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Hamish McKenzie

  1. Chicago's Empeopled: The only startup that bothered to support Lavabit's anti-surveillance appeal

    When it came time to mount a legal challenge to the government’s seizure of encryption keys from secure email provider Lavabit, three groups stepped forward. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union both filed amicus briefs in support of Lavabit, which was perhaps to be expected. Both groups have a long track record of defending Internet freedom. But only one company took the same action: a Chicago-based startup called Empeopled.

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  2. 11 startups that want to fix San Francisco

    Last month, I wrote about some organizations that were trying to make government more innovative and efficient. The timing was apt – the healthcare.gov debacle had just broken out, proving that some problems in the procurement and execution systems for government-related technology are so entrenched that they need to be torn out at the root.

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  3. Dan Fletcher has built a home for journalism outside of Facebook... where it belongs

    Dan Fletcher’s career seems to progress in increments of 15 months. That’s how long it took him to land a cover story for Time magazine, at 22 years old and in his first full-time job. It was a story about Facebook as the social network passed 500 million users.

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  4. Hundreds of applicants are lining up to work on Hyperloop project, says interim CEO

    The crowdsourcing organization behind plans to build the world’s first Hyperloop has received hundreds of applications from people hoping to work on the project and has been approached by several places wanting to be the first venue for the super-high-speed transportation system, the group’s head said over the weekend.

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  5. What's easier than self-driving cars? Self-flying cars

    Self-flying cars are easier to do than self-driving cars, Terrafugia co-founder and CEO Carl Dietrich said at a conference at MIT over the weekend. And, all going perfectly to plan, we can expect to be able to buy our very own self-flying vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capabilities within a decade, he said.

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  6. Airbnb host left violated after busting fanny pack-clad male prostitutes in her apartment

    A Washington DC woman who caught what very much appears to be two male hookers using her apartment as a base for their “erotic massage” service is reconsidering her use of Airbnb.

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  7. Tencent to launch international version of free 10TB storage service. New photo-sharing app coming soon to US

    Tencent, China’s largest Internet company, will release an international version of its 10TB cloud storage product next year, and within the coming weeks it’ll launch a new photo-sharing app in the US, according to one of its vice presidents.

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  8. What if Contently bought ProPublica?

    What if Contently bought ProPublica?

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