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April 7, 2014, 8:50 AM

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Kevin Rose / Instagram:
Anti-tech protesters visit Kevin Rose's SF home, distribute leaflets calling him a “parasite”  —  My house was protested today by anti-tech folks, they had a large banner saying “Kevin Rose Parasite”, handed these to my neighbors:
Megan Rose Dickey / Business Insider:
How Techmeme Became The Must-Read News Site For Everyone In The Multibillion-Dollar Tech Industry  —  Over the past 10 years, the technology industry has evolved from photo-sharing websites like Flickr to photo-sharing apps like Instagram.  —  And, we suppose, there's been a few other changes along the way.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's open sourcing of .Net: The back story  —  Summary: Microsoft's decision to open source more of its .Net platform didn't happen overnight, or even in the past few weeks.  It was a move years in the making.  —  Microsoft's move to open source key chunks of its .Net platform …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, like Netflix and Amazon, looks to produce full half-hour TV comedies  —  Yahoo Makes New Push Into Video Production  —  Internet Company Hunts for Original Web-Series Programming  —  Yahoo Inc. is raising its ambitions in online video, with plans to acquire the kind of original programming …
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Meet Mobile Accord, the company that built “Cuban Twitter” ZunZuneo with help of US government  —  The Fall of Internet Freedom: Meet the Company That Secretly Built ‘Cuban Twitter’  —  The United States discreetly supported the creation of a website and SMS service that was …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard  —  Creating an ISP?  You'll need millions of dollars, patience, and lots of lawyers.  —  There are probably many reasons that US households have so few choices for Internet service, but not least among them is the fact …
Nolan Feeney / The Atlantic Online:
HBO's Silicon Valley the most recent attempt to lampoon increasingly pervasive startup culture  —  Revenge on the Nerds: Why It's So Cool to Laugh at the Tech World Now  —  In a lavish Silicon Valley mansion, amid ridiculous liquid-shrimp appetizers and a performance from Kid Rock …
Emily Weinrebe / ACLU:
ACLU introduces searchable archive of all leaked NSA documents  —  Introducing the ACLU's NSA Documents Database  —  The public debate over our government's surveillance programs has reached remarkable heights since the first set of NSA disclosures in June 2013 based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Arielle Duhaime-Ross / The Verge:
Driven: how Zipcar's founders built and lost a car-sharing empire  —  In the late '90s, Antje Danielson's son Max and Robin Chase's daughter Linnea often played together on a tire swing in Cambridge's Dana Park.  The two women had met at their kids' kindergarten, but supervising the playground is how they got to know each other.

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