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Four short links: 18 July 2013

office of the Director of National Intelligence, shareholder activist, Tim Ferriss, Y Combinator

The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People's Data Than Previously Revealed - Philip ... -- As an aside during testimony on Capitol Hill today, a National Security Agency representative rather casually indicated that the government looks at data from a universe of far, far more people than previously indicated. Most of the testimony largely echoed previous testimony by the agencies on the topic of the government's surveillance, including a retread of the same offered examples for how the Patriot Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act had stopped terror events. Analysts look "two or three hops" from terror suspects when evaluating terror activity, Inglis revealed. This meant that if the NSA were following a phone metadata or web trail from a terror suspect, it could also look at the calls from the people that suspect has spoken withone hop. Asked by committee chairman Bob Goodlatte if the government really thought the massive collection of phone records could be kept from the American people, Litt replied, "Well, um, we tried."

Accelerators like 500 Startups are using innovative strategies to woo young entr ... -- 500 Startups, which is keen to have more women entrepreneurs from India to join its latest batch opening in Silicon Valley , is pitching its Chief Executive Dave McClure as James Bond 007 out on a mission to recruit the "best agent entrepreneurs". Gurgaon-based GSF Super Angels has chosen over a dozen entrepreneurs and professionals from countries such as Singapore , the United States and Ukraine, who will now work out of GSF locations in those countries as entrepreneurs-in-residence.

Audiodraft, The Crowdsourcing Platform For Sound And Music, Raises $400K From 50 ... -- Audiodraft , a platform where brands or anybody else can commissions custom music or sounds, just closed $400,000 in a funding round led by 500 Startups and Promus Ventures. Founded three years ago, the company has grown a community of about 20,000 sound designers and music composers who are available to create music or sounds for different advertising agencies and clients on commission.

How things get done - Sam Altman -- For a startup that is just a few people, most other things are a waste of time (assuming the founders have already thought through the strategy of the company, and that talking to users also implies getting users). Successful startups usually find that their biggest problem is hiring, and certainly hiring well is the highest-impact thing a founder can do for his startup (and the best thing an investor can do is fund great founders). I think working with your friends is a good strategy, and smart, effective people tend to like other smart, effective people. The best hires Ive made or seen other companies make are usually friends or friends of friends. Hiring friends or friends of friends, especially if you know them via your connections to the task at hand is not nepotism at all.

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