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1. A Man. A Van. A Surprising Business Plan. (npr.org)
486 points by slamdunc on Jan 4, 2012 | 100 comments
2. A Redditor's insightful message for discouraged students (reddit.com)
414 points by jimmyjim on Jan 5, 2012 | 103 comments
3. I was on BloombergTV talking SOPA today - how'd I do? (bloomberg.com)
374 points by kn0thing on Jan 4, 2012 | 153 comments
4. Never create Ruby strings longer than 23 characters (patshaughnessy.net)
357 points by there on Jan 4, 2012 | 109 comments
5. Why do we pay sales commissions? (fogcreek.com)
269 points by buzzcut on Jan 4, 2012 | 113 comments
6. Google+ Is Going To Mess Up The Internet (readwriteweb.com)
250 points by jonmwords on Jan 4, 2012 | 134 comments
7. The Future of CouchDB (damienkatz.net)
247 points by badcarl on Jan 5, 2012 | 91 comments
8. Why Don’t Smartphones Have A “Guest Mode”? (techcrunch.com)
245 points by jnuss on Jan 5, 2012 | 203 comments
9. Why the Movie Industry Can't Innovate and the Result is SOPA (steveblank.com)
236 points by grellas on Jan 4, 2012 | 40 comments
10. Vint Cerf: Internet Access Is Not a Human Right (nytimes.com)
176 points by rdp on Jan 5, 2012 | 96 comments
11. Top TED Talks of 2011 To Inspire Tech Startups (marksoper.net)
177 points by marksoper on Jan 4, 2012 | 18 comments
12. Being recruited in the USA (calepin.co)
165 points by masylum on Jan 4, 2012 | 146 comments
13. Apple ][ game server (asciiexpress.net)
159 points by steveb on Jan 4, 2012 | 52 comments
14. Letter from Orwell to his publisher regarding 1984 (lettersofnote.com)
133 points by alexholehouse on Jan 4, 2012 | 49 comments
15. Using AI to design board games (boardgamegeek.com)
107 points by chaddeshon on Jan 4, 2012 | 31 comments
16. E-books Are Not That Easy (whattofix.com)
106 points by DanielBMarkham on Jan 5, 2012 | 82 comments
17. Google Chrome HTTPS Address Bar Spoofing (acrossecurity.com)
103 points by dielel on Jan 4, 2012 | 4 comments
18. NASA’s open source projects (nasa.gov)
102 points by rohitarondekar on Jan 5, 2012 | 18 comments
19. Ifttt raises $1.5M Seed Round From Top Investors (techcrunch.com)
100 points by wisp on Jan 4, 2012 | 66 comments
20. E-mail is the Universal Platform (contactually.com)
102 points by skevvis on Jan 4, 2012 | 59 comments
21. How Rick Santorum Is Making His "Google Problem" Worse (searchengineland.com)
92 points by kirpekar on Jan 4, 2012 | 120 comments
22. Ask HN: What's your experience with remote working? as employees/employers?
89 points by fgblanch on Jan 5, 2012 | 99 comments
23. What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody's Cognitive Toolkit? (edge.org)
87 points by diego on Jan 5, 2012 | 53 comments
24. Upgrading Airbnb from Rails 2.3 to Rails 3.0 (airbnb.com)
84 points by Airbnb-Nerds on Jan 4, 2012 | 27 comments
25. Blogging for Hackers (alexn.org)
82 points by bad_user on Jan 5, 2012 | 37 comments
26. Could Coding Become the Next Mass Profession? (roybahat.com)
79 points by zds on Jan 4, 2012 | 101 comments
27. Defeat facial recognition (cvdazzle.com)
79 points by fomojola on Jan 4, 2012 | 19 comments
28. Boxer is a Slick App That Brings DOS Gaming to Your Mac (thenextweb.com)
76 points by rjim86 on Jan 5, 2012 | 30 comments
29. Fearless Youth: Prozac Extinguishes Anxiety by Rejuvenating the Brain (scientificamerican.com)
68 points by tokenadult on Jan 4, 2012 | 26 comments
30. The 20% Project (like Google) In My Class (educationismylife.com)
66 points by ajjuliani on Jan 4, 2012 | 18 comments
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