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JCPenney breaks through Super Bowl marketing noise with seemingly drunken tweets

JCPenney breaks through Super Bowl marketing noise with seemingly drunken tweets


Pushing ads into Twitter timelines and Facebook news feeds is so passé.

Retailer JCPenney attracted lots of attention during the Super Bowl today when it posted tweets that made it look like either the account had been hacked or the person managing

Poll: Are you using Facebook, Twitter, or both during the Super Bowl?

Poll: Are you using Facebook, Twitter, or both during the Super Bowl?


Want to know who’s winning today’s big game? I’m talking, of course, about the face-off between Facebook and Twitter. Help us find out by taking the poll below.

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Facebook and Twitter face off in today’s Super Bowl matchup

Facebook and Twitter face off in today’s Super Bowl matchup


While the Broncos and the Seahawks are facing off against each other today in the Super Bowl, another showdown will be playing out, between social networks Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook is looking to outdo Twitter when it comes to serving

Why Canada is where smart VC money is going in 2014

Why Canada is where smart VC money is going in 2014


While well established startup markets outside of Silicon Valley such as New York, Boston, and Seattle are already on venture investors’ radars, a key market for technology investment opportunities that has often been overlooked is Canada and its tech hubs,

Tango crowdfunds the world’s most portable PC — the size of a smartphone

Tango crowdfunds the world’s most portable PC — the size of a smartphone

Caption: Tango PC

Source: Tango

Joining the trend toward tiny computers, Tango has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to create the “world’s most portable computer.”

The company says it can pack a full quad-core Windows PC into a device the

Why Android apps make less money — and how to change that

Why Android apps make less money — and how to change that


By the end of 2013, Android had captured an impressive 81 percent of the global smartphone market share.

But in terms of developer mindshare, Android still ranks slightly behind iOS — and for a good reason. An average Android app makes

Technical Illusions aims for low-cost augmented reality glasses with CastAR (interview)

Technical Illusions aims for low-cost augmented reality glasses with CastAR (interview)

Caption: CastAR concept glasses with wand

Source: Technical Illusions

Dean Takahashi

Rick Johnson and Jeri Ellsworth of Technical Illusions, creator of CastAR

WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Inside a big home in the forested suburbs of Seattle, augmented reality glasses aren’t just an

Chinese mobile payment services grew 707% in 2013 to $200B

Chinese mobile payment services grew 707% in 2013 to $200B


The total transaction volume by Chinese independent mobile payments services reached 1219.74 billion yuan (roughly $200 billion) in 2013, a 707 percent year-over-year increase, according to the latest report by online tracking and data analysis service iResearch.

The independent services iResearch

Yandex invests in MultiShip: A perfect match on the Russian e-commerce service scene

Yandex invests in MultiShip: A perfect match on the Russian e-commerce service scene


Yandex announced earlier this week an agreement with MultiShip, a Moscow-based startup that aggregates offers from different shipment companies to help online retailers optimize their deliveries across the country.

In addition to acquiring a stake in the startup for “several

Bigger in Bend, Part 3: Engineering a regional tech cluster

Bigger in Bend, Part 3: Engineering a regional tech cluster

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Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Ore., on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Over the years, Dino and I brainstormed about how lean entrepreneurship would affect regional development.

I visited Bend last