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September 29, 2013, 10:25 PM

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Fred Wilson / A VC:
AngelList Syndicates will compete with other lead investors for deals, and many will fail  —  Leading vs Following  —  Hunter Walk has a good post up on the coming competition among angels with syndicates to get into deals.  Hunter observes: … What Hunter is getting at is the difference between leading and following.
Jason Calacanis / LinkedIn Today:
Jason Calacanis touts power of AngelList Syndicates, boasts that his own now exceeds $300k  —  The Great Venture Capital Rotation  —  A couple of years ago, I was chatting with a guy named Naval, who had a site called AngelList.  He had a fiery passion for helping founders and an outsider's chip on his shoulder.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
First Windows 8.1 ad features the return of the Start button  —  The removal of the Windows 8 Start button last year turned out to be a hot-button issue for users of Microsoft's latest operating system.  Following a range of feedback from customers, Microsoft is now preparing to release Windows 8.1 on October 18th with a Start button.
Jacob Kleinman / TechnoBuffalo:
Microsoft's New Surface Commercial Highlights Features  —  Microsoft's latest ad promoting its line of Surface tablets is a break from tradition.  Instead of choreographed dances or snarky attacks ads, the new commercial highlights features on the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 it thinks consumers will like the most.
New York Times:
N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens  —  WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Judge tosses Apple motion, allows patent troll Lodsys to continue rampage  —  Lodsys became one of the most-scorned patent holders in 2011, by making seemingly small cash demands (just 0.575 percent of your revenue, please!) against small app makers, who it said were infringing its patents that cover in-app purchasing and upgrades.
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