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Incredible step for the movement. Thank you, +Laverne Cox 
It’s a major moment of visibility for transgender women of color.
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There are just a last few days to join +ThinkUp, take advantage of the Late Bird special & get an awesome book, featuring interviews with everyone from Steve Martin to Jay Smooth to Fred Wilson.
Join ThinkUp and be happy about the time you spend on Twitter and Facebook.
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Daniel, yep! We're just making it easier for non-geeks and building a way to sustain development for the long term.
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We've launched a project I've been putting my heart and soul into for a long time, and I'd like to ask for your help. Put simply, it's an app called ThinkUp, which hooks up to your Facebook or Twitter or Google+ account and tells you what's meaningful, like which of your friends you made smile, or if you haven't reconnected with an old friend online in a while.

But just as important as the app is the way we're building the company behind it. We're having our community drive every aspect of ThinkUp, in hopes of making our company the one that respects its users (and their privacy and values!) more than any other tech company.

So, to do this, we're asking people to join the campaign to back our launch in January of next year. In just a few days, hundreds of people have stepped up to do so, and now I'd like your help as well, if you're able.

Thanks so much for helping out or for simply spreading the word!
Join ThinkUp and be happy about the time you spend on Twitter and Facebook.
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Today's my birthday, and I need your help for a special gift: bringing clean water to a village in the region my family is from. We've already brought clean water to 373 people, but you can help make it everyone in the village just by giving what you can. Just imagine what we can accomplish together!

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A brief history of how Apple's iWatch came to market.
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I'm looking forward to hearing the new Macklemore album!
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This is the sort of innovation I'm glad to see on G+ -- gifs!
Even if you’re a fan of animated gifs—say you were the first to email your friends the slow loris very slowly eating a rice ball (—you may not know that the origins of animation go as far back as 1879 and Eadweard Muybridge’s “zoopraxiscope” (see our doodle homage to Muybridge: Gifs have been around since 1987 and have become the de facto standard for short animations on the web, from pony glitter text ( to grumpy cat memes (

Starting today, there’s an easier way to unearth those gems: when you do an image search, click on “Search tools” below the search box, then select “Animated” under the “Any type” dropdown box.

We’ve also added a second handy filter: if you’re after the perfect picture of Easter basket clipart ( but must have one with a transparent background, simply select “Transparent” under the “Any color” dropdown box.
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It's time to start a petition...
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One of my favorite sites I've discovered recently is Product Hunt, which I'm thrilled to see featured ThinkUp today!

Product Hunt is a simple community site that just talks about new apps and tech products that have launched each day. The conversations are great -- focused on what actually makes these apps tick, and what decisions were made behind them. That's such a refreshing contrast for me as someone who loves tech products, in contrast to the "industry news" that's mostly about personalities and funding and those weird big company announcements that very rarely end up being very innovative.

So, I was incredibly excited to see ThinkUp submitted to the site this morning, and there have been some really thoughtful questions about the app, especially from Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt. If you have a moment, will you go and vote for ThinkUp on the site? And maybe stick around to check out the conversation, too.
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You're just ignoring the historical implications and power dynamics behind use of the word "blacklist" so it makes you seem silly. But if you have a more substantive critique than "this one interpretation of this one provocative word could apply to this situation", I'm all ears.
While I don't know what Anil Dash thinks about my calling his twitter blacklist a blacklist, I'm having a bit of fun today with an overactive defender named Nathan Edwards who has come to the conclusion that I'm condescending...
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On the contrary, while I'm concentrating on the denotation, I am perfectly aware of the connotation. In my book, connotation is a second order phenomenon. If there were a friendlier term available that accurately denoted your actions, I should use it. I'm not sure that there is one. 

To recap, you are, by your own description, thrust into a position of power in twitter through no merit of your own. Aside from a few tokens, you decided to just retweet females in 2013 and you wrote to encourage others to consider doing the same.

Knocking a group's representation based on sex down to effectively zero goes beyond affirmative action and, in my opinion constitutes a minor blacklist. If it's not a blacklist, what's the appropriate term? I would have expected an alternate description to have emerged by now in the discussion either here or on your blog.

My working theory at start was that there's a bit of orwellian liberal newspeak at work here. That theory would be totally blown out of the water had an accurate, alternate label for what you did in 2013 emerged but that easy riposte doesn't seem to have any takers.

Perhaps you would help me out of this suspicion by providing a more accurate descriptive label? I've played this game with a few liberal acquaintances of mine off line and they couldn't come up with a viable one. Affirmative action does not count as viable because even under the sharpest historical variants, formerly favored groups have never been entirely shut out. At most a hard quota system was imposed. I can think of one exception but bringing it up would make blacklist sound tame by comparison so better to leave that one alone. 

In general on matters of the sexes my position is that the denouement of sex politics in America, if we're ever to come to a happy conclusion, has to be everybody plays by the same standards and rules. I have two daughters and a son and find the present arrangements are not particularly good for any of them.

Something needs to give. The broad based decline in female happiness in America over the past few decades tells me that whatever it is we're currently doing is not acceptable as far as women's revealed preferences are concerned. Their declines in happiness even though by all the metrics I can find they've made tremendous progress.

The academic decline of boys and young men reinforces that opinion because we're buying that female unhappiness with lowered male achievement. Do you think this is a good idea? I hope not. 
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If you're in New York City, it's not too late to vote in today's mayoral primary. I had a chance to speak with almost all of the major candidates, and I explained a bit about how that informed who I decided to support. If you haven't voted yet, please do take a look.
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Why do u think anyone cares about your opinion?
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We can do amazing things together. For my birthday, I'm asking your help to bring clean water to an entire village in the region of India my family is from:

Any amount helps, and just $45 gives one person clean water. 100% of what you give goes to the water project. Read more, or watch a video of me introducing the campaign in front of a few thousand folks here:
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I've given hundreds of talks over my career, but yesterday was the first time I was brought to tears by what followed. I was honored to help charity: water launch its September campaign to bring water to 100 villages in rural Orissa, India -- where my family is from.

And I'm proud to launch a campaign where I'm asking your help to reach a $20,000 goal by my birthday on September 5th, which will provide clean water to an entire village.

Please click through and watch the video, and then give what you can here:
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It's always uplifting to see people who are empowered use those powers for good. Thanks!
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A whole bunch of cool features are popping up in ThinkUp these days.
We're excited to share a huge new milestone for ThinkUp. Our latest beta features a rich social search that works a lot like Facebook's Graph Search, but for all your information -- your Google+ posts, Twitter friends, Foursquare checkins, Facebook status updates and more! Plus, if you're not a geek, you can now sign up to get on our waiting list and be the first in line for access to the new service.
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I will like to try this if this in on Android.
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