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BuyReply Raises $1 Million From Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures & Others For An SMS, Email & Twitter-Based E-Commerce Solutionview story

http://techcrunch.com – BuyReply, a company that has developed a new platform for e-commerce that allows consumers to purchase items from offline medium, such as TV, print, newspapers and more using email, SMS, or Twitter, has raised $1 million in seed funding, from Peter Thiel’s international fund Valar Ventures, along with Square Peg Ventures (Paul Bassat, founder of SEEK), Adrian MacKenzie, and others. Based in (IT news)

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Bringing Down The Mexican Mafia: How Hackers Stopped A $9.3 Million Fraudview story

http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Maria Rocio Paniagua currently works at Flit, a PR firm that helps products, projects and events launch in Mexico. (IT news)

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What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Gamesview story

http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. There’s a reason why games and organized crime have often gone hand in hand. (IT news)

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Schmap Takes A Deeper Dive Into Twitter Audience Data With Demographics Proview story

http://techcrunch.com – Schmap already helped advertisers and other companies understand their Twitter followers through its Know Your Followers product, but today it launched a new, upgraded service called Demographics Pro — CEO Paul Hallett described the concept as “Nielsen for Twitter.” Nielsen does its own social media analysis, and it announced a partnership with Twitter last fall, but that was focused o (IT news)

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Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?view story

http://techcrunch.com – Editor’s note: Jon Auerbach is a partner at Charles River Ventures, a 42-year-old, early-stage venture firm based in Menlo Park and Cambridge, Mass., where he focuses on mobile technologies. Follow him on Twitter @jgauerbach. Research over the past two decades has identified a strong link between hours of practice and expertise in sports, chess and the performing arts. (IT news)

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VineTune, An Ever-Changing Music Video Made Up Of 6-Second Vinesview story

http://techcrunch.com – From the moment it launched under Twitter’s watchful wing, marketers and the media have considered Vine a new frontier for advertisers. User-generated content is all the rage in marketing, and social media is finally old enough for even traditional ad agencies to have it figured out. (IT news)

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Google's New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlifeview story

http://techcrunch.com – What will happen to your Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ accounts after you die? That’s probably not something you really want to think about, but as more and more of our data now lives online, that’s sadly a question that comes up with some regularity. (IT news)

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Java Applet Attack Wipes Out Bitcoin Accounts On Mt. Goxview story

http://techcrunch.com – The price of freedom, as they say, is eternal vigilance. A user called bitbully on the Bitcointalk Forums found himself 34 bitcoins poorer when he visited a site claiming to be a chat service connected with Mt. Gox, a popular bitcoin trading service. (IT news)

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Links Shared Through Twitter Are Broken, But The Rest Of Twitter Is Working Fine (Update: Just Kidding)view story

http://techcrunch.com – It appears that Twitter is experiencing some performance pains this morning, as links that appear within tweets seem to be automatically borked. (IT news)

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Andreessen Horowitz Adds To Its Powerhouse Of Talent, Names Enterprise Tech Veteran Ken Coleman As Special Advisorview story

http://techcrunch.com – VC firm Andreessen Horowitz is announcing another major win for its powerhouse of talent—— Ken Coleman, enterprise tech veteran, is joining the firm as a Special Advisor. Coleman is a Silicon Valley pioneer and former chairman/CEO of ITM Software, and a trusted mentor to countless IT companies and entrepreneurs, including the firm’s founder Ben Horowitz. (IT news)