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Jack Smith IV

Jack is a reporter covering tech business in NYC, Silicon Alley founders and funding, trends in tech innovation and venture capital investment.
Reddit

Reddit is Taking Down Accounts That Publish the Sony Hacks

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Remember when it took nearly a week for Reddit to decide it was time to stop people from sharing stolen photos of nude celebrities? When it comes to corporate secrets, they’re much faster to act.

Reddit confirmed to Business Insider last night that they’ve complied with takedown requests from Sony. The emails went out to Reddit along with a number of news organizations threatening legal action if they continued to publish the leaked information. Read More

Pirates Inc

Pirate Bay Crew: When We Come Back, ‘It’ll Be With a Bang’

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Last week, Swedish Police raided and took down the Pirate Bay and the torrenting community briefly scattered to the wind. Finally, we’ve heard word from a representative of the Pirate Bay crew, who said in cryptic, veiled terms the team is currently plotting their next move.

A representative from Pirate Bay who calls himself Mr. 10100100000 got in touch with TorrentFreak, the leading news outlet on filesharing and piracy, through an encrypted channel. Mr. 10100100000 claims to be one in a network of a few dozen contributors who have kept the torrent tracker going while the founders have gone on to become jailed or apathetic. Read More

Better Advertising Bureau

Imgur’s Next Plan Is to Make Their Site the Magazine of the Future

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Imgur’s come a long way from being the pet project of a redditor to being a massively lucrative company of over a dozen employees. But now that they’ve got a titanic VC from Andreessen Horowitz, those first five years are starting to look like a quiet first act.

In order to fill those $40 million boots, they’re building out a new advertising arm of their business. They’ve put up half a dozen listings for sales directors and creative strategists, and they’ve brought on Steve Patrizi, who recently took on native ads for LinkedIn and Pinterest, as the new VP of Market Development. Read More

Crowd Power

‘Serial’-Inspired Vigilante App Will Help the Internet Investigate Unsolved Crimes

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If the idea of a mob of Internet people getting together to fight crime and find the answers to unsolved murder mysteries makes you nervous, you’re going to want to take a seat for what’s coming next.

CrowdSolve is a new Indiegogo campaign to build an app for online crowds of citizen investigators. Inspired by the podcast Serial, the platform would allow users to collect public documents and crack the case where real investigators have allegedly botched the job. Read More

Rise of the Drones

‘Game of Drones': The Sports League That Could Become the NFL of Drone Fighting

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2014 was the year that drones found their way into the mainstream as tools for photographers, police officers and even badly-behaved brands. So what’s next on the horizon for drones?

Making them fight.

Game of Drones founder Marque Cornblatt, a robot builder and creator of the Aerial Sports League, bills his company as the “bad boys” of the drone biz. He believes that not only are drones going to be everywhere soon, but that his company is going to be the premier label for drone sports, drone television, drone combat and all other drone media. Read More

uber it

Uber Fired 15 People in Email Using Comic Sans

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There are many unkind ways to end a working relationship, but leave it to Uber to show a true flourish of cruelty.

Uber cleaned out half of its Chicago-based support staff on Friday. In emails obtained by the Daily Dot, the employees were terminated by a representative of ZeroChaos, the third-party HR firm that managed the contractors. The emails were written in, of all things, Comic Sans—the world’s most reviled and visually offensive font. Read More