Y Combinator’s Paul Graham asks firms to take the patent pledge. The idea? Huge firms shouldn’t use patents to bully small startups. “The patent pledge is in impact a narrower however open supply ‘Don’t be evil,” writes the enterprise capitalist.
Amazon.com says it should open new distribution amenities and bring 7,000 jobs to California if the state overturns its on-line gross sales tax assortment legislation, one thing that TheStreet claims quantities to a “bribe.”
The Zino Society has launched the names of the 25 firms that can current 5-minute pitches at its Zino Zillionaire Investment Forum on September thirteenth. Among the many firms on the agenda are: 9Slides, bLoyal, Scayl, Bizmote, Bundled.com, PetHub, Geedra and Puralytics. Corporations compete for $150,000 in startup money.
IncrediMail has accomplished its acquisition of Smilebox, the Redmond-based digital greeting card service. Israel-based IncrediMail is paying up to $40 million for Smilebox, which also announced today its first picture sharing iPhone app.
Pirq, the cellular software that’s providing coupons at Seattle space eating places, gets featured on Q13 with CEO James Solar explaining how the upstart is completely different as a result of its offers are instantaneous. Extra on Pirq rom this GeekWire profile.
The Home windows Cellphone Market has topped 30,000 apps, with 47 % of them out there without spending a dime, based on Windows Phone App List. Right here’s the expansion chart because the cellular platform was launched:
Concur CEO Steve Singh as we speak is unveiling a brand new providing known as Concurforce, a journey and expense administration service constructed on prime of the Salesforce.com platform Force.com. The corporate says it’s designed to “assist the heaviest of enterprise vacationers and expense report filers save time, be extra productive and keep higher linked with colleagues.”
SEC submitting watch. Jenu Biosciences, an ultrasound startup led by former enterprise capitalist Wayne Wager, has raised $500,000. Pete Higgins and Mike Slade of Second Avenue Companions are listed as administrators.
Steve Lohr of The New York Instances asks whether consumers will profit if T-Cellular USA stays a standalone firm. One skilled isn’t so certain: “If the AT&T merger with T-Cellular fails, it should shuffle the items nonetheless extra,” says Kevin Werbach, a professor on the College of Pennsylvania.
Bayer HealthCare formally announced its acquisition as we speak of Pathway Medical Applied sciences, whose gadgets assist medical doctors take away blood clots in legs. Xconomy had the scoop on the deal final month, noting that Bayer HealthCare’s Medrad unit paid $125 million for the Kirkland medical machine maker.
Enjoyable stuff. Super Mario cruises the Alaskan Means Viaduct.
Headline of the day half I comes by way of The Telegraph: “Sex claims and ‘the wild ways’ of Microsoft bosses.”
Headline of the day half II comes by way of Peter Kafka at All Issues D: “Dear Amazon: Somebody Wants to Buy a Brazilian Honey Wax. But Not Me.”