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Uber’s asian competitors consolidate under SoftBank

As Uber comes under fire both at home and abroad, Alibaba’s largest investor SoftBank has invested $250 million taxi app GrabTaxi, adding the Southeast Asian front runner to its investment family that already includes both China and India’s strongest taxi app competitors.

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Google’s new ad strategy could delay a bunch of tech IPOs

There’s the experience of Rocket Fuel, an ad network that went public in September 2013 . Months later, it was the subject of class action lawsuits, alleging the stock fell after it failed to disclose that many of its ads were being clicked by fraudulent botnets.

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Bitcoin moves from hype to disappointment, and on to real utility

Even many sophisticated early tech adopters are scratching their heads unless they have a really compelling personal reason to start adopting Bitcoin. Still, I believe that Bitcoin is going to be one of the most dynamic areas in tech over the coming five years.

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All hail email, the anti-collaboration tool

We may be abandoning Gmail for chats on Facebook Messenger (500 million monthly users) and WhatsApp (600 million monthly users), but for most of us, email remains the mainstay of our working lives — and it’s a mainstay we hate.

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Meet the best poker players in Silicon Valley

“In general, great businessmen are great poker players. There’s a reason these guys made so much money in the real world. Those skills translate to poker,” Phil Hellmuth says.

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Sorry, Taylor: Spotify is going to be part of the Billboard charts

Billboard and partner Nielsen SoundScan will soon start counting streaming services like Spotify and Beats Music in its signature ranking, the Billboard 200, reports The New York Times’ Ben Sisario.

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5 founder-friendly financing terms that give power to entrepreneurs

For many startups, the hot venture-capital and exit markets mean an increase in deal leverage when negotiating with venture investors. As a result, founder-favorable terms are increasingly a part of formation and financing documents where they wouldn’t have been just a year or two ago.

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International payments services are flocking to China

More than a few international payments services recently said China had become one of their biggest markets, as an increasing number of Chinese Internet/mobile companies are actively expanding overseas.

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Too much transparency will not kill you

There is no greater motivation for founders than to be in a glass house, accountable not only in front of investors and teammates, but in front of the whole world.

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5 things powerful people never say at work

Powerful people understand that their words carry a lot of weight — so they tend to choose them very carefully at work, and speak in a “healthy way, combining the right blend of confidence and humility,” explains Chris Deaver, an HR business partner at The Walt Disney Company.