Liz Gannes

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Kickstarter Donors Pledged Nearly $100M Last Year

Kickstarter donors pledged $99,344,382 in 2011 to the site’s user-proposed gadgets, movies, games and other projects. Not all that money was actually spent; 46 percent of the year’s Kickstarter projects got the amount they were seeking, which Kickstarter requires before any money is transferred. True crowdfunding — where average investors would get equity in return for their investment — isn’t legal yet, but it’s getting closer.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik