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Get ready for an onslaught of Pokemon Go clones -- and maybe even a revival of location-based social networking, say developers
Players connect in hunt for virtual monsters, despite game’s lack of social features
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They should make a game with 2 teams where people can submit points of interest. Then teams could battle over control of those points, link them together, take over territory. Give it a cool back story about aliens and AI. Hold gigantic meet-ups... oh wait... Ingress. Nevermind.
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What Brexit means for tech startups: Thinning the ranks of unicorns, a bunch of companies will die rather than get their A and B rounds, but the overall ecosystem could come out stronger and there may actually be more, not less innovation.
Increased uncertainty is about to infect investing in technology—and that means a tougher fundraising environment. Luckily, history shows great companies are built during periods of contracting investment.
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Why there are drones in your company's future, even if you can't imagine a role for them now http://www.wsj.com/articles/drones-have-a-role-in-your-companys-future-1467000061?mod=LS1
New FAA rules preclude package delivery by unmanned aircraft, but set stage for explosion in other business uses
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This week's column:

Stop Asking Apple to Innovate http://on.wsj.com/1VU5ivf
Apple has always had a talent for perfecting the work of others. And now, it has market-defining scale. Its best hope for growth might lie in exploiting those two assets rather than pure innovation.
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I think last week's Facebook bias story (which has become this week's Facebook bias story, with CEO Zuckerberg meeting with Glenn Beck et al.) was hugely overblown.

After talking to people who actually study the measurable effects of Facebook's (and Google's) algorithms, I thought that

a) The question of whether there is bias in Facebook's "Trending" stories box is a non-story

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b) The "clever" take on this -- that the "real bias" is in Facebook's news feed -- is in fact a data-free example of confirmation bias, and that when placed in proper historical context, Facebook may actually be doing a better job of informing us than its antecedents in the media

BUT this does not mean we should not be concerned about the way online distribution of news both shapes it and potentially insulates us from viewpoints different from our own.
Focus should be on service’s news feed, rather than its trending topics
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The go-go days of easy money for tech startups are over -- look for more high-profile flameouts in the next 6 months http://www.wsj.com/articles/this-tech-bubble-is-bursting-1462161662

And, for those of you who aren't subscribers, you can now buy my articles one at a time, through Blendle.

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Startup investment is cooling. Valuations are falling. But many investors and entrepreneurs haven’t yet grasped the reality that there is a correction in the offing, writes Christopher Mims.
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"Writing is like prostitution: first you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, then you do it for money." - Moliere

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This was a hard one to write.
I am a big believer in Musk's ultimate vision of decarbonizing our energy system. But even those who believe that this is the right direction for humanity aren't convinced his proposed tie up of SolarCity and Tesla is the right deal at the right time.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk should consider whether some of his ambitions have grown so outsize that they are risky not only for his companies but for the investors and customers along for the ride, writes Christopher Mims.
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Are Amazon Dash buttons a good deal for brands? They cost them $15 per button sold + extra commission
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Amazon this week plans to announce it is adding dozens of new brands to its Dash buttons feature that enables shoppers to order consumer items by pressing a button. .
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Like self driving cars? Hope you love the suburbs, because they're going to drive even more sprawl.
Research suggests advances in transportation technology contribute to bigger and more sprawling cities
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"Get Unicorned or die trying" is the headline someone wrote for this on Twitter and it's appropriate.

This week's column -- on how venture capital is the wrong fit for some companies, and might even do them harm.
The cultural dominance of venture capital and hypergrowth for startups is provoking a backlash in tech, with some VCs and founders working on a more “organic” way to grow new businesses, says Keywords columnist Christopher Mims.
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This week's column:

How to (really) make America great again: Transform it through the lessons of Google and other tech companies

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Estonia offers an example of the kind of innovation possible around government services, a competitive factor for modern nations, writes Keywords columnist Christopher Mims.
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Big brands are dying out as startups intro ever more consumer goods. The unexpected driver: Facebook.
Facebook’s power as an advertising engine is felt in niche personalized marketing
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Formerly: freelance journalist and occasional editor at outlets including Scientific American, Smithsonian, Popular Science, BBC, The Atlantic, Grist, Slate, Nature, Technology Review, WIRED, others.
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