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Targeting Patent Trolls, All-You-Can-Fly Startup Airline, Sun-Times Photographer: June 5


Targeting Patent Trolls, All-You-Can-Fly Startup Airline, Sun-Times Photographer: June 5

Illustration by André da Loba

President Obama announced a series of executive actions and legislative proposals to protect innovators from patent trolls, Alex Fitzgerald reports. [Mashable]

Startup airline Surf Air gained federal approval to launch its first route, writes Lora Kolodny. The company, which offers monthly, all-you-can-fly subscriptions, will soon be taking off between Burbank and San Carlos, Calif. [Wall Street Journal]

A recent poll shows that 65 percent of small business owners support federal laws that prohibit discriminating against gay or transgender employees, according to Virginia Bridges. [News & Observer]

The Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire photo staff last week and announced plans to train its reporters to take photos with their phones. Freelancer Rob Hart, who was among those to lose his job, is documenting his life with his iPhone camera. [Laid Off From the Sun-Times]

Rho Ventures managing partner Habib Kairouz says that years after new media companies disrupted print media and music industry incumbents, television is finally ripe for innovation (video). [Bloomberg Television]

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Clark is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek covering small business and entrepreneurship.

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