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The race for your files continues, as Amazon Zocalo comes online

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Th cloud giants continued their race to get as much user data in their respective clouds as possible. Last week, for example:

All of this action shows  just how addictive storage can be. Vendors figure if they can get your files into their cloud,  they can sell you all sorts of other, pricier, stuff.

Sooooo …. don’t be storage smart and cloud silly. As Gigaom guest contributor Praveen Asthana pointed out, storage price cuts are…

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Investor Pavel Curda Dumped By Euro Accelerators After Sleazy Emails

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Pavel Curda, the European Angel investor and ‘mentor’ who became the centre of a media maelstrom after admitting to emailing point-blank requests for sex to tech business woman at a conference, has been shunned by the tech accelerators he continues to list as working with him.

Curda has now been dumped by at least three accelerators, as well as losing his role as a writer with tech blog, The Next Web.

The furore followed reports that outlined in detail how he had sent emails with “I am not leave [sic.] Berlin without having sex with you. Deal?” to at least two women at the conference after meeting them in a purely business environment. The row exploded after both women, incensed at his behaviour, went public with the media, including TechCrunch.

Seedcamp, Europe’s best funded venture accelerator, issued a statement saying: “As you’ll have gathered, Pavel has been involved with Seedcamp…

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Meet the computer scientist trying to digitize, analyze and visualize our past

Originally posted on Gigaom:

We have written many times over the years about the potential benefits of easy access to data and computing, but we’ve probably never done it this well.

The guest on this week’s Structure Show podcast was Kalev Leetaru (pictured above), the Georgetown researcher behind the Global Database of Events, Language and Tones (GDELT), which we have covered before, and who also helped the Internet Archive with the book-digitization project it unveiled this week. Leetaru, who has spent time programming supercomputers, talks all about the amazing shifts currently underway in information technology that let people gather, store and analyze data with no physical gear and just a few lines (or a single line) of SQL code.


One of Leetaru’s recent projects analyzed the 120 days surrounding the ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in order to find the most-similar 120-day periods globally over the past 35 years.

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Raspberry Pi Camera Module Now On Sale, $25 To Add An Eye To Pi Hardware Hack Projects

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Calling all hardware hackers: the Raspberry Pi camera module has gone on sale online via Pi suppliers including RS Components and Premier Farnell/Element14, providing the eye required for all those computer vision projects you had in mind for the Pi microcomputer.

The camera module actually went on sale yesterday and is currently temporarily out of stock on RS’ website (but Element 14 appears to have stock). The plug-in module costs around £17, or about $25.

The camera module can be used with either the Model A or Model B Pi, and has a five megapixel sensor — the same size as you’d find in many a mid-range Android smartphone — and a fixed focus lens. The module supports 1080p/720p/640x480p video. Dimensions are 25 x 20 x 9mm. Weight is just 3g.

The latest version of the Raspbian firmware supports the module so Pi owners may need to upgrade to enable…

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Incubated: Y Combinator’s Approach To Finding And Helping Startups Become Big Winners

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Y Combinator is the most famous of all startup accelerators out there, thanks to success of companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, and Stripe, all of which have gone through its program. YC co-founder Paul Graham once referred to the process of finding and nurturing those big hits as “Black Swan Farming.”

But how does YC do it? What sets it apart from some of the other accelerators out there, and why does it seem like its alumni companies are disproportionately successful? With the latest episode of Incubated, we set out to find out.

At first glance, Y Combinator doesn’t look that different from most accelerators in part because it defined the category. Founded in 2005, its success has inspired multiple other programs to copy its 12-week format of weekly meetings, partner office hours, and access to alumni and mentors from the tech world.

But one of…

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How Many People See Your Tweets? Twitter Opens Its Nifty Analytics Dashboard To Everyone

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Back in July, Twitter launched a really nifty analytics dashboard. A bit like Google Analytics for tweets, it allows you to gauge the performance of each and every tweet you sent. How many people saw it? How many of those actually clicked your links?

There was one catch, though: it was only open to advertisers and verified users.

No longer! Now you too can obsess way too hard over the performance of every tweet you send! Hurray!

News of the change comes from Twitter front end engineer Ian Chan:

and this page lurking in Twitter’s support base confirms it: the dashboard should now be open to every account that has been open for at least 14 days, isn’t restricted/protected/suspended, and (curiously) that primarily…

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“Yo, have you heard of Silicon Valley?” Ben Horowitz hosts Nas in Redwood City

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

Hip hop was born sometime in the 70’s, probably in New York, and grew up over the course of block parties in that city’s toughest neighborhoods. Last night, it was presented to a seated crowd at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, at an event hosted by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz*.

The occasion featured a private screening of a new documentary about the rapper Nas, Time is Illmatic. Nas was on stage along with Andreessen Horowitz partner Ben Horowitz. The duo introduced the film and returned afterward for a Q&A.

One pertinent question that didn’t arise from the packed house of invite-only guests: Why is this happening?

It’s well-known that Horowitz is a hip-hop fan – he starts every one of his blog posts with a rap quote. At this year’s SXSW in Austin, Nas interviewed Horowitz onstage about the software entrepreneur’s new book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things

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