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The long Cocky-gate nightmare is over

I’ve been wanting to write about Cocky-gate for some time now but the story – a row between self-published authors that degenerated into ridiculousness – seems finally over and perha

Reports of institutional crypto desks have been greatly exaggerated

Todays news that Goldman Sachs is opening a Bitcoin trading desk is good news for the crypto economy as a whole. But is it a real shift in perception for crypto at big institutions? Not likely, said D

Mobile money-saving app Qapital raises $30 million to spend on growth

Qapital, one of a slew of mobile applications trying to make it easier for users to save money (and spend it more wisely), has raised $30 million in fresh financing as it expands beyond savings to off

Patterns, Predictability, and the Rise of Donald Trump 

Tom Goodwin Contributor Share on Twitter Tom Goodwin is EVP, head of innovation at Zenith Media and the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast. More posts b

New federal rules blamed in disappearance of Kindle erotica titles

The upcoming Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, in addition to making Microsoft move to reduce obscenity on its platform, has hit erotica authors on Amazon. After many authors saw their rankings stripp

Tinkerer Jonathan Zufi talks about design and Escape From New York

This week on Technotopia I talked to Jonathan Zufi, creator of the LifeClock One, a replica of the watch worn by Snake Pliskin in Escape From New York. Zufi loves design and his insight on what makes

Pronoun, an ebook service for writers, shuts down

Pronoun, a self-publishing service for authors, is shutting down after promising free ebook distribution for authors. The company, which raised millions in funding and ended up being sold to Macmillan

Crunch Report | Snap Trips and Falls on Wall Street

Snap has a pretty rough day with its first earnings report, Didi Chuxing gets a big $5 billion investment from SoftBank and the author of "Cracking the Coding Interview" comes into the studio to chall

The Art of the Pitch

Vitaly M. Golomb leads global investments at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup and is the author of Accelerated Startup, a book about ramping up your

As “Paying The Writer” Gets Easier, Whither Bookstores?

There has been a bit of fussiness in publishing over the past few weeks regarding the rise of used bookstores as cultural centers/ways to screw writers. While many are coming down on the side of &#822

Google Photos Introduces “Rediscover This Day” To Help You Reminisce

Google Photos wants to be home to all of your photos (and videos). Whether you have a thumb drive, CD, DVD or undeveloped film laying around, the team wants you to consider uploading them to the servi

Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

If you haven’t been following the Indie writing market I don’t blame you. It’s pretty crazy right now. After Amazon decided to tweak the royalties payouts to reflect how much readers

An Interview With Nathaniel Popper, Author Of Digital Gold

If you’ve been reading the site lately you’ll notice we’ve gone Digital Gold-crazy. First we started with an amazing excerpt outlining the story of 21.com. Then we posted a review an

With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry little Gutenbergs, slinging their wares fr

The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-squ

Nestdrop Goes Back To Delivering Weed, Adding 9 Locations Along The West Coast

Edtech Tool RefME Bags $5M To Take The Tedium Out Of Referencing

The copy-and-paste generation has another tedium-busting digital tool in its arsenal: RefME is a book-barcode scanning app that speeds up the task of creating, formatting and managing citations, refer

Derek Jeter, Budding Media Mogul, On Launching The Players’ Tribune

As his new company, The Players' Tribune, plots its course toward dominance in the sports media market after its official launch on Tuesday, Derek Jeter gives us his thoughts on his company and the t

Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads

Chances are that you installed an ad blocking extension to skip YouTube’s pre-roll video ads. But now, many media companies suffer from these ad blockers and have no choice but to switch to a fr

Keen On… Jaron Lanier: Why Entrepreneurs Need To Make Their Customers Wealthy

In his <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/books/who-owns-the-future-by-jaron-lanier.html?hpw">acclaimed</a> new book, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Who-Owns-Fu
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