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bloomberg.com — Ah, Paris. A city for artists, romantics and, if you ask Robin Chase, transportation geeks. France is ahead of the curve in transportation technology, the Zipcar co-founder said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Chase cited popular programs in Paris such as Velib, which has more than 20,000 bicycles for rent, and Autolib, which rents electric cars.
latimesblogs.latimes.com — NEW YORK -- Tumblr is drawing up all kinds of off-the-wall methods to make money from its micro-blogging and social-networking website. Founder David Karp and his 11-person team hasn't quite struck gold yet, but they refuse to venture down the traditional route of plastering advertisements on the site.
bloomberg.com — Yahoo! Inc. is buying blogging network Tumblr Inc. for about $1.1 billion as Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer seeks to lure users and advertisers with her priciest acquisition to date.Tumblr, headquartered in New York, will continue to host its more than 108 million blogs, while CEO and founder...
go.bloomberg.com — Want to buy the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and six other daily newspapers? No, I don't mean at the newsstand. The Other 98%, a nonprofit organization, has setup a crowdfunding campaign to buy Tribune Co.'s newspaper business. The initiative is meant to prevent the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch or some other billionaire from buying it.
businessweek.com — If Yahoo succeeds in its attempt to acquire Tumblr, it will end up with one of the hottest Internet properties in today's Web, with access to the coveted youth market and a foothold in mobile. It will also wind up with a whole lot of porn.
bloomberg.com — Bill Gates became the world's richest person today, the first time he has held the title since 2007. His fortune was valued at $72.7 billion at 4 p.m. in New York, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates, 57, was more than $550 million ahead of Carlos Slim, who has a $72.1 billion net worth.
businessweek.com — To quote Bjork (back when she was with The Sugarcubes): " This wasn't supposed to happen. " That's what Google must be saying when it looks at this: According to Neil Mawston at Strategy Analytics, Samsung captured almost 95 percent of all Android profits in the first quarter of 2013.
bloomberg.com — Following Google's marathon news conference yesterday, the convention center in San Francisco was buzzing over the new streaming-music service and the Galaxy S4 phone without the modified Android software from Samsung Electronics, which is unpopular among some geeks. Neither of these really matter outside the U.S.
bloomberg.com — Drones have been a popular topic of late, mostly in discussions about whether the U.S. government should be authorized to track down and kill suspected terrorists anywhere around the globe using the pilotless predators. But what about using drones to protect elephants in Kenya from poachers, rescue skiers in France or assist farmers around the world in determining when their fields need watering?
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