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Amazon Eats Google’s Lunch: Why Brand Beats Bulk in the Tech Takeover Wars

Who will win the ultimate race to tether consumers from computer to store? The now-familiar public feeding frenzy of tech giants eating retail dinosaurs has spun into a high gear with Amazon’s purchase of upscale Whole Foods and Google’s Walmart…

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Out-of-the-Book Thinking: How a Hungarian E-Publisher is Breaking the Rules

Budapest is the last place you’d expect to drive the future of publishing, more than 4,000 miles from Manhattan and even farther from San Francisco. Three years ago, no one could have predicted that an e-book pioneer with global ambitions…

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Europe is Cool Again: SF’s Startup Bridge

We stepped into the elevator at the Twitter building, joined by the general consul for tiny Malta, rode to the tenth floor, and entered the bustling, aptly named tech incubator Runway. But this wasn’t the usual mélange of entrepreneurs and…

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Women in Tech Talk Men

What is it with men these days? Last week, yet another sexist Silicon Valley VC was outed in a public shaming. Then the founding partner of 500 Startups resigned under pressure for similar reasons. This on the heels of the…

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