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Warren Buffett and Dan Gilbert will pay $1 billion to the person(s) that fills out a perfect NCAA bracket

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans are going to award anyone that fills out a perfect 2014 Men’s NCAA Tournament bracket with $1 billion. The prize is going to be paid in 40 annual installments of $25 million. If there is more than one winner, the prize will be shared. The winner or winners can also ask for a lump sum payment.

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Twitter Acquires TV Analytics Company Bluefin

Twitter has acquired Bluefin, a TV analytics company.  This acquisition is believed to be Twitter’s large acquisition to date.  Twitter definitely spent over $40 million on the acquisition since that is what they spent on TweetDeck two years ago.

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LevelEleven Spins Out Of ePrize With $1 Million In Seed Funding

LevelEleven is an enterprise gamification company that launched in Detroit earlier this week.  The company is backed with $1 million in seed funding from investors Detroit Venture Partners and ePrize.  LevelEleven’s software will help managers keep salesmen motivated.

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Dan Gilbert (Quicken Loans) and Manoj Bhargava (5 Hour Energy) Join Giving Pledge

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Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans, and Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5-Hour Energy, are among two billionaires from Michigan that have joined Giving Pledge.  Giving Pledge is an organization created by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to redistribute their wealth to charity.

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Are You A Human Launches PlayThru To Replace CAPTCHA With Games


Are You A Human is a Detroit-based startup company that is working on ways to replace CAPTCHA, the security feature on websites where you have to re-write gibberish text to prove that you are a human and not a spammer bot. Are You A Human has just launched a cloud-based game called PlayThru. PlayThru involves playing a mini game to prove that you are a human. For example, you may have to drag food items into a fridge or drag a motorcycle into an empty parking spot. I’d much prefer doing this than filling out text that is often times unreadable.
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Twitter Opening A Detroit Office In The M@dison Building


Yahoo! veteran and sales head at Twitter Greg Myrick is spearheading the opening of a Twitter office in Detroit. The Twitter Detroit office will be working closely with automotive companies and local ad agencies. The Twitter Detroit office will be based in the M@dison Building, which is a 100-year old co-working space revamped by Quicken Loans founder and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Gilbert led the talks with Twitter for opening an office there.
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This Kid Tells LeBron How It Is [VIDEO]


LeBron James was one of the most liked players in the NBA up until he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Jeremy Lin seems to be wearing the crown for the most liked players nowadays. First it was Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert that bashed on LeBron James and now the latest person to take a shot at King James is a kid on YouTube named Sollomon Gessesse.
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Magic Johnson Joins Detroit Venture Partners to Invest in Detroit Tech Startups

Detroit Venture Partners has gained a fourth general partner, as NBA star Magic Johnson announced this morning that he is ready to invest in the “Detroit 2.0 movement.” The firm’s founders include Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, Josh Linkner and Brian Hermelin. Detroit Venture Partners was established in 2010 to invest in tech startups in Detroit, investments that benefit both the tech world and the city of Detroit. [TechCrunch]