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Tim Cook, Richard Branson, and Eric Schmidt have all made headline-grabbing statements about their stances to curb corporations’ destruction of the environment. The problem is, one by one, we’re seeing evidence that these words might just be lip service. Read more »

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Uplinks: Oculus Rift philosophy, Hyperlapse tricks and Zuck's old roommate

by Alex Dalenberg Oculus Rift

N ow you too can use a smartphone just like Fred Wilson. The New York venture capitalist posted a screenshot of his home screen for all to see. Apparently, he's not a folder guy. Also missing: Candy Crush.

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Catching up. Jilted Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin is turning his entrepreneurial attention to rental cars. Via Mashable.

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Startups

Kabam CEO recounts courtship for $120 million Alibaba investment

by Patrick Hoge Kevin Chou SAB 1366

K abam's $120 million investment deal with China's newly public Internet behemoth Alibaba Group took three times as long to consummate as it would have with a U.S. company, according to a blog Kabam co-founder and CEO Kevin Chou posted on LinkedIn Monday.

A lot was at stake for San Francisco-based Kabam, however, with mobile games comprising the vast majority of spending on mobile devices and  ...

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In one epic deal, PayPal opens up 152 million new potential users to bitcoin

by Michael del Castillo PayPal and Bitcoin

P ayPal customers can now accept bitcoin payments, thanks to a three-way partnership with BitPay, Coinbase, and GoCoin, announced today. And while PayPal made it clear the bitcoin transactions aren’t being performed by their own technology, the difference will likely be moot to entrepreneurs hoping to easily swap their products for cryptocurrency.

“All three companies have taken steps to  ...

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WATCH: Every Apple iPhone ever, side-by-side

by Alex Dalenberg

Apple is on a tear with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. First weekend sales for the newly-released smartphones topped 10 million, beating last year's 9 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C first-weekend sales. Of course, we're not really at iPhone number 6. The various flavors add up to more like 10. The Apple geeks over at EverythingApplePro recently posted neat side-by-side comparison of every  ...

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Namesake of $1B brand Jimmy Choo sold his share long ago for $30M

by Teresa Novellino JimmyChooCofounders

Y es, shoe lovers: there really is a Jimmy Choo and soon investors will know the name too. Jimmy Choo Limited is planning to go public on the London Stock Exchange next month, the company announced today.

Although Choo and former Vogue accessories director Tamara Mellon founded the brand, back in 1996 in London, Choo sold his share of the business in 2001. It went through a series of private  ...

7 hours ago
Slideshows

The customer is wrong: 7 businesses embracing the hate

by Alex Dalenberg

S an Francisco chef James Chu hit a breaking point with finicky patrons.

Chu, the owner of a popular Chinese restaurant, closed early last week with the following explanation posted in the window: "We are closed because of you (customers), So...yes we use MSG, we don't believe in organic food, and we don't give a shit about gluten free” (h/t Eater).

This week, he followed up with another sign,  ...

7 hours ago
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The Pipeline: A windfall for Concur's CEO, Ray Ozzie launches a startup, and Silver Lake leads Shutterfly bidders

by Kent Bernhard Jr Steve Singh

A look at the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for September 23 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

Silicon Valley…Silver Lake is reportedly leading the bidders in Shutterfly buyout efforts that could top $2 billion.

Boston…Millennial Media buys ad tech firm Nexage for $108 million.

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