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Facebook to Acquire EchoDitto

MENLO PARK, CALIF. AND SOMERVILLE, MASS. – March 31, 2014 – Facebook announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire EchoDitto, a veteran digital services agency, for a total of approximately $3 billion, including $1 billion in cash and an additional $2 billion in restricted Bitcoins to be granted to EchoDitto's founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

HealthCare.gov's Big Failure

The HealthCare.gov fiasco is a timely case study in how "big" is a liability in today's age of radical connectivity. Big institutions - a giant federal bureaucracy, huge technology contractors, and a bloated government procurement process - spent over $500,000,000 creating a glorified webform -- and failed. But these big organizations never stood a chance, and smaller, more agile, and nimbler firms and processes could have mitigated these risks which now threaten the President's legacy.

Morning Reads: 2013 is Mobile, and the Game Layer

We were roused from the long weekend this morning by the sound of a steady drumbeat, "mobile, mobile, mobile". It's time to get off the sidelines and start planning for how you are going to reach your audience on their smartphones. For those of you with midyear fiscal calendars, you've got about 4 months to convince your Board it is time to get on board. We're also taking a look at gamification, and where it is today. Is gamification like flying cars, a cool idea but an impractical technology? Or are we going to see some real innovation in the space now that mobile is such a big player?

Morning Reads: Google Ad Jujutsu, Trust Barometer, Spreadable not Sticky

Today we learned that Google ads have gone mobile with location aware options, and we're thinking about how to do some serious jujutsu for social good. Edelman tells us that Technology companies are the most trusted type of business out there blush. And, like a good peanut butter, the best content isn't sticky, it is spreadable.

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