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Chris Nicholson, Guest Contributor

Chris V. Nicholson is head of communications at the pre-order software maker Celery and a former reporter for The New York Times. Follow him on Twitter: @chrisvnicholson
  1. Dark Patterns: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Design

    Three people I know got mugged last month and one of them was me. The first guy was robbed at knife point at Market and 6th. The second got punched in the face before the contents of his backpack and wallet ran off down the street. Same neighborhood. In my case, the mugging happened online, and it was committed by a startup.

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  2. Convergence: What happens when virtual realities take over?

    It’s not quite as good as an Elvis sighting, but I saw a Buddha of Bamiyan last week, the tall one, whose left leg was already missing before the Taliban blew up the rest of him in 2001. I stood at his sandstone feet, then levitated 60 yards in the air to hover near the long Buddha ears and thick gray lips.

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  3. How to find your people: A brief guide to crowdtesting

    At the thin, early edge of lean startups, you’ll find a hypomanic, fast-talking guy named Justin Wilcox. He’s the one with the mohawk, black tie and beard. Wilcox leads workshops all over the world teaching aspiring entrepreneurs how to figure out who will buy the dreams they spin. The way to find out, generally, is to talk to strangers -- lots of them.

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  4. There is a tech bubble, but it’s not what you think

    The real bubble is one we collectively inhabit. Call it a Silicon Valley state of mind, a bubble of insularity, more the result of groupthink than excessive valuations. Tech is not so much an industry as a culture, one intent on itself, separate from mainstream America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics calls the Valley a "symbiotic cluster," which is probably less fun than it sounds.

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  5. With fluxspaces, San Francisco is using shadow real estate to grow inward

    I’m in a fluxspace near Sixth and Shipley, a large, low-ceilinged room that sleeps three -- all men, all hackers, all involved in information security. Their work is cryptography and penetration testing. That's simulating attacks on computer systems. When one hacker moves out, another infosec guy takes his place. On the table are empty pizza boxes; in the air, the smell of sawdust.

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  6. The hidden Kickstarter industry

    The crowdfunding industry is largely hidden from the public eye. To the uninitiated, a crowdfunding project looks like one person’s lonely slog through sleepless nights and white-knuckle days. The truth is that, while it may be sleepless and white-knuckled, it is rarely lonely.

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