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Last Week in Betabeat: The French Come East

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Too busy to check your daily Betabeat? Here are the highlights from last week, as selected by the editors.

REQUIRED READING: Flash Dance! Luxury Flash Sales Sites Regroup After Layoffs
Luxe deal sites start dieting

REQUIRED READING: French Startups Take Refuge in New York
Little Paris in New York

REQUIRED READING: We Read Facebook’s S-1 Filing So You Don’t Have To
It’s finally heeeereeeeeee!!!

SUPPLEMENTAL READING: $FB: Does Facebook’s Ticker Symbol Tell Us There It Will IPO?
What’s in a name?

VITAMINS:
-These Guys Built a Crowd Investing Platform Even Though It’s Not Legal Yet
-The Future of Second Market In a World Without Private Facebook Shares
-The Biggest Ticketing Startup You’ve Never Heard Of Raises $1.7 M.
-Manhattan President Trumpets Twitter, Tumblr; Announces Uptown Incubator
-Flickr Lays Off Highest Level of Customer Support

MILK AND COOKIES:
-Facebook Graffiti Artist May Be Worth $200 M, Is Pals With Porn Star Sasha Grey [VIDEO]
-Imaginary Headlines About Facebook’s IPO Filing
-Popular NYU-Stern Professor Offers His Classes For Free on Coureskit, 1,800 Sign Up
-Bad News for Knicks Fans: Manhattan District Attorney Just Knocked Out 16 Sports Streaming Sites
-Rumors & Acquisitions: Rushed Edition

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Last Week in Betabeat: Great Boyfriends

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REQUIRED READING: Elle Advice Column E. Jean Carroll Has a New Startup For All You Special Ladies
Love in the time of algorithms.

REQUIRED READING: Layoffs at Gilt Groupe Complete: 90 Emloyees Let Go, Gilt City Closes Offices in Six Markets

Layoffs included division’s president, chief revenue officer and senior director of sales.

VITAMINS:
-Facebook Preps to File Next Week, Entire IPO Ecosystem Jockeys for Position
-Is It Possible to Predict Pagviews 15 Minutes Into the Future? $1.7 M. for Visual Revenue Says Yes
-School’s In for Summer! General Assembly Opening Second Campus in June
-Timehop, Your Own Personal Way Back Machine, Lands $1.1 M.
-Nate Wesheimer Going Full Startup With Stealthy Picturelife

MILK AND COOKIES:
-Wander, the ‘Utterly Pointless Leaderboard’ and the Most Ridiculous Marketing Strategy Ever
-Wife of New York Senate Hopeful Marc Cenedella Is No Stranger to Blogging Controversy Herself
-Silk Road, Secret Website Where You Can Buy Drugs, Is Hiring
-We Live in the Future! Popsicle-Colored Phone Charging Stations Appearing in New York Bars
-Huh, Airbnb CEO Says Airbnb Hosts New York City Make ‘An Average’ of $21K

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Last Week in Betabeat: Meme Factory

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REQUIRED READING: Jonah Peretti’s Meme Streak
Making viral happen inside the factory at BuzzFeed.

REQUIRED READING: Union Square Ventures Leading Series B in Iowa-Based Dwolla for About $10 M.
“It’s a deal every VC was flying to Iowa or something to try to invest in.” -one New York investor

REQUIRED READING: Layoffs at Lot18: 15 Percent of Employees Were Just Let Go From Fast-Growing Luxury Discount Site
Trouble in wine country?
SUPPLEMENTAL READINGLayoffs Underway at Gilt Groupe Right Now: ‘General Atmosphere Is Terrifying’

REQUIRED READING: Megaupload Lawyer: Swizz Beatz Was ‘Negotiating to Become the CEO’
The hip hop producer is a surprising new figure in the anti-piracy wars.
SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Federal Prosecutors Shut Down File Sharing Site Megaupload for Piracy Violations
EXTRA CREDIT!Feds Bust Megaupload, So Anonymous Hacks the DOJ, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music Group

VITAMINS:
-PIPA Goes the Way of SOPA As Senators Rush to Distance Themselves
-The Industry That Cried Pirate: How Hollywood’s Hyperbole Backfired
-Investor in Kickstarter, the Company, Decries ‘Worst Project I’ve Funded’ on Kickstarter
-Hipster Men’s Fashion Site Bonobos Has Raised $8 M. of a $15 M. Equity Round
-Growing Pains! ZocDoc Customer Support Squeezed, Calls Going to Voicemail
-The Internet Needs Its Own Lobbyist: Kickstarter Clone Raising for Anti-SOPA Cause

MILK AND COOKIES:
-Scenes From the New York Anti-SOPA/PIPA Rally [PHOTOS]
-And Now for Something Completely Different! Color Debuts YouTube Spot for New Video-Based Color [VIDEO]
-What Is This Mysterious ‘Hacker Olympics’?
-Caught in the Webb: How the Myth of the Algorithm Fools the Market

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Last Week in Betabeat: Gilt Groupe’s Growth Slows

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REQUIRED READING: Layoffs and Restructuring at Gilt Groupe as New Verticals Fail to Deliver Growth
The mood among certain verticals is tense as employees worry about their future with a company.

