Four short links: 11 July 2014



venture capitalist, Stephen Hawking, Wall Street

Marc Andreessens first six months on Twitter were unbelievably epic Quartz -- Most days, Andreessen tweets between 50 and 200 times, with an average of 120 tweets per day. His most-linked sites include Twitter itself (linking to other tweets), the New York Times (almost 200 times), the Wall Street Journal, various Andreessen Horowitz-related sites, TechCrunch, and Amazon. (A colleague confirms that its Marc doing the tweetingnot a social-media assistant or intern.) But Andreessen says its actually very important in his profession today to have a big Twitter following: Its a great way to explain what were doing, how we think about things, and to respond to issues and questions. He adds, with a smiley-face emoticon, a secondary, personal reason: I love arguing.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Dr. Oz and Nutritional Supplements (HBO) - Y ... -- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Dressing Up As Other Races (How Is This Still a Thing?) (HBO)

How can a seemingly fake social network from Belize become worth billions? | Pan ... -- Programming including: user interface, search mechanism, registration, listings, membership profile, search functions, invitation screens, secured payment options; Conducted due diligence on market acceptance, membership trends and social network habits; We plan to launch our website http://www.introbizz.com during the fourth quarter of 2013. If additional server space is needed (based on traffic to our site) this company can provide ample servers immediately on demand. [Source: Mark Warner]

Five Takeaways from Satya Nadellas Future of Microsoft Memo | Re/code -- By clicking "Create Account", you confirm that you accept our terms of service and have read and understand privacy policy.

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Four short links: 10 July 2014



San Francisco, World Cup, in addition to, San Francisco

With wartime alerts, Yo proves it can be more than just a toy | PandoDaily -- The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers. NYTimes

Germany-Brazil shatters Twitters record for sports tweets. Is this the tipping p ... -- The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers. NYTimes

In pilot scheme, San Francisco gives away public parking to carsharing companies ... -- Those spots are among 900 currently intended to be converted to car-sharing use over the next two years, divided equally among Zipcar, City Car Share and Getaround. But both projects derive from the same basic assumption on the part of the MTA: there are too many cars on San Francisco streets, and unless the City enacts ameliorative policy, it will only get worse. As a peer-to-peer car sharing network, Getaround users rent cars by the hour, as they do with Zipcar and City Carshare. While car owners will have to pay to use the spots provided by the MTA (as do Zipcar and City Carshare), they also get paid to do so.

Whys Google aligning itself with hated ISPs? It plans on being one of them | Pan ... -- The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers. NYTimes

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Four short links: 8 July 2014



In the future, computer science, vice president

MIT And Dropbox Alums Launch Inbox, A Next-Generation Email Platform | TechCru ... -- But the larger goal with Inbox is not just to offer a suite of developer tools, but to create a new email standard. With the Inbox API, developers can access REST endpoints for retrieving, modifying and sending email, as well as building custom filters, accessing attachments, creating drafts and more. Grinich also points out that developers can build using the Inbox APIs for free without sending email data to a third-party.

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Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. univer ... -- At the time of writing (July 2014), Python is currently the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses at top-ranked U.S. departments. Three years ago, Mark Guzdial blogged about the rise of Python as a teaching language and predictions for future teaching languages. I define a CS1 course as the first required course for CS majors, and a CS0 course as introductory programming (not just basic computer literacy) for either non-majors or those who need extra preparation before CS1. (Specifically, CS0 should not be a prerequisite for CS1.) I didn't count mini-courses, speical advanced CS1+ courses, higher-numbered electives, or programming courses offered by other departments.

Keith Rabois Homebuying Startup OpenDoor Raises $9.95M From Everyone | TechCru ... -- Paypal co-founder Max Levchin, Former YouTube and Facebook CFO Gideon Yu, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, Y Combinators Sam Altman, Quora CEO Adam DAngelo, Yammer co-founder David Sacks, Angelists Naval Ravikant, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Box CEO Aaron Levie, Initialized Capitals Harjeet Taggar, Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian, Former Twitter vice president Elad Gil, Blippy co-founder David King, Flixster co-founder Joe Greenstein, Angel investor Mike Greenfield, Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever, Paths Dave Morin, Facebook vice president Dan Rose, Trevor Traina, Resolute Ventures Mike Hirshland, Caffeinated Capitals Ray Tonsing, Felicis Aydin Senkut, True Ventures Om Malik, Thrive Capitals Josh Kushner, Crunchfunds Michael Arrington (who disclaimer: founded TechCrunch) and SV Angel.

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Four short links: 6 July 2014



coffee shop, venture capital, Venture Capital

The Fibonacci heap ruins my life at Mary Rose Cook -- She said that extract min takes the pointer to the smallest root node, follows it and removes the node from the sub-heap to which it belongs. She said that, if this reduction makes the key smaller than the key of the nodes parent, the node must be removed from the sub-heap and made into the root of a new sub-heap. Second, the graph of nodes that tells you which node is connected to which (fuck it were going back to the map metaphor) city. When you get the list of neighbouring cities, you are looking at the graph data structure, which means you have graph nodes in your hands. Though these graph nodes represent the same cities as the nodes in the Fibonacci heap, they are distinct entities inside the computer. Thus, to call decrease key (distance) on a city (heap node), you must get hold of the node that represents the city in the heap. Its a problem because when you update a node with a new distance, you copy that node as part of the change. This operation is given a node and finds it in the Fibonacci heap.

