Product Hunt Briefly Banned From Reddit, Reinstated

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 Product Hunt, the YC-backed social network for sharing links to interesting new startups and apps via a Reddit-like interface, has been banned from Reddit. We first got wind that links to Product Hunt could no longer be submitted to Reddit from a comment on a video published to YouTube by Google Ventures announcing that the search giant’s investment wing invested in Product… Read More Read more »

George W. Bush’s Ice Bucket Challenge Includes a Plot Twist

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There's something for everyone in George W. Bush's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video The president's casual attire, a challenge to Bill Clinton and a surprise appearance by Laura Bush — it's really a win-win situation for all Americans. Adorable Toddler Melts Down During a Game of Got-Your-Ear Vin Diesel's Frightful Cover of 'Stay With Me' Now a Shred, Of Course Will Arnett Shows Off His Karate Chops on 'The Tonight Show' Sherlock and The Doctor Join Forces in 'Wholock: The Musical' Read more... More about Youtube , Viral Videos , George W. Bush , Politics , and Watercooler Read more »

European Investor Admits He Pestered Female Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

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 Pavel Curda, a European angel investor, (now ex) contributor at The Next Web and mentor to several startups, has admitted to sending a sexually explicit, inappropriate email to a woman entrepreneur following a meeting during a conference, implying a “Deal” could be struck. While he has apologised, it’s since emerged that he sent the same email to another woman at the event.… Read More Read more »

Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Explorer Blockr.io

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 A small consolidation wave in the Bitcoin space continues as bigger, better-funded companies scoop up teams of talented designers and engineers. Coinbase, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bitcoin wallet and merchant processing company, completed another talent acquisition today with the purchase of Blockr.io. Blockr.io is a popular explorer for the Blockchain, or the distributed public ledger… Read More Read more »

Apple Taps China Telecom As iCloud Storage Provider For Customers In China

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 Apple has begun using Chinese servers to store Chinese user data, the company has confirmed in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. The new arrangement had been reported previously by 9to5Mac after they spotted a statement by the Fuzhuo City municipal government asserting that Apple had moved some of its iCloud data to China Telecom’s servers. In its statement about the shift, Apple… Read More Read more »

CloudFlare’s CEO On Expanding In Key Markets Like China And Brazil

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 As Web security startup CloudFlare grows internationally, it plans to take a slow and steady approach to dealing with the challenges of expanding in key markets like China and Brazil. In a discussion with TechCrunch senior editor Jonathan Shieber this week at TechCrunch Beijing (organized with TechNode), CloudFlare co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince talked about dealing with laws and regulations… Read More Read more »

Facebook’s $400M-$500M Acquisition Of Video Ad Tech Startup LiveRail Is Now Official

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 Facebook’s acquisition of LiveRail closed today, a source told me, and Facebook confirms to me the deal is now official. Facebook announced the buy without disclosing a price back on July 6th, but multiple sources told TechCrunch the price was between $400 million and $500 million. Regulators apparently had no issue with Facebook buying LiveRail, which help brands that want to buy… Read More Read more »