In Wake of Delivery Delays, Amazon Offers Gift Cards to Customers

Better late than never?

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RapGenius and Google: Tales in Growth Hacking Gone Wrong

A startup gets in hot water with Google’s search team. Was it a misstep, or did it just get caught doing what other companies are doing?

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Twitter Stock Has a Very Merry Christmas

Shares of Twitter jumped another 2.5 percent upon opening on Thursday morning, trading at $71.65 per share — yet another all-time high for the newly public company. In a little over a month of its trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the stock has soared to gains of more than 200 percent of its debut price of $26 per share.

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Freshdesk Nabs $7 Million Series C

Customer support startup Freshdesk announced on Thursday it had raised $7 million in a Series C round of venture funding. Existing investors Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management participated in the round. Freshdesk has raised $13 million in venture funding since its launch in mid-2011.

Tweets Are the New Black: NYT Reporter’s Twitter Book to Be Made for TV

Hopefully it’s more of a Netflix joint than a Lifetime one.

Continuing Its Public Content Push, Facebook Acquires SportStream

Take note, Twitter!

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Yahoo Acquires Content Delivery Startup PeerCDN

Yahoo on Tuesday acquired PeerCDN, a small California-based startup that aims to reduce bandwidth costs for companies’ servers while decreasing content delivery response times. It is unclear what the acquisition — which was first reported by TechCrunch — will bring to Yahoo, though PeerCDN alludes to its love of Web technologies in its blog post on the matter.

Apple’s New iPhone and Apple TV Ad Will Make You Cry

It’s a tearjerker. And it will also probably sell a lot of iPhones.

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Facebook Rolls Out Donate Button to Aid Nonprofits

Facebook announced a new feature on Monday that will let users send money to nonprofit organizations directly from Facebook. The company partnered with about 20 nonprofits at launch, and expects to work with more in the future. Worth noting, too, for privacy watchdogs: Facebook keeps your credit card information on file after you’ve used the Donate button.

Twitter Promoted-Account Ads for Mobile Go Mainstream

Cha-ching! More ad units in Twitter users’ main timelines.

Benchmark’s Mitch Lasky on App Discovery, Distribution and the Power of Chat Networks

The successful games investor chats about, well, chat.

Tech Billionaires Throw an Oscar Night for Science Nerds

With Private Messaging, Instagram and Twitter Continue Their Arms Race

Twitter Dethrones Facebook as 2014’s Best Tech Company to Work For

Facebook Wants to Be a Newspaper. Facebook Users Have Their Own Ideas. Continues Its Product Push With “Replies”

Facebook Steps Up Artificial-Intelligence Efforts With New Research Lab

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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