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Four short links: 15 September 2013

intelligent algorithm, Silicon Valley leaders, intrusive ads, Taylors of Harrogate

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media | T ... -- New York Times tech columnist Nick Bilton also gives Medium a thumps up. Id love to be able to replace WordPress with Medium on my personal site. Fortunately for WordPress, Medium has no plans to become a separate blogging platform but, it might become home to the occasional industry muse who doesnt want to hassle with setting up a blog. Wherever its ends up, Medium evidently wants to be the home of any bold, viral idea and its willing to run a financial and engineering bulldozer over any barrier to writing. There was nothing, and I mean nothing, about that story that related to the important news of the day, the chronicling of significant human events, or the idea that journalism itself can be a force for positive change in the world.

Silicon Valley Luminaries Got Grilled On The NSA At Disrupt, Heres How They Resp ... -- Conway argued for a balance between national security and personal freedoms, and claimed hes too busy advocating for gun control and immigration reform to devote time to the NSA issue. Arrington pressed Conway the hardest, repeatedly questioning why Conway hadnt taken action on the NSA issue. Conway was candid, noting that immigration reform is a bigger issue for him personally, but didnt delve into a ton of detail on his personal beliefs about the NSA and the right balance he would like to see. Both companies have strongly denied involvement with the NSA and have pressed the government to allow them to reveal more information about the requests the NSA makes for information and how they handle them. He discussed applying to work at the NSA while in college, and seemed to have a high personal respect for NSA employees. When pressed, she noted that treason usually results in jail time, although many bloggers and pundits openly question whether the government would prosecute and incarcerate CEOs like Mayer and Zuckerberg for speaking out about the NSA program.

The Internet is for snacking - Chris Dixon -- There was never any functional problem with the system, it can and will work, and maybe it will become the future of micropayment (from the grave, as it were, or in some new INTERNETSNACKS.COM startup that gets capital and goes big soon) but during the previous iteration of the market for paid content there was no demand from customers for a ubiquitous always-on micro-PayWall. I assumed Apples toll applied to in-app purchases of digital goods, but not for transactions (like buying an airline ticket or stuff on Amazon, except books)so whereas a company like Uber may use Stripe Connect to run their payment rails on iOS, Apple could create their own identity database tied to iTunes, which is tied to an active credit card, and just open that SDK to developers as part of the app.

Civet coffee: why it's time to cut the crap | Life and style | -- Coffee companies around the world still market kopi luwak along the lines of that original quirky story involving a wild animal's digestive habits, many claiming that only 500 kilogrammes are collected a year, a scarcity that justifies its huge retail pricetag (usually between $200-400 a kilo, sometimes more). Naturally, it's supposed to come from well-treated animals, be incredibly rare, and until the next absurd luwak alternative comes along is now the most expensive coffee in the world.

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