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The new clash over cannabis

Rising tensions between states over pot put pressure on Obama to act.<p>The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on …

Cannabis

Marijuana legalization backers anxious as costs mount, donors waver

After decades helping lead the fight against the national war on drugs, Ethan Nadelmann recently joined thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here celebrating legalization — and found the scene kind of irritating.<p>The rapidly expanding legal pot industry has started to make some people rich, but the …

Uber’s next funding round could give the startup a humongous $40B valuation

Tesla Has Discussed Sharing Electric Car Tech With BMW

A future where the electric car is ubiquitous cannot be built by one company alone, regardless of the hype around Tesla and its progress in consumer automotive space. That’s why it’s exciting to hear from Elon Musk himself about talks between BMW and Tesla, even if they’re only informal, around …

Amazon Wants To Help You Find A Plumber

Amazon shoppers in those cities will reportedly see installation or handyman offers after purchasing goods like ceiling fans, air conditioners, and the like. The company will offer a money-back guarantee on its services and will do background checks on any service provider that it lists on the …

Wall Street

Here's Proof Apple Is Exploring Virtual Reality

So far, reports have been based on previous patents filed by Apple revolving around virtual reality, but not all patents see the light of day. This new job listing from Apple, on the other hand, shows that the company is looking for an app engineer to "create high performance apps that integrate …

Virtual Reality

Uber Gets Failing Grade From Better Business Bureau

Put another notch in Uber's bad public relations belt.<p>The car service app was given an F rating from the Better Business Bureau, the consumer advocacy group announced on Thursday. Over 100 complaints about the company's surge-pricing strategy, and other issues, lead to the bad review.<p>"Some …

9 Books That Inspired Elon Musk

"I read books," he reportedly likes to say.<p>Musk — who was smart enough to get into a physics Ph.D. program at Stanford University and then drop out because it didn't seem that relevant to him — has always been hungry for the written word.<p>In its profile of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, the New Yorker …

Elon Musk

Peter Thiel goes after net neutrality, Uber, Bitcoin, and Hollywood (in 4 quotes)

Silicon Valley’s favorite small-government billionaire, Peter Thiel, has come out against net neutrality, just a day after major websites staged a mass protest on the issue. He tackled net neutrality and a range of hot button issues in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit today. Here he is his …

Here's what Amazon's $970M acquisition of Twitch really signifies

On Monday, Amazon announced it was buying Twitch, the hugely popular video-game livestreaming site, for a $970 million in cash. This is a figure not far off what Google paid for YouTube back in 2006 ($1.65 billion). The message again is the same: Online video is king.<p>But we’re still only in the …

Amazon is now aggressively going after Google’s core business

Amazon and Google, having evolved well beyond their respective beginnings as on online bookstore and a web search engine, are now expanding in ways that bring them closer to becoming direct competitors.<p>The latest: Amazon is spending $970 million to buy Twitch, a live-streaming site for videogame …

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How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs

We’ve searched high and low to bring you the first annual list of FORBES 100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs. Whether you’re seeking advice on raising capital, scaling your business or looking for general industry insight, these sites are worth reading.<p>The picks here are arranged in no specific …

The Fabulous Life Of Elon Musk

Elon Musk isn't like most people.<p>Only 14 years after making his first millions, Elon Musk is one of the most influential businessmen alive today. He's involved with more industries than your average person has hobbies.<p>Rather than use the wealth he's attained for leisure, Musk has repeatedly shown …

Elon Musk

Analyst Raises Amazon Price Target To $400 A Share!

This target hike comes in the wake of another explosive move upwards in Amazon's stock price and another Amazon quarter that befuddled Wall Street. (Rohan was excited about Amazon's quarter, saying it beat expectations. Other analysts say the quarter missed expectations. Regardless, the stock …

Wall Street

Twitter IPO as Economical as Its Tweets With 27% Discount

Twitter Inc.’s $10.9 billion initial public offering valuation is as economical as its 140-character tweets.<p>The San Francisco-based company is …

Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey suggests you create a daily 'Do and Don't List'. This is his.

Square co-founder and Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey made an appearance at Y Combinator’s Startup School event where he spoke about acceptance and motivation in how you build a team and company. You can’t do something without a common share or purpose — you will wobble and not do anything that is …

Forget Big Data: The future is Small Data, and Facebook just bought it

This morning, Onavo, an Israeli start-up, announced it was being acquired by Facebook. Onavo’s flagship product is a data compressor. When you browse a web page or use an app on your phone, Onavo routes the traffic through its servers, where it compresses and optimizes the data before sending it on …

Developing Countries

Mark Zuckerberg On The Real Beginnings of Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his annual appearance at Y Combinator’s Startup School event for a fireside chat with Paul Graham. In this conversation, he spoke about what he first built, never being afraid of making mistakes, and the movement that the social network has become to connect …

Top 10 Motivational Books of All Time | Inc.com

In previous posts, I've identified the most influential business books of all time and the best sales books of all time. In this post, I list the books that drive readers to change their lives, improve their lot, and build better careers. Beware of the final (No. 1) book!<p><b>10.</b> <i>The 7 Habits of Highly</i> …

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G8 summit: Politics live blog

6.50pm BST<p>Evening summary<p><b>• David Cameron and Barack Obama have formally launched plans for an ambitious US/EU trade deal.</b> As Larry Elliott reports, …