‘Most companies’ talk about transparency is BS’

Feld, who is on the board of Moz, a Seattle-based provider of search-engine and social-media optimization software, writes about the company’s commitment to openness: Lots of people talk about being transparent. Lots of companies espouse principles of transparency. Lots of statements start out with “I like to be transparent” or “I’m being transparent when I say …” […]

Entertaining with the Biters

Katie and Jesse Biter share tips on elegant entertaining on their downtown Sarasota roof terrace. Katie: You wouldn’t believe me if I told you how often we entertain. It’s kind of ridiculous. My girlfriend says our elevator is a revolving door!

The Twins

Today I spent some time creating a newsline about Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss. One of the things I enjoy about making a newsline is it takes you in unexpected directions. I know very little about the brothers, but have an interest in Bitcoin, which they have invested in and are promoting heavily. The brothers are most […]

WSJ defends “Perkinsnacht’

Describing Perkins’ statements as “unfortunate, albeit provocative”.  The Wall Street Journal says: While claiming to be outraged at the Nazi reference, the critics seem more incensed that Mr. Perkins dared to question the politics of economic class warfare.  Maybe the critics are afraid that Mr. Perkins is onto something about the left’s political method. Consider […]

Newcastle Brown SuperBowl ad

Kendrick appears in a an ad for Newcastle Brown Ale “complaining” that the company didn’t have enough money to make a SuperBowl ad. Watch this video on YouTube  

Too many rules could ‘cripple’ virtual currency

In the first of two days of hearings held by New York’s top banking supervisor on the topic, prominent bitcoin entrepreneurs such as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss acknowledged potential benefits of setting certain rules on the industry but warned that too much regulation could stall innovation and send jobs overseas. Regulation “will play the biggest role […]


Newslines originally started as WeCheck, a collaborative fact checking system that used the same software as Wikipedia. The idea was that WeCheck would provide a level playing field for people of all political stripes to come together to debate the truthfulness of statements by politicians and pundits. I still believe there is a need for […]

Defends comments

Perkins appears on Bloomberg TV to defend his comments. He apologizes for the use of the word “Kristallnacht” but maintains his message is that it is dangerous to demonize the 1% or any minority. [iframe src=”http://www.bloomberg.com/video/embed/smQfhKIZTWWFD5hGqAwASA” width=”640″ height=”360″]

BitInstant CEO arrested for money laundering

Shrem is arrested at JFK airport and charged with money laundering. Shrem, along with a co-conspirator, is accused of selling over $1 million in bitcoins to Silk Road users, who would then use them to buy drugs and other illicit items.According to the criminal complaint, Shrem allegedly also bought drugs on Silk Road. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara: […]

Draper: Perkins ‘Brilliant’

Tim Draper, a leading venture capitalist defends Perkins: On Tom Perkins, he is a brilliant man, and he is identifying schadenfreude, something that continues to be a thorn in humanity’s side. The bitter taste of envy brings us all down. I like to celebrate the wealth and success of great heroes like Sergey Brin, Larry […]

Kliener Perkins distances

In a tweet, Kliener Perkins distances itself from Perkins’ comments: Tom Perkins has not been involved in KPCB in years. We were shocked by his views expressed today in the WSJ and do not agree. — Kleiner Perkins (@kpcb) January 25, 2014

Compares attacks on the rich to ‘Kristallnacht”

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal Perkins calls attention to what he sees are “the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich.’” From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in […]

Bitcoin as payment for open-source development

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal David Johnston says that the next wave of Bitcoin investments will be more customer-centric and include payments for open source development: The real potential [of Bitcoin], the mass-market potential, is where we replace more consumer-facing things, like eTrade or Dropbox. In the next couple of years this next wave […]

$7 million invested, 324 Angels, $50 million earmarked

BitAngels announces it has invested $7 million (7,000 BTC) in 12 different Bitcoin startups since May 2013. Those startups have included Bitcoin layer “MSC Protocol,” Bitcoin payment platform GoCoin, Seasteading incubator Blueseed, Bitcoin instant exchange Cash Into Coins and Bitcoin mining hardware company CoinTerra. David A Johnston: Like the digital currency itself, BitAngels had small […]

Anonymous hacks MIT one year after death

Anonymous, the hacker group, breaks into and defaces the website of MIT, advertising “The Day We Fight Back” protest. Anonymous also attacked the network of MIT a year ago shortly after Swartz’ death, blaming the university for allowing the litigation that contributed to his suicide.

‘The Day We Fight Back’ protest announced

On the first anniversary of Swartz’s death, digital rights organisations, media companies and other stakeholders including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress, Reddit, BoingBoing and Mozilla team up to launch a day against mass surveillance. The Day We Fight Back will take place on 11 February, 2014. It comes two years after “censorship legislation” Sopa and Pipa […]

Book claim: Ailes offered employee raise for sex

In one anecdote from  The Loudest Voice In The Room,” the forthcoming book by media reporter Gabriel Sherman, a television producer, Randi Harrison, told Sherman that while negotiating her salary with Ailes at NBC in the 1980s, he offered her an additional $100 each week “if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.” […]

Intel drops McAfee brand

Intel CEO Krzanich announces the renaming of the McAfee brand to Intel Security. McAfee: I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. My elation at Intel’s decision is beyond words.

Ex-Guantanamo detainee participated in attack

The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials suspect Sufian Ben Qumu, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, “played a role in the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorism organization.” Ben Qumu is based in Derna, Libya and runs a branch of Ansar al Sharia headquartered in […]

First FG Angels investment

Portland’s OnTheGo Platforms, a business that  announces a $700,000 seed round from SK Ventures, Rogue Venture Partners, Social Leverage, Portland Seed Fund and GMO Cloud. Also included in this round is a $330,000 commitment from Foundry Group‘s FG Angels AngelList Syndicate, which marks the first investment by the firm’s Syndicate fund on AngelList. OnThe Go’s aims to improve the Smart Glass user experience […]

‘No difference between eating animals and pedophilia’

In an online interview, Morrissey compares eating animals to pedophilia, claiming both are ‘rape, violence, murder,’: They are both rape, violence, murder. If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away. Imagine, for example, if you were in a nightclub and someone said to you, ‘Hello, I enjoy bloodshed, throat-slitting and the destruction of […]

Father wants MIT to admit its part in son’s death

Boston Magazine reports that Bob Swartz he pleaded with MIT’s administrators and lawyers to intervene, MIT took a position of “neutrality.” It made no public statements for or against Aaron’s prosecution or about whether he should be imprisoned. He can’t walk through campus without feeling that MIT betrayed his son. “I always felt that MIT […]