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America’s New Oligarchs—Fwd.us and Silicon Valley’s Shady 1 Percenters

Americans love their tech gurus, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Joel Kotkin on the new ruling class that’s gaming the system and jerking the rest of …

Men sentenced in naked-photo plot against pro poker players

Two Silicon Valley men were sentenced Monday for a "sextortion" plot in which they tried to extort professional poker players with threats of publicizing naked photographs and other private information stolen from email accounts.<p>Tyler Schrier, 23, of Menlo Park was sentenced to 42 months in prison …

North Koreans fail to report for work at Kaesong

North Korean workers have failed to show at the Kaesong joint industrial zone, one day after Pyongyang said it was withdrawing labour and suspending operations at the complex.<p>"As of now, no North Korean workers have reported to work this morning," said a spokesman for the South's Unification …

Guinea-Bissau ex-navy chief held in US on drugs charges

<b>A former chief of the navy in Guinea-Bissau has appeared in a US court on charges linked to cocaine trafficking, officials have said.</b><p>Rear Adm Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto was flown to New York after he was detained while travelling on a yacht in the east Atlantic.<p>Adm Na Tchuto is described by the US …

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The Story Of A Failed Startup And A Founder Driven To Suicide

A few months ago, on Sunday, January 27, an entrepreneur named Jody Sherman had plans to see a movie with a friend.<p>But that afternoon, the friend received a call from Jody's wife, Kerri.<p>Jody had gone missing. Three hours later, Kerri notified the Las Vegas Police Department, fearing something might …

Weird Twitter: The Oral History

Absurd, absurdist, and in its own elliptical way, one of the biggest influences on comedy today. Meet the unwitting pioneers behind the internet's dumbest revolution.<p>Here are some attempts to describe "Weird Twitter," gathered from around the internet:<p>1. "[An] intentionally wrong style of idiotic …

‘There’s No Turning Back’: My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist | WIRED

‘There’s Kind of a Weird Camaraderie’<p>Al-Shebab is Hammami’s Twitter target. But the social butterfly tendencies he once copped to in high school are …