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November 26, 2013   |   Vol. 5, Issue 45
What Happened to Immigration Reform?
November 23, 2013 | The Atlantic
A powerful, well-organized coalition did everything it could, with no results. Now advocates are preparing to shift from lobbying to revenge. That John Boehner could make encouraging noises when confronted by activists, then pour cold water on immigration's legislative prospects, neatly summarized the plight of the reformers, many of whom are coming to grips with the possibility that their efforts, despite politicians' apparent receptiveness, have come to naught.
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Young Immigrants Write Software Highlighting their Lack of Legal Status

Start-Up Founders Look Beyond Option of Selling or Going Public
November 19, 2013 | New York Times
Successful tech entrepreneurs eventually face a choice, known in Silicon Valley as an exit: either sell their start-ups to bigger companies or take them public. some entrepreneurs are seeking other options beyond the traditional two, inspired partly by the stories of start-ups that rebuffed buyout offers or regretted taking them. Below are entrepreneurs’ experiences, in their own words to NY Times reporters.
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Crowdfunding Innovation Is a Business Boon
November 21, 2013 | Detroit News
A bill approved by the Michigan House not only would make it is easier for a state-based business to obtain the money it needs but would also enhance the ability of small investors to get a piece of the action. The bill, now in the Senate, is an innovative idea for encouraging growth and should be approved. Businesses would be able to advertise for investors, and could pool many small investments to get the money it requires. It's called crowdfunding, and it could be a perfect solution for some startups.
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Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares

Crowdfunding Growing Up and Out of Kickstarter

Patenting Discoveries Doesn't Pay Off for Most Universities
November 22, 2013 | New York Times
Universities try to cash in on discoveries — gene splicing, brain chemistry, computer-chip design — but the great majority of them fail to turn their research into a source of income, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution. Research universities have “technology transfer” offices that make thousands of business deals annually but in any given year the resulting revenue funneled into university budgets is not even enough to cover the cost of running that office,
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State AGs Target Patent Trolls to Protect Businesses

Currency Cops Want Congress to Steer Clear of Bitcoin, Thanks
November 19, 2013 | BusinessWeek
As he kicked off a congressional hearing on virtual currencies, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) made an admission that should surprise no one: Bitcoin “confused the heck” out of him. His task, he said, was just to find out what Congress could do to help law enforcement as they tried to confront the novel challenges posed by the anonymous virtual currency.
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Should You Invest in Bitcoin?

Render Unto Caesar, but Who Backs the Bitcoin?

Bitcoin Lays Charm Offensive on the Hill

Then There Are Rival Virtual Currencies

Ethanol Makers Need to Seek New Markets

Strong Rules on Fracking in Wyoming Seen as Model

The Surprising Cities Creating The Most Tech Jobs

Here's What Entrepreneurs Want from DC Policymakers

Backlash by the Bay: Tech Riches Alter a City

Florida's Small Businesses Plan to Expand

University Helps Iowa City's Startup Community Thrive

New CEO Sees Chicago’s ‘1871’ as Boot Camp for Internet Startups

Buffalo Future Looking Green with State Investment in High-Tech Facilities

In the Health Law, a Door Open for Entrepreneurs

Survey Reports Half of Angel Investors Regret Investments They Made this Year

Survey Finds MOOCs Are Largely Reaching Privileged Learners

Moody’s Issues a Negative Outlook for Higher Education

Online Learning and Credential Completion

Utah Economic Development Urges Immediate Action on Air Quality

Pennsylvania Land Banks Acquire, Repair, Resell Abandoned Property for Revival

Buildings and Batteries Generate New Investment for Colorado Startups

Manufacturing Boom to Put Louisiana Planning to the Test

Portland 'Economic Check-up' Reveals Disconnect among Jobs and Pay

USPTO Selects San Jose City Hall for Permanent Silicon Valley Satellite Office

Twitter IPO: Overvalued or the Start of Something Big?

JobsOhio: Audit Finds No Conflicts of Interest

Questions Over Arizona Plan for Pension Exec Raises

Impatient with NIH, Cancer Researcher Turns to Crowdfunding

Reviving Las Vegas With Less Sin, More City

Warren Buffett Brings Michigan $20M for Small Businesses

Dakota State U Receives $5M Donation for Information Technology Center

China's Largest Retailer Opens Tech Lab in Palo Alto

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