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People are more likely to open their wallets on this day

Kickstarter reveals its 2014 data from a banner year in crowdfunding projects.  More

Foie gras ban overturned in California

Federal judge in L.A. sides with foie gras producers.  More

Drone startups swoop up millions

Drone startup funding is up 44% from 2013. The latest drone darling, Ghost, has captured over $10.7 million from VCs and consumers. And its Indiegogo campaign isn't even over.  More

Oregon Trail returns, dysentery included

A nonprofit digital archive just added thousands of old favorites to its site -- from Oregon Trail to Sim City.  More

Yelp: You can trust our reviews

The FTC ends a year-long investigation into the review site's business practices and takes no action -- for the second time.  More

Cuban entrepreneurs take Startup 101

With low Internet penetration, access to information is one of the biggest challenges aspiring Cuban business owners face. StartUp Cuba aims to combat this.  More

This Colorado pot shop made $3.6 million last year

Toni Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver says her business has made $3.5 million in revenue since her first pot sale a year ago.  More

No more tipping at this Pittsburgh restaurant

Bar Marco patrons won't be expected to leave a tip after the meal and employees will now be salaried with health care benefits.  More

Alibaba challenger raises $161 million

Alibaba has a new competitor called Wanda E-commerce. It's only four-months old but valued at $3 billion.  More

New bank could save the pot industry

A new lender could open in the next month, solving marijuana business owners' banking headache.  More

Grocery delivery startup banks $220 million

San Francisco-based Instacart raises a fresh round of funding, just six months after raising $44 million.  More

It's true. Everyone eats Chinese food on Christmas

According to data from Google Trends and GrubHub, Chinese food remains the most popular type of food order on Christmas.  More

Here's where all the Jews are hanging out on Xmas eve

Forget Chinese restaurants and theaters, Jews are going here for Christmas Eve. A growing number of savvy entrepreneurs are hosting events geared towards Jewish singles on Christmas Eve, and clubs are cashing in.  More

Unilever lays an egg: Drops Just Mayo lawsuit

Unilever sued Hampton Creek over its egg-free mayonnaise spread Just Mayo. But the company behind Best Foods and Hellman's mayonnaise has now dropped the lawsuit.  More

Alternative lenders are hot -- especially among millennials

With two recent IPOs and a digitally-inclined audience of entrepreneurs, non-traditional financing could finally get its big break.  More

Sell your holiday gift cards for cash

If you're looking to sell your holiday gift cards for cold hard cash... there's an app for that.  More

Reddit cofounder: The next Google is one visa away from leaving U.S.

Reddit's Alexis Ohanian has been vocal about the need for high-skilled visa reform. At stake? The country's position as a tech leader.  More

The heart of the Internet has been hacked

ICANN, the all-powerful but little-known organization that administers global website domain names, has been hacked.  More

Oprah-approved startup raises $6.25 million

News startup The Skimm announced a new round of funding, 1 million active readers, and plans to expand into a 'lifestyle brand.'  More

Cow farmers get high-tech tracking app

Brazilian startup BovControl is turning cows into data with a mobile app.  More

Google Ventures: less Ubers, more health care

The venture capital investment arm of the tech giant has quadrupled its funding of life sciences and health startups this year.  More

7 lifehacks to eliminate your holiday hassle

Whether curating the perfect gift or finding a pet-sitter, these startups offer time-saving services that might just seem like holiday magic.  More

Rahm Emanuel: How Chicago saved its small businesses

With a Bloomberg Philanthropies grant, Chicago doubled down on small business: It developed new funding programs, reduced the time it takes to open a restaurant by 33%, created training materials in five languages and supported new incubators.  More

DIY computer kit gives gift of coding

The London-based startup raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter for its do-it-yourself computer kit. And it's available to purchase in time for the holidays.  More

London's first cereal cafe milks nostalgia

London's new Cereal Killer Cafe is looking to capitalize on hipsters' growing nostalgia for kids' cereals from the 80s and 90s, including favorites such as Lucky Charms and Count Chocula.  More

Army turns soldiers into 3-D avatars

Manhattan-based Body Labs unveils plans to work with the U.S. Army to develop specialty armor for female soldiers as part of a two-year, $825,000 contract.  More

How Memphis is lowering crime and reviving neighborhoods

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton identified youth gun violence and neighborhood blight as the biggest issues facing his city. Here's how he used a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to improve them.  More

Hire a coder behind bars

San Quentin launched a coding class to give inmates a marketable skill -- both behind bars and once they get out.  More

Y Combinator makes push for diversity

Startup accelerator Y Combinator announced the addition of its first full-time black partner for minority outreach. But this isn't the firm's first foray into diversifying Silicon Valley.  More

