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Jordan Valinsky

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The French President Hates Social Media Because People Are Mean

J'ai mal Internet! (Photo: French website)

The next time you’re refreshing Twitter, remember that somewhere French President François Hollande is floating on his magic croissant carpet and judging you.

A French newspaper asked him yesterday about his social media habits and after presumably giving the reporter a stink eye he pooh-poohed the notion that he would waste anytime on those things

“I look when they show me,” Mr. Hollande said to Le Parisien about the idea of even glancing over at an app. “There’s an addictive side to all that stuff that you need to defend against.” Read More

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Booting Up: Twitter Still Can’t Make Up Its Mind About Its Design

New new new new Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

For some users, Twitter looks different again for inexplicable reasons. [Fast Company]

Reported real company Lithium Technologies is spending $100 million to buy Klout. [CNN]

Get excited: Google’s $3.2 billion deal for fancy thermostat maker Nest has officially closed. [Recode]

Yahoo has plopped down $10 million for New York-based “social diary” app Wander. [TechCrunch]

FBI will pay you $10,000  “for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.” [Ars Technica]

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Introducing the Nextablishment

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You don’t need an inbox full of breathless press releases trumpeting identical calorie-counting dating apps with free weather alerts to know the start-up scene can be monotonous.

Ironpants and Guess the 90’s are today’s sparkly flakes at the bottom of the millrace, and every would-be Jack Dorsey with a beta and fancy card is joining the stampede. 

For that reason, it takes a lot to catch Betabeat’s hype-weary eye. But every once in a while, we come across an app or a website that looks like it could actually—yes—improve modern life (or at least insidiously colonize another lobe of your brain).

Here, we’ve assembled our annual list of tech visionaries based in New York City, a group of innovators, impresarios, paradigm-twisters and all-around entreprenerds leading the city’s tech scene. Read More

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Booting Up: Gilt Groupe Might Be Going Public Later This Year

Soon. (Photo: Netflix)

Gilt Groupe is rumored to (finally) go public in the third quarter of this year. “The company is in a good place and the market is a good place,” said a source. [Recode]

How funny is HLN’s pivot in becoming the “first TV home for the social media generation”? [LostRemote]

Netflix created House of Cards Against Humanity, a set of “inappropriate” cards, to promote the show’s second season. [Verge]

Hulu announced it’s adding several CBS classics, like Happy Days and The Brady Bunch, and newer programs such as Everybody Loves Raymond to its platform soon. [Engadget]

“Instead of bridging the gap between social news and real news, Paper’s creators unintentionally highlighted it.” [Forbes]

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Booting Up: After Bad Publicity, AOL CEO Reverses Stance on Company’s 401(k)

A peek at Silicon Valley. (Photo: Recode/HBo)

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen couldn’t handle the attention so he pulled the popular game offline. [Gizmodo]

Everyone settle down, the NYPD only has two pairs of Google Glass on hand and aren’t deployed in the field. [WSJ]

After his obnoxious comments about blaming “distressed babies” for rising costs, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong reversed his stance on the company’s 401(k) plan. [Washington Post]

Just 20 percent of traffic to Wikipedia is delivered via mobile devices and they’re trying to fix that. [New York Times]

There’s a trailer for HBO’s new Silicon Valley-themed show, uh, Silicon Valley. It’s very Mike Judge which is a good thing. [Recode]