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Jan 18, 2012

Wikipedia dark, Google lobbies in protest of proposed anti-piracy law

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The English page of
Wikipedia, the world’s free online encyclopedia, was dark on
Wednesday except for a paragraph urging users to protest
legislation designed to stop copyright piracy, but that
Wikipedia says “could fatally damage the free and open
Internet.”

Google’s home search page has the logo: “Tell Congress:
Please don’t censor the web!”

Jan 18, 2012

Internet blackout against U.S. law fails to enlist big sites

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A blackout scheduled for Wednesday to protest against proposed legislation on online piracy has failed to get the support of the biggest Internet players.

Despite calls for the participation of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other big names, the biggest participants are the online dictionary Wikipedia and the social-news website Reddit.

Jan 16, 2012

U.S. online piracy bill headed for major makeover

By Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – U.S. legislation aimed at curbing online piracy, which had appeared to be on a fast track for approval by Congress, appears likely to be scaled back or jettisoned entirely in the wake of critical comments over the weekend from the White House, people familiar with the matter said.

The legislation, known as SOPA in the House of Representatives and PIPA in the Senate, has been a major priority for entertainment companies, publishers, pharmaceutical firms and many industry groups, who say it is critical to curbing online piracy that costs them billions of dollars a year.

Jan 6, 2012
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Social-studying site Piazza snags funding

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Piazza, a Facebook-alumna created site that is trying to bring a little social-networking pizazz to university education, has secured $6 million in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Kapor Capital, and Felicis Ventures.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based site, launched last year, is helping university students collaborate in online study groups under the guidance of their instructors. The cash will help Piazza expand beyond the several hundred schools where students use it today, said founder and chief executive Pooja Sankar, and into new study areas. Currently, it has the most traction in science, technology, engineering and math.

Dec 21, 2011
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Tesla close to selling out of Model S Signature Edition

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Tesla hasn’t even made them available to customers yet, but the electric carmaker is almost out of the most elite version of its already-elite sedan– the Model S Signature Edition.

A spokesman says that the company is “pretty close to selling out” on the Signature Edition, on which it has said it will only take 1,000 orders. The company declined to say how close it was to that limit, but the spokesman said he expected that the release of its pricing and options packages yesterday would spur more customers to choose the Signature.

Dec 21, 2011

Analysis: Relaxed U.S. securities laws could boost SecondMarket

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kevin Ryan, chief executive of online retailer Gilt Groupe, is keeping close tabs on congressional legislation that might enable him to have more shareholders in his young company.

Barry Silbert, chief executive of SecondMarket, an exchange for trading of private-company shares, is keeping close tabs on Ryan.

Dec 21, 2011

Relaxed US securities laws could boost SecondMarket

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Kevin Ryan, chief
executive of online retailer Gilt Groupe, is keeping close tabs
on congressional legislation that might enable him to have more
shareholders in his young company.

Barry Silbert, chief executive of SecondMarket, an exchange
for trading of private-company shares, is keeping close tabs on
Ryan.

Dec 20, 2011

Immigrants founded half of top U.S. start-up companies

By Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – Immigrants founded or cofounded almost half of 50 top venture-backed companies in the United States, a new study shows, underscoring some of the high stakes in potential immigration reform.

The venture capital community argues the study, completed by research group National Foundation for American Policy, proves the need to overhaul rules governing how entrepreneurs can immigrate to the United States to spur job development.

Dec 14, 2011
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Steve Jobs’ biographer felt lashing of his sharp tongue

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Isaacson's Jobs biography in a store (Photo: Reuters)

Getting off a plane earlier this year, Walter Isaacson got hit with what he called “the thing you least want to see on your iPhone”– six or seven missed calls from his biography subject, Steve Jobs.

Speaking to a crowd at the Computer History Museum Tuesday night in Mountain View, Calif., Isaacson described finally connecting with Jobs, who apparently had just seen the book’s proposed cover and didn’t care for it. Jobs let loose a stream of invectives. “He just started yelling,” Isaacson recalled. “You have no taste. The cover is gimmicky. It’s ugly.”

Dec 8, 2011

Facebook IPO sparks dreams of riches, adventure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Traveling to space or embarking on an expedition to excavate lost Mayan ruins are normally the stuff of adventure novels.

But for employees of Facebook, these and other lavish dreams are moving closer to reality as the world’s No. 1 online social network prepares for a blockbuster initial public offering that could create at least a thousand millionaires.