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    Can 130,000 online supporters get this young woman access to life extending drugs?

    It’s easy to forward an email, “Like” a Facebook page, or support a petition. Tugging heart strings is one of the quickest ways to make a message go viral. But what’s the weight of these actions? Can they help effect meaningful change? Mikaela Knapp is 25 years old and suffering from aggressive metastatic kidney cancer. She’s been turned down from four clinical trials for a new cancer drug and might not have much time left. The FDA has compassionate use provisions…
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    Lindzon: Carl Icahn picked the wrong fight with Andreessen

    Carl Icahn is a bully. Few on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley would argue with that assessment. But as the iconic corporate raider gets up in age, and as the world – and to a lesser degree the public markets – moves further toward technology, he’s increasingly picking fights in fields beyond his area of expertise. Icahn recently discovered Twitter and has used the platform as the megaphone to end all megaphones. He’s poked at Apple and eBay, among…
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    Accused bitcoin creator lawyers up, denies involvement. A lawsuit against Newsweek could follow

    Weeks after having his world turned upside down by a Newsweek cover story proclaiming him the alleged inventor of Bitcoin, 64-year-old California resident Dorian S. Nakamoto has lawyered up. Nakamoto first denied the accuracy of the story while being chased by a swarm of Los Angeles reporters through an elevator in the Associated Press’ LA bureau building, and then more formally in a two-hour sit down interview with the AP. His attorney’s first action yesterday was to reiterate…
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    Accidental disruption: Max Levchin discusses how close PayPal was to never existing at all

    PayPal’s status as one of the most successful pre dot-com crash companies is beyond dispute. But for the billions in value that it created and the impact that it’s had in revolutionizing digital payments, it’s remarkable to consider how close the company came to never existing. It wasn’t just teetering on the brink of insolvency, something that every startup encounters at some point. Rather, PayPal was never intended to be a payments company, but started out as an encryption solution…
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    From dog toys to SaaS software: How Lettuce’s founder learned the art of product management

    Product management rarely gets its due outside the startup community. It’s not uncommon for first time entrepreneurs, particularly non-technical ones, to cite the PM role as the position they’ll fill on their team’s early organization chart. But nebulous as the job description may be, product management requires a synthesis of seemingly incompatible skill sets. The good ones are part engineer, part designer, part sales, and 100 percent OCD. Project management can’t be faked, but can it be learned? To answer…
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    Eric Schmidt updates his techtopian vision for the future

    To say that technology will be a defining force in shaping the future of the world is so obvious, it hardly bears mentioning. Trying to predict how that future will unfold and what technology’s impact will be, however, is an exercise that allows much less certainty. That’s exactly the challenge undertaken by “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business,” the now year-old book written by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Director of Google Ideas…
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    Newsweak: Once-great news magazine hypes relaunch by putting a man’s life at risk

    [This post has been updated to reflect additional reporting by the AP, public statements from the Bitcoin Foundation, and a public comment from the original bitcoin poster by the name Satoshi Nakamoto.] Newsweek claims to have found Satoshi Nakamoto, the highly-secretive creator of Bitcoin. If the report is accurate, he is a 64-year-old Japanese-American man who lives in a Los Angeles suburb and goes by the name of Dorian S. (Satoshi) Nakamoto. But the report, authored by Leah…
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    Predictions from abroad: Tablet photography and voice dictation are coming in a big way

    After three weeks of traveling through New Zealand I’ve come to an unexpected conclusion: tablet photography is here to stay. Moreover, I’m not convinced that’s a bad thing. Blasphemy, I know. It’s one of several things that stood out among the mobile usage patterns I observed while spending extended time away from the US. (Another being that we’re in for an explosion in the use of voice dictation and virtual assistants. I’ll get to that in a moment.) Time and…
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    Bitcoiners prefer finance and kindles to sex: A revealing look into the interest graph of crypto-currency users

