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Nov 10, 2014

Breakthrough Prizes in science, math earn winners $3 million each

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Academia doesn’t usually bring rich financial rewards.

But that changed Sunday for recipients of a record 12 Breakthrough Prizes, the award created two years ago by Russian billionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and other tech industry luminaries. Each prize is worth $3 million, almost three times the cash a Nobel Prize winner receives.

Nov 10, 2014

Corrected – Entrepreneur, 13, gets Intel funding for low-cost Braille printer

By Sarah McBride

HUNTINGTON BEACH Calif. (Reuters) – (In paragraph 7 deletes words “in India” and replaces with “in San Francisco”)

If Shubham Banerjee cannot lay claim to being the world’s youngest venture capital-backed entrepreneur, he comes very close.

Nov 4, 2014

Entrepreneur, 13, gets Intel funding for low-cost Braille printer

, Nov 4 (Reuters) – If Shubham
Banerjee cannot lay claim to being the world’s youngest venture
capital-backed entrepreneur, he comes very close.

Banerjee was 12 years old when he closed an early-stage
funding round with Intel Capital, the company’s venture
capital arm, last month for his prototype for a low-cost Braille
printer. The San Jose, California middle-schooler has since
turned 13.

Oct 30, 2014

Apple’s Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

By Christina Farr and Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward.

The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described “son of the South”, who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed.

Oct 30, 2014

Design site Minted raises new cash, expands into textiles

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Minted, an online
marketplace for stationery and art, has raised $38 million in
new financing as it taps into consumer demand for small-batch,
high-participation manufacturing, it said Thursday.

The money will help Minted expand into textiles and set up a
new system where popular designers on the site can create their
own storefronts within the larger Minted site.

Oct 22, 2014

California venture firm does not have to release documents in discrimination suit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) РCalifornia’s privacy laws have saved a high-profile venture capital firm from having to release potentially embarrassing information about a former partner in a discrimination lawsuit by a former female partner.

A judge ruled Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, defending itself against allegations of discrimination and retaliation, will be able to keep to itself any other harassment complaints against former male partner at the center of the lawsuit, Ajit Nazre, in part because producing such complaints would hurt the privacy rights of other Kleiner employees.

Oct 16, 2014

Battery Ventures taps software veteran for private-equity business

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Boston-based Battery
Ventures said it hired software executive Russell Fleischer as a
partner for its private-equity business amid a buyout
environment that offers rich returns but hard-to-find deals.

Fleischer will focus on finding deals in the
enterprise-software sector, where Battery has developed
expertise. It has backed companies such as Marketo, Splunk and
HighJump, which he ran until its acquisition by Accellos earlier
this year.

Oct 14, 2014

Snapchat breach exposes flawed premise, security challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The prospect of tens of
thousands of potentially racy Snapchat photos hitting the
Internet has driven home a simple fact: the mobile app’s core
feature – delivering photos and videos that vanish seconds after
viewing – is flawed.

The negative publicity surrounding that speculation has
spurred criticism about its lax security. But whether this will
affect the valuation of the 3-year-old Silicon Valley start-up
as it seeks another round of funding remains to be seen.

Oct 10, 2014

After gaffe, Microsoft board to look at gender pay gap, male culture

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A well-known
picture in tech circles, taken in 1978, shows the first 11
employees at Microsoft. Two are women. One of them left two
years later after a pay dispute.

Almost four decades later, the ratio has improved: About a
third of Microsoft’s 110,000 or so employees are women. But the
company’s pay practices and attitude toward women are still open
to question and will likely be taken up at the board level,
according to one director, Maria Klawe.

Oct 7, 2014

Flash-storage player SolidFire raises $82 million

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – SolidFire, a flash-storage company, said it has raised $82 million in new funding, a sign of the increasing appeal of technology that helps companies store data in new ways.

The cash will help the Boulder, Colorado-based company expand, with profitability expected in the next “couple of years,” Chief Executive Dave Wright said in an interview.