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Downtown Las Vegas Is the Great American Techtopia

recode.net – Nellie Bowles – Sep 29, 5:00 AM – “We could create our own adult version of a college dorm and build our own community. It was an opportunity for us to create our own world. It was perfect.” Tony Hsieh – “Delivering Happiness” In the new downtown…
Lauren Goode RT @KurtWagner8: Maybe someday I'll be able to write as well as @NellieBowles! Take 30 min today & read her series on tech in Vegas... t.co/4prfCa1q4i

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Before the Startup

paulgraham.com – (This essay is derived from a guest lecture in Sam Altman's startup class at Stanford. It's intended for college students, but much of it is applicable to potential founders at other ages.) One of the advantages of having kids is that when you have…
Forrest Kobayashi 'The way to succeed in a startup is to be an expert on your users and the problem you're solving for them.' t.co/wwyWUr9CW4
Phin Barnes the ultimate advice for young would-be startup founders, boiled down to two words: just learn. t.co/b9lxMGQzTh
Steffen Konrath Obvious? Not really. - Startup advice: make something people want (source: @paulg here: t.co/r6SinPbFr5)
Kim Sherrell RT @cdixon: "At its best, starting a startup is merely an ulterior motive for curiosity." t.co/xvbVS9QtoU
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Ebola Overwhelming West Africa Communities

nytimes.com – Adam Nossiter – Oct 1 – MAKENI, Sierra Leone — “Where's the corpse?” the burial-team worker shouted, kicking open the door of the isolation ward at the government hospital here. The body was right in front of him, a solidly built young man sprawled…
Quentin Fottrell RT @nytimes: A Hospital From Hell, in a City Swamped by Ebola (Photo: Samuel Aranda for NYT) t.co/q36QakAkSt t.co/8nzgyUZFsr
The New York Times A Hospital From Hell, in a City Swamped by Ebola (Photo: Samuel Aranda for NYT) t.co/q36QakAkSt t.co/8nzgyUZFsr
Robert MacMillan RT @nytimes: A Hospital From Hell, in a City Swamped by Ebola (Photo: Samuel Aranda for NYT) t.co/ViZRlMYSnE t.co/xWaSfH7rnt
The New York Times A Hospital From Hell, in a City Swamped by Ebola (Photo: Samuel Aranda for NYT) t.co/ViZRlMYSnE t.co/xWaSfH7rnt
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A mixed bag on apps: What The New York Times learned with NYT Opinion and NYT Now

niemanlab.org – Joseph Lichterman – Oct 1 – The New York Times' announcement today that it was cutting 100 positions in its newsroom was coupled with changes to two of its most closely watched experiments, each just a few months old: NYT Now and NYT Opinion. The two apps will meet different…
Nieman Lab The New York Times' struggling app strategy is a lesson in audience development t.co/S6gJ8qtQkD
Mathew Ingram RT @raju: The real issue--fundamental constraints of growing paid audience in "metered" pay models--not acknowledged, still: t.co/ke7L2KEhqM
Alan Murray RT @raju: The real issue--fundamental constraints of growing paid audience in "metered" pay models--not acknowledged, still: t.co/ke7L2KEhqM
Raju Narisetti The real issue--fundamental constraints of growing paid audience in "metered" pay models--not acknowledged, still: t.co/ke7L2KEhqM
Nieman Lab The NYTimes is shutting down NYT Opinion and changing NYT Now. What's behind the paper's new app plans? t.co/S6gJ8qtQkD
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With Four New Adam Sandler Films, Netflix Takes Aim at Theaters

nytimes.com – Emily Steel – Oct 2 – Netflix plans to announce on Thursday that it has struck a deal with the comedian Adam Sandler to produce and star in four new feature films that will appear exclusively on the streaming service. Mr. Sandler ranks as one of the most popular movie…
MikeIsaac "Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!'-Adam Sandler, 2014 dear god how did i ever watch this man t.co/Dw3LWWSqp6
Dave Itzkoff Why'd he strike a 4-picture deal with Netflix? Adam Sandler says "Netflix rhymes with wet chicks." He's 48 years old. t.co/WBKhsRGOao
Alan Murray RT @TheStalwart: Netflix signs Adam Sandler to an exclusive 4-movie deal. t.co/6DA71K3oa0 (via @peterlattman)
Joseph Weisenthal Netflix signs Adam Sandler to an exclusive 4-movie deal. t.co/6DA71K3oa0 (via @peterlattman)
Peter Lattman Netflix firing a salvo at the Hollywood machine this week; this time, signs Adam Sandler to 4-movie deal. @emilysteel t.co/UJkTowjLJg
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Facebook Apologizes Over Drag-Queen Name Controversy

