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Vermont is set to become the first state to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. The bill, which would take effect in July, passed the state Senate and now goes back to the House for approval of final changes.

Billionaire Napster co-founder Sean Parker has been making moves in the political world, eyeing a range of 2014 campaigns in which to get involved.

Marc Andreessen, who sits on the board of Facebook, which earlier this year paid $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, explains why lofty valuations in tech M&A are different than other kind of deals. 

BlackRock, T. Rowe Price and Fidelity Investments are among mutual funds moonlighting as venture capital investors.

Who gets into accelerators? Often it’s male-led, SaaS platforms that are persistent, applying for two or more programs.

A client of Russian bank Zapadny, which recently had its banking license revoked by Russia’s Central Bank, stormed into a local branch demanding money and taking hostages.

Looking for work? Russia reportedly pays people to sit in rooms for eight hours a day and work as Internet trolls, filling comment sections of articles the regime doesn’t like with vitriolic commentary. Actually, Russia isn’t the only country that does this.

Why the music industry is failing to crush Internet radio giant Pandora.

Seven limits Congress should impose on a Comcast/Time Warner merger.

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Blackstone launching new energy fund; weighing flagship Fund VII for 2015

2x return on Digital Insight boosts HarbourVest fund

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