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Paul Buchheit – Jul 30 – Note: This is the talk I gave at Startup School Europe, which was held last Saturday in London. You've heard a lot of great startup advice today. This is going to be a little different. I often advise startups that it's better to seek deep appeal…
Buster I tried to quote some of the good parts of @paultoo's Startup School talk but it didn't quite capture it. Read it! t.co/CaCzPjQIGc
SecondMarket Creating an innovative product often means spending years working on something that most people doubt the value of. t.co/vKbn9xYiPK
Elad Gil "Maintain a healthy disregard for the impossible." @paultoo in t.co/gKVPt0Q0QZ
kellan "full-stack hackers, people who understand capitalism/government/religion are technologies" - @paultoo t.co/DCRZ4kkwin
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C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers

nytimes.com – Mark Mazzetti – Jul 31 – WASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.'s detention and…
Michael Robertson Of course govt units act deviously to protect themselves and destroy opponents. t.co/Sqp8UbiAgF
Michael Robertson I hope nobody is surprised that the CIA was spying on the Senate who was investigating them. t.co/Sqp8UbiAgF
emptywheel Ho ho ho! Bah ha ha! John Brennan put Evan Bayh in charge of internal accountability. Bwa ha ha ha ha. t.co/7yRltvHt1U
Hacker News 20 C.I.A. Apologizes for Penetrating Senate Computers t.co/5SsAEZ0Thx (t.co/gxkMAhDsIQ)
J. Nathan Matias RT @civicMIT: C.I.A. Finds Its Officers Broke Into Senate Staff Computers t.co/lntojuldeP
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Nordstrom Buying a Website for Men's Wear

nytimes.com – Rachel Abrams – Jul 30 – “Guys hate shopping,” said Brian Spaly, the chief executive of Trunk Club, a shopping website for men, “but love to look good.” As retailers have come up with new ways to target men, Nordstrom has been riding the wave.
Brian Rumao Congrats to @TrunkClub on its acquisition by @Nordstrom. Makes sense for distribution & inventory, but seemed early. t.co/LeYTeBAo0W
Elizabeth Weil Nordstrom buys @TrunkClub. t.co/uNhm48JnFn What other high-touch concierge services to be rolled up next?
Dan Nguyen RT @eringriffith: I hate when stories lead with a quote, but especially one this lame... t.co/GVmrzBWGwr
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What Is A 'Good' VC?

Elad Blog Elad Gil (@eladgil) – Jul 30 – People tend to confuse a VC with a good investment record with someone who can actually help startups. In both cases, these people are called 'good VCs', although in latter case they may be quite terrible for a startup to work with. This confusion…
Matthew Hartman interesting thoughts on what it means to be a "good" vc. via @naval t.co/FEeGB1YcKp by @eladgil'
Dave McClure RT @davidlee: Post by @eladgil - Criteria for good VC depends on who you ask: LPs or founders. What Is A "Good" VC? t.co/i3thJBzLQI
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Continuing our fight for more #transparency

Twitter Blogs – Jul 31 – Today's publication marks our fifth Transparency Report. With each successive edition, we aim to provide more meaningful and constructive insight into the global government and copyright requests we receive, and their respective impact, with the…
Fuego Continuing our fight for more #transparency | Twitter Blogs t.co/FMo00kiicK via @twitter
Del Harvey RT @policy: Our new #transparency report shows government requests for user information up 46% from 54 total countries: t.co/74Scus6xXn
drew olanoff RT @digiphile: The most recent @Twitter transparency report is online: t.co/KpagCqV2FJ 46% YOY in gov't requests for account info.
Joanna Geary RT @policy: Our new #transparency report shows government requests for user information up 46% from 54 total countries: t.co/74Scus6xXn
Chris Aniszczyk RT @policy: Our new #transparency report shows government requests for user information up 46% from 54 total countries: t.co/74Scus6xXn
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The American Room

