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    Of Microchips and Men: A Conversation About Intel

    “Before Silicon Valley was known for Google employees whisked to work in private shuttles, startups valued in the billions, and people walking around with optical displays strapped to their faces, it was known simply for silicon—the stuff used to make computer chips. ” — The New Yorker
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    As Reason’s editor defends its racist history, here’s a copy of its holocaust denial “special issue”

    “The German concentration camps weren’t health centers, but they appear to have been far smaller and much less lethal than the Russian ones.” —Reason magazine, January 1976 Last weekend, I wrote about how Reason magazine — and their backers, the Koch brothers — was supporting a major push to further sell Silicon Valley on the “virtues” of libertarianism. After I exposed Reason’s history as a publisher of racist, pro-apartheid South Africa articles during the 1970s, the current…
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    Native advertising remains an awkward — but very necessary — mess

    Take it from experience, it’s not easy being a native advertising sympathizer. Sitting through a half hour panel on ‘modern monetization’ at the Native Advertising Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday — or as the moderator put it, “the sobering reality of paying the bills” — I couldn’t deny that there is a lot that’s awkward in this new ad movement. You had the Washington Post’s Kelly Andresen, its Director of Ad Innovations and Product Strategy, discussing the inherent difficulties…
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    7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education

    Between Udacity’s launch of Nano Degrees, General Assembly’s approach to short form focused skills gap training, and Duolingo’s challenge to language tests, there’s blood in the water around credentialing. Peter Thiel may have made the point about the insufficiency of degrees most loudly, but others are building products to fix the problem.

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    Sorry, Dan Primack: Going public doesn’t help the country. Building great companies does

    Listen up founders. If your company is still private, Fortune’s Dan Primack has got a bone to pick with you. In Dan’s world – you know, the world where he’s good friends with bankers and hedge funds from Wall St. to Greenwich, and in which he’s never run a company a day in his life – companies are waiting too long to IPO. But it’s not some strategic argument Dan’s making about how a company really is better off in the…
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    Fare Thee Well, My Pants

    This post was inspired by the New York Times’ Nick Bilton Pants are dead. They were murdered by the webcam. I first realized this last week when my fiancée asked me to don some pants so we might finally go out in public instead of watching “White Collar” re-runs on Netflix. “Sure,” I replied, clambering out of the couch. I pulled a succession of Batman-themed pajama tops out of my dresser, but there were no pants to be found. “Hmm,…
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    Some watchdogs aren’t falling for Google’s tricky fight against the “right to be forgotten”

    The so-called “right to be forgotten” is now back in the news for the umpteenth time. The United Kingdom’s information commissioner has told the BBC that Google will have to be held accountable for its response to the “right to be forgotten” ruling, much like a polluter has to pick up its own mess. He also said that some concerns about the ruling should be dismissed: ‘All this talk about rewriting history and airbrushing embarrassing bits from…
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    Today in unfortunate juxtapositions: Huffington Post warns of real risk of banning abortions

    Oppose Roe v Wade? This unfortunate headline on the front page of the Huffington Post asks us to consider: Is the possibility of birthing more unwanted Rick Perrys a price worth paying?
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    HP and Palm are back in the news… because of a penis measurement app

    It’s never a good sign when the only thing making headlines for two once-great tech companies is an app that measures a man’s genitals. HP and, to a greater extent, Palm haven’t been among the most relevant tech companies for many years. But the two crestfallen firms are back in the news today, albeit for less-than-dignified reasons. Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans), the early 60s rock and roller best-known for “The Twist,” has reached an undisclosed settlement with…
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    GOP Congressman wants to investigate Google because no one can find his favorite movie in search

    Google has plenty of high-profile friends in the US government, particularly within the military and surveillance communities. But one US Congressman isn’t backing down over what he believes to be a gross injustice committed by the search giant. Is he mad about the company’s involvement with secret wage theft agreements? Or its close ties to the NSA? Or its lucrative deals with military subcontractors, some of which are of questionable repute? No, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is outraged because he thinks Google may…
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    The FCC tells Comcast and Verizon to stop screwing customers. But will they listen?

    The Federal Communications Commission has issued a statement reminding Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon that they can’t lie about the speed of a consumer’s service. The statement doesn’t establish a new rule — rather, it reminds ISPs that the agency is paying attention to their activities even as it lets them undermine the principles of an open Internet. Here’s what chairman Tom Wheeler, whose proposed net neutrality rules led the Guardian to claim that he intends to “
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    Circle responds to complaints that its bitcoin purchases are treated as cash advances

    Two months after revealing the consumer-friendly bitcoin wallet and exchange that I dubbed “Bitcoin Bank of America,” Circle Financial began granting beta access earlier this week. Early reviews have been strong, with users praising the platform’s usability and low-fee structure. Although the number of users with access were small, the feedback seemed to validate the company’s many promises. Unfortunately, bitcoin forums (and my Inbox) began filling with complaints about a particular issue with the company’s credit card…
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    Foursquare may be challenged, but Crowley’s job is not in jeopardy

    Foursquare is challenged — no question. Even Bijan Sabet, one of Foursquare’s earliest investors, acknowledged as much at our last PandoMonthly when he said: I believe, I gotta tell you. I know there are a lot of haters out there – maybe not in New York, but I know certainly in the San Francisco. I am so committed in pulling for these guys. Hence a bold “prediction” that landed in the comments section of a Pando post discussing the…
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    These researchers are studying Facebook’s News Feed to make algorithms more accountable

    Last month, it was revealed that Facebook had conducted an experiment on nearly 700,000 members without their knowledge or consent to determine how its News Feed algorithm affects users’ emotions and moods. Showing users more positive content resulted in them sharing more positive posts, and vice versa with negative content. Many users, journalists, and data scientists were at once outraged at the ethical implications of Facebook toying with emotions, and disturbed by the power its algorithms hold over the well-being of…
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    Foursquare is dead. Long live Foursquare

    Foursquare has given the Verge an exclusive look at its new branding and application, the first major update the company has revealed since it split its service into two parts earlier this year. The new application is nothing like its predecessors: it has a new icon, a revised color scheme, and a purpose that couldn’t be further from the Foursquare app introduced at SXSW in 2009. The update follows repeated efforts by the company to leave behind its past as a check-in utility to focus…
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    Mt. Gox creditors leave Tokyo court frustrated, but with little new information

    Today was a coulda-been type of day for bitcoin as creditors of the now defunct Mt. Gox exchange met with bankruptcy trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi in a Tokyo court, leaving with more questions than answers. It was the first chance for an in-person discussion between these two sides. Approximately 100 of the exchange’s reported 127,000 creditors were in attendance, most traveling from within the country. The private proceedings were held in Japanese with all English-speaking attendees told to provide their own interpreters (the court…
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