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Meet the Russian hacker that helps advertisers defraud their AdWords competitors

What kind of chutzpah does it take to use Google’s own gmail and YouTube services to defraud the company’s cash cow AdWords business? Apparently the kind that is possessed by a Russian hacker going by the pseudonym “GoodGoogle.” (It’s no less bold to use Google’s trademark in your name.) According to a recent blog post [...]

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Something borrowed: Bose sues Beats (and sugardaddy Apple) for patent infringement

Bose has reportedly sued Beats Electronics over patents related to its noise canceling headphones, according to a breaking news tweet by CNBC. BREAKING: Bose sues Apple’s Beats over noise-canceling headphone patents. (via @CNBCJosh) $AAPL — CNBC (@CNBC) July 25, 2014 Of course, Beats is in the midst of being acquired by deep-pocketed Apple, making the company a much [...]

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Native advertising remains an awkward — but very necessary — mess

Take it from experience, it’s not easy being a native advertising sympathizer. Sitting through a half hour panel on ‘modern monetization’ at the Native Advertising Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday — or as the moderator put it, “the sobering reality of paying the bills” — I couldn’t deny that there is a lot that’s [...]

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Sorry, Dan Primack: Going public doesn’t help the country. Building great companies does

Listen up founders. If your company is still private, Fortune’s Dan Primack has got a bone to pick with you. In Dan’s world – you know, the world where he’s good friends with bankers and hedge funds from Wall St. to Greenwich, and in which he’s never run a company a day in his life – companies are [...]

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Humble Square Enix Bundle

Folks are knocking this bundle because it features some of Squeenix’s worst games, but there’s at least one game out of the 16 that will be worth your money. Plus, you can give 100% of your payment to charity anyway. Link Link 2 Price: $??? Continue Reading from the Source

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Circle responds to complaints that its bitcoin purchases are treated as cash advances

Two months after revealing the consumer-friendly bitcoin wallet and exchange that I dubbed “Bitcoin Bank of America,” Circle Financial began granting beta access earlier this week. Early reviews have been strong, with users praising the platform’s usability and low-fee structure. Although the number of users with access were small, the feedback seemed to validate the [...]

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Mt. Gox creditors leave Tokyo court frustrated, but with little new information

Today was a coulda-been type of day for bitcoin as creditors of the now defunct Mt. Gox exchange met with bankruptcy trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi in a Tokyo court, leaving with more questions than answers. It was the first chance for an in-person discussion between these two sides. Approximately 100 of the exchange’s reported 127,000 creditors were in attendance, [...]

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Sharethrough launches the Meaningful Content Fund, wants to be the “Secret Santa” of the web

Just like starving children in third world countries, pieces of good journalism going unnoticed online is now a philanthropic issue. On stage at the Native Advertising Summit in San Francisco today, Sharethrough co-founder and CEO Dan Greenberg announced the Meaningful Content Fund, a $1 million effort to push better content online at the expense of all those [...]

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Family feud: Kaskade and his ZEFR-founding bro take different stances on copyright law

Well this could get awkward. Brothers Rich and Ryan Raddon, the former being the co-founder of YouTube rights management platform ZEFR and the latter being better known by his DJ name, Kaskade, seemingly find themselves on opposing sides of the copyright debate. Late last week, Reuters reported that uber-popular YouTube star Michelle Phan is being [...]

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YouTube’s identity crisis: Can it launch a Spotify-style service witout losing its soul?

From the moment cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the first-ever YouTube video, a grainy 18-second clip shot at the San Diego Zoo, YouTube has been a space dedicated to the most homegrown of creators. It didn’t matter whether you were Lady Gaga or a kid from Arkansas — if the right people found your work and loved it, you could become an [...]

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