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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

51VNpeX9uyL. SL160  Minitrends: Finding & Profiting from Emerging Business Opportunity Gems: Between Microtrends & Megatrends Lie Minitrends: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs ... Social & Technology TrendsMinitrends are emerging trends that promise to become significantly important in the next three to five years, but which are not recognized or appreciated by the general public or most businesses. Like precious gems, Minitrends can be extremely valuable to those alert enough to recognize them, perceptive enough to appreciate their potential worth, and clever enough to reap their full potential. This book provides practical, easy-to-understand guidance to assist individuals, small and medium-size companies, and large companies in identifying, analyzing, and exploiting attractive Minitrends effectively.

Read more ... Francisco-based venture capital firm Burrill & Company is partnering up with Chile's Austral Capital Partners to put together an initial $40 million to $50 million life sciences venture capital fund in Chile.

"We expect to initially have between $40 million and $50 million committed over the next few months...although the idea would be to have between $100 million and $150 million over the next several years," Steven Burrill, the chief executive of the U.S. company, told Dow Jones Newswires. 

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The list of the best-connected countries of the world is topped by South Korea, with average download speeds of 34.14 Mbps, according to, which today released the results of 1.5 billion worldwide Internet speed tests on its new site. The USA is ranked 26th with 10.16 Mbps, which places us somewhere between the Ukraine and Russia.

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The OECD launched its Innovation Strategy today, setting out what it think needs to be done to foster smart new ideas. The strategy is at the heart of a session at the OECD Forum on Thursday morning, “Unleashing Innovation”, where moderator Luca de Biase, the IT and Science Editor of Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper, has noted that there’s rarely been a more important moment for innovation. That’s not just because we need to drive new growth in the wake of the crisis but also because we need to tackle problems like climate change and ageing populations.

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Steven MaviglioCalifornia tops the nation in green job openings according to a new analysis by, a job search engine.

"California is ahead of the pack in green job creation because we are leading the country in adopting ambitious and innovative clean energy and energy efficiency policies," said Susan Frank, Coordinator of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy." AB 32, California's historic climate and energy security law provides the market certainty the clean energy industries need to invest heavily in a strong workforce in California."

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Today’s the opening day our of TechCrunch Disrupt conference, and we’re starting it off with a bang. Famed interviewer/journalist/host Charlie Rose is talking to John Doerr, partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Doerr is known for his massively successful investments in companies such as Google, Amazon, Intuit, and more recently Zynga (among many others).

Rose asked Doerr for his thoughts about what’s coming next. Doerr says that’s we’re on the third great wave of innovation. The first was the microchip/PC in the 80s. The second was the Internet in the 90s. And now we’re entering a wave of social, mobile, and new commerce, Doerr says.

And what’s leading that wave? The iPad.

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chart of the day, youtube video lifecycle, may 2010A video on YouTube gets 50% of its views in the first 6 days it is on the site, according to data from analytics firm TubeMogul. After 20 days, a YouTube video has had 75% of its total views.

That's a really short life span for YouTube videos, and it's probably getting shorter. In 2008, it took 14 days for a video to get 50% of its views and 44 days to get 75% of its views.

Why? In the last two years, YouTube has improved its user interface, which helps videos get seen early on. Also, the world has gotten more adept at embedding and sharing videos in real-time via Twitter and Facebook. (And there's probably more video to choose from.)

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Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Michael is on stage to talk about the future of mobile with Facebook’s Chris Cox, Google’s Vic Gundotra, and Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley.

Below find my live notes (paraphrased):

MA: there’s so much with privacy issues around Facebook. What’s happening?

CC: It’s been an intense and humbling couple weeks for us. We’ve spent a lot of time talking to advocacy groups. Mark wrote a post. Starting tomorrow we’ll be rolling out “drastically simple” privacy controls.

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Regarding ‘Regional ’stars’ rewarded for innovative projects‘:

The EU’s integrated ‘innovation chain’ has never been complete and therefore will never work. For if we have a broken link in any connected chain or necklace, it will always inextricably fall to the ground. The only way to fix that link is to connect the two unconnected ends together: likewise for Europe’s innovation strategy, which is currently missing its vital link of ‘independent’ invention and ideas - the prerequisite of economic dynamism in the 21st Century.

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The fifth annual Maker Faire drew tens of thousands of people to the county fairgrounds in San Mateo, Calif. Started by Make magazine for the Do-It-Yourself crowd, the event is a blend of wacky Burning Man style creativity, Rube Goldberg inventions, and technological marvels. Organizers estimate 95,000 people will attend by the end of this weekend. The 600 exhibits featured science projects by kids at local schools to well-financed projects by major corporations. All of them were celebrations of the can-do attitude that fuels Silicon Valley, breathing life into the innovative prototyping process and the culture of hacking.

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In an informal partnership with Philadelphia magazine’s new Philly Post daily news blog, Technically Philly will be offering our insight on Philadelphia technology to a broader audience of tech-interested individuals every Tuesday. As is true of so much of our effort, this is yet another opportunity to voice the triumphs and concerns of the community to a broader audience in the city and beyond.

Inside the pages of this magazine’s December 2008 issue, the 100 moments that most shaped this city were listed in careful detail.

Read more ... only 3 months ago, The IP Net is the first f-r-e-e to all technology matching system. Already, more than 50 international universities are using IP Net to market their technologies to corporations, and more than 140 industry organizations including 80 large corporations and multinationals have registered to receive IP updates from the site. . The site is truly international, with more than 60 countries visiting the site to date.  While BFW policies prohibit the promotion of commercial products or for profit companies, IP Net is a product of the University of Manchester, with input and philanthropic sponsorship from industry. No party is making income from the project.

The IP Net allows "anyone/anywhere" to market technology or to seek innovations. It is "two way" both for technology offers and technology requests.  Technologies are added to the system directly by university users. Then, these technologies are simultaneously marketed and promoted to companies using a very simple and lean e-mail system. This e-mail technique makes it quick and easy for corporations to quickly filter large numbers of technology opportunities.

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