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Stripe’s Valuation Rises to $3.6 Billion With $70 Million Round — As competition in online payments heats up, investors are doubling down on Stripe. The payments startup raised $70 million in a new funding round valuing it at $3.57 billion, doubling its valuation in less than a year, Chief Executive Patrick Collison said in an interview.

Is Uber’s Biggest Rival Itself? A Collection of Controversy — In his bid to upend the taxicab industry, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has simultaneously declared war on taxi drivers, governments around the world and smaller rivals like Lyft. But on its war path to a $30 billion valuation, Uber continues to battle itself with questionable comments and tactics that are in danger of harming the company's reputation and becoming a liability.

Six New Features to Expect From Twitter — Twitter on Wednesday sought to quell criticism that it isn't improving the design and functionality of its service fast enough. Company executives touted a slew of new features and products - without giving away too much - that are coming within the next 12 months.

Lyft Alleges Former Executive Took Secret Documents With Him to Uber — An executive who recently left Lyft to join ridesharing rival Uber is being accused of taking secret documents with him. Lyft said it has sued Travis VanderZanden, its former chief operating officer, for breaching a confidentiality agreement he signed upon joining the company last year.

Four More Years of Blowing Venture Bubbles? — If at least one bright spot emanated from the financial crisis, it's that the economic despair washed away, for a short time, endless talk of an Internet investment bubble. If you'll recall, nearly every newspaper, technology blog and geek fest debated whether there was a "Web 2.0″ bubble in 2006, the year Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion, Facebook Inc.

Venture Capitalists’ Confidence Is Waning - or So It Seems — A quarterly survey that gauges the confidence level in Silicon Valley shows that venture capitalists downgraded their enthusiasm in the third quarter. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Bay Area's big-spending climate is about to change. Prof. Mark Cannice of the University of San Francisco asked VCs to estimate their confidence in the area's entrepreneurial environment over the next six to 18 months.

Yahoo’s Alibaba IPO Riches: $6.3 Billion — Yahoo's official haul from the Alibaba IPO: $6.3 billion.That's after paying about $4 billion in taxes, but the sum is a bit larger than most estimates pegging the total between $5 billion and $6 billion. Yahoo said it ended the third quarter with more than $12 billion in cash and marketable securities, even after it spent $1.6 billion buying back shares.

A Whole New Ballgame For Curt Schilling — Curt Schilling is moving on to a whole new game. The question is, will he be just as successful? The two-time World Series champion and six-time Major League Baseball All-Star is now a full-time entrepreneur after officially retiring from baseball on Monday.

Uber: We’ll ‘Correct and Discuss’ Allegations by San Francisco, Los Angeles — Uber plans to fight back against new allegations by the San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys that ride-sharing services are breaking the law and misleading consumers. On Thursday, the district attorneys said they delivered letters to Uber and its rivals Lyft and Sidecar that threaten legal action unless they make certain changes.

Second Act: ‘’ Stars Reflect On Life A Decade Later — During the dot-com boom and bust, the same story played out for hundreds of entrepreneurs seduced by the get-rich-quick promise of the Internet. Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman were perfect examples - two 20-somethings who left their jobs in 1999 to start a dot-com company, raise too much venture capital, struggle with a business model, fight with the board, and ultimately lose it all.
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Dec 18, 2014

Uber users in Portland: Service will be suspended for 3 months starting Monday. Just in time for the holidays.…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @dmac1: New on @WSJD: Uber Strikes Deal With Portland (Updating soon w/ my right-place-right-time interview with Mayor Hales)

Dec 16, 2014

“The dirty secret is that a significant majority of big-data projects aren’t producing valuable, actionable results.”

Dec 16, 2014

@davemcclure Not that I know of, but if you have examples would love to hear them.

Dec 16, 2014

@rtpg_ Yes I know, I was talking about India, Israel, South Korea and Canada.

Dec 16, 2014

RT @lizzadwoskin: Even in hype-filled Silicon Valley, few technologies have been more hyped than Hadoop. Here's our take:…

Dec 16, 2014

Startup accelerators are a "worn-out fad," says @LynchBigData of Atlas Venture. @davemcclure fires back. Debate:

Dec 16, 2014

Added 4 countries and 8 companies to the crowded Billion Dollar Club. Now at 67 members.…

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