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A roundup of the day's news that can help you and your business succeed.
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1. Raw Deal

The Department of Justice deal that would allow tech companies to disclose information about about government data demands may have an adverse affect on tech startups. The agreement bars companies less than two years old from sharing information about government requests, meaning that while Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other large companies can be more transparent with customers, their smaller competitors can't, giving the giants an unfair advantage in an increasingly privacy-obsessed market. -- New York Times 

2. Deeper Pinterest

Pinterest is previewing its new Interests feature, suggesting pins around individual users' niche interests. While this tool ostensibly is meant to serve users, it could mean more specific targeting for advertisers on the image-based social network. --TechCrunch

3. New Newsies

FundersClub, an online network connecting accredited investors and startups, is launching a social news site for private investors. Called Venture News, it’s described  as “Hacker News for private investors" to read and share articles, hold discussions, and access investor resources. --Venture Beat

4. Big Ambitions

As now customary with GoDaddy, at Super Bowl time expect another commercial from the brand that shows a lot of skin. The ads also will spotlight the domain company’s move to become a one-stop shop for all the digital services an entrepreneur might need. --Gigaom

5. 3-D Printing Bazaar

Dyo.co, a marketplace for customizable 3D-printed items for consumers without technical know-how, is launching this week. If you've wondered how 3D printing will translate in the world of e-commerce, this might just be an early glimpse. --Pando

6. Competitive Crowdfunding

Hardware-startups consultant Dragon is sweetening the deal on its crowdfunding site, which had charged $5,000 up front and a 5 percent cut of funding. Now any startup lucky enough to raise $1 million can receive another $100,000 in investment. --Businessweek

7. State of Obama

In tonight's State of the Union address before Congress, the President is expected to call for greater income equality and immigration reform. While small business and entrepreneurship have featured prominently in previous adresseses, Obama isn't expected to call for any major policy changes for business this time around. 

8. Bitcoin Hearing

The Winkelvoss twins and venture capitalist Fred Wilson are among the financial types expected to speak at two days of hearings starting today on potential regulations for Bitcoin and other virtual currencies in New York State. Those dealing in or developing their own virtual currencies will be reading the tea leaves since the Empire State can be a bellwether for financial reforms.




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