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Startups Anonymous: I didn’t have a contract with my friend and my business tore us apart

The first year of my business was great. Profits were through the roof. My sales funnel was spot on. And part of that success was due to a friend who helped out.

After ditching Amazon, this publisher posted record revenues. Should others follow suit?

Amazon, which sells more books than every other seller combined, isn’t afraid to push publishers around to get what it wants.

Loyalty leader Belly expands its footprint by rolling out to 2,600 7-Eleven locations

Digital loyalty startup Belly is extending its already impressive market lead today with the announcement that 7-Eleven, one of the company’s strategic investors, will roll-out the iPad-based platform in 2,600 of its convenience stores by the end of the year.

Coolest replaces Pebble as the most-funded Kickstarter campaign

Kickstarter has long contested the idea that its crowdfunding platform is a marketplace. It’s supposed to be used to support artistic endeavors; everything else is just a byproduct of the platform’s willingness to host essentially anything imaginable, not its founding purpose.

PayPal reconsiders online gambling, enters talks to process payments for NJ virtual casinos

PayPal has been in the news of late for its possible spinout from Ebay and its ongoing search for a new CEO, but there’s another largely overlooked storyline that could have an equally big impact on its future.

TWC outage leaves 12M people without Internet access — and it’s only going to get worse

On Tuesday, Time Warner Cable agreed to pay the Federal Communications Commission $1.1 million for failing to disclose a “substantial number” of outages affecting its customers.

What does Apple hope to accomplish with its new mobile ad options?

Apple often claims that its decisions are guided by a desire to offer consumers the best experience possible.

Don’t let the price tag fool you: Snapchat isn’t a late stage company

Snapchat has secured commitments from Kleiner Perkins and at least one strategic investor toward its next funding round, according a report by the Wall Street Journal today.

Welcome to The Luhansk People’s Republic: Following the Russian convoy into rebel-held Ukraine

IZVARINO, LUHANSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC — It’s around 12:30 pm and pushing 100 F when Russia’s humanitarian aid convoy finally starts rumbling across the Russian border and into rebel-held Ukrainian territory under heavy militia guard.

As a16z turns 5, listen to Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz “explain everything”

As venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz* turns five years old this summer, its founding members Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz have posted a two part podcast proclaiming to “explain everything.” Okay so maybe they don’t touch on “everything,” but they do their best, explaining the backlash against Clay Christensen’s disruption theory (“Intellectualism at its worst,” says Horowitz), what their firm looks for in entrepreneurs (“Courage.” Also don’t focus on your peers’ valuations; it’s the “most meaningless thing to focus your mind on imaginable”), plus bitcoin, education, robotics, the tech “bubble,” electric cars, and health-care.

Pew: Social media makes people even less likely to share unpopular opinions

Everyone knows the old saying that’s handy around the holidays, “Don’t talk about religion or politics in polite company” — that is unless you come from one of those families where the children somehow didn’t rebel against every ideal their parents hold dear.

Russia’s IO relocates to NYC, prepares to launch “Her”-style intelligent local discovery platform

What’s the best way to experience a new city? Most people would say with a local as your tour guide with similar tastes as you.

So Netflix was shut out at last night’s Emmys. Who cares?

At last night’s Emmy Awards, Netflix failed to score wins in any of the major categories: “House of Cards” lost to “Breaking Bad.” Kevin Spacey lost to Bryan Cranston.

Netflix continues to play both sides of the net neutrality debate by asking the FCC to block the Comcast-TWC merger

Netflix has asked the Federal Communications Commission to prevent Comcast and Time Warner Cable from merging to form what it calls the “nation’s largest onramp to the Internet.” This is merely the latest of Netflix’s attempts to play both sides of every argument concerning the future of the Internet.

Bezos’s bozos: Report shows Amazon has sold no more than 35,000 Fire Phones

Amazon’s Fire Phone is a disappointment. Reviews of the device all pose a question Pando has been asking since the device first became something more than an oft-repeated rumor: Is this really something that consumers need — or even want — to spend hundreds of dollars on?

CA smartphone “kill switch” law shows the government’s increased understanding of tech

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers to include anti-theft features with all devices sold after July 15, 2015.

Four years in and highly profitable, ZipRecruiter hauls in $63M in its first ever funding round

When Ian Siegel and his co-founders began to build ZipRecruiter in 2010, the goal was a lifestyle business.

Twitch CEO on jilting Goolge: Amazon “shares our long-term values.” But does it really?

Amazon’s surprise purchase of Twitch is fascinating for a few reasons. It confirms that live-streaming is no longer a fringe potential in the online-video market.

Join us for Trucked Company: A completely badass end of summer party you don’t want to miss

Remember that final summer fling, just before the weather changed and everyone had to get serious and go back to school?

Facebook is finally doing something about its “clickbait problem”

As publishers know all too well, the stories that perform best on Facebook tend to be listicles, quizzes, and irresistibly clickable headlines that often lead to stories with little substance.