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How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival

theverge.com – Casey Newton – Jan 24, 9:44 AM – filmmakers say they can't remember being so excited Virtual reality debuted at Sundance in 2012 with Nonny de la Peña's Hunger in Los Angeles, which used an early head-mounted display to place viewers in the middle of a food line outside a…
Fuego How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival t.co/vzCExt90Gx via @davewiner
Techmeme 11 of 14 projects in Sundance Film Festival's experimental showcase use virtual reality t.co/UEvaMlPNo2 t.co/7JQLLxQ4cE
Boris Wertz RT @cdixon: How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival t.co/zcsBlP1Gqd t.co/ePb2vLwQkR
Jason Ostheimer 2015 is the breakout year for VR - get ready t.co/dX3hLwCnZq
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Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President

Medium – Hank Green – Jan 24, 6:47 PM – For the past six years, Google has been hosting post-State of the Union interviews with the President on YouTube. Some of these used pre-recorded questions, others incorporated Google Hangouts. My brother John even asked a couple of questions…
Ben Parr .@HankGreen goes on the offensive against Fox News and the entire media over his Obama interview - t.co/WB6B9NLDGV
Cap Watkins "Legacy media accuses young people of being apathetic while actively attempting to remove them from the discussion." t.co/HBtx8GHHhL
Veronica Belmont RT @hankgreen: Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President: An Exploration of Angry News People, Politics, and Legitimacy: t.co/1ENnu4iKUB
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When Calculus of Loss Doesn't Add Up

nytimes.com – Margaret Sullivan – Jan 24 – IF you start from the premise that every human life is of equal importance, then the judgments of news organizations will often be confounding. Because when it comes to coverage, some violent deaths — to misquote Orwell — are more…
Thomas Drake RT @kgosztola: MT @Sulliview Why do some atrocities get huge coverage (Paris), and others far less (Baga, Nigeria)? t.co/prX7f9tMsl
Vadim Lavrusik IF you start from the premise that every life is equal, then judgments of news orgs will often be confounding - t.co/TJefFMZM2X
Margaret Sullivan RT @NickFoxNYT: If you feel"every human life is of equal importance...the judgments of news organizations will often be confounding" t.co/Mw40hNSGJf
Anthony De Rosa RT @hofrench: 1) NYT on Baga massacre "coverage seemed both light and late," by @Sulliview t.co/ZIftXStOor My 2 cents: t.co/ctRWaUAJIc
Fuego When Calculus of Loss Doesn't Add Up t.co/YeY7u6UoUe via @om
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What should I do about Youtube?

Zoë Keating – My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube…
a16z @lucyeblair coincidentally this came out later same day so esp. resonates! t.co/8ReP34HGo1
Tanya Cordrey RT @stubbornella: Wow, Zoe Keating on tech companies (YouTube) changing contract terms: t.co/qeag9S6B3J
Darren Herman What should I do about Youtube? - Zoë Keating t.co/zAaQr949BM via @nuzzel thanks @epc
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10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned

Casnocha – We touched down in Las Vegas only three hours before, but we were already back in the plane and flying home to San Jose on a brisk winter day in December, 2012. Not having to go through security at an airport saves a lot of time. Other than the two…
Boris Silver RT @bencasnocha: 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman - A long essay on key lessons I learned from @reidhoffman over past 4.5 years: t.co/K92ef1pY7I
Greg Isenberg 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned t.co/01B0dMzlgZ
Boris Wertz Long but very interesting read: "10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned" t.co/VRZYZO1MrU
Michael Simmons RT @noahkagan: 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned | Ben Casnocha t.co/PO0mDr54sz
noah kagan 10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned | Ben Casnocha t.co/PO0mDr54sz
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Searching for Sex

nytimes.com – Seth Stephens-Davidowitz – Jan 24 – ARE you confused by sex? I certainly am. One of the many reasons sex is puzzling is that we lack reliable data. People lie to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys and themselves. Three years ago, when I was a graduate student in economics, I began to…
Mathew Ingram RT @agolis: According to Google search data, we're massively & unnecessarily insecure about sex. t.co/nath4Pt1Ly
Andrew Golis According to Google search data, we're massively & unnecessarily insecure about sex. t.co/nath4Pt1Ly
Alex Leo "Sex can be quite fun. Why do we have so little of it? Google search suggests 1 predominant reason: enormous anxiety" t.co/3LLC1wdzsR
Josh Petri "Men Google more questions about their sexual organ than any other body part ' t.co/dfLMLrkZgY
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Some Thoughts On Seed Investing

