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Whitney Phaneuf

  1. Art and Technology Go Together Like Tang and Tequila at Burning Man

    Two incredibly long dust storms, a 10-hour exodus, and three long showers later, I'm physically back from Burning Man. Mentally, I’m still in the temporary city that rises from the northern Nevada desert each year the week before Labor Day.

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  2. How To Do Burning Man? There's an App for That

    Burning Man operates on a gift economy. The only things for sale are ice and coffee, sold by the Burning Man organization. Everything else you better hope you brought with you, or have faith someone will gift it. In a world where people are constantly thinking, “What does this person want from me,” the dogma here is “What can I give to my people?” Gifts can be a cup of water, a lighter, or even a mobile app. The Time to Burn app was the gift of mobile developer Terry Grossman and Kate Houston, better know as Rockstar Librarian, and it offers users a quick reference to everything going on at Burning Man this week.

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  3. Welcome to Burning Man: Friend to Fire-Shooting Octopus Robots, Enemy of Tesla Roadsters

    Elon Musk ruined my first Burning Man. It was 2007 and I found myself in the Green Man Pavilion standing under a carport stacked with solar panels designed to charge electric vehicles. Under the carport was a Tesla Roadster prototype, black plastic curves devoid of any logo, but its identity obvious to anyone who didn't mistake it for a Lotus.

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  4. CloudPhysics Launches a Social Network for the Virtual Data Center, Raises $2.5 Million

    CloudPhysics CEO and co-founder John Blumenthal will probably cringe at the above headline. His data center analytics platform CloudPhysics, which launched this week after raising $2.5 million from the Mayfield Fund and angels, isn't exactly a social network. But it's heavily inspired by the consumer Web. Subscriptions to the beta platform open up next week and offer IT system administrators analyses and predictive modeling around virtualized data centers.

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  5. Taking a Cue from Social, Jivox and Music Interactive Partner to Bring Music Downloads to Online Ads

    The reward for sitting through an ad used to be the content itself. Now advertisers are searching for incentives that make online ads more sticky. Interactive video ad platform Jivox and branding tool Music Interactive think they've found the best bait to reel them in: Free music by cool artists.

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  6. Live Music App Thrillcall Finds Its Calling, Adds Partners and Expands Into New Cities

    When Thrillcall started in 2008 with three people collecting info on live music events, it had one goal in mind: Make sure people don’t miss the show. Six months after the company relaunched as a consumer mobile app, co-founder Matt Tomaszewicz says it has the same mission. But figuring out just how to execute took the startup five years.

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  7. While PC Security Leaders Snooze on Mobile, Two Startups Get VC Funding

    Two companies focused on securing enterprise data within employee's device applications closed funding rounds today: Mocana raised a $25 million Series D led by new investor Trident Capital and MobileSpaces closed a $3 million Series A from Accel Partners.

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  8. Deal Décor Launches Ecommerce for Wholesale Furniture, Direct From China to California

    Unless it's handmade or extremely high-end, most furniture sold in the US is manufactured in China, and the designs are white label, meaning retailers brand and sell identical pieces. Deal Décor figured if we were all buying the same furniture from the same place, there had to be a cheaper way to do it. Today the ecommerce startup launches its furniture deals to California customers and announces seed funding of $1.2 million from angels including Mark Stevens of Sequoia, Rick Thompson, and Saeed Amidi.

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