Forget Trendy Coffee Beans — Now Seaweed Innovation Gets Techie Money

As they say in Silicon Valley: Move fast and break things — though, in this case, not the chips.
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As Starbucks Chief Howard Schultz Departs Square’s Board, Former Goldman Sachs CFO Joins

The departure and the new addition each raise their own set of questions.
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News Byte

Hearsay Social Raises $30M More to Help Companies Sell Socially

Social sales company Hearsay Social has gotten a $30 million vote of confidence led by its existing investors, Sequoia Capital and NEA. With customers in fields such as financial services and insurance, whose salespeople use the platform to connect with their own customers on social media, the San Francisco-based company has now raised $51 million over the past four years. Hearsay Social is led by CEO Clara Shih, who is also on the board of Starbucks.

How the Attack on NY Times and Twitter Domains Could Have Been Worse

Look at all these unlocked domain names.
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Voices

Mobile Fourth Wave: The Evolution of the Next Trillion Dollars

Over-the-top and digital services will end up being a multi-trillion-dollar market in a matter of a decade
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ATD Week in Review: Microsoft Partner Woes and Samsung’s Steroid Specs

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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News Byte

Starbucks Ditches AT&T Wi-Fi for Google

The 7,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. — which already have better and more reliable Wi-Fi than a lot of other places you can walk in and park yourself with a computer — will soon have Wi-Fi that’s up to 10 times faster than before, courtesy of new provider Google. T-Mobile was Starbucks’ original Wi-Fi provider (but it wasn’t free), and AT&T had been the exclusive provider since 2008.

Starbucks Ups the Stakes in Battle Over Wireless Charging

In expanding its test, Starbucks is bringing wireless charging to more customers — and also potentially shifting the balance of power in an ongoing standards battle.
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Voices

What Are Friends For? (Comic)

Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site.
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Notes From a n00b at E3: A Sensory Overload of Fun and Games (But Mostly Just Games)

Sound and fury, signifying something to the people this expo is really for: The gamer faithful.
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