2011 TechStars Startup Madness - Congratulations & Recap of the Tournament
First, I'd like to congratulate Cheek'd, the winner of the inaugural TechStars Startup Madness tournament! The team at Cheek'd fought off 63 startup competitors over the course of 6 grueling rounds to emerge as our first champion. Cheek'd will receive over $25,000 in prizes to help build their business from Rackspace, TechCocktail, Seattle 2.0, SendGrid, Gluecon, Perky Jerky, MogoTest, AgileZen, StatsMixPro, Foodzie, and SnapEngage.

Welcome to Scrapper!
Breaking News: Scrapper Gobbles Up $41.000001 Million Investment
Today we bring you exclusive news that Scrapper has taken a whopping $41,000,001 in funding. Pre-launch. We have an exclusive interview below with Scrapper's founder and CEO explaining Scrapper and the investment.

Federal Judge to RIAA: "You Want How Much?"
An argument can be made that companies like LimeWire are directly cutting into the profits of major record companies thanks to their free file sharing. The amount of damage that is being done is certainly up for debate, and that particular debate just took a ridiculous turn with the amount of money the record companies are now asking a federal judge to award them.

Disney Fetus products coming soon!
Disney Expanding to Younger Audiences
To the delight - or horror - of parents of newborns, Disney has already launched plans to expand their market. This new target is arguably the last straw, so to speak, in the range of ages that it already caters to, as they can't exactly aim at those that are older (that would be weird). As the New York Times reports in a recent article, this move can be a bit tricky.

Cap'n Crunch Fights Back
Cap'n Crunch is Lost at Sea
After 48 years at sea, and as the mascot for one of the most popular cereal franchises, Cap'n Horatio Magellan Crunch woke up to red skies the other morning as news of attacks from "health pirates" rang out across the nation. Apparently, the Cap'n has been riding from port to port on a sugar wave that many feel is no longer acceptable for children. According to an article from Life Inc., the cereal is no longer being actively marketed by Quaker and its parent company PepsiCo due to its high sugar content.

Tiny man, crappy jokes
More Ridiculous: Gilbert Gottfried's Japan Jokes or Aflac's Innocence?
Holy schmo, did you hear what Gilbert Gottfried said that got him fired? You know, the guy with the voice that does the commercials. "Aflac. Aflac!" Well, apparently ol' Mr. Gottfried has forgotten the first rule of comedy: Timing is...everything. Most importantly under this almighty timing category is the fact that consideration must be taken after a natural disaster (oh, say the earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan that occurred on Friday, March 11) occurs. Estimated time ...

Pretty low, NCAA
Dear NCAA: Please Stop Helping AOL & Turner Scam Students
It seems that greed at the NCAA knows absolutely no boundaries. In April, the NCAA signed an $11 Billion agreement to televise the NCAA men's basketball tournament on CBS and Turner Sports. You would think that would be enough cash to support an organization whose stars are all unpaid amateurs. You'd also think that would be enough cash to not put scammy ads on the home page of right before the tournament begins. If so, you'd be completely wrong.

The United Kingdom... Now sponsored by FOX News.
Are News Corp and Rupert Murdoch Moving into the UK?
Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch is poising to acquire 61% of Sky Broadcasting Group, the United Kingdom's largest privately-owned news corporation. Murdoch and News Corp received the green light from the UK government to go ahead with the deal, but negotiations are still in process.

Introducing Startup Madness, Hosted by This or That
TechStars announced their first Startup Madness tournament this week. We're proud to announce today that we will be hosting tournament voting once it kicks off on March 14th. For those who missed the TechStars announcement, here's how we will find participants...

tasty miracle whip
Miracle Whip Knows You Hate Them
Thinking outside the box is usually what produces the best results, and being creative and innovative always sets you apart from the competition. I can't say I've ever seen a company openly admit that you probably don't like them, and then reassure you that it's alright and that their corporate feelings aren't hurt. That is, until Miracle Whip decided to do exactly that in a new marketing campaign this week.

No more bookstores?
Are Bookstores Becoming Obsolete?
It was recently announced that Borders would be filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after years of falling profits resulting from both online book sales via and the rise of book readers like Kindle and Nook. As a result of this filing, it's projected that 30% of Borders locations across the country will close and the company will face "restructuring" in order to stay afloat.

Welcome to the working world!
Not All Recent College Grads Are Waiting Tables
According to surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, college grads are getting higher starting salaries now than they have since 2008. Obviously we saw a little something called a Recession in the last three years, but this is still substantial because it's a good indicator the economy is improving. If employers are willing to pay more money, and recent college graduates are MAKING more money, they should also be spending more money (hopefully not just on beer and corn chips).

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Web Designer Scorned
It looks like Winona Chiropractor stiffed their web designer and haven't paid one cent of their bill. The retaliation may be childish, but it's also kind of funny:

Get it while it's hot!
13 “Mainstream” Sites Powered by Porn
First the VCR, then late-night Cinemax, and now the Huffington Post? As Wiz Khalifa so elegantly says, you already know what it is, and if you don't you should by now. Yep, we're talking about porn. Internet users still search for porn and porn-related keywords more than anything else. So, why shouldn't Gawker, Buzzfeed, HuffPo and other 'mainstream' sites jump on that (so to speak)?

We're coming after you next, doctors!
Susan G. Koman Plans to Sue for the Cure, Then Host a 5k
A friend of mine once remarked that breast cancer awareness is like the pomegranate of campaigns -- it's everywhere. Susan G. Komen is easily the most prevalent fundraising organization, shoving pink ribbons and fun runs down your throat in the name of saving boobies everywhere. A foundation focused on healthy breasts can't possibly be a big-chested, well-endowed bully in disguise, right? Well...

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