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I am what some call a serial entrepreneur , as i founded my 1st startup at the age of 19. and was one of the 13 Jordanians who attended the Presidential summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington DC 2010.

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Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz had, by far, the best political tweet of Wednesday evening. 

Cruz posted this picture of himself, his fellow Texas Republican, Senator Mike Lee, and a tiger skin rug:

As of this writing, Cruz’s tweet has earned nearly 200 favorites. Business Insider reached out to Cruz’s office to ask if either senator actually purchased the rug. They did not immediately respond.

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LinkedIn 300M MV final

LinkedIn recently announced a major milestone: The professional network now has 300 million members around the world.

But those millions didn’t come easy.

After LinkedIn launched in 2003, it took the company almost a year and a half to win 500,000 members. In April 2004, the startup’s tiny crew assembled in a room in Palo Alto, California, to celebrate the occasion with a photo.

Since then, LinkedIn employees have gathered to commemorate every milestone. At first, it was every million. Then the numbers started flying by — every 5 million new members, every 10 million.

Today, 67% of users come from outside the United States, and milestone photos are taken from all around the world.

LinkedIn shared an exclusive collection of historical photos from its archives with Business Insider, and those photos tell quite the story. 

The first photo from April 2004: LinkedIn employees celebrate 500,000 members.


In 2005, LinkedIn employees celebrated 2 million members. That same year, LinkedIn started charging for job listings, and membership doubled by the end of the year.

In March 2006, LinkedIn hit 5 million members.

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A successful Veterans Affairs Department pilot could go far in entrenching Apple all the more deeper in the enterprise market, especially as competing tablets aimed at this constituency continue to come to market.


Apple’s second quarter results were announced today by CEO Tim Cook, and as part of the earnings call, he talked about the sales and acceptance of the iPad. Sales are lower this quarter than the same period in 2013, with Apple selling 16.3 million iPads compared to last year’s 19.5 million, but before you start writing about the death of the iPad, there are some mitigating factors to consider.


Jawed Karim

Once upon a time, nine years ago to be exact, the world hadn’t yet heard of keyboard cat.

Nobody knew what the evolution of dance was, and nobody cared about Charlie biting anyone’s finger

The very first video on YouTube was uploaded on April 23, 2005, by Jawed Karim, one of YouTube’s founders, and there’s no chance the video would’ve gone viral today. 

The 18-second-long video is titled “Me at the zoo.” A man stands in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo, and describes their trunks.

My how far we’ve come.

The video has been watched more than 14 million times. In 2013, in protest of Google forcing people to have a Google+ account in order to comment on the video, Karim changed the video’s description to say “I can’t comment here anymore, since I don’t want a google+ account.”

As of this writing, the video had more than 95,600 comments. 

Check out the video below:

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SEE ALSO: YouTube co-founder leaves his first YouTube comment in 8 years, and it was to bash Google+

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Apple is in the process of suing Samsung over its Android devices again. Again, the suit centers on patents. Apple is seeking $2 billion in damages, reports Bloomberg.

But this time, Google has a behind-the-scenes stake. It offered to help Samsung cover costs.

In testimony on Wednesday, Apple’s lawyers showed a video in which a Google attorney confirmed that there were email messages between the search giant and Samsung. In those messages, Google offered to help cover Samsung’s legal expenses and maybe even damages fees, reports Paul Thurrott on the Windows IT Pro blog.

According to the emails, this kind of help (known as indemnification) is covered by Google’s “contractual obligations” to Samsung, the hardware partner that sells the most Android phones, Thurrott reports.

This is the second time Apple sued Samsung over its Android phones. It won the first time, awarded $1 billion in damages, reduced to $929 million.

The lawsuit isn’t just for money. Apple also wants the judge to ban Samsung from selling devices in the U.S., though such bans are rare and, even when they do happen, don’t tend to last long.

We don’t know if Google offered similar types of indemnification to other Android device makers. Samsung is the biggest fish, as the world’s biggest maker of smartphones. But if Apple wins, it could want to pursue others.

Often patent lawsuits lead to one company paying another license fees for each new device sold, too. Microsoft has successfully done this with many Linux and Android device makers.

In that way, Android becomes more expensive for device makers and lucrative for Google’s competitors, but not for Google. It still gives Android to away for free.

SEE ALSO: Ex-Googler: College Grads Should Join A Startup Instead Of Working At Google

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It was Reddit to the rescue after an older woman named May Goldberg wandered from her apartment on Central Park West in Manhattan on Monday afternoon.Goldberg had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, and her son Josh was desperate to find her.

He contacted police, news station NY1, and the West Side Rag blog, reports The Daily Dot.

But he also took a chance on the Internet and posted to Reddit’s r/NYC community under the name joshgoldberg89.

He shared the following photos of his mother:

May Goldberg

May Goldberg

Within 7 hours of posting the photos, a Redditor named geryorama had a good update to share with the thread.

