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Thu, Apr 28 2016

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John Boehner talks election, time in office

stanforddaily.com – Ada Statler-Throckmorton – Apr 27 – “You can call me boner, beaner, jackass, happy to answer to almost anything,” said former Speaker of the House John Boehner as he took the stage at CEMEX Auditorium on Wednesday evening. Boehner joined David M. Kennedy, faculty…
Jason Shen Proud to see the @StanfordDaily breaking this story on Boehner calling Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh". #spicey t.co/SEp6EDveuk
Joshuah Bearman Aww I miss Boehner: "My proudest accomplishment is walking out of there the same jackass I was 25 years before." t.co/fauAIPuHAY
Jason Putorti RT @nycsouthpaw: The Stanford Daily chose possibly the most banal headline I've ever seen for a blockbuster national political story t.co/yVmWHdKt0p
Marc Benioff RT @davidaxelrod: Boehner calls @tedcruz "Lucifer in the flesh." So what's with the headline writer at the Stanford student newspaper? t.co/AfemxEti7e
Patrick LaForge NYT RT @tackettdc: 'You can call me boner, beaner, jackass, happy to answer to almost anything,' said Boehner t.co/yj6gb31lyp
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Snapchat User Content Fuels Jump to 10 Billion Daily Video Views

Bloomberg.com – Sarah Frier – Apr 28, 4:00 AM – The majority of people using Snapchat Inc. 's application are making videos, fueling a boom in watching them, the company is telling its investors. More than a third of Snapchat's daily users create “Stories,” broadcasting photos and…
emily bell RT @rbole: Photos are being used as speech instead of a repository for memories. Snapchat Jump to 10 Billion Daily Video Views t.co/pGTtV6MZM7
Benedict Evans RT @gstrompolos: Wow. More than 1/3 of daily users create content on @snapchat... that's an incredible creator-to-consumer ratio. t.co/scLwwf3mU0
Ryan Sarver Incredible "Snapchat User 'Stories' Fuel 10 Billion Daily Video Views" t.co/oLNc1rXNOy by @sarahfrier
Arjun Dev Arora Snapchat User Content Fuels Jump to 10 Billion Daily Video Views - t.co/RkMEA1FNXy t.co/idhky4EXCb
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Yahoo's $8 Billion Black Hole

Bloomberg.com – The minus sign above isn't a typo. Think of Yahoo as a traditional enterprise (with all the assets just mentioned) stuck on top of a small safe deposit box. Inside that box: a huge pile of cash, plus stock certificates of two Asian tech companies.
Erin Griffith so many feature stories on yahoo lately, but the lede on this one is t.co/b3XI8x7aXV
Brad Stone New @BW Yahoo cover invites potntial acquirers to email m_mayer1999@yahoo.com. I can confirm you will get a response t.co/1t91NangRv
Adam L. Penenberg Really smart take on Yahoo and its travails, but the art at the top is an assault on the eyes. t.co/1cyAyxrH9p
Danny Sullivan Good story on sad state of Yahoo by @chafkin & @brianwomack. Even security guard's worried. t.co/5iKifOXMsw t.co/qXtoBDDACY
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A Poem About Silicon Valley, Assembled From Quora Questions About Silicon Valley

fusion.net – Jason O. Gilbert – Apr 28, 8:19 AM
DHH RT @tqbf: People will be reading this in school 100 years from now. (h/t @bobotjones) t.co/Cq05w3ocPi
Mike Masnick Law exam question: who holds the copyright on this poem? t.co/lt7OI7tuC1
CodyBrown Ok. This is perfect. "A poem about Silicon Valley, assembled from Quora questions about SV" t.co/GFFrArQ14V t.co/W8z3Pl6UwL
Jason Hoffman RT @ashleymayer: A poem about Silicon Valley constructed entirely with Quora questions t.co/I4AFhyhGzu t.co/5iiZESVt6Z
Andrew Haeg Fine line between sublime & ridiculous: A poem about Silicon Valley, assembled from Quora questions t.co/UYrQZ3kvyz via @FusionNews
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Cancer Meets Precision Medicine: The Color Test for Risk of Common Hereditary Cancers in Women and Men - Color Genomics Blog

