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Entrepreneurs push to raise more food more cleanly, profitably

dispatch.com — TRACY, Calif. - Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming - the world's oldest industry - with an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the 10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2100, to do it without destroying the world and to make a pretty penny along the way.

Ag-tech could change how the world eats

buffalonews.com — TRACY, Calif. - Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming - the world's oldest industry - with an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the 10 billion peo... - The Buffalo News

Google and Europe, they’ve got issues

siliconbeat.com — It's been quite a week in Google-Europe news. Let's recap. * From Russia, with no love: Google is pulling its engineers out of Russia, probably because of a new law that requires tech companies to store user data in that country - where the government would likely demand access to it.

New Relic and Hortonworks rise in Wall Street debut, closing out busy IPO week

contracostatimes.com — By Heather Somerville hsomerville@mercurynews.com Posted: 12/12/2014 08:17:32 AM PST Updated: 12/12/2014 08:34:41 AM PST Two big-name Bay Area software startups made strong debuts Friday on Wall Street, the latest in a recent run of high-profile public offerings that has brought a cash infusion to the region during what has historically been a slow month for IPOs.

New Relic and Hortonworks rise in Wall Street debut, closing out busy IPO week

mercurynews.com — Posted: 12/12/2014 08:17:21 AM PST Updated: 12/12/2014 08:17:22 AM PST Two big-name Bay Area software startups made strong debuts Friday on Wall Street, the latest in a recent run of high-profile public offerings that has brought a cash infusion to the region during what has historically been a slow month for IPOs.

Hortonworks sets IPO share price above range

siliconbeat.com — Hortonworks, one of two big data companies from the Bay Area that will make their public debuts on Wall Street Friday, will raise $96 million in its IPO. The company on Thursday priced shares at $16 each, well above the $12 to $14 range the company set in its IPO filings.

Peter Thiel embraces disruption, Berkeley-style

siliconbeat.com — Disruption is this tech boom's cliche. But famed billionaire investor Peter Thiel got a taste of disruption of a different kind in Berkeley Wednesday night, as the San Jose Mercury News reported. The PayPal cofounder powered through his speech on UC Berkeley's campus despite the growing cries of protesters trying to enter the hall, according to Business Insider.

Is it almost time to start feeling sorry for Uber?

siliconbeat.com — The poor little highly-valued and often-misunderstood ride-sharing giant just can't catch a break. Another day, another blogosphere full of bad, sad and troubling news for the San Francisco-based startup that more and more people seem to love to hate.

Lending Club jumps 65 percent in Silicon Valley's biggest IPO of 2014

mercurynews.com — Posted: 12/11/2014 08:10:53 AM PST Updated: 12/11/2014 08:10:54 AM PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Lending Club on Thursday became the first online peer-to-peer lending startup to trade publicly and California's largest initial public offering of the year, immediately jumping 65 percent on its Wall Street debut and marking a bellwether event for the fledgling Internet loan industry.

Lending Club jumps 65 percent in Silicon Valley's biggest IPO of 2014

contracostatimes.com — By Heather Somerville hsomerville@mercurynews.com Posted: 12/11/2014 08:11:03 AM PST Updated: 12/11/2014 08:11:04 AM PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Lending Club on Thursday became the first online peer-to-peer lending startup to trade publicly and California's largest initial public offering of the year, immediately jumping 65 percent on its Wall Street debut and marking a bellwether event for the fledgling Internet loan industry.
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @jowens510: Zoosk founders give up control of S.F. startup, IPO plans delayed as Kelly Steckelberg takes over CEO role. cc: @heathersomervil

Dec 16, 2014

RT @robertsalonga: San Jose: Person sitting along tracks killed by freight train in South San Jose bit.ly/13uDIwK @mercnews

Dec 16, 2014

RT @byJuliaLove: The verdict is in, and Apple is off the hook for antitrust claims in long-running #ipod case. mercurynews.com/business/ci_27…

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