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Pebble's new watch is supposed to display messages from your smartphone.

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Pebble's new watch is supposed to display messages from your smartphone.

Rejected By VCs, Pebble Watch Raises $3.8M on Kickstarter

When it comes to the road to success in Silicon Valley, Eric Migicovsky was definitely on the right path. His idea for creating a watch that can display messages from your smartphone was embraced by Y Combinator, the prestigious business...

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Zynga faces the challenge of keeping the entrepreneurs it brings aboard from leaving.

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Zynga faces the challenge of keeping the entrepreneurs it brings aboard from leaving.

Zynga’s Acquired Founders: Where Are They Now?

As Zynga uses part of its $1.8 billion to acquire popular mobile apps and the key talent behind them, one challenge it faces is keeping the entrepreneurs it brings aboard. “The most important component of a deal is the human...

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Yammer is buying a piece of the document storage and collaboration market with its acquisition of OneDrum.

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Yammer is buying a piece of the document storage and collaboration market with its acquisition of OneDrum.

Yammer Takes on Dropbox, Box With Acquisition of OneDrum

Yammer Inc., a social network for businesses, is buying its own piece of the document storage and collaboration market, becoming the latest contender to challenge Box Inc. and Dropbox Inc. Yammer has acquired OneDrum, a 10-person U.K. startup that lets...

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Everyme CEO Oliver Cameron (left) with staff members Omid Mikhchi, Maurycy Wojtowicz and Cortland Klein.

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Everyme CEO Oliver Cameron (left) with staff members Omid Mikhchi, Maurycy Wojtowicz and Cortland Klein.

China’s Giant Tencent Placing Bets on Small Silicon Valley Startups

The allure of Silicon Valley has aroused China’s largest Internet company to begin investing in some of America’s smallest ones. Tencent Holdings has funded about a half dozen young startups, many of them from prestigious business incubator Y Combinator, hoping...

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In this April 7, 2011 photo, CEO Kevin Systrom, at left, works alongside engineer Shayne Sweeney at Instagram in San Francisco.

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In this April 7, 2011 photo, CEO Kevin Systrom, at left, works alongside engineer Shayne Sweeney at Instagram in San Francisco.

$1B for Instagram? For Zuckerberg, That’s Just the Price for Popularity

One thing we know about Mark Zuckerberg is that he’s a big fan of eyeballs. That would explain the $1 billion the Facebook CEO just shelled out for Instagram, which is currently more popular on Apple and Google devices than...

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Kevin Systrom, right, and Mike Krieger are the founders of Instagram.

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Kevin Systrom, right, and Mike Krieger are the founders of Instagram.

Building a Billion-Dollar Business? Yeah, There’s an App Store for That

While Silicon Valley is asking what today’s Instagram news says about Facebook, a more apt question may be: What does it say about Apple? Until last week, Instagram was an application built exclusively for the iPhone. Even so, in less...

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Frank Quattrone (seen here at a conference in 2010) sparked a debate yesterday about who's to blame for the underwriting "duopoly."

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Frank Quattrone (seen here at a conference in 2010) sparked a debate yesterday about who's to blame for the underwriting "duopoly."

In IPO ‘Duopoly,’ VCs Blame the CEOs Who Blame the VCs

It’s no secret in Silicon Valley that Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs get the hottest IPOs. From LinkedIn, Groupon and Zynga last year to Yelp and Facebook this year, it’s been a two-horse race. The irony is that startups and...

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Zite Chief Executive Mark Johnson said the agreements are a sign that publishers see value in aggregation technology.

Zite Chief Executive Mark Johnson said the agreements are a sign that publishers see value in aggregation technology.

News Reader App Zite Offers Olive Branch to Web Publishers

A year ago, online news aggregator Zite received a cease-and-desist notice from major publishers including Gannett, Time, The Washington Post and Dow Jones. Zite’s app for the iPad was taking content from around the Web, stripping away the ads and...

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