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Life’s going to punch you in the face. A lot. The question is whether you pick yourself up to deliver the counterpunch. 
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A roundup of Bitcoin news from my pals. Let me know what you think. :) +Matt Schlicht +Tina Hui 
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I like mean people. Selfish ones too. :P
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Facebook won't let Google or Apple hold it down. And it's willing to pay.
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What person, product or company do you think has done the best job of building a positive & lasting reputation?
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Business: Apple and Discount Tire (amazing attitude and service).
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Who should I interview for the final pieces of +Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention? 

I'm nearly done with the first draft, and interviewed everyone from Steven Soderbergh to Sheryl Sandberg to 20+ PhDs in psychology and cognition. But I'm looking for one or two more before things wrap up.

Suggestions for under-appreciated figures and must-haves appreciated. And thanks again for the help! 

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Do you have any magicians, like Penn & Teller etc?
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Thanks a lot, NSA assholes.
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
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Whatever. Don't trust the media any more than NSA. Never trust an article that does not name the infamous "2 sources close to the matter". 
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Because I haven't posted enough cute animals to Google+ recently. Say hello to my mom's pup, Wilson!
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When your startup enters the Billion Dollar Club, Steve Martin personally escorts you to the membership lounge on a Golden Hovercraft.
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If you cook my Angel Hair Pasta Eggs Benedict Recipe from the #SXSWCookBook, make sure to Instagram!
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+Craig Newmark I love that you're not. People like this, those are my people.
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  • DominateFund
    Co-founder & Managing Partner, 2012 - present
  • CNET
    Colunist & Commentator, 2012 - 2013
  • The Peep Project
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  • Mashable
    Editor-at-Large, 2008 - 2011
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Managing Partner of DominateFund; Alumnus of Mashable & CNET; Avid Scuba Diver

Ben Parr is an award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur, investor and expert on attention. Through his unique experience as a leading technology writer, venture capitalist and prolific public speaker, Parr has coached dozens of young startups and Fortune 500 corporations on how to get attention for their products. He was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media and named to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30.

Parr is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a venture capital firm that invests in and accelerates the growth of early-stage technology, software and product startups through its expertise in strategic celebrity partnerships, press, marketing, customer and user acquisition and viral products.

Parr is the author of Captivology: The Secret Science of Capturing People's Attention, due in 2014 from HarperOne/HarperCollins. His book dives into the science of attention, why we pay attention to certain people, products, companies and ideas, and how to capture and retain somebody's attention. He has interviewed dozens of “Masters of Attention” for his book, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, Entourage’s Adrian Grenier, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and the Mythbusters, along with leading researchers such as Dr. Michael Posner and Dr. Adam Gazzaley.

Previously, Parr was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, where he wrote more than 2,400 articles on social media and technology, managed Mashable’s editorial team, and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg. He also served as Columnist and Commentator for CNET. Parr’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including CNBC, CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and The New York Times. 

Parr is a graduate of Northwestern University, majoring in Science in Human Culture and Political Science, and minoring in Business Institutions. He is based in San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Bing has launched "We're In," a new app for Windows Phone that lets a group of friends coordinate their plans by sharing their locations.

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HOW TO: Conduct Live Polls via Twitter and SMS - written by Ben Parr

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Facebook Testing Feature to Reduce Email Notifications - written by Ben Parr

Facebook has begun testing a new feature that lets active users group their email notifications into summary emails.

Facebook Testing Feature to Reduce Email Notifications - written by Ben Parr

Facebook has begun testing a new feature that lets active users group their email notifications into summary emails.

Google Adds Friend Annotations to the +1 Button - written by Ben Parr

Google is making the +1 button more social with the addition of friend annotations.

Flashback: Google's Sergey Brin Isn't the Real Google Guru on "To Tell t... - written by Ben Parr

Google co-founder Sergey Brin appeared on "To Tell the Truth" in 2000. The results are hilarious.

Microsoft Prepares Windows 8 for Battle Against the iPad - written by Ben Parr

Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to create a single OS for PCs and tablets. Will it be enough to slow down the iPad, though?

Facebook Faceoff: "Like" vs. "Become a Fan" - written by Ben Parr

The debate between “like” and “fan” is the subject of this week’s Web Faceoff, our weekly poll series pitting two web apps against each other.

Google Responds to Google+ Account Suspension Controversy - written by Ben Parr

Google has made a public statement about the recent wave of Google+ account suspensions designed to enforce its "common name" policy.

What Can Social Media Tell Us About American Society? [INFOGRAPHIC] - written by Ben Parr

What can social media tell us about American society? This infographic thinks it has the answers.

Madden NFL Makes Its Debut on Facebook - written by Ben Parr

Electronic Arts’ wildly successful Madden NFL franchise has made the leap from the Xbox to Facebook.

HOW TO: Bring Animal Drawings to Life - written by Ben Parr

Shidonni is an online virtual world where kids draw their virtual pets and play with them as they pop to life.

Twitter Boasts That It's Faster Than Earthquakes [VIDEO] - written by Ben Parr

Twitter has released a short promotional video that touts that it's faster than an earthquake.