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December 29, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #64: Best Of 2014

We stitched together some of our favorite moments and conversations from the last 52 weeks of VentureBreak Weekly, and this is the result. Enjoy the show, have a happy new year, and join us back here in January for more!

Panelists appearing on this episode: Brad Merrill, Greg Nokes, Ryan Freeze, Ted Lyons, and Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You To See Brad’s Selfie 2048 A Review: Does Google Glass Make Sense? How Could Law Enforcement Benefit From Google Glass? Potato Salad Yo

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December 16, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #63: That Explains Your High School Days

Apple Pay competitors, the Lyft for moving and delivery, the Facebook dislike button, a device that warns drivers of nearby police, and a spirited round of the Fact or Fiction game.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Samsung In Talks With LoopPay For Wireless Phone Payments Apple Pay Gets More Bank Support, But It Still Needs A Lot More Stores To Succeed Dolly Raises $1.7 Million For On-Demand Moving And Delivery Service, Launches In Chicago Mark Zuckerberg Talks Dislike Button Device that tells drivers when police are nearby faces calls for a ban Fact Or Fiction These Were The Top 10 Most Popular Searches On Google In 2014

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December 9, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #62: Uber

Uber, Narrative Clip, Bop.fm, Apple’s best iOS apps, what constitutes a video view on Facebook, and T-Mobile’s new unlimited 4G LTE data plan.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Uber Raises $1.2 Billion, Vows To Refine Company Culture Uber banned in Spain & Thailand, sued in Portland, hassled in Rio Narrative Clip https://bop.fm/ These are the best iPhone and iPad apps of the year, according to Apple 3 seconds of continuous viewing constitutes a video view on Facebook T-Mobile Announces New Unlimited 4G LTE Data Plan With 2 Lines for $100

The VentureBreak Weekly theme music is courtesy of Derek K. Miller.

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November 17, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #61: Eye In The Sky

Surgically implanted NFC chips, U.S. spy program, SnapCash by Snapchat and Square, changes to Facebook’s terms, the Anonymous takeover of the KKK’s Twitter account, Skype for Web, and sexism ratings for games.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes VentureBreak Newsletter WearableNow Man has NFC chips injected into his hands to store cold Bitcoin wallet U.S. Spy Program Gathers Phone Data From The Sky Snapchat to Let You Send Money to Friends, Thanks to Square Facebook Proposes Changes To Its Terms, Simplifies Privacy Anonymous responds to KKK’s twitter taunts by hacking, taking over their account Skype Introduces Skype For Web, Bringing Calls And [...]
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November 3, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #60: Disgustingly Horrendous

CurrentC, WordPress, laptops, PillPack, Tim Cook, employee treatment, and a round of the Fact or Fiction game.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Ryan Matthew Pierson, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Walmart’s Clunky Apple Pay Competitor Has Already Been Hacked How to Make WordPress More Secure Flat-File CMS vs. Database-Driven CMS (resource) How to Find the Best Laptop for Web Development PillPack Is The Pharmacy Of The Future Tim Cook Comes Out, Non-Issue Container Store CEO Kip Tindell on Why It Pays to Pay Your Employees Well List of companies closed on Thanksgiving

Fact Or Fiction

Mississippi did not officially abolish slavery until 2013. (Related Link) The Great Wall [...]
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October 27, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #59: Down With Apple Pay

CurrentC, Shuddle, Ello’s VC round, better broadband, Google Inbox, and nine of the biggest mess-ups in tech history.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Brad Merrill on Startup Diary CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees Uber for kids: Shuddle wants to shuttle your children Ello Raises $5.5 Million For Ad-Free Social Network Fed up, US cities take steps to build better broadband Google unveils “Inbox” as combined toolset for mail, calendars, tasks 9 of the Biggest Mess Ups in Tech History

The VentureBreak Weekly theme music is courtesy of Derek K. Miller.

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October 20, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #58: Productive Playground

Mission Playground, Facebook Safety Check, Twitter Audio Cards, Microsoft Wearable, Gmail 5.0, Monica Lewinsky, AMPY, PillPack, and productivity tips.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Mission Playground Shows it’s Time for a Change at Rec and Park Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Will Help You Tell Friends And Family You’re Safe During Natural Disasters Twitter Introduces ‘Audio Cards’ To Add Music To Your Timeline Microsoft To Launch A Fitness-Focused Wearable In The Next Few Weeks Gmail 5.0 For Android May Handle All Your Email Accounts In One App A sampling of tweets Monica Lewinsky has received since joining Twitter Power Your Devices With Your [...]
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September 30, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #57: Ello Selfie Drone

Ello, why you should always read the TOS, Amazon’s Twitch acquisition, the Jimmy John’s hack, a wearable selfie drone, verified Twitter accounts, and more.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Ello Opinion: Facebook killer called Ello gets the timing right Why You Should Read The TOS: Londoners Sign Away First Born Child For Free WiFi Sam Pepper Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Now Complete Hackers Hit Jimmy John’s, Steal Credit Card Information From 216 Stores Report: iPhone 6 Costs $200 To Build This Wearable Drone Launches Off Your Wrist To Take Selfies For You Twitter CEO Finally Gets a Verified Account on Twitter App of the week: [...]
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September 15, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #56: Comcastic Apples

New iPhones, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, the free U2 album, Yahoo’s $250,000/day fine from the U.S. government, Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, and more.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Apple Pay Apple Watch Say Hello To The Apple Watch Apple Gave Me Something For Free And I’m Outraged! Yahoo Faced $250,000 Per Day In Fines For Opposing Surveillance Request Microsoft Is Buying Minecraft Developer Mojang For $2.5 Billion Minecraft Creator Markus Persson Set His Price At $2 Billion In 2012 Will’s Comcast Story App of the week: Litz

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August 25, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #55: Anonymous Rollercoasters

Will Reynolds Young joins Brad Merrill to talk about Secret, the workforce of the future, smartlocks, crowdfunding, car buying, Rollercoaster Tycoon 4, and more.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Anonymous sharing app ‘Secret’ isn’t so anonymous after all 5 Ways the Workforce Will Change in 5 Years Will’s Rant – Smartlocks (Lockitron, Okidokeys) Car Buying Talk – Startup? App of the week: Rollercoaster Tycoon 4

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An American man faked his own death to avoid paying an early termination fee for his cell phone contract. Related Link All mammals from the size of a cat to the size of an elephant empty their bladders [...]
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