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A mail clerk at the Patent Office processes applications.

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A mail clerk at the Patent Office processes applications.

Should Startups File for Patents?

Add one more thing to the tech entrepreneur’s to-do list: file patents. Startups on small budgets have often viewed patents as an unnecessary expense because each one can cost around $15,000. But as Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech companies...

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Bill Clerico, seen here in July 2011, is CEO of WePay, which just raised $10 million.

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Bill Clerico, seen here in July 2011, is CEO of WePay, which just raised $10 million.

PayPal Rival WePay Raises $10M

Back in his days at Boston College, Bill Clerico knew how to stand out in a crowd. He did it by donning a costume of the school’s mascot, an eagle. Now as co-founder and CEO of WePay, one of many...

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Twitter executives talked with Tap Tap Tap, maker of the mobile photo app Camera+, about a possible acquisition.

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Twitter executives talked with Tap Tap Tap, maker of the mobile photo app Camera+, about a possible acquisition.

Twitter Said to Have Considered Buying Mobile Photo App Camera+

Soon after Facebook agreed to pay $1 billion for Instagram, social networking rival Twitter considered acquiring a mobile photo-sharing application called Camera+, two people with knowledge of the negotiations said. Twitter executives held several meetings with Camera+ developer Tap Tap...

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Benchmark Capital scored again after Intuit agreed to buy e-mail marketer Demandforce.

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Benchmark Capital scored again after Intuit agreed to buy e-mail marketer Demandforce.

Benchmark Capital Scores With Instagram, Demandforce and IPOs

The hits keep coming for Benchmark Capital. Following Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram earlier this month, the venture firm scored again today after Intuit agreed to buy e-mail marketer Demandforce for $423.5 million. Benchmark, the Silicon Valley firm that...

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Ben Horowitz said the idea to donate half of profits was partly inspired by other venture capitalists who pledged half of their personal income to charity.

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Ben Horowitz said the idea to donate half of profits was partly inspired by other venture capitalists who pledged half of their personal income to charity.

Andreessen’s Venture Firm Pledges Half Its Profits to Charity

Andreessen Horowitz, the venture-capital firm that has backed technology startups including Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Skype, announced plans today to donate half of the profits made from investments. The firm, co-founded by Web pioneer Marc Andreessen, will give the money...

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It's been a good quarter for Hercules Technology, which had four portfolio companies go public and another two get acquired.

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It's been a good quarter for Hercules Technology, which had four portfolio companies go public and another two get acquired.

Here’s One Way to Track and Play the Mini-Boom in IPOs

The IPO mini-boom that’s sweeping Silicon Valley means big bucks for the venture capital firms that made early bets on billion-dollar companies. How much money each firm is making is guesswork, because as private partnerships, the only people who see...

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Shares of Splunk, a data mining company, nearly doubled on the first day of trading.

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Shares of Splunk, a data mining company, nearly doubled on the first day of trading.

Splunk’s Big Data Lands Big IPO, But There’s Risk

It’s a big day for big data. Splunk more than doubled in its Nasdaq debut, giving the 8-year-old company a stock market value of about $3.3 billion. Splunk is among the pioneers of big-data technology, helping businesses take the massive amounts...

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Tango's video calling service has grown to 45 million users since launching in 2010.

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Tango's video calling service has grown to 45 million users since launching in 2010.

Tango Raises $40 Million to Vie With Skype in Video Calling

Tango, a startup that offers mobile video calling, has raised $40 million from investors including Qualcomm Ventures and Access Industries, the company said today in a release. The service, which lets users make video calls across Apple, Android and Windows...

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Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, said today he feels 'crucified' over the iPhone. .

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Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, said today he feels 'crucified' over the iPhone. .

‘I Still Get Crucified’ Over the iPhone, Says Sprint Chief Hesse

The iPhone was supposed to stop Sprint Nextel from bleeding subscribers, but martyrdom for Dan Hesse, the carrier’s chief executive, seems to have no end. “I still get crucified for deciding to carry the Apple iPhone because the investment is...

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