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Two Valley entrepreneurs nobody really cares about like Rand Paul. Conservarianism rising!

Over the weekend, San Francisco hosted Reboot 2014, a conference that brought together Silicon Valley techies and libertarians like Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie and US Senator Rand Paul. To hear some outlets tell it, this marked a historic meeting of technology’s brightest minds and Washington’s most influential advocates for small government. But from all reports, the libertarians in attendance [...]

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Weird Al: Mission Statement

Launched at Wall Street Journal, Mission Statement cannibalized the style of hippie heroes Crosby, Stills & Nash, reminding us that the generation most famous for sticking it to the Man ended up being the Man anyway. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $1.29 Continue Reading from the Source

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Bluelounge Kickflip

One of the smallest and most convenient laptop stands you’ll ever see. The Kickflip sticks to the underside of your laptop, so it’s always there when you need it. Available for 13″ and 15″ laptops. Link Link 2 Price: $18-$20 Continue Reading from the Source

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Silence and denials surround new research that may reveal Tor’s vulnerabilities

Tor has been heralded as a foil to the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance programs since last year, when the Guardian reported that the anonymous browsing tool hadn’t yet been compromised despite the NSA’s best efforts. That isn’t strictly true, as the Guardian revealed in a follow-up report on the tools and strategies used to attack it, but [...]

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Goonies Treasure Map

No pen…. No write…. No sign! No sign! The Fratelis forgot to check Mikey’s marble bag! I can’t tell…if it’s an “A sharp” or if it’s a “B flat!! Come on Andy, if you hit the wrong note they’ll all “B flat”! The Goonies’ treasure map. Their path to the booty of One-Eyed Willy, their [...]

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Seattle’s Audiosocket partners with 110 music libraries to try to fix copyright on YouTube

Some people are waiting for flying cars, quantum computing, or virtual reality. Me? I just want somebody to fix copyright on YouTube. Policing copyright on YouTube can be a nightmare for both users and creators. The platform uses a system called ContentID, which detects videos with “infringing” copyrighted material before either removing them or diverting ad revenue to the “proper” rights holder. The [...]

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Blue Sky Painters

Established by Mehdi Ghadyanloo and backed by the government of Tehran, Blue Sky Painters turns drab buliding facades in Iran’s capital into murals with eye-catching illusions or drawings that interact with their surroundings. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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Skydive to Slip ‘N Slide

It sounds like a string of skateboard tricks, but the title is literal. While most slip ‘n slides have the payoff during or after the slide, Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson only had it as the icing on their thrill-seeking cake. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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Chomping at the (Fit)bit: Xiaomi releases a $13 fitness tracker

Xiaomi started off as a smartphone-maker that offered well-designed products for a fraction of the cost of its better-known competitors. Then it released a smart television set that led Pando to label it “one of the world’s most interesting tech companies.” Today it took another step forward with the Mi Band, a fitness band that also acts [...]

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Prometheus Dog Tag Tool

A titanium multitool that’s the size of an American military dog tag. It has a universal closed wrench, a bottle opener, a 0.25″ bit driver and a battery bay driver. It also comes with a ball chain pendant. Hat Tip Link Price: $60 Continue Reading from the Source

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Delivery

(NSFW: Language) Bill is one of the pizza delivery guys in Brooklyn. But he’s not just a pizza delivery guy in Brooklyn. No Weather did a great job capturing Bill in his element. The closing track is Where the Sun Beats by Blue Sky Black Death. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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LWT: Prisons

Last Week Tonight looks at the disgraceful state of U.S. prisons, which is caused partly by public neglect, draconian laws and the administration of private companies that focus more on savings than the well-being of prisoners. Link Continue Reading from the Source

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Ever the copycat, Samsung announces new “premium” headphones

I like to imagine that somewhere deep within the bowels of Samsung’s headquarters there is a person suspended in a mysterious liquid whose job is to predict the future in time for the company to develop an innovative product ahead of its competition. The problem with this imaginary fortune teller is that reality tells a very different story. [...]

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Sunnyside Triptych

Three wrongs can make a right. Dan Toth filmed Sunnyside, Queens using an iPhone in portrait mode then presented the clips three at a time. He made the triptych to capture “what it’s like to walk around an urban neighborhood.” Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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YouTube’s identity crisis: Can it launch a Spotify-style service witout losing its soul?

From the moment cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the first-ever YouTube video, a grainy 18-second clip shot at the San Diego Zoo, YouTube has been a space dedicated to the most homegrown of creators. It didn’t matter whether you were Lady Gaga or a kid from Arkansas — if the right people found your work and loved it, you could become an [...]

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Human Clock TV

From Craig Giffen, creator of the picture-based Human Clock and Human Calendar, comes Human Clock.TV. The site tells the time on a minute-by-minute basis using video clips. You can also upload clips for the clock. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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