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On Health Care, Small Business Just Wants to Move On

Partisans on both sides of the health reform law have used small business to justify their positions. The National Federation of Independent Business was the lead plaintiff in the legal challenge that the Supreme Court ruled on today, upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. The White House defended the law as a needed fix to cover small business owners and their workers, who are...

04 Jul 8:21 PM 0 Read More...

Dick Figures: Funding A Full-Length Animated Movie On Kickstarter

These days, it almost seems like a foregone conclusion. If you’ve got a popular web series and want to do something more ambitious (i.e., costly), but you’re probably not going to get funding from the Hollywood studios, where do you turn? Kickstarter, of course. The series in question is Dick Figures, which has received a total of 125 million views across 40 episodes since launching in No...

04 Jul 7:24 PM 0 Read More...

SparkTruck Is A Force For STEM Education On Wheels

Budget cuts and bureaucracy have kept engineering equipment from our nation’s schools, so a scrappy Stanford team is taking a truck chock-full of fun tools to the students themselves. SparkTruck literally parks a engineering bench outside of schools, let’s students play with the latest in maker technology, and has managed to have a measurable impact on students’ path towards a career in...

04 Jul 6:11 PM 0 Read More...

Over 1 Billion (Hours) Served: Netflix, Big Cable, And The Innovator’s Dilemma

Netflix yesterday announced that its viewers watched over 1 billion hours of video over the course of June, which comes down to about an hour of video per subscriber per day. At the time I wrote about it, I pointed out that chances are, each hour of Netflix viewing means one less hour being watched of regular old live TV. BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield extrapolated that data and declared Net...

04 Jul 5:45 PM 0 Read More...

London, Paris, Berlin and Beyond — A Plea For Europe’s Tech Events To Sync

A couple of years ago I was a tad depressed. Let me tell you why. Covering the European tech startup scene was a mess. Every local Tech God was trying to re-create their version of “The” European tech conference without any idea of the synergies going on in Europe. What was interesting was that many had not factored in that the VCs, investors and press – hunting for deals and stories ac...

04 Jul 4:44 PM 0 Read More...

A Very Giveaway Fourth: Win One Of Four 7-inch Samsung Galaxy 2 Tablets From Rebtel

The charming folks at Rebtel wanted you and yours to have a great July 4th (even if you’re British, South African, Chinese, or any other nationality that doesn’t celebrate the Fourth). That said, they’re offering four 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablets with $100 in calling credit from Rebtel. Fireworks! To win, please comment below with a statement on what freedom means to you in at least 1,00...

04 Jul 3:02 PM 0 Read More...

Tudo Bem? Disrupt SF to Feature Both Israeli AND Brazilian Pavilions, Vamos?!

It was at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2011 where a fine tradition began, namely, the Israeli Pavilion. No less than 20 early-stage Israeli startups flew-in from Israel to demo and network themselves to the bone for three non-stop days. The inaugural Pavilion was such a success, we decided to have another one at the past Disrupt in NYC. It too was a huge success with yet another 20 I...

04 Jul 2:44 PM 0 Read More...

Failed Anti-Oatmeal Lawyer Says “Mission Accomplished”

In what appears to be a final burst of notoriety-seeking and odd behavior, Funnyjunk’s crack lawyer, Charles Carreon, told Ars that he had won because now he was “famous” and “notorious”. “Mission accomplished,” he said, apparently without irony or self-awareness. The Oatmeal’s lawyers at the EFF wrote: It’s my undying hope that this doesn’t encourage others in the doldru...

04 Jul 1:58 PM 0 Read More...

Happy Independence Day: SOPA’s Cousin ACTA Fails To Make The Vote In Europe, But Is This Really The End?

A big day today for those who have been opposed to measures like SOPA that are aimed at stronger, government-imposed measures to define and prevent counterfeiting and copyright infringement on the internet: the European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), by a nearly-unanimous margin of 478 votes against to 39 in favor. The rejection means that the European...

04 Jul 12:08 PM 0 Read More...

Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

Two years after it was meant to go live, and with a list of backers that includes the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk, YouView today finally crashed the UK TV party. Available by the end of July with a selection of major retailers, the service is based around an all-in-one set-top box that you can use without a subscription, which includes 100 digital TV and radio cha...

04 Jul 10:41 AM 0 Read More...