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Cantor’s loss won’t kill immigration reform. It was already dead

There are debates about whether comprehensive immigration reform is dead because of the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the primaries. The fact is that it never had any hope. Americans are deeply divided on whether people who entered the country unlawfully should be allowed to become citizens and enjoy the same rights as those who were born here or migrated legally. The insistence by the Democrats on mandating a path to citizenship for the undocumented has turned the legislation into a poison pill that the Republicans will not swallow.

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What to Think, Ep. 8: The Godfather

As eBay and Aol struggle to learn expensive lessons about how they are NOT startups anymore, civic planning experts like Ron Conway are heckling progressive technologists at conferences.

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Swift is great, but you should still know Objective-C first

Apple sent waves through the developer community on Monday when it announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac OS X apps that’s designed to be fast, modern, and easy to learn by limiting the amount of boilerplate code needed to solve and debug common problems.

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Menstruation-tracking app Dayima just raised a huge $30M

Dayima, a Chinese app for period-tracking and women’s health in general, announced today $30 million in a third round of institutional funding. The money comes from Sequoia Capital China, Ceyuan Ventures, and Bertelsmann Asia Investments.

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4 tips to help you hire engineers in a world where devs hold all the cards

If you’re an engineering hiring manager, chances are you have a list of technical questions that are your gold standard for evaluating potential hires, right? Technical ability is imperative, of course. But are you getting the talent you really need?

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This interactive tour of the Sistine Chapel will mesmerize you

You’ll never get to take a photo of the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll probably never get to cross its threshold in person. But now, if you can carve out a few quiet moments in front of your computer, you can take a private tour of the chapel, replete with all the fine art you can handle.

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Working at the intersection of tech & art: An interview with concept designer Scott Robertson

It is very common for products and technologies presented in science fiction and films to come into real life years later, like the submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and touch screens in Minority Report. It’s always been amazing for us that these futuristic technologies and ideas are first created in the imaginations of filmmakers and novelists.

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Undeterred by Crimea, Western investors are still in the game for Russian startup deals

Launched in 2008 by Stanford graduates Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakaev, Wikimart had the initial ambition of creating a Russian analog of eBay. Heavily funded by major U.S. investment funds, the startup has now become a major marketplace offering its own products alongside nearly 2 million items from 1,500 third-party merchants.