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Have you ever used a typewriter?

Not professionally...

What's the funniest news-related #hashtag you've seen?

Recently the #muslimrage backlash was fairly hilarious

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Android (yes Android) phone, Macbook air, Google Docs, Skype, Wordpress

A Brief History of Uber's Controversies — Silicon Valley's most valuable startup could also be its most toxic. A scoop from BuzzFeed illuminated as much last night. At a private dinner, Emil Michael, Uber's SVP of business, suggested a plan to spend $1 million on a revenge campaign against journalists, in particular Sarah Lacy, a writer who has criticized the ridesharing startup.

Celebrating failure (and seeking closure) at a Startup Funeral — Startup Funeral is meant to be a fun. Kevin Galligan, the event's organizer, stressed this point last Friday night before a group of 40 or so young professionals gathered in a midtown Manhattan coworking space. "Don't forget that it's fundamentally a party," he said, flashing a wry smile.

Spotify moves into cars with Uber partnership — It's a new week for Spotify, and the streaming music service is eager to move the narrative away from Taylor Swift. The pop star recently pulled her entire catalog from the streaming music service, calling the company's business model a "grand experiment." It kicked off a flurry of questions about the viability of Spotify's business.

Twitter stakes its future on 500 million 'logged out' users — Institutional investors are hungry for ad-driven social media company stocks, yet they only have two pure-play companies to invest in: Facebook and Twitter. This year, they picked a favorite. Shares of Facebook are up 35% for the year, while shares of Twitter are down 37%. (The charts show stock performance for the past 12 months.)

GE's 'Quirky' plan to make futuristic smart homes happen — It's 2014 and we have drones, 3-D printing, Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, self-driving cars, wearable computers such as Google Glass, and artificial intelligence. We basically live in the future. But we're missing big promise from The Jetsons: robot butlers. The reason, according to Quirky founder and CEO Ben Kaufman, is because real-life Rosies are awkward.

Exclusive: DogVacay raises $25 million — When you enter the offices of DogVacay, there's a good chance you'll be eagerly greeted by Maggie. And Minnie. And Molly, Motley, and Muffin. There's also Ace, Autzen, Batman, Beemo, Boots, Bruiser, Chewy, Cricket, Cooper, Dragon, Ellie, Ezra, Flo, Gidget, Gilly, Gunner, Harvey, Jack, Juliet, Lola, Pippa, Riley, Rocky, Sadie, Sierra, Teddy, Willis, and of course, Grandpa Bob.

Who's winning the consumer cloud storage wars? — In seemingly no time, cloud storage has become a commodity product. It's already relatively cheap and competition is driving prices even lower. On the enterprise side, Box, Amazon Web Services , IBM , and EMC are competing for the largest corporate customers.

The HR software battle heats up: Namely raises $12 million — Namely, a New York-based maker of human resources software, has raised a $12 million Series B round of funding. The company is part of a rising class of startups seeking to disrupt the way companies handle human resources functions like employee management, performance reviews, payroll, benefits, workflow management and approvals.

Is Microsoft's productivity empire vulnerable? — Even in Silicon Valley, where entrepreneurs set out to hack the world and disrupt everything, it's hard to be more brazen than Milind Gadekar, the chief executive of CloudOn. He's trying to beat Microsoft , which sits at a lofty No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list, at its own game and using Microsoft's own tools.

Meet OLX, the biggest Web company you've never heard of — Alec Oxenford isn't a recognizable name in American business circles, but in South America, he's a CEO rock star of sorts. At least, that's what I'm inclined to believe, after experiencing the Alec Oxenford effect firsthand during a recent coffee meeting in New York.
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