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December 24, 2013   |   Vol. 5, Issue 50
Exploring the BitCoin Mines with Nathaniel Popper
December 21, 2013 | New York Times
On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can find the mines of Bitcoin. Computers are the laborers of the virtual mines where Bitcoins are unearthed. Instead of swinging pickaxes, these custom-built machines, which are running an open-source Bitcoin program, perform complex algorithms 24 hours a day. If they come up with the right answers before competitors around the world do, they win a block of 25 new Bitcoins from the virtual currency’s decentralized network. The work the computers do is akin to guessing at a lottery number.
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The Dollar Will Never Fall to Bitcoin

Already Down 50 Percent, Will Bitcoin Bite The Dust?

How WARF Plans to Stay Relevant in Lean Times for Tech Transfer
December 20, 2013 | Xconomy
Quick, name one of the oldest—if not the oldest—university tech transfer institutions in the country. If your brain automatically took you to a spot in New England or sunny California, think again. It’s the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, which was founded nearly 90 years ago in 1925. What would become WARF started when Harry Steenbock, a University of Wisconsin biochemistry professor, discovered a way to increase the vitamin D content of food.
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Defending the Federal Circuit, Again, on Software Patents
December 18, 2013 | IP Watchdog
When it comes to the history of software patents it seems that everyone believes they are an expert. Unfortunately, few in the popular press actually take the time to get the story correct. In fact, there is a popular misconception in media that the Federal Circuit was the court that first authorized software patents. I have dealt with this nonsense in the past, and now have to deal with it once again. None other than the Wall Street Journal has published an article on the topic that is simply fiction.
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Go Easy on MOOCs
December 19, 2013 | Inside Higher Ed
In a report released on Wednesday, the council of engineers and scientists recommends the federal government not interfere with vendors and providers experimenting with massive open online courses and other forms of distance education. That message extends further to accreditors, which are encouraged to waive some of the standards required of institutions seeking approval for traditional programs.
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SEC Unveils Plan to Spur More Public Stock Offerings
December 18, 2013 | Reuters
Start-up companies will be able to raise much more capital through certain public stock deals without facing costly regulatory burdens under a proposal announced by U.S. securities regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission's plan is the last major outstanding rule requirement from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, a 2012 law that eases regulations to help small businesses raise capital and go public. It would update a rule on the books known as "Regulation A," a measure intended to spur capital-raising by exempting certain public offerings from SEC registration requirements.
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Crowdfunding In 2014: Forecasts As Equity Crowdfunding Takes Off

Cornell's New MBA Could Shake Up How Leaders Emerge In Tech

How One Publisher Is Stopping Academics from Sharing their Research

Lessons From New Mexico's Small Business Health Exchange

Arizona State University’s Crowdfunding Platform Aids Research

Tech Group Backs Measures to Spur Arizona High-tech Investment

Ottumwa's Himar Hernandez Helps Latinos Pursue Small-business Dreams

Crowdfunding your Small Business or Startup: What you Need to Know

Sacramento Aims to Rebrand District into Biotech Hub

KU, K-State Bemoan Bioscience Funding Loss

Colorado-based Boulder Ventures to Raise $100M Venture Fund

Colorado Enjoys Banner Year for IPOs

Energy Angels Provide Key Support for Cleantech Innovation in NW and Beyond

Small Business Lending Heading in the Right Direction

Entrepreneurs' Organization: Not Your Typical Business Network

The Shale Gas Boom Is Saving Americans Money — but How Much?

In Ohio Shale Boom, Amish Opt to Cash Out, Get Out

Reid: Boehner Will Cave on Immigration Next Year

Want to See Action on Immigration Reform? Look at States and Cities

Clogged Immigration Courts Face Worse Crisis Soon

As Corn Boom Collapses, Farmers Fear a Bust

Tech Startups Create Virtual Farmers Markets

Rising Sea Levels Tormenting Norfolk and Coastal U.S.

Scientists Still Await Clear Signs of Ozone Hole Healing

In Search of Software Developers, Omaha Launches Code School

A New Business Accelerator Wants to Retool Appalachia's Economy

Maryland Makes Small Businesses Loans with Slot Machine Funds

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