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Jehane Noujaim | Fast Company | Business + Innovation — For capturing the moment. It's about the struggle for change. that's an issue that resonates in squares around the world. Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim wanted to document Egypt's 2011 uprising but was unable to bring professional videographers or equipment into her home country. So she improvised-in effect, becoming a revolution all her own.

Charmian Gooch | Fast Company | Business + Innovation — For shining a light on corporate secrecy. "When people say something is really crazy or ­naive, that's when you know you're onto something," says Charmian Gooch of her latest campaign to end corporate secrecy laws.

The Start-up Guru: Y Combinator's Paul Graham — Of all the things that Paul Graham hates about running a start-up -- and there's not a whole lot about it that he likes -- the customers bug him the most. Everyone has a problem with your product, and people are constantly calling to complain about things you cannot possibly fix.

Alicia Keys Keep a Child Alive Aids Epidemic — Who: Alicia Keys, Cofounder, Keep a Child Alive Day Job: Singer-songwriter. Wake-Up Call: Twelve years ago, near the end of her first world tour, Alicia Keys, now 33, found herself in a room full of South African teens. Some were infected with HIV; others had family who were affected.

Cyborgs Won’t Be The Only Ones To Love Next-Gen Wearables — "Why don't we take you into the war room?" Dennis Miloseski leads me into a small conference room with hundreds of images tacked on the walls, mostly sketches of thin, hollow cylinders, but also a smattering of pictures-a beautiful woman, a delicate silver bangle.

Benedict Cumberbatch — Meet the new class of young, outrageously driven entrepreneurs in business, technology, and philanthropy. Then invest accordingly. Benedict Cumberbatch Actor Age: 38 His starring role on PBS's Sherlock has earned Cumberbatch a cult-like following online-Cumberbitches, a Twitter fan account, has 155,000 followers-and, increasingly, in Hollywood.

Warby Parker Goes Country, Opens Second Corporate Office in Nashville — The fast-growing eyeglasses startup Warby Parker, which is based in New York City and sells its hip frames online and in a growing collection of stores, is opening a new office in Nashville, co-CEO Dave Gilboa tells Fast Company. "We wanted to pick a city that we felt could be a real second corporate office," he says.

How Flashy Hotelier Sam Nazarian Is Shaking Up Las Vegas — "Can you turn that off for two seconds?" Sam Nazarian bounds down onto the floor of what will soon be his 27,000-foot nightclub and asks a guy with a neon vest and circular saw to take five. The glory days of this spot--formerly the Sahara, a Rat Pack hangout on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip--are a distant memory.

The Ugly Truth About Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem

The Ugly Truth About Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem — The boys of silicon Valley sure are busy these days: They've got secrets to disseminate on Secret, bitcoins to trade, and the very first season of their very own comedy, Silicon Valley, to stream! There's that whole digital revolution to seed, the thousands of jobs to create, the billions of dollars in market value to grow...
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @ColumbiaUP: Contributors to The Best American Magazine Writing 2014 include @TomJunod, @chafkin, @lisaxmiller & @janetreitman http://t.…

Dec 17, 2014

@rcantor I think it's too early to say that. All we know is that it won't come out in theaters Dec 25. Also: I think you're blaming victim

Dec 17, 2014

that's scary, sure. But much worse is someone breaking into parts of our lives that should be private -- photos, jokes, negotiations, etc /2

Dec 17, 2014

this hack confirms what should've been obvious about cybercrime: what's scary isn't that hackers might steal our credit card numbers /1

Dec 17, 2014

RT @minakimes: reminder that the greatest threat north korea poses is to its own people

Dec 17, 2014

RT @harmancipants: Ok the viral marketing campaign for The Interview is officially out of control…

Dec 17, 2014

v cool to see my @fastcompany story on Better Place on @longform's best of list -- alongside so much great 2014 work…

Dec 17, 2014

FYI: a senior PR guy who brags to a superior that he has the power to "kill" an NYT story, is almost certainly blowing smoke.

Dec 16, 2014

@rabble @rabble values are pretty good for the summer too. < $900 for a nonstop to Moscow.

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