Medium – Paul Ford – Jul 30, 7:08 AM – Behind the nation's closed doors, with YouTube. The first time I noticed the room was in the Numa Numa video of 2004, circulated pre-YouTube, in which a New Jersey man named Gary Brolsma danced in his chair to a Moldovan pop song called…
Kevin Roose RT @katelaurielee: .@ftrain on the American room via YouTube: "paucity of visual imagination" or evidence of a "broke" country? t.co/Gd8QgZAly0
Kate Lee .@ftrain on the American room via YouTube: "paucity of visual imagination" or evidence of a "broke" country? t.co/Gd8QgZAly0
Medium 'The American Room' @ftrain goes behind the nation's closed doors, via YouTube. - t.co/PLXNcAFCqL
Taylor Weibley Well this is different ... "The American Room" - t.co/5D3yj1QD32
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Sprint Tries a Facebook-Only Wireless Plan - Digits

WSJ – Ryan Knutson – Jul 30 – For about $12, Sprint will soon let subscribers buy a wireless plan that only connects to Facebook. For that same price, they could choose instead to connect only with Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest—or for $10 more, enjoy unlimited use of…
Danny Sullivan Virgin Mobile to offer data plans specific to social networks, making a la carte net real & neutrality further dead t.co/KDk1C3ximI
Jon Abrams Welcome to a world without Net Neutrality. This is almost dystopian. What kind of a chance do startups have now? t.co/NsV1HSjwax
Paul Kedrosky RT @WSJ: Sprint plans to sell a $12 wireless plan that only connects to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. t.co/iNG00okdS4
Nashequilibrium Rise against this: Sprint Tries a Facebook-Only Wireless Plan t.co/Cn6ix2eUgj via @WSJD #sprint #sprint #sprintsucks #netneutrality
Ryan Singel RT @sneakatdatavibe: here it begins: the end of the internet as we know it. this is way worse than SOPA ever could have been. t.co/lMzPUoMck3
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Stellar

Stripe – Since Stripe's earliest days, we've believed the world needs simpler and more open protocols for moving money. We launched our Bitcoin beta four months ago, and we recently published some of our thoughts around cryptocurrencies. Today, we're…
Tikhon Bernstam Stripe launches Stellar "a decentralized payment network", non-profit, open-source. t.co/8DXjogmhnK
Tomasz Tunguz Really interesting new initiative by @stripe => Stellar #redpointportco t.co/c0XETe2vgI
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The Happy Demise of the 10X Engineer

Andreessen Horowitz – Jul 30 – Whatsapp had 450 million monthly users and just 32 engineers when it was acquired. Imgur scaled to over 40 billion monthly image views with just seven engineers. Instagram had 30 million users and just 13 engineers when it was acquired for $1…
a16z RT @artypapers: The increasing importance of culture fits nicely with this: t.co/0lzyxA7FuQ and this recent shift in funding: t.co/Hbfn8kdEAP
Pan-Asian Belt RT @patio11: It makes much more sense if you read it as We're Terrified Of Engineers' Wages Continuing To Increase: t.co/xQdR3wtxpd
artypapers The increasing importance of culture fits nicely with this: t.co/0lzyxA7FuQ and this recent shift in funding: t.co/Hbfn8kdEAP
Alex Payne RT @patio11: It makes much more sense if you read it as We're Terrified Of Engineers' Wages Continuing To Increase: t.co/xQdR3wtxpd
Rick Branson RT @patio11: It makes much more sense if you read it as We're Terrified Of Engineers' Wages Continuing To Increase: t.co/xQdR3wtxpd
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Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken | Threat Level

WIRED – Andy Greenberg – Jul 30, 8:00 PM – Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next…
mat honan This @a_greenberg story on USB vulnerabilities is something you should read t.co/xh7OFqU35r
Techmeme USB security fundamentally broken, malware in firmware can take over Macs/PCs, no easy fix t.co/5h4DogMaGh t.co/9hq35vJJ9q
Dan Nguyen Like anything else universal (and user friendly), USB is fundamentally insecure t.co/X8XLilDzH7
Farhad Manjoo RT @joemfbrown: Did you know you could install malware on a regular USB keyboard? Well, you can. Because USB is crazy insecure. t.co/erezENg0Qg
Pierre Omidyar Treat USB sticks like hypo needles: don't share. This sounds bad. WIRED t.co/FBhhnxvuGB
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