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Hello from Miami (Beach) and the 2014 edition of the winter version of iT Expo staged so well by the good folks at TMC. Clients are here, friends are here and everything but the sun is here, as an overcast Miami isn't what was expected. But this year's winter edition is likely to be one of the biggest in years. From what I can tell companies are back sending more people to the show and there's more going on...and speaking of on...ON TO THE NEWS! 



Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing are major themes this year as more and more money is going into backing the companies making it possible.

Indiegogo crowdfunding platform raises $40m to finance world expansion

Indiegogo, the crowdfunding platform famous for financing films, tech startups and the Jamaican bobsleigh team, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $40m in funding as it looks at global expansion.



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FundersClub unveils Venture News -- a community news site for investors (exclusive)

Investing in startups requires a lot more than just giving money. FundersClub launched "Venture News" today, which founder Alex Mittal described as "Hacker News for private investors." The goal is to create a place where private investors can read and share relevant articles, promote interesting content, and have discussions.



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With Time Warner and Charter Cable both in play it means creativity in dealmaking will rule the day. Watch for something between Charter, Cox and Comcast...where one buys, the other breaks up and the third swaps systems with both.

Comcast May Join Charter Team

The end may be coming even sooner than expected for Time Warner Cable. In the latest chapter of the Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) saga, Bloomberg is reporting that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Charter Communications Inc. are close to striking a deal to divide TWC's cable systems between them.



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Virtual healthcare a few years ago meant that insurers wouldn't pay. Well the times are a changing.....

Former Apple CEO backs virtual doctor's office to create the 'consumer era' of medicine

For the past decade, former Apple chief executive John Sculley has been taking on the problem of reforming health care through new technologies. And now that the Obamacare rollout is in full effect, Sculley is betting on the Sunrise, Fla.-based MDLive to bring the practice of medicine into the modern area.



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It wasn't that long ago when the iPod was the rage. Now with the iPhone and the iPad, plus all the Android devices out there, it looks like the iPod has had its day.

The age of the iPod is over

Over the holidays, Apple's iPad and iPhone sold better than they've ever sold before: 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads in a single quarter. The lowly iPod, however, didn't do nearly as well. The company moved just six million of the trademark MP3 players, a 52 percent decline compared to the same period last year.



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Text messaging isn't just for consumers. Apps like Yammer and now Tiger Text are showing us that messaging is BIG in the enterprise. Watch for HipChat to also be a big player this year.

Enterprise favorite TigerText gets $21M to prove messaging is not just for consumers

By On January 27, 2014 Messaging was one of the hottest categories in 2013, with apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Line grabbing headlines, users, and venture capital across the globe. But for all their utility in the consumer realm, each of these products holds almost no appeal within the enterprise.



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What's driving enterprise tech? The good folks at Accenture did some digging and have identified a bunch of trends that will be impacting the big money market.

Accenture's six tech trends driving change in the enterprise

Accenture is unveiling what it says are six technology trends driving big shifts in large enterprises. The $28 billion business consulting giant says that large enterprises can jump on these trends and be as nimble as tech startups who are trying to disrupt the status quo.



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Hotel room keys may become a thing of the past.....with your smartphone becoming the new key. Welcome to the Internet of Things.....and keyrings.

Hotel rooms may soon have keys stored in smartphone apps

Guests arriving at the Aloft Hotel in Manhattan or one in Silicon Valley will soon be able to do something hotels have dreamed about offering for years: walk past the check-in desk and enter their rooms by using a smartphone as a room key. The boutique hotel brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.



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Human curation of all the news you need...coming soon. Sign up and be an INSIDer.....I did.

Jason Calacanis launches Inside, a mobile news-curation app powered by humans

A A Jason Calacanis, the man behind media startups like Mahalo and Weblogs Inc., has his sights set on a new frontier that he thinks could be as promising as blogs were in the early part of this decade: namely, mobile content curation.



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