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Study: Patents hurt tech and startups, help pharmaceuticals

A new study adds some empirical firepower to the idea that poor patent laws are crushing innovation in the technology industry. Researchers from the London School of Economics studied citations from patents that were invalidated by U.S. judges and found that invalidation increased the number of subsequent innovations in technology, but not in pharmaceuticals. “Patent invalidation has a significant impact on ... Read More »

White House says it won’t help Elon Musk battle state regulators

The American people demanded that President Obama help Tesla battle state regulators so that it could sell its electric cars directly to consumers. But the White House says it won’t get involved. More than 138,000 people signed a petition on the White House’s official online petition platform, WeThePeople, to “allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 ... Read More »

Google expands along San Francisco’s Embarcadero

Above: 188 The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Image Credit: Google Maps screen shot Technology giant Google is once again snapping up more real estate for its employees. The company has inked a deal to purchase 188 The Embarcadero, a eight-floor building with views of the San Francisco Bay, and has leased space at the 1 Market St. building two blocks ... Read More »

Starting in September, you can learn about data science through Kaplan

Above: Kaplan Test Prep Image Credit: Kaplan International English/Flickr Test prep giant Kaplan is now in the data science bootcamp business. Through the brand name Metis, Kaplan is launching its first data science bootcamp in New York City, starting in September. The initial cohort will accept 10 to 20 students, instructed by two data scientists from the Chicago based data-science ... Read More »

Why Salesforce needed to buy RelateIQ

Yesterday, Salesforce.com acquired RelateIQ for $390 million. With Dreamforce right around the corner, this was a significant — and smart — move on the part of Salesforce.com to show the industry that it is finally serious about data intelligence, which it completely lacked in its customer-relationship management (CRM) offerings to date. Salesforce.com remains king Some viewed this as a preemptive ... Read More »

5 big takeaways on growing your mobile business from MobileBeat

Above: VentureBeat founder and CEO Matt Marshall Image Credit: Mike O’Donnell/VentureBeat Our seventh annual MobileBeat conference is over, but the ideas we discussed live on. After exploring the intricacies of mobile design and experience at our last two conferences, this year we honed in on mobile growth opportunities. And from those discussions came some truly useful takeaways. [Check out all ... Read More »

UberHealth: Caring for aging parents from afar

Getting your elderly parents to see a doctor can be tough. “I’m fine,” they quaver, though that “little cough” could be bronchitis — or the spike in blood pressure may signal heart disease. Yet it’s not only a question of persuasion; there’s also the matter of managing a senior’s health when you live halfway around the world. A trio of ... Read More »

Female Yahoo exec sued by ex-employee for sexual harassment

A high-ranking executive at Yahoo is being sued by an ex-employee on charges of sexual harassment. The complainant, Nan Shi, was working as a software designer at Yahoo, and says she was repeatedly coerced by Zhang into having “oral and digital sex.” Shi says she was terminated after she later refused Zhang’s advances. Shi filed her sexual harassment lawsuit Friday, naming Yahoo as a defendant and ... Read More »

Vidyo raises $20M to take video chat beyond the enterprise videoconference

Above: Vidyo president, chief executive, and co-founder Ofer Shapiro Image Credit: Vidyo Fun fact: Google’s video-chat product, Google Hangouts, is actually powered another company’s technology, and that company is called Vidyo. Now Vidyo has just pocketed a new $20 million in funding for its video chat technology, according to a WSJ report. The company builds videoconferencing technology and both powers other ... Read More »

Funding Daily: Swag

Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. As one RapGenius cofounder said at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, “Swaaaag, yeah.” Whatever that means, we assume it’s how the whole Rap Genius team feels today now that the company raised a major funding round. We’ve got the details on ... Read More »