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Michael Carney

  1. What's it take for a tech journalist to become a successful venture capitalist?

    The two most powerful things you can have in the startup world are a checkbook, or a byline.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Crypto-drama: Mt. Gox founder Jed McCaleb is in the news again over $1M Ripple dispute

    Drama, it seems, just follows some people (and companies) around.

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    From the News desk

  3. Portland prepping new emergency policies for Uber. Will other cities follow suit?

    Uber is due to resume operations in Portland in the near future, after a more than three-month-long voluntary hiatus in the region. But thanks to some creative potential legislation being considered by local regulators, Portland could soon turn into a test-bed for several policies that could become commonplace across the ride-hailing industry.

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  4. Bitcoin security startup Gem opens its platform to the world

    Intrigued by the disruptive potential of bitcoin but intimidated by the complexity of developing products and services based on the blockchain technology? You’re not alone, and for good reason. Not only is the blockchain complex, but associated applications have become targets for hackers and criminals.

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  5. Silk Road defense responds: Gov't corruption was barred from evidence, impeding our case

    Yesterday, we covered the shocking fraud and corruption by government agents investigating convicted Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht. At the time, there were many unanswered questions about what the defense knew about this scandal and when, and thus what impact the indictment of these agents by the Department of Defense could have on Ulbricht’s case – either in the form of a mistrial or a subsequent appeal.

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  6. In the Silk Road case, the gov't turned out to be as dirty as the defendant. New trial coming?

    After a jury in February found Ross Ulbricht guilty of narcotics and money laundering conspiracies among other charges, in conjunction with his role as the mastermind behind the Silk Road online drug marketplace, even most long-time Ulbricht supporters looked at the preponderance of evidence against him and assumed the case was resoundingly closed. Yesterday, the door to that conviction may have cracked open a tiny bit.

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  7. Chicago's Avant acquires fellow Y Combinator alum ReadyForZero to bolster smart lending platform

    Two of the most exciting names in consumer lending and debt management have joined forces. San Francisco- based credit education startup ReadyForZero has been acquired Chicago’s Avant, a big data-driven platform. Both companies have ties to Y Combinator, with ReadyForZero graduating from the accelerator in 2010, and Avant co-founders John Sun and Paul Zhang participating in a later class under a prior company called Debteye.

    By Michael Carney , written on

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  8. Elon Musk created nearly $1B in value today with a single tweet

    So much for haters who like to dismiss the impact and growth of Twitter.

    By Michael Carney , written on

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