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Slack: The billion-dollar accident

cnbc.com — The latest entrant into technology's billion-dollar club got there by mistake. Slack is the outgrowth of a communication system that Stewart Butterfield built for his last product, a video game called Glitch. But there was one problem. Few people played Glitch-the game was a failure.

Money chases online money managers

cnbc.com — Scott Eelis | Getty Images The more money that flows from traditional wealth managers to Web-based alternatives, the more venture capitalists want to invest. In the last two days, Wealthfront and Personal Capital raised a combined $114 million to bulk up their automated offerings.

Facebook apps get thumbs down from users

cnbc.com — What investors care about more than user ratings is that consumers continue to join the service and those that are signed on keep coming back, said Aaron Kessler, an analyst at Raymond James in San Francisco. "It's engagement that matters," said Kessler, who has the equivalent of a "buy" rating on the stock.

Roku thrives despite Amazon, Apple, Google pressure

cnbc.com — "Our sales have never been better," Wood said in an interview. "Every time these things happen, the market grows and sales accelerate." Amazon jumped into the hardware side of the market earlier this year with a $99 streaming box, joining a crowded field that includes Apple, Google and TiVo.

Microsoft cloud grows, but still dwarfed by old stuff

cnbc.com — As the old model of having clients pay for software tied to individual machines shifts to the cloud, Microsoft is investing to spread adoption of its Office 365 Web-based tools and its Azure infrastructure, which competes with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a partnership with Dell to bundle Azure on the hardware company's servers.

Why this VC sees an inflating (not bursting) bubble

cnbc.com — Tom Fewster | Getty Images In early August, start-up investor George Zachary gave a presentation to his partners at Charles River Ventures, with data pointing to one conclusion: We're in a bubble. Only his data had nothing to do with inflated valuations among venture-backed companies, the number of 20-year-old college dropouts raising millions of dollars or sky-high real estate prices in Silicon Valley.

Political Ads Flood Pandora Before Midterms

recode.net — If you live in Florida and spend much time on Pandora's streaming service, chances are you're hearing a lot of "Rick Scott for governor" commercials. How often depends on how much you like country music. Meanwhile, with the 2014 midterm elections just two weeks away, Pandora fans in Arkansas and North Carolina are hearing plenty about their states' U.S.

Microsoft Is Rebranding Nokia Lumia Phones

recode.net — Microsoft is indeed planning to phase out the Nokia brand in its smartphone business. That it is doing so, though, shouldn't come as any sort of surprise. First, Microsoft is trying to position itself and Windows as a player in mobile, not preserve the Finnish phone brand.

Got A New Follower? Twitter Now Makes It Easier To Follow Back

recode.net — Twitter wants its users to follow people back. The company made an adjustment to its notification stream that includes a follow button next to the handle of the person who just followed you. It's a subtle change, but one that Twitter hopes will encourage users to follow more people.

HP Will Unveil New Computing Product Called Sprout Next Week

recode.net — When Hewlett-Packard announced it would split in two - one company devoted to PCs and printing; the other to enterprise IT - CEO Meg Whitman said one area the PC side would explore is, "new computing experiences." Sources familiar with the matter tell Re/code that HP will demonstrate one of them at an event in New York on Oct.
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Oct 31, 2014

what's up with all these cars wearing pink mustaches for halloween?

Oct 30, 2014

"I'm so excited about my team that I'm gonna go outside and burn a couch" is just not a thought that's ever crossed my mind.

Oct 30, 2014

If Bumgarner were a startup, he'd be raising money at a $10 billion valuation, sources say.

Oct 30, 2014

@m2jr it's the overcorrection following the bull run that came after the selloff that was preceded by the rally after the underpriced IPO

Oct 29, 2014

I always know it's almost time to vote when the #Giants win the #WorldSeries

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