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One-Year-Old Business Software Maker Slack Valued at $1.12 Billion

WSJ – Douglas MacMillan – Oct 31 – Slack CEO Stewart Buttervield Slack Workplace collaboration tool Slack didn't exist two years ago. Now the company is one of the most valuable business software startups in the world. Slack Technologies raised $120 million in a mega-round of…
Ali Aydar Oh, just 60 years of runway at the current burn? That's not enough, come on! t.co/Cuwgg70Lgk
Dave McClure RT @Techmeme: Slack raised $120M at $1.12B valuation in a round led by Kleiner and Google Ventures (@dmac1) t.co/Jm95nzZxI1 t.co/9pZeS1bkBX
C100 Congrats @SlackHQ #breakawaygrowth 3rd Canadian co to hit the $1B club- Business Valued at $1.12 Billion - WSJ t.co/Va4drl2JXY
Joe Alicata RT @dmac1: Fastest launch-to-$1B valuation YouTube $1.65B 20 months Groupon $1.35B 17 months Slack $1.12B 14 months t.co/vAB2xGtJhY
Ross Mayfield Slack raised $120M at $1.12B valuation in a round led by Kleiner and Google Ventures, all... t.co/OFf1TZHEkH
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Virgin Galactic Crash: A Tragedy of Hubris

TIME – Jeffrey Kluger – Oct 31, 4:36 PM – It's difficult not to feel sympathy for the hard-working people of Virgin Galactic—Sir Richard Branson's private space tourism company—after the loss of their SpaceShipTwo vehicle in a crash in the Mojave Desert at a little after 10…
Brad Gessler Despicable arm chairing: t.co/6Yf5nwjhXi I can't imagine what the Virgin Galactic team and families are going through now.
artypapers RT @sacca: Brave pioneer died conducting research. Go fuck yourself, Time. '@TIME: "Virgin Galactic crash: A tragedy of hubris" t.co/0cNtUYmK9x'
Mark Potts RT @sacca: Brave pioneer died conducting research. Go fuck yourself, Time. '@TIME: "Virgin Galactic crash: A tragedy of hubris" t.co/0cNtUYmK9x'
Mike Maples This article by Time is just terrible. They should be about the times and not Luddites behind the times. Sad t.co/GK3JD6libA
howardlindzon RT @sacca: Brave pioneer died conducting research. Go fuck yourself, Time. '@TIME: "Virgin Galactic crash: A tragedy of hubris" t.co/0cNtUYmK9x'
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Come Out, Come Out: The Tim Cook Moment Is Here

recode.net – Oct 31, 4:03 PM – Looking back, I guess we in the media might have asked Apple CEO Tim Cook if he were gay. Me especially, since I am gay. And, like many, I had heard all the assumptions about the self-effacing exec's sexual orientation, even though he and I had…
Kirill Soshalsky Top story: Apple CEO Tim Cook's Moment | Re/code t.co/3QhPL3rwLY, see more t.co/mDW6NWFRW9
Adam Nash RT @davidhornik: Really lovely piece about Tim Cook by Kara Swisher (@karaswisher). Well said. Much appreciated. t.co/BOVnaUp3Bd
Dave McClure RT @Techmeme: Come Out, Come Out: The Tim Cook Moment Is Here (@karaswisher / Re/code) t.co/NhWXro5Wao t.co/JiLAuhT9Ia
Patrick Cuttica One of the more thoughtful pieces I've read on the topic thus far. t.co/ZouTJ0ztnZ
Jason Goldberg Hey @karaswisher I loved your @tim_cook post today. Out = authentic = human. t.co/x76ZSBax8T
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Facebook's secret newsfeed experiments affected voter turnout in the 2012 election

Gigaom Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) – Oct 31, 9:21 AM – As many users know by now, Facebook routinely experiments with the structure of the newsfeed — that is, which updates its ranking algorithm highlights and which it down-votes or hides completely. Much of this experimentation is innocuous…
Matthew Ocko "Facebook's secret newsfeed experiments affected voter turnout in the 2012 election" $fb - news you can(t) trust ;-( t.co/6AxZ4jOiy3
Xavier Damman RT @mathewi: Facebook secretly tweaked the newsfeeds of almost 2 million users and affected voter turnout in the 2012 election: t.co/x5qQp2D8Hv
Matt Terenzio RT @mathewi: Facebook secretly tweaked the newsfeeds of almost 2 million users and affected voter turnout in the 2012 election: t.co/x5qQp2D8Hv
bill lee ouch '@mathewi: Facebook secretly tweaked the newsfeeds of almost 2 million users and affected voter turnout t.co/UijAPFOELV'
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Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation

TechCrunch Ingrid Lunden (@ingridlunden) – Oct 31 – Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past…
:· Suyash Sonwalkar There it is 'Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation' t.co/lloUmJy8Co
Zal Bilimoria RT @bwertz: Slack Confirms $120M Raise Led By Google Ventures & KPCB @ $1.1B Valuation t.co/gzvOGPGIWS < congrats @stewart, amazing 8 months run!
Boris Wertz Slack Confirms $120M Raise Led By Google Ventures & KPCB @ $1.1B Valuation t.co/gzvOGPGIWS < congrats @stewart, amazing 8 months run!
Hacker News Slack raises $120M Led by Google Ventures & KPCB at $1.12B Valuation t.co/QGb9WD0pM3
Lyle McKeany RT @nabeel: Congrats @SlackHQ & @mgsiegler - $180m raised in the first year of launch, woah. "Slack confirms $120m fundraise." t.co/0HxSiJzyOx
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New York Magazine's Kevin Roose Heads to Fusion, Too

recode.net – Oct 31, 9:00 AM – Fusion, the little-known cable network that's snapped up a raft of Big Name Writers, has hired New York Magazine's Kevin Roose as part of its effort to build out its new Silicon Valley bureau. Known for his sharp observations of Silicon Valley…
Nieman Lab Fusion's new technology bureau is adding journalists from New York magazine and Forbes t.co/m9Rvo9ZLu2
Caroline McCarthy "A lot of fun has gone out of technology reporting across the board and we want to put that back in." t.co/1yadhW9nMv
Kate Lee Always excited to see what @kevinroose does; will be eagerly watching him at @ThisIsFusion t.co/Ktc8kFbfRp
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FT interview with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page

FT.com – Oct 31, 12:39 PM – Wouldn't the world be a happier place if 90 per cent of the people with jobs put their feet up instead and left the robots to do the work? Why didn't the last house you bought cost only 5 per cent of what you paid for it? And is there any reason…
Scarin' Witchery Good one. @lionelbarber: Larry Page talks exclusively to the Financial Times in our special report on Silicon Valley t.co/VV5hlJFl82
Marc Andreessen RT @lionelbarber: Google co-founder and CEO talks exclusively to the Financial Times - in our weekend special report on Silicon Valley t.co/tz8CpxoNjj
Eric Koester RT @takingpitches: Larry Page: Given the chance to give up work, 9 out of 10 people 'wouldn't want to be doing what they're doing today' t.co/72SY2Mvgn0
Chris Dixon RT @pmarca: This is a very good interview, both the questions and the answers: Richard Waters & Larry Page: t.co/mRlA9NMi2u @RichardWaters
Marc Andreessen RT @takingpitches: Larry Page: Given the chance to give up work, 9 out of 10 people 'wouldn't want to be doing what they're doing today' t.co/72SY2Mvgn0
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Facebook wants you to vote on Tuesday. Here's how it messed with your feed in 2012.

motherjones.com – Micah L. Sifry – Oct 31, 6:00 AM – Facebook officials insist there's nothing untoward going on. But for several years, the company has been reluctant to answer questions about its voter promotion efforts and these research experiments. It was only as I was putting the finishing…
Tanya Cordrey RT @danbarker: Facebook experimented with feeds to try and impact likelihood of voting. t.co/VZbntJN2pw (via @dannydenhard) t.co/AGkcvhTJC6
Zeynep Tufekci For those following this FB voter experiment story. Here's the worst thing FB could do: stop publishing completely. t.co/3yNGNVNpiy
craignewmark RT @jayrosen_nyu: "It was as if Facebook didn't want users to know it had been messing with their news feed this way-..." t.co/es9xbzIn4S
craignewmark RT @mathewi: This is an important story about Facebook running experiments on users' newsfeeds and affecting election turnouts: t.co/ESYklFh00Y
Techmeme Facebook has experimented with Newsfeed content before voting to analyze effect on turnout t.co/loWt7WNw4R t.co/UmnMxfC7Dn
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Megan Smith: 'You Can Affect Billions of People'

nytimes.com – Susan Dominus – Oct 31 – The former Google executive talks with Susan Dominus about why more techies should consider Washington — in spite of the BlackBerrys. Now that you work at the White House, approximately how many times a day do you find yourself thinking…
Chris Dixon RT @fmanjoo: Here's Megan Smith interviewed by the NYT Mag. This is great. t.co/B8g0aiOTxG
Marc Andreessen RT @karaswisher: Nice @nytimes piece on @smithmegan (yes, she is THAT hopeful) Megan Smith: 'You Can Affect Billions of People' t.co/bzM1Gx71WP
Scarin' Witchery RT @karaswisher: Nice @nytimes piece on @smithmegan (yes, she is THAT hopeful) Megan Smith: 'You Can Affect Billions of People' t.co/bzM1Gx71WP
Raju Narisetti "The US government is whatever you can make of it" --Megan Smith in @nytimes t.co/hh9ZTkM33m t.co/OrHw3F8qYj
Marc Andreessen RT @fmanjoo: Here's Megan Smith interviewed by the NYT Mag. This is great. t.co/B8g0aiOTxG
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Standing up to Gamergate Bullies

Space Channel 6 – As a software engineer, I don't like broad, never-ending goals. I like to focus on smaller, attainable goals. In that vein, I'm ready to announce something. I am in the process of setting up a legal defense fund for women targeted by Gamergate. One…
Scott Beale RT @Spacekatgal: Announcing the legal defense fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Please RT. t.co/q3VobbZVhi t.co/lbvTubpR9F
rachelsklar RT @Spacekatgal: Announcing the legal defense fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Please RT. t.co/q3VobbZVhi t.co/lbvTubpR9F
Dan Shaw RT @Spacekatgal: Announcing the legal defense fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Please RT. t.co/q3VobbZVhi t.co/lbvTubpR9F
Anil Dash RT @Spacekatgal: Announcing the legal defense fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Please RT. t.co/q3VobbZVhi t.co/lbvTubpR9F
Duffman RT @Spacekatgal: Announcing the legal defense fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Please RT. t.co/q3VobbZVhi t.co/lbvTubpR9F
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