AVC – Fred Wilson – We (USV) raised a new venture fund at the start of last year and started investing it in the spring of 2014. It is called USV 2014. We have made six investments in it so far and five of them are seed investments. That's a very high ratio for USV…
Tren Griffin To do this: "We do not take a shotgun approach. We do not view seed investments as 'options". Fred Wilson t.co/CS92ikSebR
Matthew Ocko MT @bfeld: Great @fredwilson post: Some Thoughts On Seed Investing t.co/OnUhzQjrqD quite similar philosophy to yours & ours @DCVC
Brad Feld Great post by @fredwilson on Some Thoughts On Seed Investing t.co/aq8KiZs4vY
Nabeel Hyatt RT @avc: Some Thoughts On Seed Investing: We (USV) raised a new venture fund at the start of last year and started inve... t.co/wLFpptE3N6
Bijan Sabet love @fredwilson post on seed investing. proud to have co-invested with a great partner & friend over the years. t.co/Xh2qQVYru0
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The Shake Shack Economy

newyorker.com – James Surowiecki – Jan 26 – In 2004, when Danny Meyer opened a burger stand named Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, it didn't look like the foundation of a global empire. There was just one location, and Meyer was known for high-end venues like Gramercy Tavern. But the…
David Sacks "Shake Shack Economy" - With rising affluence, there will be a gourmet version of everything. t.co/9TVQI3oL6h via @pmarca
Niv Dror RT @pmarca: Why most market research doesn't work: "Consumers didn't really know what they wanted until they could get it." t.co/SKOiRFvfva
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Prioritizing Diversity In 2015

TechCrunch – Joelle Emerson – Jan 24 – At a recent forum on diversity in tech, Google's Director of Global Diversity Talent & Inclusion, Yolanda Mangolini, explained that it is incredibly hard to move the needle on diversity by even 1 percent at Google's size. In a blog post on how to…
megan quinn "Prioritizing Diversity In 2015" - awesome, actionable @TechCrunch post by @joelle_emerson t.co/f6ZSeZSPTn
Tracy Chou having someone in the c suite on board w/ diversity, not just a few personally passionate engineers/recruiters, helps t.co/v1YkKyEi3S
tristan walker RT @stevesi: Prioritizing Diversity In 2015 @techcrunch @joelle_emerson w/specific actionable strategies to do better in 2015 t.co/4umP3lAmKg
Yujin Chung RT @stevesi: Prioritizing Diversity In 2015 @techcrunch @joelle_emerson w/specific actionable strategies to do better in 2015 t.co/4umP3lAmKg
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Why investor updates are really, really important

Calacanis.com – Author – Jan 23 – I've spent 20 years as a founder, and during 10 of those years I had investors. My second (major) company was Weblogs Inc (Engadget, Joystiq, Autoblog, Gadling, etc) and we had one investor: Mark Cuban. 10 years ago folks didn't really write a…
Edith Yeung Why investor updates are really important? Totally agree! (via @jason) t.co/Nu5NlL0g0n
Chris Sacca RT @hunterwalk: 'If your startup isn't sending you monthly updates it's going out of business" says @jason re investor updates t.co/Do1YPYacBb
Scott Belsky RT @cshapiro: Truth by @Jason --> Investor updates get people rooting for you: t.co/rlJ4eWL7jo
Craig Shapiro Truth by @Jason --> Investor updates get people rooting for you: t.co/rlJ4eWL7jo
Corey Ford "I emailed over & over. When the update finally came it was, can we talk? When someone says can we talk? it's over." t.co/g9cdSt1TnL
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