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All hail email, the anti-collaboration tool

“There was a day when I looked up and realized that I had become someone who professionally replied to email, and who wrote as a hobby.”<p>Substitute “wrote” for whatever you’re supposed to be doing with your life, and this sentiment — as expressed in Neil Gaiman’s brilliant address to the University …

The creative class is not screwed: Here’s how the Internet helps artists make a living

<b>David Byrne, Madonna, Amanda Palmer (AP/Boris Grdanoski/Jordan Strauss/flickr/Mandy Hall)</b><p>Digital doomsayers have it wrong: There is a way to find an audience, make money and make a living online<p>Cory Doctorow<p>November 23, 2014 9:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free: Laws For …

7 key things you need to know about an accelerator like Techstars

My startup, Final, was lucky enough to take part in this year’s Techstars Boulder program. Along with learning that a diet consisting only of free coffee and Cosmo’s pizza gives your skin a weird tint, here are some key takeaways from my experience with one of the top tech accelerators.<p><b>1. Getting</b> …

3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything

You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they'll fit. A team of Princeton researchers …

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be …

Google And Facebook Rewire The Internet As FCC Dithers

Giant tech companies are a lot like submarines. They glide into new areas as quietly as possible, saying nothing to the public. But every now and then, interesting bubbles make it to the surface – in the form of odd new job openings that appear in the careers corner of their websites. The latest …

ESPN Gets Ready to Launch Its First Web Video Subscription Service — For Cricket’s World Cup

The cable giant wants to sell sports to people who don't have cable. It wants to start in February, with one of the world's biggest events.<p>ESPN’s efforts to sell streaming video subscriptions for some sports programming — without requiring viewers to pay for cable TV — could start early next …

T-Mobile adds 14 new streaming services to its unlimited data ‘Music Freedom’ program

This summer, T-Mobile began its ‘Music Freedom‘ program, which allows its subscribers to listen to an unlimited amount of music from popular streaming services without using up their plan’s data allotment.<p>Today, T-Mobile is adding 14 new services to the fray. Most notable are Google Play Music, …

Ebay Now Pulled From App Store As Company Rethinks Its Same-Day Delivery Plans

Ebay Now, the same-day local delivery service from the online marketplace giant, was pulled from the App Store over the weekend, where previously it allowed mobile customers to shop from their phones in order to receive items from nearby retailers later that day for an additional $5 fee. The …

The Only Way To Save Samsung's Dying Mobile Business

• <b>Samsung's smartphone shipments were down 8.2% on a year-over-year basis last quarter, according to IDC.</b> It was the only top-5 smartphone shipment that saw a contraction in smartphone shipments.• <b><br>The decline in phone shipments hit Samsung's bottom line.</b> Its profits were down 60% last quarter. That was …

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