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Noah Bloom
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Incredible segment by John Oliver on how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas #JeffWeCan  #Marlboro

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"That's what I want Glass to do for me: give me the three key facts about someone WHILE I'm talking with them." Great post by +Robert Scoble on missed opportunities while meeting people. How does the Jiber app help your networking? #Glass   #Jiber   #aSmarterBusinessCard

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Beautiful storytelling in "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek" by John Branch. Intertwining media and brave writing with a horrifyingly true story of a tragic ski day in Washington last winter. You'll be glued to your screen. Condolences.

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Does it matter that Paul Ryan said “I had a two hour and fifty-something” marathon but really was 4 hours? Yes. What a loser

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You gotta love sports champions who talk sh*t. Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins re: critics "They can’t ever imagine applying themselves to anything in their lives"

Wow, these parents are dumb. WiFi is a benefit for kids and learning. Looks like the parents are the ones who need a better education. "B.C. parents with WiFi health fears vote to limit school networks"

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Joel on SOPA/PIPA:
Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)


The internet seems to ignore legislation until somebody tries to take something away from us... then we carefully defend that one thing and never counter-attack. Then the other side says, "OK, compromise," and gets half of what they want. That's not the way to win... that's the way to see a steady and continuous erosion of rights online.

The solution is to start lobbying for our own laws. It's time to go on the offensive if we want to preserve what we've got. Let's force the RIAA and MPAA to use up all their political clout just protecting what they have. Here are some ideas we should be pushing for:

* Elimination of software patents
* Legal fees paid by the loser in patent cases; non-practicing entities must post bond before they can file fishing expedition lawsuits
* Roll back length of copyright protection to the minimum necessary "to promote the useful arts." Maybe 10 years?
* Create a legal doctrine that merely linking is protected free speech
* And ponies. We want ponies. We don't have to get all this stuff. We merely have to tie them up fighting it, and re-center the "compromise" position.


The dismal corruption of congress has gotten it to the point where lobbying for legislation is out of control. As Larry Lessig has taught us, the core rottenness originates from the high cost of running political campaigns, which mostly just goes to TV stations.

A solution is for the Internet industry to start giving free advertising to political campaigns on our own new media assets... assets like YouTube that are rapidly displacing television. Imagine if every political candidate had free access (under some kind of "equal time" rule) to enough advertising inventory on the Internet to run a respectable campaign. Sure, candidates can still pay to advertise on television, but the cost of campaigning would be a lot lower if every candidate could run geo-targeted pre-roll ads on YouTube, geo-targeted links at the top of, even targeted campaigns on Facebook. If the Internet can donate enough inventory (and I suspect we can), we can make it possible for a candidate to get elected without raising huge war chests from donors who are going to want something in return, and we may finally get to a point where every member of congress isn't in permanent outstretched-hand mode.

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"Are cities either busy biking or busy dying? Possibly ... Growing, well-educated cities tend to have more developed bicycle markets ... Perhaps it is because these cities fill its inhabitants with a sense of adventure and optimism to try alternative forms of transportation. Or perhaps in these cities, parking is a pain in the ass."

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BBC Newsnight 2010 report on what the heck is happening in North Korea: "I think what surprised me most here was that they could believe that we could believe that what they showed us was for real"
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