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Rich, but Not Silicon Valley Rich

wsj.com – Monica Langley – Apr 23, 7:32 PM – Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith are worth more than $100 million combined after turning the cloud software firm they started in a Berkeley, Calif., garage into Box Inc., with 1,200 employees and expected revenue of $285 million this year. They rang the…
Jonathan Abrams RT @mims: 300,000 GE employees now use Box. I reverse myself: This company will endure. t.co/0V2sUtf4vM

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Woman behind Pakistan's first hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead by unknown gunmen

boingboing.net Xeni Jardin (@xeni) – Apr 24, 11:19 AM – The woman who ran Pakistan's first-ever hackathon and led a human rights and a peace-focused nonprofit known as The Second Floor (T2F) was shot dead today by unidentified gunmen in Karachi. Sabeen Mahmud was leaving the T2F offices with her mother…
tomwilliams RT @davemcclure: Woman behind Pakistan's first hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead by unknown gunmen t.co/AW1LcryQDb via @nuzzel by @xeni #sad
John McCrea RT @davemcclure: Woman behind Pakistan's first hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead by unknown gunmen t.co/AW1LcryQDb via @nuzzel by @xeni #sad
Joshua Baer RT @davemcclure: Woman behind Pakistan's first hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead by unknown gunmen t.co/AW1LcryQDb via @nuzzel by @xeni #sad
Dave McClure Woman behind Pakistan's first hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead by unknown gunmen t.co/AW1LcryQDb via @nuzzel by @xeni #sad
avleen RT @smichelleism: Woman behind Pakistan's first hackathon, #SabeenMahmud shot dead by unknown gunmen via @BoingBoing t.co/GtUiQ89WlD #FuckThis
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Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake

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Scott Beale RT @GoogleCR: We've just launched a Person Finder instance to help track missing persons for the #Nepal earthquake, t.co/olPoKniVrZ
michael abbott RT @GoogleCR: We've just launched a Person Finder instance to help track missing persons for the #Nepal earthquake, t.co/olPoKniVrZ
David E. Weekly Looking for people possibly affected by the #NepalEarthquake? Use the Person Finder t.co/rvXht1sOoV #LetsHelpNepal
Katie Jacobs Stanton RT @GoogleCR: We've just launched a Person Finder instance to help track missing persons for the #Nepal earthquake, t.co/olPoKniVrZ
Jack Krawczyk RT @GoogleCR: We've just launched a Person Finder instance to help track missing persons for the #Nepal earthquake, t.co/olPoKniVrZ
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Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.'s Warrantless Spying

nytimes.com Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) – Apr 24 – WASHINGTON — The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency 's post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify…
Demand Progress What we're reading -- Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of #NSA's Warrantless Spying: t.co/LSBD4M2RCC
Thomas Drake RT @JesselynRadack: 7 #whistleblowers slammed w/ #espionage b/c revealed exactly what gov found t.co/0UPF55EabD #DrakeBinneyWiebeLoomisRoarkTammSnowden
emptywheel "Just 1.2% of the tips from [Stellar Wind from] 2001 to 2004...made a sig contribution to IDing terrorist." t.co/dW2pwbkIde
Peter Maass RT @charlie_savage: FOIA lawsuit got 600+ pg prev classified IG report on post-9/11 NSA surveillance tonight t.co/Q6LhknpiOb doc t.co/DnbnRkCB49
Margaret Sullivan Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.'s Warrantless Spying t.co/z3tRvJRMB1
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Dennis Crowley Takes Another Stab at Explaining Foursquare

Medium – Steven Levy – Apr 24, 7:32 AM – There are reasons that unicorns are rare. It's incredibly hard to build a billion dollar company. Even if you have a great idea, execute well and draw millions of users. Dennis Crowley knows this. He is cofounder and CEO of Foursquare, a company…
Ben Horowitz RT @dens: Loved this piece by @StevenLevy on where Foursquare's been & where we're going (and all the moving parts in between) t.co/1apwc1nWwS
Benedict Evans RT @dens: Loved this piece by @StevenLevy on where Foursquare's been & where we're going (and all the moving parts in between) t.co/1apwc1nWwS
Marc Andreessen RT @dens: Loved this piece by @StevenLevy on where Foursquare's been & where we're going (and all the moving parts in between) t.co/1apwc1nWwS
Bryce Roberts RT @heif: 'If we don't build that thing, no one is going to build it. So we should continue building it" @dens to @StevenLevy t.co/aJPTeaO36C
Scott Heiferman 'If we don't build that thing, no one is going to build it. So we should continue building it" @dens to @StevenLevy t.co/aJPTeaO36C
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Photos: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul

qz.com – Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich created the non-profit Skateistan in 2007, a grassroots project that connects youth and education through skateboarding in Afghanistan. The organization, which has since grown to an award-winning…
Adam Messinger RT @StKonrath: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul t.co/XUnt5OeLyT t.co/Tepx8miUaT
Yao Yue RT @StKonrath: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul t.co/XUnt5OeLyT t.co/Tepx8miUaT
John Lilly RT @qz: Photos: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul t.co/e4ZJ1gix9j t.co/B0XBn4YMPA
dan sinker HAPPY FRIDAY: "fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul" RT @johnolilly: This is incredibly wonderful. t.co/1ipcBxIYNS
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How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color

