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SOPA/PIPA is on the ropes. Senator Reid postponed a vote on the Senate’s version of the bill next Tuesday, and MPAA CEO Chris Dodd is backtracking and humbled.

Yay. We did it, or nearly have.

But Hollywood still has dozens of laws on the books criminalizing file sharing (read this post by attorney Andrew Bridges pointing out how ridiculous the laws are compared to things like jumping the turnstile on the subway.

Congress is the real winner here. They showed that they can and will pass bills that will cause irreparable harm to the tech industry just because Hollywood is willing to pay them off with huge lobbying dollars. And while SOPA/PIPA may be stalled for now, a big part of the reason is that tech companies got into the lobbying game, too.

From that NY Times article:

Data shows that copyright holders and supporters of the bills…

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Luxury vacation home startup Inspirato (affiliate link, see below) has closed another round of financing – $20 million from Institutional Venture Partners, at a rumored valuation that’s significantly higher than the last round of funding closed last October.

This is a significant up round for one of our portfolio companies, and we’re proud to be part of the team.

Our investment last year wasn’t typical for CrunchFund. Most of our investments are in very early stage, often pre-launch, startups. But we’ve earmarked 20% or so of our fund for later stage investments that we see as extremely opportunistic. Inspirato, a company I’ve been tracking since it launched in February 2011, is exactly the kind of company we like to back. We appreciate Kleiner Perkins’ willingness to allow our relatively small investment in the round that they led.

It’s amazing to think of Inspirato as “later stage” when it’s less than…

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Recently a startup I know was heavily pressured by Apple to change their iOS app marketing material. The problem? The app was shown with a white iPhone image on their website.

That’s the first I’ve ever heard of Apple freaking out over the color of the iPhone skin in third party marketing materials. I asked a bunch of app developers if they’d ever heard about this, and none of these other developers had. And some prominent apps, like Flipboard and Path, use the white iPhone on their sites.

Apple has clear guidelines on the use of ios device images. There’s no specific rule about using only black device images, but there is a requirement that only approved images can be used. All of those approved images are black.

The private written communications I’ve seen from Apple, though, are quite clear on the restriction. In verbal communications they’ve said that…

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The story of the day is definitely about Path (a CrunchFund portfolio company). The company has been copying address book information to their servers without user knowledge.

The company was apparently already aware of the issue and was taking steps to address it prior to this post coming out. The Android app has an opt-in, and a version of the app with an opt-in is awaiting approval at Apple, says CEO Dave Morin in the comments to the original post. Morin has also flat out apologized.

This is a common problem with apps, due in large part to the fact that Apple doesn’t consider the data as sensitive as, say, location information. To get location info the app must alert the user and get their permission on screen. There’s no such requirement for address book data.

There’s an app coming that allows users on jailbroken phones to…

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Luxury vacation home startup Inspirato (affiliate link, see below) has closed another round of financing – $20 million from Institutional Venture Partners, at a rumored valuation that’s significantly higher than the last round of funding closed last October.

This is a significant up round for one of our portfolio companies, and we’re proud to be part of the team.

Our investment last year wasn’t typical for CrunchFund. Most of our investments are in very early stage, often pre-launch, startups. But we’ve earmarked 20% or so of our fund for later stage investments that we see as extremely opportunistic. Inspirato, a company I’ve been tracking since it launched in February 2011, is exactly the kind of company we like to back. We appreciate Kleiner Perkins’ willingness to allow our relatively small investment in the round that they led.

It’s amazing to think of Inspirato as “later stage” when it’s less than…

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Recently a startup I know was heavily pressured by Apple to change their iOS app marketing material. The problem? The app was shown with a white iPhone image on their website.

That’s the first I’ve ever heard of Apple freaking out over the color of the iPhone skin in third party marketing materials. I asked a bunch of app developers if they’d ever heard about this, and none of these other developers had. And some prominent apps, like Flipboard and Path, use the white iPhone on their sites.

Apple has clear guidelines on the use of ios device images. There’s no specific rule about using only black device images, but there is a requirement that only approved images can be used. All of those approved images are black.

The private written communications I’ve seen from Apple, though, are quite clear on the restriction. In verbal communications they’ve said that…

View original post 60 more words

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The story of the day is definitely about Path (a CrunchFund portfolio company). The company has been copying address book information to their servers without user knowledge.

The company was apparently already aware of the issue and was taking steps to address it prior to this post coming out. The Android app has an opt-in, and a version of the app with an opt-in is awaiting approval at Apple, says CEO Dave Morin in the comments to the original post. Morin has also flat out apologized.

This is a common problem with apps, due in large part to the fact that Apple doesn’t consider the data as sensitive as, say, location information. To get location info the app must alert the user and get their permission on screen. There’s no such requirement for address book data.

There’s an app coming that allows users on jailbroken phones to…

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