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When it comes to payments, Net Neutrality represents a powerful equalizer for small businesses that do not have the volume or frequency to negotiate reduced interchange fees with payment processors. Without neutral access to the Internet, such businesses would face higher costs or competitive disadvantages in reaching users, and therefore might not even be in a position to take advantage of low-cost payment processing.

Dwolla on Net Neutrality: a letter to the FCC and CFPB

Dwolla CEO Ben Milne on why Net Neutrality matters for the payments industry

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I just finished reading Jonathan Lethem's latest book, Dissident Gardens.
It took me a while, because I tend to juggle a few books at once, and also tend to read at night before bed and fall asleep quickly, but that’s beside the point…
I won’t attempt to give a proper book review (you can read this one) but I just want to say that I haven’t read anything so delicious in a long time.  It’s not so much the book itself, but Lethem’s style of writing, which is just so rich and decadent.  Practically every sentence is a work of art.
I have been avoiding reading his stuff — namely Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude — because they hit a little too close to home (growing up in Brooklyn, isolated and afraid).  
Dissident Gardens, set in far-off Queens, perhaps gave me enough distance to dig in.  And now that I’ve done that, I’m going straight back to the others, as I am hooked on Lethem and ready to face the flame.

I just finished reading Jonathan Lethem's latest book, Dissident Gardens.

It took me a while, because I tend to juggle a few books at once, and also tend to read at night before bed and fall asleep quickly, but that’s beside the point…

I won’t attempt to give a proper book review (you can read this one) but I just want to say that I haven’t read anything so delicious in a long time.  It’s not so much the book itself, but Lethem’s style of writing, which is just so rich and decadent.  Practically every sentence is a work of art.

I have been avoiding reading his stuff — namely Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude — because they hit a little too close to home (growing up in Brooklyn, isolated and afraid).  

Dissident Gardens, set in far-off Queens, perhaps gave me enough distance to dig in.  And now that I’ve done that, I’m going straight back to the others, as I am hooked on Lethem and ready to face the flame.

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Joi dropping his principles.
Inspiring.

Joi dropping his principles.

Inspiring.

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I’m an economist. I’m pro-business. I’m pro-big business making profits. But what I’m absolutely against is big business in bed with big government. And that’s the problem.
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Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.
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Up to 10,000 taxi drivers brought gridlock to central London on Wednesday as they protested against Uber, the mobile application that has become popular in cities across Europe.

The protests are estimated to have caused an estimated £125 million in lost revenue.

But Uber reported a massive spike in downloads of their mobile application on Wednesday.

Jo Bertram, the app’s UK and Ireland general manager, said it had seen its biggest day of sign ups since it launched in London two years ago – an 850 per cent increase in downloads compared to last Wednesday.

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If Verizon builds a network that’s optimized for downloading, it can’t complain that its customers use it to download stuff.
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Verizon has made a business decision to use its own customers’ poor experience as leverage to get more cash out of Netflix. If Verizon were more focused on making sure its customers had a good experience, they’d be having a better experience.
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Wow

GoPro: Taxco Urban Downhill with Kelly McGarry (by GoPro)

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Watch this.  Then visit fcc.gov/comments

Watch this.  Then visit fcc.gov/comments

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Alexis on CNBC talking about the importance of treating all bits equally on the internet

(via Classifying the Internet)

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The cable companies have figured out the great truth of America: if you want to do something evil, put inside something boring

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality - YouTube

Why we need better language to talk about Net Neutrality Open Internet Preventing Cable Company Fuckery

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality (by LastWeekTonight)

This is so good

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Net Neutrality Explained in Plain English (Video) and It’s Probably Going to Make You Mad (by Vihart)

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