Technology and Money

Watch Out, NSA – Here Comes the Snowden Phone
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Brash startup mobile carrier FreedomPop, which leases bandwidth from Sprint and has launched several aggressive programs to help it take off, on Wednesday unveiled the Privacy Phone — nicknamed the “Snowden Phone” — a Samsung Galaxy SII tweaked to be highly secure. The fully encrypted device costs $189, which includes unlimited talk, text and 500 […]

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Workable Raises $1.5M From Greylock IL To Build Cloud-Based Recruitment Software For SMEs
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Workable, a startup founded in Athens, Greece, that has developed a cloud-based recruitment platform for SMEs, has today confirmed a new investment of $1.5 million led by Greylock IL, the Israel/UK-based affiliate of Greylock Partners, an early investor in LinkedIn which now counts LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman as a partner. Previously, Workable had raised some […]

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New Women-Led Angel Network Seed Funds Super-Fan Manager Buddybounce
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With social media here to stay, it’s become a powerful tool for marketing amongst musicians, especially when they have fans who do so much of the heavy lifting by promoting the artist. Some of those fans are genuinely ‘super fans’ who act as, basically, unpaid promoters. And they can be powerful. For instance, Justin Bieber […]

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Women Work to Save Native Bees of Mexico
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A happy story about bees, bee conservation, and empowering women in Mexico.     

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How Your Season of Birth Is Etched in Your Brain
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The season we’re born in can have far-reaching consequences. Now, scientists are studying the links between season of birth and brain structure in healthy adults, and think genetic factors controlling brain growth play a role in these differences.     

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Why Bitcoin Startups Need a ‘Safe Harbor’ from Regulators
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Regulators should balance their goal of protecting consumers with the equally important goal of fostering a climate that welcomes entrepreneurs and innovation. But recreating the internet’s permissionless innovation environment may not be possible in a highly regulated sector as finance…     

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A Footstep to Mars – and Beyond
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For the past several weeks I have been sorting through my files. It’s a voyage of rediscovery. Consider, for example, the image at the top of this post; I had completely forgotten it until I stumbled upon the hardcopy yesterday. …     

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The Cellphone Unlocking Bill Finally Passed, and It’s a Total Sham
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The U.S. House of Representatives finally passed legislation that could make cellphone unlocking legal again. Unfortunately, the resulting bill has been so neutered by special interests that consumers would probably be better off if it had not passed at all.     

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Regulators Need to Take It Easy on Bitcoin Startups
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The recent implosion of Mt. Gox is prompting calls for regulating bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. While recreating the internet’s permissionless innovation environment may not be possible in a highly regulated sector as finance, regulators should consider creating a ‘safe harbor’ …     

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