Priceonomics – Oct 3, 2014 – At a very, very basic level, this is how common photographic film works: film is thin plastic covered in a layer or layers of photosensitive chemicals. When exposed to a very small amount of light — like the tiny amount that hits it when a…
Hilary Mason It's amazing how bias was encoded into the technology itself: How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color t.co/rLUyG8GeSH
Jim Roberts RT @raju: Fascinating: How photography was intentionally optimized for white skin t.co/UXr3dkg0ui (don't miss comments) t.co/JQAUNJ3EKs
Raju Narisetti Fascinating: How photography was intentionally optimized for white skin t.co/UXr3dkg0ui (don't miss comments) t.co/JQAUNJ3EKs
Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda Film process was originally tuned for white skin, this has had many odd consequences. Cool read. t.co/w4HwplD0bP
Hacker News 20 How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color t.co/cwnmvq8mC5 (t.co/KhrEIdMVAx)
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The King of Weird News

BuzzFeed – Last November, within a few hours of each other, some of the planet's biggest news websites published an irresistible story. An attractive Argentinian teacher called Lucita Sandoval, from Santiago del Estero, had been having sex with her…
Craig Silverman RT @flashboy: Here's @aljwhite, @CraigSilverman and me on the small news agency behind some big - and false - viral news stories: t.co/mJotD2rPWv
Craig Silverman RT @BuzzFeedUK: How a news agency fills your Facebook feed with stories that are wacky - and often wrong t.co/t7ujFiQFQc t.co/jGp8IHrT7s
Craig Silverman RT @Maghielse: I see it didn't take long for @CraigSilverman's hire at @BuzzFeed to produce a great piece: An investigation into CEN t.co/ZPf9tovThE
Milo Yiannopoulos Yes, Buzzfeed, 'too good to check' is bad. t.co/ybjU8GewWl But what about 'too mean about our advertisers'?
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Nobody Famous

Medium – Anil Dash – Apr 24, 8:40 AM – I've got more Twitter followers than you. I've got more Twitter followers than Ted Cruz, and I'm only a little bit behind Bjork. If my followers were a state, we'd be creeping up on Wyoming in terms of population. Having half a million followers on…
Mathew Ingram RT @raju: What would you do, if you became nobody famous on social media? @anildash offers some sober personal experiences t.co/mRnglt13Jq
Raju Narisetti What would you do, if you became nobody famous on social media? @anildash offers some sober personal experiences t.co/mRnglt13Jq
Torsten Mueller RT @anildash: What's it like having half a million Twitter followers, if you're not an actual celeb? @message Fame Week continues! t.co/EdIvIF8biM
Richard MacManus Great post. I'm working on one on this theme too: the issues of following/friending -> Nobody Famous by @anildash t.co/TcEpfgZEaJ
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The Rise and Rise (and Rise) of Stephen Curry: The Wildly Miraculous and Quietly Inevitable Success of Golden State's Point Guard

Grantland – Brian Phillips – Apr 24, 8:29 AM – There are slideshows on the Internet of the house, stately and fountained, where Stephen Curry lived as a boy — the house his parents built in 1996, the year Steph turned 8, on a 16-acre plot a few minutes' drive from the center of…
sonal chokshi RT @Enderdoon: "Some players look like they can do anything; others look like they can't, until they do." The Rise of Stephen Curry t.co/tIzt0yURXt
sonal chokshi RT @Enderdoon: "Some players look like they can do anything; others look like they can't, until they do." The Rise of Stephen Curry t.co/tIzt0yURXt
sonal chokshi RT @Enderdoon: "Some players look like they can do anything; others look like they can't, until they do." The Rise of Stephen Curry t.co/tIzt0yURXt
Yujin Chung "Some players look like they can do anything; others look like they can't, until they do." The Rise of Stephen Curry t.co/tIzt0yURXt
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Nine Months After He Filmed Eric Garner's Killing, the Cops Are Trying to Put Ramsey Orta Behind Bars | VICE | United States

VICE – Apr 24, 7:30 AM – Ramsey Orta. Illustrations by author 'At first I didn't think it would blow up this big,' Ramsey Orta told me. He was describing the video he took of his friend Eric Garner being killed by the NYPD. His voice was nearly too soft to hear. I…
Josh Constine Extremely important read on how police have harassed the man who filmed Eric Garner's murder t.co/de3ojeJZfr We fight with cameras
Dave McClure VICE: Nine Months After He Filmed Eric Garner Killing, Cops Are Trying to Put Ramsey Orta Behind Bars t.co/w6NaC5wEm6
Neil Wehrle RT @mollycrabapple: How the NYPD targeted the man who filmed them killing Eric Garner t.co/9FnqdcieoC t.co/CaqcQsnSbP
Danny Gold RT @mollycrabapple: How the NYPD targeted the man who filmed them killing Eric Garner t.co/9FnqdcieoC t.co/CaqcQsnSbP
Luke Kanies RT @mollycrabapple: Ramsey Orta videotaped Eric Garner's killing, so the NYPD tried to shatter his life t.co/9FnqdcieoC t.co/7aTojXkYkc
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