getcolor.com – One year ago, the Color Test launched to democratize access to genetic testing and preventative health information. Color's physician-ordered test for breast and ovarian cancer risk has helped people and their providers across the globe learn their…
Kent Goldman An incredible, important and accessible advancement in cancer prevention. Thank you @eladgil and @othman. t.co/UOHonE1Nbk
John Collison RT @ColorGenomics: Today @ColorGenomics is introducing the 30-gene genetic test for hereditary cancer risk at $249. t.co/KSVAVjp75f
Max Levchin RT @ColorGenomics: Today @ColorGenomics is introducing the 30-gene genetic test for hereditary cancer risk at $249. t.co/KSVAVjp75f
Ali Rowghani Bravo @ColorGenomics and @eladgil and @othman Color launches breast, colon, pancreatic and other cancers risk test: t.co/8R3pMxldgU
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Huffington Post killed story pitch critical of Uber

washingtonpost.com – Apr 28 – Uber yesterday announced that Huffington Post Editor in Chief Arianna Huffington would be joining its board of directors, a move that put the site's reporters in an instant bind. To fight the notion that Huffington Post would somehow take it easy…
Harry McCracken The whole point of top editors is to prevent stuff like this happening. t.co/2fiRc9x0jp t.co/ubPCCQ8AGq
Seth Berman I would have guessed HuffPo hadn't killed a single story in its history t.co/yidktj85Gd
Om Malik RT @ErikWemple: Huffington Post killed story pitch critical of Uber: t.co/myoaoMmBpy
Fuego Huffington Post killed story pitch critical of Uber t.co/irHk80ysb9 via @ErikWemple
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This year's Founders' Letter

googleblog.blogspot.com – Google – Apr 28
Harry McCracken Rather than explaining Alphabet, Larry Page turned over his Founders' Letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. t.co/fETUMjgqFK
Mark This year's Founders' Letter t.co/b5volhZGMt (Google Blog) - Shouts out PewDiePie + 'creators' t.co/EicTc3ecEa
Om Malik RT @pkedrosky: Sort of like "A Message to You, Rudy", but from Google's founders Except it's from Sundar. Anyway: t.co/s7vxPPXoBO
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Introducing Jelly, A New Search Engine - The Biz Stone Collection

Medium – Biz Stone – Apr 28, 10:00 AM – Jelly is a new kind of search engine delivering answers on demand. Jelly is the only search engine in the world with an attitude, an opinion, and the experience of people to back it all up. Only Jelly can say you asked the wrong question. Only…
Kirill Soshalsky Top story: Introducing Jelly, A New Search Engine - The Biz Stone Collection - t.co/AJAPQ4q8XE, see more t.co/QPnKRRcdQv
Steve Rubel 'Introducing Jelly, A New Search Engine' by @biz t.co/3ZgHLC0xGV
Andrew Courter Fast access to too much content isn't actually fast. -@biz t.co/aMhxnOhoeR t.co/2cYUHr14u9
Narendra Rocherolle RT @biz: Introducing Jelly, A New Search Engine-available today! t.co/1j8JAC8PU8 t.co/WqU8A8EikW
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Twitter aims to boost its visibility by switching from 'Social Networking' to 'News' on the App Store

TechCrunch Sarah Perez (@sarahintampa) – Apr 28 – Following yet another quarter of sluggish user growth, social networking company Twitter has made a change as to how its flagship mobile application is categorized on Apple's iTunes App Store. Instead of competing against Facebook, Instagram…
Josh Elman Killer Growth Hack! Twitter aims to boost visibility by switching from Social Networking to News on App Store t.co/eIA0nSnUjf
Marshall Kirkpatrick Twitter is news (and social) and you are a news maker (and commentator). That combo is what makes it great, so... t.co/a2kyiRmBUx
Gabe Rivera @marshallk Use the full permalink, e.g. t.co/krQVKSkCli The one you pasted is what you get when you're jumping around the home page.
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Stemcentrx & Abbvie

Medium – Brian Singerman – Apr 28, 4:25 AM – Today, we're excited to announce that Stemcentrx, a company developing disease-specific cancer treatments, will be acquired by AbbVie in a transaction that values the company at up to $10.2 billion. This deal is a part stock, part cash transaction…
Raymond Tonsing RT @briansin: Two amazing companies bringing us closer to a cancer free world. Congrats to the @stemcentrx team! t.co/b1P0g1MOZB
David Hirsch RT @briansin: Two amazing companies bringing us closer to a cancer free world. Congrats to the @stemcentrx team! t.co/b1P0g1MOZB
Shai Goldman RT @briansin: Two amazing companies bringing us closer to a cancer free world. Congrats to the @stemcentrx team! t.co/b1P0g1MOZB
Dave Morin Congrats to my dear friend @briansin, a true visionary. As well as the amazing teams at @stemx and @foundersfund. t.co/SXZ9UfO0tg