REQUIRED READING: Bloomberg Announces New Software Engineering High School, Opening in the Fall
The proposed software academy answers some of the early criticisms of the applied sciences campus project.

SUPPLEMENTAL READINGCity Says Engineering High School Will Have 420 to 460 Students by 2015

EXTRA CREDIT!How the City Plans to Finance Its New Software Engineering High School

VITAMINS:
-Sen. Schumer’s Office Says He’s Still Carefully Considering PIPA, Retracts Dreaded ‘C-Word’
-Why Google’s New Social Search Features Will Make You Dumber
-Former HuffPo CTO Paul Berry Building New Startup and Incubator With Lerer Ventures
-TaskRabbit Acquires SkillSlate For an Undisclosed Sum
-GetGlue Raises $12 M. With All Existing Investors Participating
-ZocDoc Adds Former Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Tom Daschle (D-SD), Healthcare Heavyweights, as Advisors

MILK AND COOKIES:
-Man Whose iPhone Interrupted New York Philharmonic Hasn’t Slept in Two Days: ‘It’s Horrible, Horrible’
-Rumors & Acquisitions: When Embargoes Break
-Coursekit Taps The Hate With #EraseBlackBoard Campaign
-Is Airbnb Bothering the Neighbors?

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Last Week In Betabeat: Tablet Maestros!

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REQUIRED READING: Tablet for Two: The Brothers Mueller, Twin Maestros of the iPad, Will Make You See Double
They’re the toast of New York media. And yes, boys, they’re gay.

REQUIRED READING: DailyWorth, A DailyCandy For Money, Raises $2 M. From Joanne Wilson and Howard Lindzon

VITAMINS:
-More than 14,011* People Resolved to Learn Code This Year with Codecademy
-To Oblivion and Beyond. Wait No, Just Oblivion. $87 M. News Corp. Backed Startup Shuts Down Before Launch
-TechStars Contently Raises $2 M. From Groupon Investor Lightbank

MILK AND COOKIES:
-We Are All Aaron Cohen! Film About Aaron Cohens Written, Produced and Filmed By Aaron Cohens, Hits Kickstarter
-Kanye West Now Hiring “App Guys” and “Tech Guys” for New Company: DONDA
-BuzzFeed Scooped CNN Last Night
-Business Insider Pulls Self-Submit Contributor Program

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Last Week In Betabeat: Facebook’s Plan to Sell Timeline Data to Advertisers

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REQUIRED READING: Exclusive: Leaked Details of How Facebook Plans To Sell Your Timeline to Advertisers
The latest Facebook privacy debacle, from an insider CTO who got debriefed by Facebook.

REQUIRED READING: Safety School? As Stanford Says ‘See Ya!’ Bloomberg Hops in Bed with Big Red
How New York City got a better deal by going with the less prestigious choice.

VITAMINS:

-Hacker-Organizer Brandon Diamond Wins NYTM Board Seat with 126 Votes in Low-Turnout Election
-Take Two: Grouper Headed to Y Combinator
-New York-Based Tutorspree Snags $1 M. in Sequoia-Led Round

MILK AND COOKIES:

-The Definitive Gift Guide For Your Facebook Frenemies
-Wantrepreneurs Gift Guide 2011: What to Get Your Special Wannabe
-Nerve Personals, the Original Hipster Dating Site, Relaunches After Years of Bad Tech With a Human Proposition

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Last Week in Betabeat: Stanford Peaces Out

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REQUIRED READING: As Banks Start Nosing Around Facebook and Twitter, the Wrong Friends Might Just Sink Your Credit

Let’s take a trip with the Ghost of Christmas Future. The year is 2016, and George Bailey, a former banker, now a part-time consultant, is looking for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for a co-op in the super-hot neighborhood of Bedford Falls (BeFa).

REQUIRED READING: Stanford Pulls Bid for New York Tech Campus
It appears Stanford’s decision took both the city and the other contending schools by surprise.

SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Hours After Stanford Drops Out, Cornell Announces $350 M. Donation For Tech Campus

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch Finale: Olapic, Dibsie and Markover Compete For The Big Prize
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:
-Bye-Bye to the Billable Hour? Rash of Legal Startups Offer a Dot JD
-Pay-to-Pitch Comes Creeping Back: How Much Is Too Much?
-Exclusive: Jake Lodwick Raises $1-2 M. To Build Elepath, a Software Studio

MILK AND COOKIES:
-The Real Startup Dogs of Silicon Alley
-Hashable Pivot is Not A Pivot, Just a Supposedly Massive, Game-Changing ‘Better Product’ of an Update
-In Which Eben Moglen Like, Legit Yells at Me for Having Facebook

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Last Week in Betabeat: City Did Not Sweeten the Deal for Facebook

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Trying something new this week. Let us know which you prefer: the top five stories of the week? Or the top 10?

Mayor Bloomberg’s Office: Facebook Did Not Receive Any Incentives to Open an Engineering Office in NYC
Facebook’s decision was so glaringly aligned with the city’s digital aspirations that it was hard not to wonder if New York had tried to sweeten the deal.

Scott Kurnit’s AdKeeper Pivots to Keep.com, Where Users ‘Follow Brands’ [UPDATED]
The $100 million valuation startup will be launching at Keep.com with “a unique offering that serves the AdKeeper mission in new and exciting ways.”

The Pitch: Salido, a Point of Sales Service (Plus ‘Props’)!
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

Electioneering at New York Tech Meetup
At New Work City Monday night, 15 candidates gave their vision of what should change about the largest meetup in New York, which last year incorporated as a nonprofit 501c(6), giving it the power to lobby government, among other things.

Passing The Torch: TechStars Moving into Foursquare’s Old OfficeThe long time home of foursquare will now be the new office for TechStars New York, helping to incubate the next generation of Silicon Alley startups.

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Last Week in Betabeat: Return of the Silicon Valley Diaspora

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REQUIRED READING: Return of the Diaspora: After a Taste of the Valley, New York Techies are Coming Home
All work and no play makes Jack a dull startup.

REQUIRED READING: Brother, Can You Spare Some Time? Zaarly, TaskRabbit and the Rise of the Convenience Economy
It’s easy to see why democratizing the personal assistant might do well in New York, a city largely unburdened by hang-ups about, say, paying $20 to avoid wasting time in a Laundromat, even when one’s budget barely permits it.

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode Eight: Dibsie – Browsing for a Big Idea
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:
-MTA to Says ‘Bring It On’ to Investigation Over Sweetheart Deal for Apple in Grand Central
-The Daily Muse, Riding Big Growth, Preps For Y Combinator
-Hip Hop Don’t Stop: Rap Genius Aims To Explain…Everything
-General Assembly Demo Night For General Assembly Companies, Including General Assembly!

MILK AND COOKIES:
-The Great Coffee Shop Boycott
-Rumors & Acquisitions: Fear of Facebook
-Betabeat’s Guide to the New York Tech Holiday Party Circuit

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Last Week in Betabeat: Founder Depression, eBay Buys Chris Dixon and the Goverment Spends $200K. on a Sucky App

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REQUIRED READING: U CAN’T HAZ SADZ: The Hushed Dangers of Startup Depression
“In the startup community, there’s a real stigma to depression. Every time someone comes around and asks ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ you’re always like ‘Best day ever, man! Killing it! We’re crushing it!’ You have to do that.”

REQUIRED READING: New Frontiers for Government Waste: The $200K. Mobile App
“Pardon my French, but I really cannot stress how bad this application is. Firstly, it isn’t actually capable of the function it is supposed to do.

REQUIRED VIEWING: The Pitch, Episode 7: Yumety, a Social Network for Your Dreams
We sifted through hundreds of eager startups to find some of New York’s top prospects to pitch Lerer Ventures. Watch Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper talk about them after they’ve left the room.

VITAMINS:

-First Interview: Chris Dixon Talks eBay’s Purchase of Hunch
-Technical Difficulties! Virgin America Borked After Switch to New Reservation System
-Did Turntable.fm’s Traffic Fly South for the Winter or Forever?

MILK AND COOKIES:

-Caught in the Webb: Let’s Not Party Like It’s 1999
-New Samsung Commercial Mocks Urban Apple Fan Boys, Baristas [VIDEO]

RECYCLED:

-As Apple Cracks Down, White iPhone Kid Hopes to Go It Alone (May 27, 2011)

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