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Stanford study: IPOs slow down innovation at tech companies

For many entrepreneurs, it is a dream on par with finding the Holy Grail: an initial public stock offering that can turn a startup into the next Google and a 20-something founder into the next mega-millionaire. Yet, for all that money and drama, do initial public offerings—IPOs—speed up …

Innovation

Angry Birds Maker Rovio Says 2012 Sales Up 101% To $195M With Merchandising, IP 45% Of That; Net Profit $71M

Rovio, creator of the blockbuster Angry Birds series of mobile games, today reported its full-year results for 2012. While the company continues its rapid growth — now at 1.7 billion game downloads, and 263 million active users as of December 2012 — increasingly that scale is being leveraged to …

Motion Capture Without Skintight Suits Will Make Blu-ray Extras Way Less Fun

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have developed a new type of motion capture system that doesn't require the …

Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked'

Google just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge, a new initiative whereby the company has promised not to sue developers, distributors, and users of open source software utilizing Mountain View's patents "unless first attacked." In introducing the good faith effort, Google is …

Microsoft Launches Tool to Make It Easy to See All Its Patents

Just ahead of a self-imposed deadline, Microsoft on Thursday went live with an online tool to search and view the company’s patents.<p>General Counsel …

Software

Social App MeetMe Introduces In-Feed Advertising With Flurry Partnership

Social discovery service MeetMe is ramping up the advertising in its smartphone app.<p>CEO Geoff Cook told me via email that the app was already running ads, for example at the top of the screen, but its mobile monetization efforts have been more focused on payments. The new ads, which are being …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Difference Between What You Share And What People Want To Read

The stories people share aren't necessarily the stories their friends want to read, according to data from 33Across, which tracks links for online publications.<p>It found that people are sharing science related content more often than any other content category. However, science content is clicked on …