"I was walking home from work around 9:30-10 PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue," geryorama commented

Geryorama continued:

As I saw Josh’s post in the afternoon she looked very familiar. I quickly pulled out my phone and visited this page to ensure it is indeed her. When I realized it’s her, I approached her, asked for her name, told her that her family is looking for her, and took her to Hyatt Hotel lobby to contact the police. The gentleman and lady at the Hyatt front desk were extremely helpful and they contacted the police. Two police officers arrived within three minutes. They identified May and I believe they called for an ambulance. In the meantime, I quickly sent a personal message to Josh via Reddit informing him that her mom has been found and that she is with the police.

The story is pretty incredible, with many Redditors praising geryorama for being able to pinpoint May in a city of so many people.

Josh Goldberg has not yet returned Business Insider’s request for comment.

(Via The Daily Dot)

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In our lead up to the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival, we at Lux are proud to present an exclusive TouchCast video interview with Crystal Lee, a Stanford-educated former Dropbox intern who happens to be the reigning Miss California. The excerpt below comes from Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Technology Report’s full-length Q&A session with Ms.


I have learned from my sources that Microsoft’s Zachary Apter is leaving the company to join Google.   Apter has been a key player at Microsoft’s building out strategy for the overall consumer business.   Apter joined Microsoft in 2006 with the online services for search and advertising platform.


The next video game in the blockbuster Skylanders franchise allows players to trap villains and ‘save’ them into real-world toys.


Skylanders Trap Team was recently confirmed at press events in London and New York. It requires a new portal to access the 50 new Skylander character and trap 40 enemies to play as baddies for the first time.


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

The Federal Communications Commission announced that it is set to propose new rules on Thursday for governing Internet access. 

Specifically, the new rules would allow companies to pay for direct access to customers. For example, a company like Netflix could pay an Internet provider to ensure that its video streams are fast and smooth.

Broadband providers would need to act in a “commercially reasonable” manner, which would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The proposed rules also say Internet providers won’t be able to restrict access to companies that don’t pay for such direct access.

As The Wall Street Journal points out, companies that rely on broadband connections, such as Netflix, ESPN or Skype, could pay broadband providers to make sure that the content reaches customers without disruption. 

In a statement, the FCC wrote:

The FCC will be seeking comment on adopting Open Internet rules that achieve the goals of the 2010 Open Internet Order in a manner consistent with the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Verizon v. FCC . The NPRM will propose, consistent with the Court’s analysis, that broadband providers would be required to offer a baseline level of service to their subscribers, along with the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers. In all instances, broadband providers would need to act in a commercially reasonable manner subject to review on a case-by-case basis. Exactly what the baseline level of service would be, the construction of a ‘commercially reasonable’ standard, and the manner in which disputes would be resolved, are all among the topics on which the FCC will be seeking comment.

This is a complete turnaround from the FCC’s previous stance on the subject of net neutrality, which is the idea that everyone should have equal access to the Internet and content providers should not be discriminated against in providing content to customers. 

The FCC has required for years that broadband Web service providers treat all traffic equally, and not restrict or promote certain websites or services or discriminate in favor of sites they own over competing companies. Those in favor of net neutrality would likely oppose these proposed rules because it favors rich companies that can pay for direct access to consumers.

An appeals court struck down the FCC’s rules on a technicality back in January. Rather than appeal it, the FCC’s Chairman, Tom Wheeler, said that they would rewrite the rules

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Tim Cook iPad

Apple’s iPad sales for last quarter fell far below expectations. It sold 16.35 million of them, but analysts were expecting about 19 million.

On the surface, 16 million sounds like a lot of iPads, but growth in Apple’s iPad business has flatlined. In fact, growth was negative for last quarter

So, what the heck happened?

On a call with analysts this afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook did his best to explain. 

For last quarter in particular, he said the company reduced its iPad channel inventory compared to the same quarter last year, so sales were actually in line with the high end of Apple’s internal expectations.

Speaking on the iPad business as a whole, Cook made some really interesting points to remain bullish. First, he said the iPad is Apple’s fastest-growing product in the company’s history. Apple has sold 210 million of them so far, which is almost twice as many iPhones Apple sold in the same period of time.

Cook also made a strong case for the iPad in the enterprise market. He cited one study that said 91% of tablets activated in the enterprise are iPads. Meanwhile, nearly all Fortune 500 companies use iPads. He also said it was a smart move of Microsoft to finally release Office on the iPad, which should help with enterprise adoption since many businesses rely so heavily on the software. In fact, Cook said Microsoft should’ve released Office for iPad earlier than it did. 

In education, Cook said the iPad has a 95% market share, but the challenge now is to get more schools to buy them and gain penetration.

Finally, Cook still believes tablet computing is the future.

"I believe the tablet market will surpass the PC market," he said on the call.

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