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    Discuss: Tim Cook Is A Way Better CEO Than Steve Jobs Was
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 28, 2015, 3:27 p.m.

    Discuss: Tim Cook Is A Way Better CEO Than Steve Jobs Was

    Apple just earned more profit in a single quarter than any company, ever, and the bootlickers in the Silicon Valley press corps are fawning all over CEO Tim Cook and praising his genius. But you know what? They're right. Tim Cook is a brilliant CEO. He may, in fact, be way better at running Apple than Steve Jobs was. Let's discuss.

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    Warning: CEO Of Elite Dating Site Can Ban You Douchebags For Life
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 28, 2015, 12:59 p.m.

    Amanda Bradford just launched a dating app called The League, which is designed to be used by beautiful, ambitious, intelligent people — you know who you are! — while keeping out the riffraff. Are you in our league? No surprise that some people find this app silly. Or sad. Or offensive. But don't you dare point that out, because Amanda Bradford does not tolerate haters and will use her algorithm to ban you from The League, forever.

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    Would You Swing With These Geeks?
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 27, 2015, 8:14 p.m.

    Would You Swing With These Geeks?

    In a new series, CNN explores all the crazy drug use and sexy sex stuff taking place in Silicon Valley, where people like Greg and Stella, above, go to swingers parties and apparently convince other people to sleep with them, without drugging them or paying them. The series is called, "Sex, Drugs and Silicon Valley." My one-word review: Yuck.

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    Discuss: Will AI Spell The Death Of Capitalism?
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 27, 2015, 3:10 p.m.

    If artificial general intelligence can be achieved, it will change just about everything in our world. But could it kill capitalism?

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    What Is There To Say About A Zuckerberg Portrait Made With Poop?
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 27, 2015, 2:36 p.m.

    What Is There To Say About A Zuckerberg Portrait Made With Poop?

    Some things defy your ability to describe them. One of them is this portrait of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, created by a "Brooklyn-based artist and hacker" called Katsu. He made the painting with his own shit. It is now on display at The Hole, in New York — yes, a painting made of shit is being displayed in a place called The Hole; I know, irony abounds here — as part of a show called, "Remember the Future." Katsu apparently does not ...

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    The Weird, Mysterious Company Behind The SkyMall Bankruptcy
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 26, 2015, 9 p.m.

    The Weird, Mysterious Company Behind The SkyMall Bankruptcy

    The company that publishes those SkyMall airplane catalogs filed for bankruptcy last week. That's perhaps not a surprise, considering the kind of junk they sold. But there might be even more to the story, because it turns out that in 2013, SkyMall merged with a company called Xhibit Corp. that had some interesting characters behind it.

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    Flashback: Bitcoin Will Soar To $100,000, Says VC
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 26, 2015, 7:22 p.m.

    Flashback: Bitcoin Will Soar To $100,000, Says VC

    Just last year at about this time, venture capitalist Chris Dixon predicted in Wired that the price of bitcoin could "easily" go as high as $100,000. Those were heady times!

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    Rumor: Some Bad Shit Is Going Down At Tumblr
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 23, 2015, 9:44 p.m.

    Do you work in sales at Tumblr? Have you noticed a disturbance in the force? We're hearing that bad shit went down at Tumblr this week, and while it is not going to be announced until next week, for now everyone at Tumblr is drinking heavily.

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    Box Shares Are Soaring, And My Head Feels Like It Is Going To Explode
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 23, 2015, 9 p.m.

    Box Shares Are Soaring, And My Head Feels Like It Is Going To Explode

    Despite the warning from the Vulture this morning, shares of Box, the massively money-losing tech company that went public this morning, have been popping all day. By this afternoon they were up about 70 percent from the listing price.

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    Uber Is Punishing Drivers for Following the Law
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 23, 2015, 2:58 p.m.

