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Why Startups Hire Their Own Lawyers

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Daniel Doktori works in the emerging companies practice at WilmerHale in New York City and is the co-founder of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project. Follow him on Twitter @ddoktori.</i><p>Airbnb challenged local hotel zoning laws, Uber took on taxi licensing requirements, and Pinterest …

Untethered jailbreak for second gen Apple TVs updated, puts XBMC next to HBO Go

The folks at Firecore are working on more than just the latest version of their Infuse media player, and just delivered an updated software package for jailbreaking second generation Apple TVs (the current third gen model has, so far, remained closed). Showing once again that jailbreaks aren't just …

Nest Protect Review: iPod Creator's Smart Smoke Alarm Impresses

The Nest Protect is a ‘smart’ smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. It gains this moniker because it can connect to the Internet and give status updates through a web browser and status updates and alarm notifications on Android and iOS apps.<p>The Nest Protect was announced in October and is the second …

TiVo testing thumbs-up / thumbs-down interactive voting on 'The Voice'

More than a decade after its introduction, TiVo is putting its trademark thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons to good use. Well, "good" is strictly a matter of opinion in this case: <i>Zatz not Funny!</i> reports that the DVR maker is testing a feature on next Monday's episode of NBC's <i>The Voice</i> that will …

A big winner in the driverless-car revolution: Television

There’s a lot of blue-sky thinking going on about the rise of robot cars. And the advent of such vehicles might not be as far off as you think. Major auto executives claim cars that can handle most of the driving themselves could be available by the end of the decade (paywall).<p>It’ll be much longer …

Autonomous Vehicle

Twitter Follows Apple, Google And Facebook To Irish Holy Grail

The IRS seeks new ways to pursue “stateless” income. Meanwhile, Ireland is backpedaling over claims it enables tax cheats. Pre-IPO Twitter is trying to get in on Irish loopholes like Apple, Google, HP and Facebook before it’s too late. Such is the push-me-pull-you of global tax “planning.”<p>In May …

YouTube raises limits on video use in third-party apps

YouTube launched its Data API to let developers integrate online video into their apps, but the modest caps on daily use have limited the potential of those apps. As of today, YouTube is offering much more breathing room: developers now have 10 times more transaction units each day, and uploads …

Ready for the future of TV? Too bad the industry is still just talking

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: HarshPatel;Photographer<p>Judging from some of the headlines of the last couple of days, it looks like the future of …

College Student Put His Life Savings Into Tesla, Made A Killing

A year later, he's glad he ignored their warnings.<p>The 22-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley invested $30,000 into Tesla stock a year ago and has parlayed it into an investment worth approximately $250,000 today.<p>"I was always preaching to my friends, 'Tesla's gonna be huge' …

Tesla

Locket, Which Puts Ads On Your Lock Screen, Asks Users To Vote For The Ads They Want To See

Locket, the startup that pays Android users to engage with ads, is now asking those users to weigh in on the type of ads that they want to see.<p>When users install Locket, they’ll start to see ads on their lock screens, and they can swipe left to claim a deal, watch a movie trailer, or whatever the …

Vintage Video of Movie Critics Siskel and Ebert Reviewing Apple Commercials Surfaces Online

Late last week Apple commercials from the 1980s began resurfacing on YouTube channel EveryAppleAds, offering an extensive look at Apple advertising during that time period. Now, the same YouTube channel has uploaded a video of late film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert reviewing similar ads.<p>The …

After Mobile: Smarter TVs

This week, Microsoft took a $900 million charge against its Surface effort, showing that the idea of merging PCs and tablets has not resonated with consumers. At the same time, growth in mobile phones and tablets is still increasing while PC sales are dwindling. The PC has now moved to a work tool; …

Southeast Asia: Where Companies Fill the Series A Gap?

