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Editor’s note: Andrew Keen is a British-American entrepreneur and professional skeptic. He is the author of “The Cult of the Amateur,” and the upcoming (June 2012) “Digital Vertigo.” This is the latest in a series of commentaries for CNN looking at how internet trends are influencing social culture.

Your Address Book Isn’t Yours

When this whole Address Book uploading fiasco blew up right in the middle of my post-TechCrunch time off, I figured things would have mostly blown over by the time I returned to my desk. Seems that’s not the case.

Apps uploading address books is a privacy side-show compared to DPI

While the hand-wringing over the future of journalism, blogging, the nature of conflicts of interest, yada yada, has been deeply interesting (alongside the personal attacks – we all like a good public fight don’t we?), it’s worth recalling that the furore was kicked off by a fairly pertinent point.

Jeremy Clarkson’s epic Forza Motorsport 4 live-action trailer

If your hands are already soaked with sweat in anticipation for the release of Forza Motorsport 4 on October 11th (in North America, Oct. 14th in Europe), we’ve got some good news. First, if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, as of today, you’re able to download the demo for Forza Motorsport 4.

File Sharing in the Post MegaUpload Era

On January 18, 2012 global file sharing traffic collapsed. In a series of coordinate raids, US and New Zealand authorities seized thousands of MegaUpload servers and arrested its founder (at his own birthday party, no less). As the largest file sharing service on the Internet, MegaUpload downloads represented 30-40% of all file sharing.

TechCrunch | What Apple Should Do With Its $100 Billion In Cash: Buy Hollywood

“Kill Hollywood,” is the latest battle cry from Silicon Valley. If you are Paul Graham, that’s not a bad way to motivate young would-be founders to create new startups.

That Was Then, This Is Now | DayRiffer

That Was Then, This Is Now As mentioned by Colin Cowherd on his ESPN radio show, the appearance fee that Tiger Woods was paid to play in the recent Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates – estimated to be between $1.7 million and $2.7 million – is roughly, or may even exceed, Arnold Palmer’s career PGA earnings (a bit over $2.1 million).

The model, the yacht, the fat bloke … Kim Dotcom understands the internet

The founder of Megaupload carefully controlled his image. So what does this picture tell us about the man and his business? Kim Dotcom, self-styled mega-millionaire of the internet who now faces charges of massive online piracy, poses like a barking sealion showing off his yacht and his woman.

European startup accelerators are gradually revealing their performance figures

With the rise of numerous accelerator programs in Europe one cannot help but wonder whether jumping through the application process hoops, sweating through the mentoring sessions and flirting with investors at demo days are all worth a founders’ time.

Scientists say sugar is as toxic as alcohol – and there should be a drinking age for soda

Sure, sugar’s bad for you. But should we establish a drinking age for sugary sodas? According to UC San Francisco pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, the answer is emphatically yes. He says that added sweeteners have health effects comparable to alcohol and tobacco, and should be regulated accordingly.

Media And Tech Startups Drive Manhattan Office Surge: Report

(Reuters) – Manhattan, arguably the financial capital of the world, has media and technology companies to thank rather than banks for its improving office market, according to a report real estate services company CBRE Group Inc (CBG.N) released on Wednesday.

hackNY » Fellows

The hackNY Fellows program, now entering its third year, is an experiential learning program introducing talented students to NYC’s startup community. hackNY Fellows have participated from all over the US and Canada, and have included students with coding talents in front end, back end, data science, and design. |

F ounders@Fail shares the stories behind what it really takes to build a business, launch a product, and raise funding. The stories may not be pretty, but for aspiring entrepreneurs, they’ll make you better prepared when that deal falls through, the financing doesn’t close, and your CTO quits…So tune in to our streaming interviews, come to our live events, and get to know our community of entrepreneurs.

Flick and Share – Share your Flickr sets with your friends!

A free service that allows Flickr users to generate a short-link to automatically download all the set’s pictures in high-resolution. Generated links are private but can be shared with friends, on social network or just used for personal backup.

Twitter doesn’t really raise money from Saudi prince – The Term Sheet: Fortune’s deals blog Term Sheet

The latest on private equity, M&A, deals and movements – from Wall Street to Silicon Valley Twitter doesn’t really raise money from Saudi prince By Dan Primack December 19, 2011: 10:53 AM ET Prince Alwaleed’s deal for Twitter isn’t a traditional investment.

Editorial: What’s wrong with TV, and what it might take to change it

America’s favorite pastime, and perhaps that of all first-world countries, has yet to be truly rocked by technology. Sure, there have been a few true advancements like on-demand, streaming and the DVR, but only about 30 minutes of the average seven hours of TV Americans watched in 2010 was time shifted.

Hot times in Silicon Valley

THE San Francisco Bay area is undergoing one of its periodic tech booms on the back of the flourishing of social networking firms. That boom, the Wall Street Journal tells us, is very good for local tech workers: Tech-jobs website operator Dice Holdings Inc.

NSFW: Data Porn

It’s been busy here at Wavii – our first 3,000 users were let on to the site! We know a lot of you are still waiting for invitations, but don’t worry, the gates will be opening soon. In the meantime, we thought we’d share some fun numbers from last week.

10 ways travel can boost your resume

While many people view travel as a fun hobby or interest, it can actually help gain experience and improve skills that are of interest to employers. While you shouldn’t put travel under work experience unless you had an internship or job abroad, you can create a separate section to discuss your international skills, include anecdotes in your cover letter, or give examples during the interview to give yourself a boost over the competition.


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