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AOL’s MapQuest Inks UI Deal With Mapbox As It Prepares To Overhaul The Product

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AOL, which is in the process of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, says it has no plans to divest itself of its content operations (which include TechCrunch) as part of that deal. But it’s not leaving them on autopilot, either. We’ve confirmed there are plans to overhaul MapQuest, its mapping business, later this year.

Part of that includes a deal with developer mapping platform startup Mapbox, which will provide new rendering for MapQuest’s maps.

We were tipped off to changes because of a tweet claiming AOL would be shutting down MapQuest’s internal mapping capabilities and switching to Mapbox. Then, just earlier today, the Washington Post ran a feature on MapQuest that also noted an upcoming overhaul of the product. We understand this product refresh is likely to launch this fall.

While we have yet to nail down a lot of the details of how the overhauled MapQuest will look, here’s what we know so far:…

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Three Reasons Your Term Sheet May Fall Through

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Editor’s note: Jonathan Friedman is a partner at LionBird, an early-stage fund investing in digital health, commerce and enterprise software. He blogs at Venture Capital Point of View.

So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a termsheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. Term sheets are non-binding, and even though they should signify a VC has conviction in investing in you and is ready to move towards closing, they fallthrough more often than most founders may expect.

Here are the three most common reasons why receiving a termsheetmay not result in an investment by a VC and what you can do about it.

The Rushed Term Sheet

Ideally, before offering term sheets, VCs should already have examined the business side of intended investments from all angles. For example, at LionBird, we review opportunities before moving to termsheet stage…

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The CHIP Is A $9 Computer That Can Almost Do It All

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If you need a computer about the size of a credit card, look no further. The CHIP is a $9 single-board computer that runs Linux and can do just about anything you want it to… including play Quake.

The board includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as optional ports for VGA and HDMI monitors. On board you’ll find a 1GHz processor, 512 RAM, and 4GB of storage. You can install a light version of Debian and you can even plug it into something called the PocketCHIP that adds a touchscreen and keyboard to the mix in a package about as big as the original Game Boy.

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Why do you need this thing? Well, first off it’s pretty cool. A $9 computer – $19 with the VGA adapter and $24 with the HDMI adapter – is a wonderful feat. Like the Raspberry Pi, the medium is the message. Now that we…

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Books to help you answer big questions about yourself

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Why in the world did I do that? How can I do better? Chances are you’ve asked yourself these questions at least once today. To understand how your mind works and how you can improve your decision-making, explore these six psychology and behavioral economics books, each one recommended by a TED Talks speaker.


Why did I do that?

“Edward L. Deci is a legend in the study of motivation, and the 1996 book Why We Do What We Do offers a nice early introduction to his work.” — business writer Dan Pink (TED Talk: The puzzle of motivation). See more of Dan Pink’s favorite books.


What should I do to be happier?

“In his book, Give and Take, Wharton professor Adam M Grant shows how giving at work can lead to greater happiness and success.” — positive psychologist advocate Shawn Achor (TED Talk: The happy secret to…

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