WSJ – Reed Albergotti – Oct 1 – Facebook apologized for cracking down on drag queens who used pseudonyms on the social network. Getty Images Facebook is changing how it treats people who don't use their real names on social network, following an uproar over its crackdown on…
adam najberg RT @WSJ: Drag queens will now be able to use their stage names on Facebook: t.co/E0SKaXzhIc $FB t.co/lG8alpnI7Y
Wall Street Journal Drag queens will now be able to use their stage names on Facebook: t.co/E0SKaXzhIc $FB t.co/lG8alpnI7Y
WSJD RT @geoffreyfowler: Facebook is finally rethinking its "real name" policy, which has been bad for people w good reason to use a pseudonym t.co/99FLq6cb1O
Geoffrey Fowler Facebook is finally rethinking its "real name" policy, which has been bad for people w good reason to use a pseudonym t.co/99FLq6cb1O
Matt Lynley RT @ReedAlbergotti: Finally, it is happening: Facebook loosens up real name policy, thanks to drag queens t.co/u9UdS4qQjz
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Financial Times Editor Lionel Barber: 'Now Software's Driving the Journalism' (Q&A)

recode.net – Oct 1, 10:00 AM – Lionel Barber, the 59-year-old, Oxford-educated editor of the Financial Times, comes across exactly the way you'd expect a 59-year-old, Oxford-educated editor of a significant newspaper to act: Gracious, opinionated, maybe a bit deliberative. But…
Jay Rosen Financial Times in 2005: 75,000 digital subs, 440,000 print. Today: 470,000 digital, 220,000 print. t.co/ieXlVBKCEa Kicking arse.
Jim Roberts RT @laureni: FT editor says the printed edition is profitable even without advertising - t.co/rGKBWwlWZg via @iwantmedia
Raju Narisetti Lionel Barber's tenure as @FT editor: 220,000 print Financial Times subscribers quit & 390,000 digital subs joined t.co/rQeMIzkOeC
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Why Russia's President Is 'Putin the Great' in China

WSJ – Jeremy Page – Oct 1, 7:30 PM – BEIJING—In the recommended-reading section of Beijing's Wangfujing bookstore, staff members have no doubt which foreign leader customers are most interested in: President Vladimir Putin, or 'Putin the Great' as some Chinese call him. Books…
Brendan Moran Zheng Wenyang's biography of Putin has sold far more copies in China than his books on Obama, Thatcher and Mandela t.co/bRiScfvnPz
Wall Street Journal In China, Putin is admired as a strong leader not afraid to confront the West t.co/raZ7YQ6DQt t.co/8vDQluZkYD
Josh Chin RT @charleshutzler: The fasincation China and Xi Jinping have for Russia's Putin by @JNBPage t.co/sqAuynqIQH
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Twitter, MIT Create New Research Lab to Analyze Every Tweet

WSJ – Yoree Koh – Oct 1 – MIT will have access to every tweet ever made publicly. -Emily Prapuolenis Twitter is giving every tweet ever made publicly to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the name of research. With a $10 million investment from Twitter, data…
Nieman Lab Twitter is giving the MIT Media Lab $10 million to study tweets and build apps and tools around them t.co/86CbDIyaEA
Mike Swift RT @WSJD: Twitter is giving every tweet ever made publicly to MIT in the name of research. t.co/vfCB0zr2Ng
WSJD Twitter is giving every tweet ever made publicly to MIT in the name of research. t.co/vfCB0zr2Ng
Wall Street Journal Twitter invests $10 million in new MIT research lab that will analyze tweets: t.co/7bKvFz55jY $TWTR
WSJD RT @yoreekoh: Twitter-funded research lab at MIT will get full access to every tweet ever sent. Anyone know how many tweets that is?http://t.co/QCy5mu4C23
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Grand jury considering the Ferguson shooting is being investigated for misconduct

washingtonpost.com – Mark Berman – Oct 1 – The St. Louis County prosecutor's office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson Police Officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Ed Magee, the spokesman for county…
jason shocked. '@AntonioFrench: Grand jury considering Ferguson shooting being investigated for misconduct t.co/9jlwOOkst2
Ari Melber After reports surface on Twitter today, prosecutor investigating Grand Jury in Ferguson shooting t.co/YtNhYoOpid by @kimberlykindy
Chris Sacca RT @ShaunKing: BIG NEWS :: Darren Wilson grand jury now being investigated for misconduct, but by who? New oversight needed. t.co/vRdiscyAX4
Anonymous RT @alicesperi: Grand jury considering the #Ferguson shooting is being investigated for misconduct... t.co/rN66A8xC7V via @washingtonpost
The Anderson Effect RT @GerrickKennedy: SIGH > Grand jury considering the Ferguson shooting is being investigated for misconduct t.co/krW37MynyS via @washingtonpost
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'The Innovators' by Walter Isaacson: How Women Shaped Technology

nytimes.com Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) – Oct 1 – While spending the summer of 2007 in Aspen, Colo., Walter Isaacson and his wife, Cathy, spent much of their waking moments hounding their daughter to finish — or even start, for all they knew — her compulsory college essay. Finally…
Ken Norton RT @nytimes: When women are written out of the history of technology, there are consequences t.co/La8RxyhL6I
The New York Times When women are written out of the history of technology, there are consequences t.co/La8RxyhL6I
Roger McNamee RT @nytimestech: Disruptions: 'The Innovators' by Walter Isaacson: How Women Shaped Technology t.co/SrlIlcOMm6
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