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Caveat emptor: Why the current VC/Media marriage may be bad for journalism

For years, all of us in digital media bemoaned the fact that you couldn’t raise money from VCs for the endeavor. Now, all of a sudden, there is a kindling of interest in media companies among VCs—far too little yet to be called a frenzy or a bubble, but far more than we have seen in years.

A blind driver test-drives Google's self-driving car

What to do when our laws can’t keep up with our innovation

A 63-year old Vietnam veteran who was rendered completely disabled during service to his country was able to travel again because of a custom-made mobile-assistive device. But in October 2009, as he traveled from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 450-pound device was damaged in the cargo hold of the plane. As a result, the vet was bedridden for more than nine months. The airline accepted responsibility for the damage but offered a tiny settlement — just to repair the device. It argued argued that his device was like an automobile or a wheelchair, so the airline’s only liability was to repair the device.

Meet the one OMGPOP employee who turned down a new job at Zynga

In the torrent of coverage about Zynga’s purchase of OMGPOP last week, most of the focus was on the price, eventually revealed to be $180 million. Most outlets also reported that all OMGPOP’s developers were headed to Zynga, but it turns out there was one, very vocal holdout from the bunch.

Book excerpt: “I.D.E.A. To Exit: An Entrepreneurial Journey”

(Editor’s note: In this excerpt from the book “I.D.E.A. To Exit: An Entrepreneurial Journey”, author Jeffrey Weber (who founded Technology Resource Center, Inc., eventually selling it in 2006 to a Fortune 100 listed firm) discusses the role honesty and ethics play in your business.)

Zynga’s Mark Pincus: The ethical founder?

The social era of computing has produced three multi-billion dollar companies: Facebook, Twitter and Zynga. As light is increasingly shed on the formation myths of Facebook and Twitter, a lot of new information casts doubt on the ethics and motivations of their respective founders. It is ironic that Zynga has had no such drama, since the company’s founder Mark Pincus has been lambasted for being unethical due to what TechCrunch dubbed “ScamVille”.

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(Editor’s note: Marty Abbott and Michael Fisher are partners with AKF Partners and have recently published The Art of Scalability. They submitted this story to VentureBeat.)