    Uber Is Punishing Drivers for Following the Law 

    Uber drivers attempting to follow the law are getting screwed by Uber in California. A Buzzfeed investigation revealed that Uber suspended at least 12 drivers last month for properly registering their cars as commercial vehicles. To get their jobs back, Uber said the drivers had to re-register the cars as personal vehicles, which is a clear violation of DMV rules.

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    Wow Some People Make A Lot of Money
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 23, 2015, 1:44 p.m.

    Apple just revealed that Angela Ahrendts, the new hire who came from Burberry to run Apple's retail division, made $73.3 million last year. Simultaneously, Apple announced that Millard "Mickey" Drexler, CEO of J. Crew, who was recruited by Steve Jobs for his retail expertise, will retire from Apple's board of directors. Could those things be related? Surely not. But it's fun when things like this get announced at the same time.

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    Seriously, Enough With The Je Suis Stuff
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 23, 2015, 1:04 p.m.

    An analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch just put out a note with the title, Je Suis Bullish, and even Business Insider thinks it's a bit, well, in poor taste.

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    Vulture Capitalist: Avoid That Box IPO!
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 23, 2015, 11:46 a.m.

    Vulture Capitalist: Avoid That Box IPO! 

    My friend the Vulture is a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. He recently wrote a piece for us and I've been hoping he would do another one. I asked him what he thought of the Box IPO, which is taking place today. Shares last night priced at $14 per share, which will imply a valuation of $1.7 billion for Box — which last July raised a private round at $2.4 billion. Meaning: Box is limping into the public ...

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    White Rapper Jason Calacanis Don't Need You Now, Baby
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 22, 2015, 9:51 p.m.

    White Rapper Jason Calacanis Don't Need You Now, Baby

    Jason Calacanis is a smack-talking, poker-playing entrepreneur and angel investor. And he's been on a roll lately, thanks to some smart investments. He put money into Uber, which is now worth a fortune. Today it was reported that Raise, one of his other early investments, has raised money at a valuation of nearly $1 billion. In other words, he is striking gold all over the place.

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    Unicorn Bloodbath: VC Bill Gurley Sounds The Alarm, Again
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 22, 2015, 4:18 p.m.

    "I think you're going to see a lot of failure in 2015," venture capitalist Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital tells Fortune for a cover story ("The Age of Unicorns") about how all these companies are now raising money at sky-high valuations.

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    Here Is The Hobbit As It Should Have Been: A Single 3-Hour Movie
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 22, 2015, 3:47 p.m.

    Here Is The Hobbit As It Should Have Been: A Single 3-Hour Movie

    Let's be honest: The Hobbit would have made a great three-hour movie. Now that's what it is, thanks to a dedicated video editor in Philadelphia who boiled down Peter Jackson's bloated, padded trilogy into a single cohesive movie that is also truer to the book.

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    Crazy VCs Just Valued A Gift Card Company At Nearly $1 Billion
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 22, 2015, 3:25 p.m.

    A company that makes online gift cards just raised $56 million at a valuation of just under $1 billion. The company's name, ironically, is Raise. I'm not making that up.

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    New Version Of Windows Doesn't Suck, Supposedly
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 22, 2015, 2:08 p.m.

    Early reviews of Windows 10 (like the one below from Gizmodo) have been incredibly positive. The new browser. The voice commands. The virtual reality HoloLens goggles. All so cool! Everyone loves Microsoft again. They're even cooler than Apple!

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    Why You Should Care About the Silk Road Trial
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 21, 2015, 6:40 p.m.

    Why You Should Care About the Silk Road Trial

    Right now, a 30-year-old engineer is on trial for founding and operating an enormous online black market—the Amazon of drugs . The outcome of his trial could change the way we use the internet.

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    Russian Robots Are Total Shit
    on Valleywag by Gawker on Jan. 21, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

    Just look at the video below of this pathetic Russian "combat" robot riding an ATV at about one tenth of one mile per hour. The look on Putin's face says it all. The ruble is collapsing; the rest of the world hates him; pretty soon his own people will too; and now he has to get dragged out to some wasteland and look at this piece of shit robot that can't even keep its ATV inside the red ...

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