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Senior Writer — Inc.
As seen in:  Inc., New York Times, Slate

Senior writer @Inc. Previous: New York Times, The Washington Post, The Believer, Village Voice. My guy is @chafkin.

Aereo Final Auction Leaves Company 'Disappointed' — The U.S. Supreme Court put the nails in Aereo's coffin last year. Today it became clear that any dreams the once-highly touted startup--and its investors--still nursed of making much profit off of its technology or intellectual property, are dead as well.

Livefyre's Thoroughly Modern Series D — Livefyre's latest deal just got a lot hotter. After rounding up $15 million in fresh investment from venture-capital firms, it added $32 million in outside funding from a mix of investors and a pair of strategic partners, two seriously heavy hitters who could help determine the future of the business.

Hot Seats: The Cutthroat New Ecosystem for Restaurant Reservations — Valentine's Day isn't the most popular day for eating out in America. (That would be Mother's Day, trivia geeks.) But it's still a significant annual test for major players in the restaurant industry. One-quarter of Americans report dining out on February 14, and in big cities, that means all the prime-time tables at hip restaurants are booked.

The Regulatory Revolution That Just Won't Happen — Regulators have never exactly been the friends of small business. In fact, the more highly regulated an industry, the more commonly it's considered inefficient. Added regulation means added bureaucracy, and added bureaucracy means inefficiency. Inefficiency hurts a business's bottom line.

What Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Is Still Getting Wrong About Harassment — At last, Twitter is listening. Or it is now that "the rest of the world knows." An internal memo from Twitter's CEO of the past five years, Dick Costolo, was published by the Verge this week. As Slate noted, it "cleared up one of the abiding mysteries of the Internet: Do the people at Twitter know how serious their trolling problem really is?

The Future of Chilling Out, in a Can, Dude — Editor's note: This article is part of Inc.'s 2015 Best Industries report. For Max Baumann of Santa Barbara, California, 2009 was the Year of Avid Googling. Which led to 2010's being the Year of Sipping Experimental Concoctions. "I was absolutely fascinated by researching on Google all of the herbs and amino acids and minerals that could calm you down," Baumann, 26, says.

Why It Will Be Nearly Impossible for Google to Take Down Uber — News came fast and furious this week. First Bloomberg Businessweek reported that Google is attempting to build an auto-hailing business, based on its self-driving car project, putting it in direct competition with Uber. Then Uber announced it is creating a research facility in Pittsburgh to create its own self-driving cars.

Candy Crush's Mobile Guru Predicts the Future — Tommy Palm hasn't always guessed right, but he has cast his lot in some very fortuitous directions in the past. Palm is a Swedish gaming entrepreneur who got his start programming as a teenager in the 1980s , using a Commodore 64. He transformed his hobby into a gaming studio called Ja destone in 1999.

Newsfeeds, Beacons, and Google for Your Eyes: The Future of Shazam — I don't recall the very first time I opened the Shazam app. But I do remember back in the early days of the iPhone, it felt like a little bit of wizardry in my hand to be able to, in a few seconds, extract the name of the band whose song was playing on the car radio or bar stereo from the tip of my tongue.

How to Get Eric Schmidt's Money — When it comes to raising funding, Amit Avner's been there; done that. He's the founder and CEO of Taykey, a New York City-based advertising startup that on Tuesday will announce its fourth major round of venture-capital backing.
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Feb 26, 2015

I think the transitions by @jledbetter make it for me: "Moving from one questionable high to another..." @jonfine @WillYakowicz

Feb 25, 2015

Golden age of podcasts, here we come! @DrewKerr @Inc to begin its new amazing podcast soon

Feb 25, 2015

RT @Slate: "We want more people to listen to podcasts." More on @Panoply, Slate's new podcasting network:

Feb 19, 2015

So @tomfoster2 got the lotus position and the phrase "I'm not saying I was the Messiah," into a lede. Bravo.…

Feb 17, 2015

Anyone who earnestly says "I’m not a technophobe" = obvious technophobe.…

Feb 16, 2015

Seriously considering live-Tweeting @chafkin's dramatic narration of his follies assembling/installing our car seat from the next room.

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