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Code Club cofounder resigns after being ordered not to criticize Google

One of the founding members of Code Club, a volunteer-led organization that teaches programming to kids in the UK, has resigned after being told by its board not to criticize Google or any of the group’s sponsors. In a blog post, Linda Sandvik writes, “On Monday the 25th of August the Code Club board gave me an ultimatum, either [...]

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What does Apple hope to accomplish with its new mobile ad options?

Apple often claims that its decisions are guided by a desire to offer consumers the best experience possible. That’s why the company didn’t include Flash in the original iPhone, eventually introduced the App Store to improve software distribution, and has insisted on maintaining as much control as possible over how people interact with their smartphones. [...]

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Don’t let the price tag fool you: Snapchat isn’t a late stage company

Snapchat has secured commitments from Kleiner Perkins and at least one strategic investor toward its next funding round, according a report by the Wall Street Journal today. Long-rumored to be in excess of $10 billion, the Journal describes the company’s new valuation as “close to” that figure. The round, we’re told has not yet closed. [...]

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The iPad Education Revolution Stalls Out

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that its sprawling hometown’s school system, the second largest in the US, would be withdrawing from last year’s ambitious promise to supply all 640,000 students with an iPad. Good. The Los Angeles United School District just dodged a $1 billion, tablet-shaped bullet. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Twitch CEO on jilting Google: Amazon “shares our long-term values.” But does it really?

Amazon’s surprise purchase of Twitch is fascinating for a few reasons. It confirms that live-streaming is no longer a fringe potential in the online-video market. It underscores how the M&A market is increasingly preferred to the IPO market as the exit of choice for the most promising startups. It shows how far the Internet giants like [...]

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Of course eBay has to spin off PayPal. Here’s why it hasn’t done so…. yet

Headlines today say that eBay is still considering a spin off of PayPal. The reports manage to be, at the same time, both thrilling and “duh.” If it happens, a PayPal spin-off would be one of the most exciting tech spin-offs ever, with big ramifications for most of the global Internet. While most people acknowledge [...]

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