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In Second Opinion, Verizon’s CEO says it’s not considering acquiring AOL, smartphone data can be used to diagnose depression, Kickstarter drops Amazon Payments for Stripe and McDonalds in Venezuela have run out of French Fries.


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To start your week, First Read reveals private equity’s own form of tax inversion, a startup is developing a tech-enabled, friendlier way to collect debt and an earthquake rocked Napa Valley this weekend.


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In Second Opinion, women are better than men at raising money with Kickstarter, Uber drivers are still in operation in Berlin despite being banned and Apple is planning a more expensive iPhone that has a sapphire screen.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population uses a smartphone, Apple’s secret eBay store returns, the potato salad Kickstarter surpasses $40K and our hearts go out to Brazil at the World Cup semifinal.

Jimmy Choo shoes founder Mellon shows off her OBE in London

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In Second Opinion, Tamara Mellon, co-founder of Jimmy Choo shoes, says sexual discrimination and inequality in private equity made her a feminist, Box raises another $150 mln in funding from TPG and Coatue, and Uber cuts the price of UberX rides in NYC by 20%.

Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase Dimon arrives at the White House in Washington

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In Second Opinion, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has throat cancer, Facebook buys LiveRail, Target doesn’t want shoppers to carry guns now, plus a shirtless jogger gets into a heated argument with Rob Ford and becomes an instant hero.


Lima raises $2.5M from Partech

Lima said it raised $2.5 million in Series A financing from Partech Ventures to accelerate worldwide development. Lima mounted a Kickstarter campaign last year and reached its initial funding goal in less than 12 hours, raising $1.2 million.

HAPILABS Begins Kickstarter Campaign For Connected Fork

HAPILABS said it has begun a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the manufacture and distribution of its HAPIfork. The electronic fork, that vibrates when a user eats too quickly, was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and is still in prototype. The $100,000 Kickstarter campaign will allow up to 2,500 people to obtain the fork for $89 and offer it at $99 for everyone else.


Kickstarter Begins Testing the E-Commerce Waters

Much has been written about how popular crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are merely scratching the surface of a big funding vacuum – and taking on venture capitalists in the process. But Kickstarter may ultimately evolve into more than a replacement to VC or even a lead-in to it. Today, in fact, it becomes a direct retail outlet for a fully baked product.

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