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May 5, 2014, 12:20 AM

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Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
With IPO Hopes Fading, Square And Box Face Reality Of Commodity Products  —  Square and Box would seem to be the very epitome of every startup founder's dream of reaching the pinnacle of entrepreneurial success.  Take a kernel of an idea and turn it into a massive, multi-billion-dollar company that publicly debuts in an IPO.
Tweets: @trengriffin
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter isn't dying: active users and timeline views don't capture the platform's vast reach  —  Twitter Is Not Dying  —  Well, that's it folks: Twitter is dead.  It had a good flight.  A short flight, but a noisy one.  Sadly, it is now headed the way of Flappy Bird.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Twitter's problem: the initial idea was so great that they never needed to learn their market  —  Twitter's Marketing Problem  —  Twitter's unconventional path is well-documented at this point.  From failed podcasting company to playground sketch (actually, probably not) …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Facebook Woos Mobile Developers, but Is It Too Late?  —  Not so long ago, the key to building a successful app business required piggybacking on an existing big network like Facebook.  —  But relying on Facebook for your paycheck also meant being subject to the whims of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Tweets: @qthrul and @bokardo
Harry McCracken / TIME:
Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal  —  Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it's a shame more people don't learn to do it.  For years now, that's been a hugely popular stance.  It's led to educational initiatives as effortless sounding …
Carmel DeAmicis / PandoDaily:
17-year-old Michael Sayman on building 4Snaps, meeting Zuckerberg, his Facebook internship, and appearing at F8  —  How a Florida kid's “stupid app” saved his family's home and landed him on the main stage at Facebook  —  Michael Sayman is not your average tech entrepreneur.
Tweets: @designuxui
Michael J. De La Merced / New York Times:
Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Prosper raises $70M at around a $600M valuation  —  Prosper, a Peer-to-Peer Lender, Raises $70 Million  —  As peer-to-peer lending — in which borrowers connect with lenders directly online — takes off, one of the biggest players in the field is taking advantage by raising more money.
David Segal / New York Times:
Problem for advertisers: more than half of online video ads go unwatched below the fold, in tiny players, or played simultaneously with other ads  —  The Great Unwatched  —  Some of the biggest names in Internet media have been gathering in New York City at the third annual Digital Content NewFronts …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Cops who use Vigilant's vehicle tracking system must agree to secrecy TOS  —  Cops Must Swear Silence to Access Vehicle Tracking System  —  It's no secret that police departments around the country are deploying automated license plate readers to build massive databases to identify the location of vehicles.
More: Techdirt and Ars TechnicaTweets: @ashk4n

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