Earlier today, Singapore-based online grocer Redmart closed a Series A round of more than $3 million to take its total investment to $4.6 million. That deal was significant not only because it was such a large amount for a company based in one (small) market, but also for a more interesting reason: …

Sony Video Unlimited adds persistent library, grants cross-device access

Using Sony's Video Unlimited platform just got a little more appealing. Prior to <i>Shacknews</i>' discovery of a change in the store's terms of service, once you purchased a video it was only available on the PlayStation device it was downloaded to. Now, there's parity between its storefront and the likes …

Apple could be planning enhanced TV service with ad skipping

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Apple’s talks with big cable over a comprehensive TV service seem to be back in motion, as former <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporter …

9 Pieces of Data E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Should Collect

There’s no question that the future of e-commerce is in personalization. But you can’t improve your customers’ online shopping experience (or retain existing customers) without understanding what it is they want in the first place — which means you need to be understanding, and then acting, on …

AddThis Launches Smart Layers, Giving Websites Social And Personalization Tools That Adapt To Mobile

AddThis has released a new platform called Smart Layers, which it says can improve traffic and engagement by just adding a single line of code.<p>President and CEO Ramsey McGrory told me that Smart Layers both improves on the publisher tools that AddThis was already offering and introduces some new …

Mad genius Rickrolls and crashes Vine with full-length music video embed

Web developer Will Smidlein managed to bypass the six-second upload limit on Vine today, inserting the entirety of Rick Astley's immortal "Never Gonna Give You Up" into a post that was ultimately taken down by Twitter. "I think I broke Vine," Smidlein tweeted, along with the full embed of the song. …

Jon Favreau to Start His Own Food Truck

From the Department of Verisimilitude, or maybe the Ministry of Silly Hats, comes news from <i>Variety</i> that Jon Favreau (<i>Cowboys & Aliens</i>, <i>Iron Man</i>,</i> …

Allure Energy latest to file infringement suit against Nest

The hot Silicon Valley startup, led by two former senior Apple employees, now faces patent infringement suits over its Learning Thermostat from Allure and Honeywell.<p>Allure Energy sued Nest Labs yesterday, claiming that the company's much-celebrated Nest Learning Thermostat infringed on its …

Startups

At Least Two Pay-TV Operators Circling Hulu

At least two pay TV operators, including cable giant Time Warner Cable Inc., are weighing an investment in Hulu as the online video site considers a …

DirecTV Updates iPhone App With Voice Commands

DirecTV today updated its iPhone app with the ability to search channels and discover new entertainment with voice commands. The app allows users to view search results on the TV (via a supported DirecTV DVR) or on the iPhone.<p>Similar to how one would interact with Apple's Siri, the app allows …

This Cloud Startup Is Hiring Away Google And Facebook Engineers To Solve Enterprise IT Headaches

Nutanix's flagship product is a hardware and software appliance that's installed in a rack in a customer's data center. It combines flash storage and hard disk drives with up to four commodity servers, and adds a layer of proprietary software on top to make it run efficiently.<p>Google, Facebook, and …

Goldman Sachs

Here’s That Steve Jobs E-Book Email to James Murdoch

“Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.”<p>That’s an excerpt from …

The New Bitcoin Millionaires

They're out there. As the currency climbs in value, one new millionaire states his intentions: "I'm gonna cash out."<p>"With today's rise in Bitcoin I'm officially a millionaire," writes Reddit user Bitcoinmillo. "I'm gonna cash out over the next 30 days."<p>This is the type of story that's been …

Mosaic Helps the Little Guys Invest Directly in Solar

Similar to Lending Club or Prosper, Mosaic is a site that helps people who have a little extra money to invest find a fairly reliable return by …

Wall Street to the TV Guys: Please Bail on Broadcast for Cable!

Pres Panayotov / Shutterstock.com<p>Is News Corp. really going to yank Fox off the airwaves in response to Aereo?<p>Snap consensus judgement from the …

iOS 7 Concept Features Widgets, New Lock Screen, Mission Control and More

Earlier this week, a number of Apple-focused bloggers claimed iOS 7 was running behind schedule and that it would bring a significant user interface refresh.<p>Designer F. Bianco has posted a set of images to Flickr with some interesting thoughts on what useful changes Apple could make to iOS 7 to …

Understanding Camera Lenses

When shopping for a DSLR camera, people often overlook or skimp on lenses. Lenses serve as the camera’s “eye.” They determine what and how your …

Cameras

This Amazing, Zoomable Universe-In-A-Browser Puts Everything In Perspective

And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.<p>From nanoparticles to galaxies, we can understand a lot about how our universe works--but it's hard to keep things in context. Can you really grasp how far you'd have to travel to reach Mars? Or wrap your head around the infinitesimally small …