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are ... -- Target package prepared by the National Security Agency prior to the capture of Abu Hamza in January 2011 By Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani July 5 at 8:46 PM Follow @bartongellman Follow @JulieATate Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else. Nearly half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents. NSA analysts masked, or minimized, more than 65,000 such references to protect Americans privacy, but The Post found nearly 900 additional e-mail addresses, unmasked in the files, that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or U.S.residents. The cache Snowden provided came from domestic NSA operations under the broad authority granted by Congress in 2008 with amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. No government oversight body, including the Justice Department, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, intelligence committees in Congress or the presidents Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, has delved into a comparably large sample of what the NSA actually collects not only from its targets but also from people who may cross a targets path. If a target entered an online chat room, the NSA collected the words and identities of every person who posted there, regardless of subject, as well as every person who simply lurked, reading passively what other people wrote. In other cases, the NSA designated as its target the Internet protocol, or IP, address of a computer server used by hundreds of people. He didnt get this data U.S. intelligence officials declined to confirm or deny in general terms the authenticity of the intercepted content provided by Snowden, but they made off-the-record requests to withhold specific details that they said would alert the targets of ongoing surveillance. Who knows how that information will be used in the future? For close to a year, NSA and other government officials have appeared to deny, in congressional testimony and public statements, that Snowden had any access to the material. Minimized U.S. president At one level, the NSA shows scrupulous care in protecting the privacy of U.S. nationals and, by policy, those of its four closest intelligence allies Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. When NSA and allied analysts really want to target an account, their concern for U.S. privacy diminishes. Ashkan Soltani, content_category=National-Security, in_url_headline=in-nsa-intercepted-data-those-not-targeted-far-outnumber-the-foreigners-who-are, section={section=world, subsection=national-security}, show_ads=true, show_comments=true, ugc={allow_comments=true, allow_photos=false, allow_videos=false, comments_period=14, comments_source=washpost.com, default_sort=, default_tab=, display_comments=true, is_ugc_gallery=false, max_items_to_display=15, max_items_to_display_top=3, moderation_required=false, stream_id=}} allow_comments: true published_date:Jul 6, 2014 12:46:37 AM close date: Jul 20, 2014 12:46:37 AM SuperFan Badge SuperFan badge holders consistently post smart, timely comments about Washington area sports and teams. Request a badge Fact Checker Badge Fact Checkers contribute questions, information and facts to The Fact Checker. Request a badge Washingtologist Badge Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, timely comments on events, communities, and trends in the Washington area. Request a badge Post Writer Badge This commenter is a Washington Post editor, reporter or producer. Request a badge Post Contributor Badge This commenter is a Washington Post contributor. Request a badge Post Recommended Washington Post reporters or editors recommend this comment or reader post.

Israeli High Tech Gets Aggressive | TechCrunch -- American VCs first entered the Israeli market in the late nineties, focusing primarily on follow-on financings in startups originally funded by local Israeli funds. Six American VCs with deal-makers residing in Israel, including BVP, are among the most active early stage investors in Israel and at least four newly established Israeli VCs are focused exclusively on later-stage opportunities. Israeli high tech has matured to a point where we will continue to see a steady stream of large MA exits and IPOs for years to come. Just as political observers no longer view Israel as the underdog, few tech giants and investors are willing to underestimate the potential of an Israeli startup.

A Dozen Things Ive Learned from Fred Wilson | 25iq -- All of the returns come from the top cohort of investments. The distributions of exits each year is distributed on a power law curve. Venture capitalists working with partners select a portfolio of bets which have significant positive optionality. Over the lifetime of the fund the venture capitalists discover a very small number of blockbuster 10-2,000X hits from the portfolio. Putting together the initial team, creating the culture, instilling the mission and values into the team are all like designing and building the initial product. Most people underestimate how much value a great venture capitalist puts on the people who make up the team and their chemistry. Great people on a fantastic team give a startup optionality, since they can quickly adapt to change. Having supportive and caring investors helps. One of the hardest things to do in the venture business is to stick with a struggling investment. Experienced venture capitalists know that a successful tape measure home run business is often almost dead before it begins its rise to the top of the league tables. Top VCs get to see the most interesting investment opportunities, but the opportunity cost of saying yes to an investment is that they take themselves out of the running for everything else in that category going forward. The opportunity cost of investing in company A is that the venture capitalist will chose not to invest in other companies in that category because of a conflict of interest. All markets have boom and bust cycles, and I think venture capital market has even more exaggerated boom and bust cycles. Anything less than three times your money over a 10-year period [is a mediocre return in venture capital]. The money needs to generate 2.5x net of fees and carry to the investors to deliver a decent return.

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Four short links: 5 July 2014





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