July 30, 2014
Updated 1:09 PM

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Ransoming Citizens, Europe Becomes Al Qaeda’s Patron

nytimes.com — BAMAKO, Mali - The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros. The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem.
Jul 30, 2014

Al Qaeda "outsources" hostage taking, has "biz plan" for negotiations, which ~1/2 of "operating revenue." IPO next? nyti.ms/1tp2xnF

Jul 30, 2014

Stunning @nytimes: By paying ransoms to kidnappers, Europe has become underwriter of Al Qaeda buff.ly/1qn5EHV buff.ly/1qn5EYd

Jul 30, 2014

RT @nkulish: Medicine, intravenous fluids & even breast-cancer medication: Terrorist doctors keep hostages alive & funds flowing. http://t.…

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Snapchat Said in Funding Talks With Alibaba at $10 Billion Value

bloomberg.com — Snapchat Inc., the company that makes a mobile application for disappearing photo messages, is in talks with investors including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) for a round of financing that may value the company at $10 billion, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @karissabe: $10 billion?! Snapchat Said in Funding Talks With Alibaba at $10 Billion bloom.bg/1pqeXYu via @BloombergNews

Jul 30, 2014

$10 billion?! Snapchat Said in Funding Talks With Alibaba at $10 Billion bloom.bg/1pqeXYu via @BloombergNews

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What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee)

bigstory.ap.org — NEW YORK (AP) - What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in "us." Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. "Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer behavior.
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RT @jdisis: If you ever say this word I am never speaking to you again bit.ly/1qL9NKA

Jul 30, 2014

Does a neologism that is not pronounced like it’s spelled - “usie” - have a chance? bit.ly/1obyM1E via @megangarber

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