IBM's Watson may be your new smarty-pants shopping buddy

IBM's Watson may be your new smarty-pants shopping buddy

Through its Watson unit, IBM has invested in and partner with Fluid, a personal shopper app that can answer consumer questions on the fly. The first retailer to use the app is The North Face, and IBM hopes entrepreneurs will want to use Watson too. Read more »

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Back 9 Links: Whither wearable tech?

by Alex Dalenberg

Upstarts, newsmakers and influencers who caught our attention on Tuesday, April 22.

  1. Are wearables over?
  2. The startup from HBO’s Silicon Valley gets its own website.
  3. How a 13-year-old got a Nordstrom fashion line.
  4. One man’s infinitely strange VHS quest.
  5. Surprisingly, college kids still aren’t that Web savvy.
  6. A simple but effective resume hack, courtesy of Google.
  7.  ...

    7 hours ago
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Founder of ‘Russian Facebook’ booted by Vladimir Putin's allies

by Michael del Castillo

Pavel Durov, the 29-year-old founder of VKontakte, Russia's largest social network, has been ousted from his position, and the new people in power have close ties with Vladimir Putin, Russia’s increasingly draconian leader.


8 hours ago
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McDonald's CEO gets fresh with breakfast rivals

by Teresa Novellino

Well played, McDonald’s chief executive officer Don Thompson. Well played.

Thompson, who spoke in an earnings call today, knew investors and reporters wanted to know what he thought of competition from the likes of Taco Bell and Subway in the breakfast arena, but he subtly dismissed new rivals as "sandwich shops or taco shops" without uttering ever having to utter the words "Waffle  ...

9 hours ago
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Powdered alcohol CEO undeterred by regulation roadblocks

by Michael del Castillo

After four years or struggle, Palcohol, a powdered alcohol startup founded by serial entrepreneur Mark Phillips, finally received government approval for seven products earlier this month. Two weeks later, after controversy sprung up surrounding early branding plays made by the company, Palcohol surrendered its approvals.

But according to an email we received today from Lipsmark, Palcohol's  ...

11 hours ago

The future of Aereo, and TV, goes on trial before Supreme Court

by Kent Hoover

The future of television was on trial at the U.S. Supreme Court today, as broadcasters squared off against an upstart, Aereo, that allows users to watch television shows over the Internet.

Broadcasters accused Aereo of violating copyright law by streaming their content to thousands of customers without paying for it. If Aereo prevails, it's "a threat to broadcasting as we know it," said attorney  ...

11 hours ago
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The Pipeline: Reed Hastings blasts cable combo, Pandora beats Spotify, and Bain bets on real estate

by Kent Bernhard Jr

A look the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for April 21 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications.

Deals and money plays

Portland…Bain's bet on real estate software: Bain Capital Private Equity takes a $230 million stake in two investors in Viewpoint Construction Software.

Seattle…HowStuffWorks sold: Blucora

11 hours ago

Entrepreneur rises from crash to $12 M revenue

by Dawn Kurry

With nothing but a mattress on the floor and cold water to shower in while renting a townhouse that was under foreclosure, Will Geist knew he had to reinvent himself.

His private equity firm, Madison Diversified, had just crashed along with the economy, but he wasn’t about to give up. The young entrepreneur decided to draw upon his experience at his first job in McDonald’s to find a way to  ...

15 hours ago
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