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Meetups Fuel Vegas’ Tech Scene

While getting to know many of the local techies Downtown and throughout the Valley, one thing I hear often is how inclusive this community is compared to other tech cities. Many newcomers and visitors say they are surprised when they’re meeting with other entrepreneurs and hear, “How can I help you?” promptly following their company pitch. Read More

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The (New) iPhone Cometh. Maybe.

With Verizon and Sprint slashing the prices of their iPhone 4’s and Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference coming up June 10-14 in San Francisco, rumors are building about the impending announcement of an iPhone 6. Well, one of the rumors is that it will be an “iPhone 5S”—but if the phone is cool enough, its name won’t Read More

Politics

Technology and the Base

The major political party conventions are done, and now the micro-targeters take over, the political marketers who understand your voting, shopping and Internet browsing histories better than you do. Armed with iPads and other touch-screen devices, they’re deploying armies of political activists and phone bankers who have two goals: Get Las Vegas Valley voters to the polls while critical TV and Internet commercials push down opposition Read More

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Starting Up, Letting Go

For decades, Nevada’s high-tech industry has lagged behind powerhouses such as California. In some cases, we’ve even discouraged tech companies that wanted to move here, such as Electronic Arts in the early 2000s. So it’s encouraging to finally see Nevada lawmakers actively welcoming emerging Read More

Vegas Tech

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Five Apps Las Vegas Needs Now

Think hard about the last time you consulted a folding map or looked up a number in the phone book. If you can’t remember, that’s because we’ve all got smartphones with applications that put handles on the urban experience. Las Vegas is served well by global apps: Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp are fully functional both on the Strip and off. But that’s not enough. We need apps to make it easier to live here, and five apps spring to mind Read More

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After the Hack

After working in the e-commerce industry for 15 years, I came to believe that a company is best measured by how it reacts in a crisis. On Jan. 15, hackers accessed information for 24 million Zappos customers, putting the company to a stern and sudden test. Company databases get hacked all the time, sometimes despite excellent security. But the worst breaches happen when they store complete credit-card information in their customer database and try to hush up the breach Read More

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Cosmopolitan Banking on Social Capital

The Cosmopolitan recently received two Sherpie Awards, which honor the best social media marketing in the casino industry, winning for “Best Use of Twitter” and “Best in Show.” In a sense, the awards were richly deserved—the Cosmo has seamlessly integrated Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and YouTube into a comprehensive platform fine-tuned to interact with the forward-thinking customers the resort is courting. So there’s some real commercial competence on display here. But what’s really in it for the Cosmopolitan’s “friends” and Read More