schonfeld, […]

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Fab.com Expands, Acquires, and Goes Brick-and-Mortar

The ambitions for the future of New York-based flash sales site Fab are taking shape. Jason Goldberg, the company’s CEO, detailed in a blog post today his company’s plans for expansion on a variety of fronts. Fab has relaunched as a design store selling original products, as well as items from outside suppliers, and has expanded its Web […]

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Diffbot Is Using Computer Vision to Reinvent the Semantic Web

You know how the Picturephone, a half-billion-dollar project at AT&T back in the 1960s and 1970s, turned out to be a huge commercial flop, but two-way video communication eventually came back with a vengeance in the form of Skype and FaceTime and Google Hangouts? Well, something similar is going on with the Semantic Web. That’s […]

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GM, Pier 38, TechCrunch: The 1-Minute Version of Last Week’s Bay Area BizTech News

Though last week was a short post-holiday week, Bay Area entrepreneurs managed to pack in a lot of action. —More than 90 companies met with investors and journalists at a new demo event called Pitch San Francisco ’11 at AT&T Park. We captured seven of them on video. —Our biggest feature of the week was a […]

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The Tech World Deserves Better Than TechCrunch

Back in April 2009, community leaders in Boston were in a tizzy over the prospect of a shutdown at the Boston Globe, where unions were resisting salary and pension cuts proposed by the paper’s owner, the New York Times Co. I didn’t quite understand the leaders’ concerns. As a longtime admirer of the Globe, I […]

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Thursday Deals Roundup: Zagat, Platfora, Lending Club & More

Time for our more-or-less daily summary of key deals news in the Bay Area biztech world. —Google announced that it has acquired Zagat, the venerable and popular crowdsourced restaurant guide. Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president for local, maps, and location services, said the Zagat operation “will be a cornerstone of our local offering—delighting people with […]

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TechCrunch and CrunchFund: The Conflict-of-Interest Controversy

Is TechCrunch coming apart at the seams, or is it simply going through a leadership transition? Are we witnessing the breakdown of an ill-conceived marriage, or do the events of the last few days amount to publicity ploy—a Britney Spears-style public meltdown, cynically designed to keep the media spotlight fixed in the company’s direction ahead […]

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