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Booting Up: Talent Agents Come to Silicon Valley to Say Show Me the Money

$$$! (Photo: CashCats.biz)

The personal computer business ain’t what it used to be, and Windows 8 might be hurting sales by simply confusing customers. [Wall Street Journal]

Yesterday, in an op-ed, Mark Zuckerberg announced the formation of FWD.us, an immigration reform advocacy group. In the piece, he also revealed that he teaches entrepreneurship at a local after-school program.  Wonder what he told ‘em about booted cofounders? [Washington Post]

It seems Silicon Valley is a little confused about its coordinates in California, because there’s now an agency devoted to representing software developers. [Businessweek]

“Explorer Edition” models of Google Glass will ship to developers within the next month. Get ready to see so many more randos sporting future specs! [TechCrunch]

Matthew Keys’ arraignment in the Anonymous case has been delayed until late April. [Huffington Post]

On the Town

Microsoft Badly Wants to Rock Your Face off With Its New Times Square Store

The store in all her glory. (Photo: Joe Zaga on Instagram)

Does employee training at Microsoft now just consist of watching CEO Steve Ballmer flipping his shit on loop? After attending the opening of the company’s new store in Times Square, we can’t help but wonder.

Microsoft is opening 34 temporary stores in preparation for the holidays, and this was the first. The popup was well-executed, but it seemed a little small for Times Square’s massive foot traffic. Inside we found a crowd heavy on photographers, store staffers and dudes in sharp suits–as well as lots of very excited people buying Surface tablets. (Not that they could walk out with them. Nothing could leave the premises until midnight, so early buyers had to come back.) Read More

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Booting Up: ‘Difficult’ Jack Dorsey Edition

Oh goodie, it's Monday. (Photo: Cat Food Breath)

Microsoft “accidentally” sent a DMCA takedown notice to Google, asking them to remove pages from TechCrunch, the BBC, Wikipedia and the U.S. Government. Psst… no one cares that much about Windows 8. [TorrentFreak]

Companies are using patents to stifle innovation and the Times is ON IT. [New York Times]

Is EBay staging a pivot? [TechCrunch]

Whoa, you can raise money for a company without Kickstarter? Mind blown. [TechCrunch]

Jack Dorsey apparently got pushed to a backseat role at Twitter because he’s “difficult” to work with. [SiliconBeat]

Speaking of Twitter, who knew CEO Dick Costolo used to be a standup comedian? [New York Times]

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Booting Up: Did New York Tech Just Get a Billion Dollar Exit?

Artist's rendering of the Indeed.com office right now. (Photo: CashCats.biz)

Somebody’s ready to make it rain in Stamford: Indeed.com has been acquired by the Japanese company Recruit Co. Ltd., for a price reportedly in the $750 million to $1 billion range. [Business Insider]

The California bill allowing driverless cars on the road has now been signed. [New York Times]

Total Google Play downloads thus far: 25 billion. In celebration, all kinds of goodies are available for download at 25 cents a pop. [The Verge]

Apparently the CEO of Intel doesn’t think Windows 8 is fully baked. [Bloomberg]

Even literal rocket scientists can’t keep their passwords safe. [Ars Technica]