    Once the shadowy curiosity of single, 32-year-old libertarian males, bitcoin is going mainstream. Look no further than old school media companies like the Wall Street Journal and Forbes dedicating exclusive areas of their online publications to the cryptographic digital currency. Morning TV news shows have also gotten on the bandwagon. Earlier this month, the Chicago Sun Times, the ninth largest US newspaper by readership, took it a step further by conducting a bitcoin paywall trial that allowed users…
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    Hacking startup referral programs for fun and profit

    When you put the words Uber and micro-entrepreneurship in the same sentence, you might naturally think about drivers building their own livery businesses. But it turns out that may not be the only way to make money on the platform. A few LA entrepreneurs, all of which have asked to remain anonymous, found another more lighthearted approach to monetizing Uber. Around the new year, Uber and several other prominent technology companies offered souped up referral bonuses for existing users who…
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    Angry eBay merchant plans to sue PayPal for anti-bitcoin activity

    Decentralized virtual currencies are largely unregulated leading to a wild west situation between merchants, end users, and service providers. Illustrating this fact, one eBay merchant doesn’t like the way he’s been treated by PayPal, the marketplace company’s subsidiary payment platform, and has decided to sue. If the details of a 2,138 word comment posted to the Bitcointalk.org message board at 3:51am PT today by user TerraHasher (Terra) are to be believed, PayPal has been repeatedly freezing his assets and harassing him for…
  • Lifehacker

    Hack your New Year’s resolutions with these startup strategies

    Entrepreneurs are notorious tinkerers who routinely take what other people see as problems and turn them into business opportunities. There’s even a startup methodology called “Lean Startup” devoted to conducting numerous small, measurable experiments to find the minimum viable prescription to drive business success. It’s no surprise then that some entrepreneurs would apply similar hacker’s mentality to their own lives and bodies. There are areas of life where taking an entrepreneurial mindset and making small, calculated changes can result in…
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    Holiday PSA: Don’t let CryptoLocker be your family’s Grinch this year

    If you’re reading this, there’s a high probability you’re fairly technologically savvy. And with that comes the likelihood that you’re running an unofficial IT helpdesk for the rest of your family. So with the holiday season officially upon us, consider this a public service announcement and a plea for you to share some tried and true advice with the less sophisticated folks in your life: Don’t open strange email attachments, or click on unknown links or those from unknown senders.…
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    Bitcoin has a dark side: its carbon footprint

    Bitcoin may be making a few people wealthy, but it’s killing us all. The crypto-currency that’s caught the world by storm has a dark side: its carbon footprint. At today’s value of roughly $1,000 per bitcoin, the electricity consumed by the bitcoin mining ecosystem has an estimated carbon footprint – or total greenhouse gas emissions – of 8.25 megatonnes (8,250,000 tonnes) of CO2 per year, according to research by Bitcarbon.org. That’s 0.03 percent of the world’s total greenhouse…
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    John Doerr’s last stand: Can a dramatic shakeup save Kleiner Perkins?

    Jesus Christ, Kleiner Perkins just can’t catch a break. The latest news – in a year-long deluge of mea culpas, nasty lawsuits, and admissions of strategic missteps – is that the firm is retrenching, refocusing on the consumer Web, and cutting its early stage investment staff. We know, thanks to a leaked memo to LPs, who is staying: John Doerr, Ted Schlein, Randy Komisar, Beth Seidenberg, and Mike Abbott. In the weeks since the memo, rumors have swirled about…
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    The past week teaches us that the bitcoin market won’t scare easily

    Bitcoin is a bubble! Bitcoin is the future! Bitcoin is a bubble, but also the future! With the world scrambling to determine whether to accept the bitcoin religion, the market issued a number of strong signals over the last week that its phenomenon, which seems like as good a characterization as any, isn’t going away without a fight. On November 27th, Bitcoin traded above $1,000 on the Mt. Gox exchange, the first time it crossed that threshold on any US…

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