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May 5, 2014, 4:55 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.
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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) …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Nokia investing $100M in smart-car technology  —  The Finnish technology company aims to make money off the profound transformation of driving made possible by the combining automobiles with computing and networking technology.  —  Fresh after selling its mobile-phone business to Microsoft …
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.
Christopher Beam / The New Republic:
Why Chinese URLs use Arabic numerals over Mandarin characters or Latin letters  —  Chinese Number Websites: The Secret Meaning of URLs  —  Decoding 4008-517-517.com  —  An American friend living in Beijing once said she refused to communicate with anyone whose email address consisted …
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 …

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