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Uplinks: Instagram's new toy, networking tips and GoPro unleashes the hounds

by Alex Dalenberg GoPro Fetch

I t's Amazon's world. We're just living in it. At least for today. While we wait for Jeff Bezos to post a Call of Duty "Let's Play" on Twitch, here's what else we're reading on Tuesday, August 26.

More about Amazon. You think it's an e-commerce company, but tech veteran Ben Thompson writes that its not. The acquisition of Twitch hints at grander ambitions.

Think of writing as networking.  ...

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LISTEN: It's Andreessen Horowitz's 5th birthday and software is still hungry (for more world!)

by Alex Dalenberg

Marc Andreessen isn't tired of reminding people that "software is eating the world." As his high profile venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz turns five years old, he appeared with cofounder Ben Horowitz on the company's a16z podcast to double down on Andreesen's famous proclamation in a wide ranging conversation about the future of the tech space as the world becomes increasingly connected  ...

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Second Life creator who tipped off 'Zuck' about Oculus VR talks about Facebook’s virtual future

by Michael del Castillo Cory Ondrejka

L ong before Apple launched its App Store leading the way for dozens of other companies that all wanted to create various platforms on which other companies could build their products, Cory Ondrejka, Facebook’s vice president of engineering, helped create an entire virtual world called Second Life, in which people could have entire careers on a digital platform.

Since Facebook acquired virtual  ...

14 hours ago
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The Pipeline: Bill Gates and gun control, the Twitch deal, and Netflix takes on Comcast

by Kent Bernhard Jr Bill and Melinda Gates

A look at the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for August 22 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

Seattle…Amazon pays$970 million for video game streaming company Twitch.

Boston… Marketing software firm Hubspot files to raise $100 million in an IPO.

Silicon Valley…Appcelerator  ...

15 hours ago
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Shark Tank takes bite out of Undercover Boss, snags Emmy

by J Jennings Moss Here come the sharks

O ne winner from this year's Emmy Awards— Shark Tank, the ABC reality show that's become a showcase for entrepreneurial ideas and colorful upstarts. The show actually picked up its Emmy earlier this month at the Creative Arts Emmys event, though the award got some more recognition with last night's main Emmy event in Los Angeles.

This was Shark Tank's first win for the award, though it's been  ...

16 hours ago

Accelerators should be the ones pitching entrepreneurs, says investor Peter Relan

by Cromwell Schubarth Peter Relan 9+I

E ntrepreneur and investor Peter Relan believes there are a confusing number of accelerators and incubators competing to fund and mentor startups.

So he has lined up a variety of the top ones, along with entrepreneurs and other investors, for a conference that will examine the merits of different approaches taken by the various launch pads.

Relan himself has led two incubators, game-focused  ...

16 hours ago
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Seth Godin basically came up with the idea behind Twitch... in 1989

by Alex Dalenberg Seth Godin's Would-be Videogame Empire

W ho could have guessed that videos of people playing video games would be a billion-dollar idea?

Well, Twitch's founders and investors, for one thing. They just made a fortune thanks to Amazon's $970 million acquisition of the streaming video site. But also marketing guru Seth Godin... way back in the 1980s.

Yes, Seth Godin was producing "Let's Play" videos way before it was cool.

Godin writes  ...

17 hours ago
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