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Freshplum Launches Helium, a Small-Biz Online Shopping Cart

Sales analytics company Freshplum launched Helium on Thursday morning — it’s an online integrated shopping cart that helps small businesses collect customer payments from their Web stores. Freshplum is the start-up brainchild of Sam Odio, a former Facebook employee who left the company in 2011 to join Y Combinator and cultivate his idea for an e-commerce company. The new product is backed by payments platform Stripe, and is rolling out to limited partners now.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald