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Jan 16, 2013

Insight: How cleantech tarnished Kleiner and VC star John Doerr

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In the spring of last year, John Doerr received some bad news: Miasole, the solar-panel maker backed by his famed venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was on the verge of bankruptcy.

If Miasole went under, it would be a dramatic collapse for a once-promising startup that in its heyday had been valued at $1 billion. It would also be a failure for Doerr, who for years had argued passionately that clean technology could be the biggest business opportunity of this century.

Jan 16, 2013

How cleantech tarnished Kleiner and VC star John Doerr

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, Jan 16 (Reuters) – In the spring
of last year, John Doerr received some bad news: Miasole, the
solar-panel maker backed by his famed venture capital firm,
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was on the verge of
bankruptcy.

If Miasole went under, it would be a dramatic collapse for a
once-promising startup that in its heyday had been valued at $1
billion. It would also be a failure for Doerr, who for years had
argued passionately that clean technology could be the biggest
business opportunity of this century.

Jan 11, 2013

In spite of violent national tragedies, horror films endure

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The unexpected turnout
this month to see horror movie “Texas Chainsaw 3D” just weeks
after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut
underscores the enduring appeal of the genre to both filmgoers
and studios.

The lucrative return on such low-budget films, combined
with studio success releasing them in January, means U.S.
audiences will get their fill of horror in the weeks to come.

Dec 21, 2012

Dealtalk: Slow growth offline, fear of Amazon drives retail deals

By Olivia Oran and Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – Bricks and mortar retailers like Nordstrom Inc (JWN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Walgreens (WAG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) have found a way to deal with growing pressure from Amazon (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research), by joining forces with small e-commerce companies.

Through acquisitions, investments and partnerships with smaller, emerging start-ups, large retailers are breaking into new markets and tapping into the social media and marketing expertise of the firm’s often tech-savvy founders.

Dec 21, 2012

Slow growth offline, fear of Amazon drives retail deals

Dec 21 (Reuters) – Bricks and mortar retailers like
Nordstrom Inc and Walgreens have found a way to
deal with growing pressure from Amazon, by joining
forces with small e-commerce companies.

Through acquisitions, investments and partnerships with
smaller, emerging start-ups, large retailers are breaking into
new markets and tapping into the social media and marketing
expertise of the firm’s often tech-savvy founders.

Dec 13, 2012

Khosla Ventures hires former top diplomat Condoleezza Rice

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Khosla Ventures, the
venture firm founded by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod
Khosla, said it had retained former Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice and her consulting firm as strategic advisers.

The move points to the growing importance venture firms
attach to helping their portfolio companies with policy and
regulations.

Dec 12, 2012

Andreessen denies Internet bubble, advises Times to stop printing

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Far from experiencing a
bubble, Silicon Valley has been in the throes of a “technology
depression,” Netscape co-founder and venture capitalist Marc
Andreessen said at the New York Times Dealbook conference on
Wednesday.

While conventional wisdom holds that social-networking
website Facebook Inc’s initial public offering pricked a
bubble that was taking hold around privately held consumer
Internet companies, Andreessen expressed skepticism.

Dec 11, 2012

Russian billionaire invests in U.S. genetics company 23andMe

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, best-known for investments linking consumers to the Internet, is placing a bet on genetics.

Milner, who backed companies ranging from Facebook Inc (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to gaming company Zynga Inc (ZNGA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), has led a $50 million funding round into 23andMe, a Mountain View, California, company that helps people decipher their genetic makeup.

Dec 10, 2012

Patent lawsuits now dominated by “trolls”: study

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the first time, individuals and companies that do not themselves make anything – commonly known as “patent trolls” – are bringing the majority of U.S. patent lawsuits, according to a study by a California law professor.

The sharp increase in this type of lawsuit serves as a milestone likely to exacerbate the tension over patent issues and increase calls for patent reform and scrutiny of the system.

Dec 10, 2012

US patent lawsuits now dominated by ‘trolls’ -study

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – For the first time,
individuals and companies that do not themselves make anything -
commonly known as “patent trolls” – are bringing the majority of
U.S. patent lawsuits, according to a study by a California law
professor.

The sharp increase in this type of lawsuit serves as a
milestone likely to exacerbate the tension over patent issues
and increase calls for patent reform and scrutiny of the system.