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    1. A Parliament of Night-Owl Entrepreneurs

      Who needs sleep when there are start-ups to launch? Between endless e-mail conversations and talkative co-workers, getting actual work done during the day isn't always an easy proposition. The New York Times has an interesting article about a group of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and software developers who have come up with a nocturnal solution to that problem. Calling themselves the New York Nightowls, this group of roughly 30 techies meets every Tuesday night from 10 p.m. until about 4 a.m. to to work on pet projects and side ventures that they normally don't have the time to focus on during the traditional workday. As one of the group's co-founders explains, "It's six hours of uninterrupted, productive time where you're surrounded by other creative people doing awesome things." The concept of late-night work sessions seems to a perfect fit for New York, it is the ...
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    2. The Internet Never Forgets

      The Web of regret. Memory in the age of omnipresent Internet is the subject of The New York Times Magazine's cover story this week, which highlights some fascinating (or disturbing, depending on which side of the equation you fall into) statistics. One: 75 percent of recruiters and HR professionals research candidates online - from blogs to Twitter to last night's photos on Facebook. And 70 percent say they've rejected candidates due to findings. The story cites a British gal fired from her office job for posting on Facebook: "I'm so totally bored!"? And remember the 25-year-old teacher denied a degree (and, ostensibly, a job) due to an MySpace photo of her posing as a "drunken pirate?" A federal district judge rejected the teacher's claim that the university had violated her First Amendment rights. The Times's take-away? "It's often said that we live in a ...
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    3. The Old Spice Video Phenomenon

      Behind the scenes of the Old Spice viral videos. If you haven't seen Old Spice's incredibly successful (and hilarious) attempt to translate its TV campaign into an Internet phenomenon, expect a forward from your co-worker, cousin, or junior high prom date any minute now. Advertising firm Wieden + Kennedy took Isaiah Mustafa, the manly, shirtless baritone from the absurdist Old Spice TV ads and had him respond to queries on Twitter with personalized, funny 30-second spots. When you watch them, the first question that comes to mind is how exactly they're churning them out so fast--and what kind of Internet genius is writing the copy. Along with a bunch of regular Twitter users, Kevin Rose, Guy Kawasaki, Demi Moore, and Alyssa Milano already got their own video personalized spots in real time. Fast Company's Mark Borden spoke with Wieden's global interactive creative director Iaian Tait about ...
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    4. Google's Play on Gaming

      Google's secret social-gaming investment. Tech Crunch reports that Google quietly invested somewhere between $100 million and $200 million in Zynga, the social gaming giant that is projected to earn $350 million in revenue for the first half of 2010. Sources tell Tech Crunch that Zynga will be the cornerstone of Google Games, to launch later this year. "Not only will Zynga's games give Google Games a solid base of social games to build on, but it will also give Google the beginning of a true social graph as users log into Google to play the games," the post says. Zynga has now raised around $500 million in venture capital during the past year alone. How to survive the early years. With a popular iPhone app and loyal Web traffic, online-music service Pandora is thriving. But back when it launched in March 2000, amidst the bursting dot-com bubble, things ...
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    5. A New Gig for Larry King

      From CNN host to bagel pitchman. Fresh off his announcement that he will be retiring from his long-running CNN talk show, Larry King has already moved on to his new career. King has signed up with Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., a Delray Beach, Florida-based bagel eatery to serve as the company's pitchman and help to develop franchises in the Southern California region. Hawking bagels may seem below the famous talk-show host, but these aren't just ordinary bagels. According to the company, they have developed a "14-stage patented water technology that creates Brooklynized water, allowing franchises to produce a distinctive Brooklyn bagel anywhere in the world." In a press release, the Brooklyn-born King said of the bagels, "One bite and I was back in Brooklyn." Why entrepreneurs are ditching blogging. Sam Lessin, CEO of Brooklyn-based media start-up Drop.io, is just the latest in a growing line of entrepreneurs ...
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    6. The Start-Up Economy

      Early this year, an op-ed column by Thomas L. Friedman in The New York Times caught our eye. Titled "More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs," it was a call to action. Barack Obama, Friedman wrote, "should make the centerpiece of his presidency mobilizing a million new start-up companies that won't just give us temporary highway jobs, but lasting good jobs that keep America on the cutting edge." We couldn't agree more. For 30 years, Inc. has been covering how entrepreneurs form companies, how they operate them, and what separates the most successful of them from the rest. In every issue, we publish stories that speak to the interests of our readers, the founders and principals of entrepreneurial companies. Friedman's column struck us as an opportunity to step out of our usual way of doing things and report on the importance of entrepreneurship from a larger economic perspective ...
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