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December 10, 2013   |   Vol. 5, Issue 47
Jobs Act Title III - Crowdfunding Moves Closer To Reality
December 7, 2013 | Harvard Law School Forum
To permit crowdfunding, JOBS Act Title III added two provisions to the Securities Act of 1933: (1) Section 4(a)(6), which creates a new exemption to allow issuers to use crowdfunding to offer and sell securities in unregistered offerings and (2) Section 4A, which requires certain disclosures to be made by crowdfunding issuers and sets forth requirements for crowdfunding intermediaries. Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding and the proposed FINRA rules would implement these statutory provisions and create the regulatory framework for crowdfunding. Both agencies have sought comment on all aspects of their proposed rules, which are due in early February.
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Panel States Global Warming Carries Risk of Deep Changes
December 4, 2013 | New York Times
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. While most climate scientists believe the human release of greenhouse gases has made immense changes in the earth inevitable, they hope many of these will happen slowly enough that society can adapt.
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Studies Warn of Abrupt Environmental Effects of Warming

From a Million MOOC Users, only a Few Early Research Results
December 6, 2013 | Chronicle on Higher Ed
Preliminary results of a study of 16 massive open online courses offered through the University of Pennsylvania show that only a small percentage of people who start the courses finish them—and that, on average, only half of those who register for the courses even watch the first lecture.
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Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities: a Tale of Tech -- and Energy
December 6, 2013 | Milken Institute
Austin, Texas, reclaimed the No.1 spot based on a booming technology sector. Similarly, the rest of the top five all enjoy thriving tech sectors: Provo, Utah (second, up from seventh last year); San Francisco (third, up from 36th); San Jose (fourth, down from first) and Salt Lake City (fifth, up from sixth).
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VCs and Angels Take Aim: Entrepreneurs Caught in Crosshairs
December 5, 2013 | Fortune
No topic fuels more discussion and debate within the early-stage investment community than the dynamics between VC and angel investors. Are they natural enemies or complementary players in an increasingly diverse funding ecosystem? Or both?
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Crowdsourcing claims 230 VCs and Angels Have Invested in Crowdfunding Platforms

Boeing Holds a Bake-Off for Biggest Tax Breaks

In the Murky World of Bitcoin, Fraud Is Quicker Than the Law

Imperial Valley Agencies Develop Plan to Save Salton Sea

Stem Cell Research Faces Budget Crunch

Harvard Bioscience 13 Percent of its Workforce

Supreme Court Could Abolish Software Patents: Should It?

Colorado Tech Industry Driving Job Growth, Despite Talent Shortage

More U.S. Companies Opening High-tech Factories in Mexico

Hundreds of Start-Ups Hope to Be a Copycat Start-Up

How To Finish What The JOBS Act Started

Demystifying Startups' Key to Building an Entrepreneurial Community

Tech Giants Call for Controls on Government Snooping

A Life Science Hub Grows in New York

House Passes Innovation Act, Battle Goes to Senate

New York City to Start Venture Fund for Biotech

Tufts Venture Fund to Supply Seed Funds to Student Startups

Inside China's Version of Silicon Valley

Technology-heavy Companies Flowing into Las Vegas

Rising Wealth: 20% in U.S. Reach Affluence

Athletics Spending Outpaces Academics in NCAA Schools

Common Questions About the Common Core

How Crowdfunding Could Impact Cleantech Entrepreneurs

Nashville Ranks 4th in Tech Job Growth

Ohio Shale Gas Boom Closer than Realized

Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon

A Call for 'Responsible' Entrepreneurs

Austin Startup Takes on Online Fraud, Identity Theft

Playing Pension Games

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Tax Breaks

Moonshine’s Potent Comeback in Central Florida Bars

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