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Booting Up: Get Off the Couch and on the Road

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Ever wish you could play Mario Kart in real life? Guess you didn’t want it as much as these guys. [Wired]

Obama campaign staffer Ashley Arenson, who served as director of innovation and integration during the recent presidential election, has joined Soho Tech Labs in the role of general manager. [AllThingsD]

StumbleUpon is laying off 30 percent of its staff in a move to achieve profitability in the first quarter of this year. [TechCrunch]

A British government agency fined Playboy about $160,000 for failing to install adequate controls to prevent minors from accessing pornographic videos. Seems like a slap on the … wrist. [Ofcom]

Private equity firm Silver Lake Management is said to be close to lining up financing to take Dell private, with a deal possible as early as next week. [Bloomberg]

Stealth Mode

HuffPo Cofounder Ken Lerer’s Stealth Video Startup Has a Working Name: Planet Daily

Mr. Lerer (lererventures.com)

Do the guys over at Soho Tech Labs ever sleep? It would appear that the answer is no. Not only are they busy incubating social home exchange serviceĀ CasaHop, which soft launches this week, but they’re also working on a video news startup aimed at the “Jon Stewart set.” Today, RebelMouse CEO and ex-HuffPo CTO Paul Berry told Business Insider that the previously-unnamed video startup has been giving a working title: Planet Daily. Read More