How Governments Can Foster Entrepreneurship, Apple Watch Series 2 & More Reading List Highlights

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1. Samsung to Replace or Refund 1 Million U.S. Galaxy Note 7 Phones

By Ankur Banerjee – Reuters

Digest: Mobile

Curator: Edith Yeung

Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 cases of property damage. Read More

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2. How Governments Can Foster Entrepreneurship

By Kamal Hassan – Forbes Middle East

Digest: Startup Communities

Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld, Shane Reiser

Another interesting paradigm to be cognizant of with the rise of startups around the globe. Read More

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3. One of Silicon Valley’s Hottest Young VC Firms is Crumbling — Here’s What it Just Told Investors

By Matt Rosoff – Business Insider Nordic

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

Rothenberg Ventures has been the talk of Silicon Valley over the last two weeks, as the small venture capital firm led by charismatic 32-year-old Mike Rothenberg has essentially imploded. Read More

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4. Hands-on with the Apple Watch Series 2

By Victoria Woollaston – Wired

Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

At first glance, Apple Watch Series 2 looks identical to the first-generation wearable and the new features are relatively minor. However, the Apple Watch didn’t become the second biggest selling watch brand (behind Rolex) in 2015 without having some redeeming features. Built-in GPS adds real value to the wearable. Runners can now use the Watch to more accurately track their route without having to take their phone with them and these route details are easily synced with an iPhone the next time they’re paired. Read More

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5. Long-Awaited UN Report Calls for Breaking Link Between Drug R&D Costs and Prices

By Zachary Brennan – Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

Digest: Health

Curator: R. Scott Munro

The UN released a report urging WTO members to, “no longer link the cost of research and development (R&D) with drug prices.” While this may seem like a rather small point, many life sciences companies justify their prices by saying they fund further research on new drugs. As you can imagine, pharmaceutical companies are not pleased with this report, and many have suggested that implementing the suggestions in the report would slow down innovation and research. This, however, may not be the worst thing. As we have seen in the US, sometimes new drugs add cost to the system instead of taking it out. Read More

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