Get started ‘On’ Jan. 17: Former AOL execs make big investment, Wikipedia going dark

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What’s going ‘on’:


Revolution Growth invested roughly $25 million in FedBid, according to sources. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

Americans growing incresingly fed up with Congress: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows a new high — 84 percent of Americans — disapproving of the job Congress is doing, with almost two-thirds saying they “disapprove strongly.”Nearly four years has passed since even 30 percent expressed approval of Congress.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Wikipedia going dark tomorrow: The online encyclopedia will black out its site on Wednesday to protest SOPA, a version of anti-piracy legislation that’s being considered by Congress. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales made the announcement on Monday, saying the site would shut down English versions of the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia for 24 hours starting at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday.

Facebook eyeing May IPO: The social network’s long-anticipated initial public offering is likely to come in the third week of May, according to a new report from AllThingsD. That would require the company to file its IPO documents within the next month

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to capi­tal­ize on business optimism (Entrepreneur)

How to secure development capital for a startup (Open Forum)

How to become a better sales person (Inc.)

How to pick the perfect business name (Mashable)

How Pinterest can boost online business (Practical Ecommerce)

J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.

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