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[Post updated -- video interview with Matthew Prince below]
Earlier today, Radar correspondent Alex Howard asked Twitter CEO Dick Costolo if he had the 'cojones' to black-out Twitter in protest of SOPA. Howard was referring to Jimmy Wales' plan to close down Wikipedia for 24 hours this coming Wednesday.
Last night my husband gave me a launch present. Something he said no self-respecting founder, media mogul or old school reporter would start a company without: A bottle of scotch for the desk drawer. Not even 24 hours later and that little gift is starting to look pretty good...
"The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting 'fire' in a theater and causing a panic." -Supreme Court Justice Oliver Holmes, 1919
The message couldn't have been more clear at TechCrunch's Disrupt Beijing last fall: Sure you've got several $1 billion-plus public companies, China. And, yes, you have more people online than any other country. But the Chinese Web scene will have really come of age when you stop copying and start leading on features and products.
Brian Lee is the entrepreneur to watch in LA right now.
Several months ago I became obsessed with a colony of trees in Utah called Pando Trees. Measuring 43 hectares and weighing 6,000 tons, they're pretty impressive above ground. But what really matters is what is happening below. The interconnected root system is the oldest living organism in the world. No matter what happens above ground, that root system stays alive, and continually shoots up new trees.
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