Last Week in Betabeat: Meme Factory

Too busy to check your daily Betabeat? Here are the highlights from last week, as selected by the editors.

REQUIRED READING: Jonah Peretti’s Meme Streak
Making viral happen inside the factory at BuzzFeed.

REQUIRED READING: Union Square Ventures Leading Series B in Iowa-Based Dwolla for About $10 M.
“It’s a deal every VC was flying to Iowa or something to try to invest in.” -one New York investor

REQUIRED READING: Layoffs at Lot18: 15 Percent of Employees Were Just Let Go From Fast-Growing Luxury Discount Site
Trouble in wine country?
SUPPLEMENTAL READINGLayoffs Underway at Gilt Groupe Right Now: ‘General Atmosphere Is Terrifying’

REQUIRED READING: Megaupload Lawyer: Swizz Beatz Was ‘Negotiating to Become the CEO’
The hip hop producer is a surprising new figure in the anti-piracy wars.
SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Federal Prosecutors Shut Down File Sharing Site Megaupload for Piracy Violations
EXTRA CREDIT!Feds Bust Megaupload, So Anonymous Hacks the DOJ, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music Group

PIPA Goes the Way of SOPA As Senators Rush to Distance Themselves
The Industry That Cried Pirate: How Hollywood’s Hyperbole Backfired
Investor in Kickstarter, the Company, Decries ‘Worst Project I’ve Funded’ on Kickstarter
Hipster Men’s Fashion Site Bonobos Has Raised $8 M. of a $15 M. Equity Round
Growing Pains! ZocDoc Customer Support Squeezed, Calls Going to Voicemail
The Internet Needs Its Own Lobbyist: Kickstarter Clone Raising for Anti-SOPA Cause

Scenes From the New York Anti-SOPA/PIPA Rally [PHOTOS]
And Now for Something Completely Different! Color Debuts YouTube Spot for New Video-Based Color [VIDEO]
What Is This Mysterious ‘Hacker Olympics’?
Caught in the Webb: How the Myth of the Algorithm Fools the Market

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Last Week in Betabeat: Meme Factory