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September 9, 2012, 8:50 PM

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Paul Graham:
Black Swan Farming  —  I've done several types of work over the years but I don't know another as counterintuitive as startup investing.  —  The two most important things to understand about startup investing, as a business, are (1) that effectively all the returns are concentrated in a few big winners …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yes, Spotify Is Headed to the Web.  No, Spotify Isn't Cutting Its Prices.  —  Waiting to use Spotify on the Web?  Hang on a few weeks.  —  Waiting to pay $8 a month for Spotify's premium service?  Don't hold your breath.  —  Yes, as TechCrunch reported yesterday, the streaming music company …
Wall Street Journal:
Do Our Gadgets Really Threaten Planes?  —  The ban on electronic devices rests on anecdotes, not on hard evidence—because there isn't any  —  WAS ALEC BALDWIN RIGHT?  When the actor tussled with American Airlines personnel last December over his desire to continue playing a game …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Teaching the F.A.A. That Dogs Don't Buckle Up  —  If you've ever flown Virgin America, you will have seen the cartoonlike safety video that plays before the flight takes off.  —  In one scene, about a minute into the video, a man is shown sitting next to a large bull as he fumbles with his seat belt.
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Farhad Manjoo / PandoDaily:
The Royal Nokia Screw-Up That Shouldn't Have Been  —  Anyone who cares about fostering a dynamic, competitive tech industry should be rooting for Nokia.  Even if you're not as gaga for Windows Phone as I am—I think it's the best-designed mobile OS on the market—you've got to concede …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Meet The Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon Winners: Livebolt Takes Grand Prize, Auctopus And HeatData Are Runners Up  —  The night has been a long one for our intrepid crew of hackers, and all their arduous, caffeine-fueled work has led to this moment.  A stunning 147 teams have taken the stage …
More: TechCrunch
Klint Finley / Wired:
As Heroku Boss Flees to Olive Farm, Where's the Platform Cloud Going?  —  Sometimes, people call it “platform-as-a-service.”  But more often than not, they just point to Heroku, the San Francisco company that pioneered this oh-so-hard-to-explain technology.
More: GigaOM
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kindle HD Will Allow Users To Opt-Out Of “Special Offers” For $15  —  If you've been put off by the (arguably obtrusive) Special Offers on the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon has just announced that they will allow users to pay $15 to opt-out of the ads for the life of the device.  —  An Amazon spokesperson wrote:
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
FCC backpedals from Internet tax  —  The Federal Communications Commission is rapidly backpedalling from a proposal to tax broadband Internet service after a public outcry over the issue.  —  Democrats and Republicans at the agency are now blaming each other for pushing the idea in the first place.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn't Understand  —  This article initially appeared on TechCrunch - with a minor update highlighted in red below.  —  Ah.  We're back to discussing convertible debt again.  This time by the efforts of Adeo Ressi …
More: A VC, Storify and A VC

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