Trademarking New York, Invoicing Plagiarists, Data Storage for Spies: May 31

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The New York State Department of Economic Development cried trademark infringement after a Manhattan coffee shop based its brand design around a play on the famous “I ♥ NY” logo, writes Andy Newman. [New York Times]

Eric Mack interviews attorney Douglas Ellenoff about platforms such as AngelList and FundersClub that do equity crowdfunding targeted at accredited investors (audio). []

The Central Intelligence Agency’s venture capital arm (yes, the CIA does VC) invested in Pure Storage. According to Kevin McLaughlin, the startup builds data storage systems using flash memory, which doesn’t require moving parts. [Business Insider]

In March, Abe Sauer wrote an article for the Awl that was reproduced without his permission at other websites. Sauer decided to send invoices to the companies he believed had ripped him off. One paid: Microsoft. [The Awl]

Elon Musk talks at length about space, electric cars, and solar energy with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg (video). [AllThingsD]

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