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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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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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Amazon's outside investments contributed more to the bottom line than its e-commerce operations.

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Amazon's outside investments contributed more to the bottom line than its e-commerce operations.

Amazon Was More Investor than Retailer in the First Quarter

  Amazon.com is the world’s largest online retailer, but its outside investments contributed more money to the company’s bottom line in the first quarter than its e-commerce operations. In the three months ended March 31, Amazon made more than half...

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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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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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The AirBnB of auto repair? Translation: Where customers can find the right mechanics in their neighborhood.

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The AirBnB of auto repair? Translation: Where customers can find the right mechanics in their neighborhood.

The Airbnb of Car Repair? Welcome to Y Combinator Demo Day

Internet startups are notorious for calling themselves the (insert hot company here) for (insert sector of your startup here). For example: the Facebook for students, the Groupon for travel, or the Twitter for businesses. But the companies presenting at Y...

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