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Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem

Michael Meehan Contributor Michael Meehan is director of IP at Uber. Entrepreneurs don’t pour all their energy into building startups just to have a patent assertion entity (PAE, or “patent troll”) attack them with patents of questionable quality. That is, unfortunately, a very common patent troll story. The PAE problem …

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Car2go puts safety in the hands of humans

While nearly every car-related company on the planet is integrating sensors and refining algorithms to create safer cars that eliminate human error, car2go is putting safety back into human hands. A pilot program in New York City and Washington DC will give 1,000 car2go members free online driving courses. The …

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Quantifying startup funding inequality for fun and profit

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Income inequality and disparity in resource distribution have drawn a lot of attention recently in the United States. Today, we’ll investigate a variation on the theme, exploring the distribution of a specific resource, …

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Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government. News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning. The website, which was set up to monitor what online properties are blocked by the Turkish government, reported that the blockage …

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Dropbox really wants us to know its finances are healthy

We’re healthy enough to IPO but we’re not going to just yet — that was the subtext of an interview that Dropbox CEO Drew Houston had on Bloomberg earlier this afternoon. Houston asserted, for the first time, Dropbox is profitable on an EBITDA basis. EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and …

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