October 13, 2013, 1:55 PM

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Why US government IT fails so hard, so often  —  The rocky launch of the Department of Health and Human Services' is the most visible evidence at the moment of how hard it is for the federal government to execute major technology projects.  But the troubled “Obamacare” …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Bilton Book: Twitter's Dick Costolo Was Fired (And Rehired) in 2010  —  Twitter's founding tale keeps getting more and more complicated.  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was briefly fired from the company by an advisor to the board in 2010, according to a new book detailing the early, tumultuous days of the microblogging service.
Walter Frick /
How Twitter's Leadership Drama Explains its Success  —  One founder pushed aside in the early days of the company, his name scrubbed from its founding story.  Another ousted from the CEO role by a co-founder, former boss, and seed investor.  That founder himself booted from the CEO role later on by VCs …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
In a Mood?  Call Center Agents Can Tell  —  IN a YouTube clip from one of Steve Jobs's last interviews, he appears to be enjoying reminiscing about how he first hit upon the idea for the keyboardless tablet that eventually became the iPad.  —  “I had this idea of being able to get rid of the keyboard …
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Joseph Walker / Wall Street Journal:
State Parole Boards Use Software to Decide Which Inmates to Release  —  Programs look at prisoners' biographies for patterns that predict future crime  —  At the Hutchins State Jail in Dallas, corrections officials collect biographical data on inmates that will be evaluated by the state parole board.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The Internet's best hope for a Do Not Track standard is falling apart.  Here's why.  —  Should businesses be forced to stop tracking your movements on the Internet?  —  It sounds like a simple question.  But judging by the growing despair among members of a diverse group assigned …

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