Angel investing shouldn't just be for Silicon Valley

Angel Investors can be found all over America. But new rules could heavily restrict who can participate.  More

Pot sellers push 'Green Friday'

Colorado's marijuana stores are following the lead of other retailers and offering big deals on pot.  More

Crowdfunding helps Ferguson bakery rebuild

Natalie's Cakes and More has raised $84,000 through GoFundMe after protests trash store.  More

Ferguson looting: My bakery's window is busted

Baker is still baking, a day after shop windows smashed by rioters.  More

Obama's startup visa alternative

Obama doesn't have the authority to create a startup visa, but part of his reform announcement could include a workaround for entrepreneurs: 'parole status.'  More

High-skilled immigration fixes are just a band-aid

President Obama addressed some visa reforms for high-skilled, legal immigrants -- but experts say comprehensive reform is still necessary for the U.S. to stay competitive.  More

This 100 year old turkey is delicious

The Koch family farm breeds turkeys with a 20th century ancestry.  Play

In Cleveland, sheep could be key to city's renewal

Cleveland gets praise for its efforts to bring local healthy food to the community, including a mobile farmers market and a flock of sheep that mow the lawn.  More

Ferguson-area gun sales surge ahead of jury decision

Concealed carry permits are also soaring, fueled by fear of riots.  More

Alfred: A butler for the 99%

Alfred: A butler for the 99%  More

Meet Hong Kong's bagel banker

Bagel aficionado Rebecca Schrage works in finance by day and makes bagels by night.  More

Indian startup funding up 261%

Indian startup funding up 261%  More

Angel fund commits $3.5M to immigrant entrepreneurs

Unshackled is a new angel investment fund that aims to help foreign entrepreneurs work legally on their startups in the U.S.  More

Hedge funds want 'one-night stand' with startups

Silicon Valley VCs are losing confidence for the first time in two years -- and they're blaming hedge funds for the market uncertainty.  More

Cannabis be true? Colorado pot sales fall

Sales of recreational and medical marijuana fell in September for the first time since Colorado legalized it in January.  More

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran: 'Failure is what I'm best at'

Barbara Corcoran is a real estate mogul -- but things haven't always been so sunny. At a recent summit, she spoke candidly about her failures.  More

Mark Cuban bets big on new video-sharing app

Vine competitor Ocho, a new video-based social networking app, launched on Tuesday, receiving $1.65 million in funding.  More

The tech behind smart cities

From floating solar farms to streets that store energy, these tech concepts could drastically alter urban life, making cities smarter, safer and more efficient.  More

Black women struggle to fund startups

The challenge for most minority women isn't the entrepreneurial spirit, it's having sufficient access to funding.  More

Martha Stewart: 'I love 3-D printers'

Domestic queen Martha Stewart says she has embraced new technology when it comes to artisan crafting.  More

What's driving San Francisco? Beer

While it's the tech scene that usually gets the spotlight, San Francisco's manufacturing sector is growing in importance.  More

San Francisco: The best city to make things

From electric motorcycles to death shrouds, San Francisco's manufacturing sector is booming.  More

Does text therapy actually work?

Services like TalkSpace offer access to licensed therapists through a smartphone app. But are they successful?  More

Women build bigger businesses

Women run more companies and make more money from their main business than men, according to a new survey of successful entrepreneurs.  More

Voters say yes to paid sick days

The wins are huge victories for low-wage workers, the majority of whom do not have this benefit.  More

Emoji who? Riffsy is the new guy in town

Startup Riffsy lets you text GIFs with just one tap. It raised $3.5 million in funding after launching just over a month ago.  More

San Francisco votes in $15 minimum wage

San Francisco joins Seattle as the second U.S. city to raise the minimum wage to the highest level in the nation.  More

How Philadelphia's prisons are embracing technology

To the general public, tablets and text messages might seem standard, but for Philadelphia's Prison System, they could be revolutionary.  More

How startups are solving D.C.'s poverty problem

Washington, D.C., has the highest poverty rate of any U.S. city but innovative social startups are filling in the gaps where city programs stop short.  More

Singapore tops the list of best places to do business

The World Bank puts out an annual ranking of business hotspots. Singapore tops the chart for ninth year in row, with New Zealand and Hong Kong trailing close behind.  More

Homes for the homeless...inside billboards

Project Gregory is raising money on Kickstarter to fund a billboard home prototype in Slovakia.  More

Loans empower immigrant entrepreneurs

A Minneapolis programs gives immigrants and minorities the tools and money to start their own businesses.  More

Forget dating apps. These millennials want to save the world

San Francisco-based Tumml is an accelerator fostering 'urban impact start-ups' that aim to tackle civic problems -- and turn a profit.  More

Andreessen: VC spending will likely increase

Marc Andreessen says venture capital funding is likely to increase as tech startups touch more sectors.  More
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