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Stories from February 13, 2012, ordered approximately by votes that day.

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1. Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool (realdanlyons.com)
1319 points by smacktoward on Feb 13, 2012 | 195 comments
2. Tumblr Architecture - 15B Page Views a Month and Harder to Scale than Twitter (highscalability.com)
457 points by there on Feb 13, 2012 | 99 comments
3. Reddit takes a new direction (b-list.org)
392 points by tswicegood on Feb 13, 2012 | 250 comments
4. The Management Team - Guest Post From Joel Spolsky (avc.com)
305 points by pors on Feb 13, 2012 | 60 comments
5. Why Don't Americans Elect Scientists? (campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com)
229 points by mjfern on Feb 14, 2012 | 187 comments
6. Sample App with Backbone.js and Twitter Bootstrap (coenraets.org)
227 points by jashkenas on Feb 13, 2012 | 14 comments
7. The story of the hardest platform game ever (pwnee.com)
227 points by archivator on Feb 13, 2012 | 120 comments
8. Meetings: Where Work Goes to Die (codinghorror.com)
219 points by karterk on Feb 14, 2012 | 85 comments
9. I had no idea how to make custom maps, so I learnt by doing. You should too. (untogether.co.uk)
210 points by untog on Feb 13, 2012 | 23 comments
10. Rediscovering the Rsync Algorithm (incubaid.com)
185 points by nicolast on Feb 14, 2012 | 43 comments
11. BitTorrent Live: Cheap, Real-Time P2P Video Streaming That Will Kill TV (techcrunch.com)
158 points by brianbreslin on Feb 14, 2012 | 50 comments
12. On Business Madness (al3x.net)
157 points by ssclafani on Feb 14, 2012 | 17 comments
13. All the documents that Google deleted from Google Groups, saved by Archive Team (archive.org)
151 points by sp332 on Feb 13, 2012 | 21 comments
14. Brainstorming Doesn't Really Work (newyorker.com)
139 points by gruseom on Feb 14, 2012 | 40 comments
15. The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde: It's evolution, stupid (wired.co.uk)
139 points by joeyespo on Feb 13, 2012 | 87 comments
16. Wayland - Beyond X (h-online.com)
132 points by wisesage5001 on Feb 13, 2012 | 57 comments
17. MIT launches free online 'fully automated' course (bbc.co.uk)
132 points by alexholehouse on Feb 13, 2012 | 37 comments
18. YC is One of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies (fastcompany.com)
130 points by BenS on Feb 13, 2012 | 35 comments
19. What Would The End Of Football Look Like? (grantland.com)
119 points by tptacek on Feb 14, 2012 | 140 comments
20. First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved (latimes.com)
114 points by CWuestefeld on Feb 13, 2012 | 120 comments
21. Firefox 2012 Roadmap published (wiki.mozilla.org)
100 points by tbassetto on Feb 13, 2012 | 67 comments
22. JavaScript Jabber: Backbone.js (javascriptjabber.com)
99 points by jashkenas on Feb 13, 2012 | 20 comments
23. Kotlin Goes Open Source (jetbrains.com)
94 points by bad_user on Feb 14, 2012 | 37 comments
24. Erlang is a hoarder (andy.wordpress.com)
90 points by skeltoac on Feb 13, 2012 | 12 comments
25. HTML5 Rocks has a whole new look (html5rocks.com)
89 points by kinlan on Feb 13, 2012 | 26 comments
26. Facebook, It's Like Instagram for Birthdays (jakelevine.me)
89 points by jrlevine on Feb 13, 2012 | 46 comments
27. Steve Blank's new book - The Startup Owner's Manual (stevenblank.com)
86 points by kurtvarner on Feb 13, 2012 | 30 comments
28. .NET: So long and thanks for all the fish (lucisferre.net)
85 points by pitdesi on Feb 13, 2012 | 104 comments
29. Tor's latest project helps Iran get back online (arstechnica.com)
84 points by evo_9 on Feb 13, 2012 | 5 comments
30. How to build the best of breed web apps (html5rocks.com)
80 points by kinlan on Feb 13, 2012 | 15 comments
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