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Bobbie Johnson
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Gadabout, troublemaker, cyborg, writer.
Gadabout, troublemaker, cyborg, writer.

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Just wanted to flag up this piece we've just published at Matter. It's a annotated reprint of Mike Paterniti's "Eating Jack Hooker's Cow", which—if you're not familiar with it—is an absolute jaw dropper about race in America from the 1990s. Beautiful, vivid writing that really captures the people and the places.

We asked several writers to question Paterniti about the story, how it happened, and what it means, and you can read the conversation in the notes on the piece. I thought both the original story and the discussion around it would be interesting to everyone here.

#writing   #race   #racism   #magazines  

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What do you think of Wonga? People seem wildly divided, but I can't make my mind up either way.

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Here +Loic Le Meur tells me that he's running LeWeb London because British prime minister David Cameron 'made him an offer he couldn't refuse'.

Reports of a horse's head in the Frenchman's bed are currently being investigated:

http://gigaom.com/europe/leweb-london-almost-happened-in-san-francisco/

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I love this so much that I wrote about it: A clever chap called Martin O'Reilly used some number crunching to build a model of who would win Eurovision. He was right... but the citizens of Malta got a little miffed when they didn't finish as well as predicted.

http://gigaom.com/europe/big-data-eurovision/

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This is crazy. Not content with copying everyone's ideas, Rocket Internet's latest venture -- a Nigerian copy of Zappos -- was hastily taken down after it turned out the code was lifted directly from Fab.com!

http://gigaom.com/europe/rocket-nigeria-copies-fab/

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What's happening with Facebook and Lightbox? The London-based team behind the photo-sharing app has been bought by Facebook, but it seems that users and investors may be left out in the cold.

http://gigaom.com/europe/so-who-got-hosed-when-facebook-bought-lightbox/

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Is Free Mobile's rapid acceleration proof that it's possible for a business -- even one in a market as competitive as mobile -- to go from zero to 60 pretty quickly, if it's interesting?

http://gigaom.com/europe/france-free-mobile-subscribers-unprecedented/

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With the Facebook IPO just a few days away, I think people buying shares -- and Silicon Valley in general -- should be sending a letter of thanks to Russian investor Yuri Milner.

http://gigaom.com/europe/why-facebook-and-silicon-valley-owe-it-all-to-moscow/

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If you're a European broadband addict, where should you live?

Romania might not be the place that comes to mind, but perhaps you should take another look -- it's right up there with the Netherlands and Sweden in terms of broadband capability.

http://gigaom.com/europe/dutch-top-euro-broadband-table-but-things-are-slowing/

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Just-Eat has raised another $64m for further expansion. They're likely to buy up more rival companies and expand into new countries.

Anyone use it regularly? (I don't)

http://gigaom.com/europe/just-eat-64m-funding/
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