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I t's a bad day for meth-themed action figures. A Florida mom is organizing against Toys R Us to get the retailer to stop selling Breaking Bad-inspired toys.

But here's a question, is Walter White really worse than, say, child murder and genocidal military leader Darth Vader(née Anakin Skywalker)? Or how about the Red Skull, a well-known Nazi agent.

Outside the toy aisle, here are eight other  ...

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Overstock.com bitcoin partner embraces 'Foundation' status

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C ounterparty, Overstock.com's partner in its ongoing mission to help create a parallel economy, today announced a new business model: that of a non-profit foundation.The unusual business decision paves the way for some potentially very interesting donor scenarios.

"The Counterparty platform, the Counterparty software, has matured to the point that we need this sort of formal structure to  ...

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How a startup aims to be the Bleacher Report of the music world

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Seeking to tap into music fans' desire to keep up with the latest news on their favorite bands, the Austin-based JamFeed app is borrowing a page from the world of sports fandom.

JamFeed co-founder and CEO Cameron Gibson said he and his brother Tyler looked to the popularity of BleacherReport.com's Team Stream app that delivers the latest sports news to fans who subscribe for feeds of specific  ...

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How to be creative, according to Isaac Asimov

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A s a writer, Isaac Asimov was more than prolific. In addition to publishing more than 470 books, he answered some 90 percent of the 100,000 letters he received during his career.

The great science fiction writer just missed the rise of the blog—he died in 1992—but it seems like a safe bet that he'd be cranking out posts if he were alive today.

The MIT Technology Review just published a  ...

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This startup alternative to YouTube is growing by 100% a year

by David Harris Savage Headshot

W istia, a Cambridge-based video-hosting service, is growing by offering an alternative to other services like YouTube and Vimeo.

The company, which recently moved into new 13,500-square-foot headquarters near Cambridge's Central Square, specializes in offering video hosting services to small- and midsized businesses for as little as $25 a month. It now has 110,000 customers, including HubSpot,  ...

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Mozilla opens up: What The Open Standard's editor says about civilization, collaboration

by J Jennings Moss Anthony Duignan-Cabrera

M ozilla is out to show it's more than just the Firefox browser and a host of products for web developers. It's got a big new feature called Firefox Hello that will allow users to make voice and video calls through the browser. But perhaps more significantly, at least from a reputation and influence standpoint, it's gotten into the publishing game.

Late last week, Mozilla Corp. started publishing  ...

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9 gems of wisdom about the future of bitcoin law

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T hose on the cutting edge of bitcoin innovation aren't waiting for regulation to pass before they sharpen up their legal know-how. 9 influencers share thoughts on the future of bitcoin  ...

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