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The New Rules of Social Journalism: A Proposal

My timing was not ideal.<p>Last Thursday, Fortune reported that a number of guest contributors on Forbes.com, Seeking Alpha, Wall Street Cheat Sheet and …

Oktogo: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Ideas<p>IdeasHere’s how much space U.S. cities waste on parking<p>IdeasThis lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years<p>IdeasGamers are becoming a powerful source of philanthropic donations<p>Entertainment<p>Entertainment13 reasons why Netflix’s disappointing quarter merits scrutiny<p>EntertainmentFCC …

Western Governors University: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Ideas<p>IdeasThis lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years<p>IdeasGamers are becoming a powerful source of philanthropic donations<p>IdeasWhat if economic growth isn’t as positive as you think?<p>Entertainment<p>EntertainmentFCC chairman Ajit Pai has “serious concerns” over Sinclair …

Target: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Co.DesignTarget has a secret app for superfans, and it looks like InstagramThe invite-only app lets members collaborate with Target designers–and see their ideas in stores.<p>Co.DesignExclusive: Inside Target’s top secret test storeInside its Minneapolis headquarters, Target has constructed a …

Sproxil: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Ideas<p>IdeasThis lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years<p>IdeasGamers are becoming a powerful source of philanthropic donations<p>IdeasWhat if economic growth isn’t as positive as you think?<p>Entertainment<p>EntertainmentFCC chairman Ajit Pai has “serious concerns” over Sinclair …

Invent a live video stream for the common man and get rich

I've got a handful of technology pain points such that, when someone claims they can solve, I take special note. If someone pitches me an idea that's …

Joyus acquires Kingmaker: A look at one founder’s struggle to tackle a $15B opportunity

Los Angeles-based video commerce company Kingmaker has been acquired by Joyus, a San Francisco-based competitor. Before now, both Kingmaker and Joyus …

With 10,000 customers, Freshdesk continues the battle with Zendesk

The online customer service software platform war wages on. In one corner, we have the large and well-established Zendesk. In the other, the …

Google Glass app Blue puts real-time baseball info in your eye (video)

The boys of summer are about to come home, but that doesn't make developer Aaron Draczynski's Google Glass baseball app any less rad. Blue uses geolocation to determine what park you're at and feeds all manner of ball diamond-data directly into your eye. Whether it's displaying play-by-play …

Tablet shipments forecasted to outpace PCs by 2015

As a slew of new tablets were announced over the last few days, data shows that tablet shipments will soon surpass those of personal computers.<p>A report by research firm IDC predicts that for the first time more tablets will be shipped in the fourth quarter of 2013 than PC shipments; and, by 2015, …

Facebook dips into its sea of data to slake the media's thirst for information

Facebook's push to make its users' activities public continues today with the newly-announced Public Feed API and Keyword Insights API, both of which …

For sex workers, an app that provides extra protection

Recently, Safe IQ, a startup based in Ireland, launched an app aimed at better protecting sex workers in Ireland, the UK, Sweden, and Norway, …

Outline has a big first customer and a bigger goal: Making open government user-friendly

Outline's founders from left to right: Erik Hazzard (CTO), Nikita Bier (CEO), and Jeremy Blalock (CPO).<p>During the US Presidential election campaign …

Livefyre's acquisition of Storify is about native ads

Yesterday’s news that social conversation platform Livefyre was acquiring social storytelling platform Storify may initially have seemed an odd deal. …

Has anything transformed messaging more than the humble "Like"?

A lot of people will think this next statement fits into that "you promised me flying cars, and all I got was 140 characters!" screed that the Valley …

Test out your dreams on your piggybank with Planwise

Vincent Turner remembers when people were excited about personal financial planning. It was that sweet spot after the recession first hit, but before …

Portl brings search results good enough to touch to the second screen

The battle for the “second screen” is still being won by Google, Twitter, and Facebook. While the likes of GetGlue, Umami, and Miso have come out …

IFTTT and SmartThings partner to make the Internet of Things easier to manage

Bridging the gap between the digital and physical worlds just became a whole lot easier.<p>IFTTT and SmartThings have announced a partnership through …

ZappRx raises $1M, looks to the future of e-prescriptions

If you talk to ZappRx's CEO Zoe Barry, she'll remind you of all of the things that can be done electronically in the blink of an eye. You can order a …

Grantoo partners with MiniClip to encourage gaming's charitable streak

When they aren't busy teaching entire generations how to become homicidal gang-bangers -- or whatever evil they've been accused of this week -- video …

The Netflix for books is here, it's mobile, and it makes Amazon look old

As of now, the world has a platform that brings the power of Netflix-style recommendations and all-you-can-eat buffets to bear on one of the world’s …

Will Hotel Tonight be the next big travel IPO? One of Wall Street's top hedge funds thinks so

Let's face it: The state of online travel is pretty sucky. As a broad category, it's more solidly rooted in a Web 1.0 experience than nearly any …

Oyster for iPhone offers all-you-can-read e-books for $10 per month

All-you-can-eat subscriptions work well for digital magazines, music and videos; why shouldn't they work for e-books? Oyster certainly thinks they should, as it just launched a flat-rate book service for iPhone users. Members pay $10 per month for unfettered access to about 100,000 books from …