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The Netflix-Comcast deal is a disaster, smarter people than us say, and where did our Bitcoins go? Mike Blake/Reuters

I don't understand the Netflix-Comcast deal. In the New Yorker, Tim Wu says it's a disaster, because... Comcast will eat all of our tomatoes? But venture capitalist and prolate spheroid Marc Andreessen argues that this is not a net neutrality issue at all, but a failure of competition. Granted Andreessen is axiomatically wrong about everything but in this case I'm not so sure. I've seen a lot of coverage that doesn't seem to know what a peering agreement is, for example. Time at least attempts to explain what peering is, but does little to clarify whether it's a cause for concern here. And it looks like Verizon will be next in line for whatever this is, for good or ill. Marketplace has some backstory on Verizon's role. So if any of you out there happen to be business or tech journalists (pretty unlikely I know, but...) there is still room in this story for a clear account of what's actually going on.

What I do understand is tabs: Merrill will show you a nightmarish future where you are old and also destitute because you didn't save for "retirement," which is a thing Baby Boomers had where they got to stop working before death. Thought Catalog strikes again, with a deeply creepy open letter from a thirty-something manchild to the "21-year-old millennial intern" he abandoned his children for and then couldn't even manage to date for more than a year. For maximum effect, do try to make it to the penultimate paragraph. Global warming can't melt the ice caps and drown humanity fast enough. "Facebook made it easier for me to be a crappy friend and family member... I almost never have to pick up the phone." This is a handy condensed list of all the dumb reasons to dislike social media. BroApp is everything everyone was afraid Romantimatic was, but isn't.

While Bitcoin remains a fascinating technological experiment, its use as a currency continues to expose libertarians as the most easily-robbed people on the planet. Once the most respected Bitcoin exchange, Japanese company Mt. Gox, which has been struggling for weeks, shut down yesterday. More info from Re/Code. Heads of a number of other exchanges and Bitcoin businesses issued a painfully ironic statement regarding the "tragic violation of the trust" by Mt. Gox, which, let me reiterate, dealt in a distributed crypto-currency that is explicitly designed to be trust-free. More on this story when each and every signer of that statement also goes bankrupt, mysteriously taking all of its customers Bitcoins with it.

All the Alec Baldwin follow-up tabs we need: Choire explains Baldwin via Venn diagram.

Here is how you will be sad about your fellow humans today.

Ray Kurzweil's brain: "[like] you took a lot of very good food and some dog excrement and blended it all up so that you can't possibly figure out what's good or bad." Kevin Nguyen manages to add something new to the literature on twitter bots." @GSElevator shockingly revealed to be neither Goldman employee, not elevator. He apparently lied to Kevin Roose about that in 2011, but does anyone really care? Certainly not Kevin Roose, who has a new book out, you might not have heard. MSNBC and Vocativ are buying lots of disposable iPads, declaring that they are not members of any law enforcement agency, and going after stories from the Deep Web. TV reporter fired for treating bullshit promotional assignment as the goof it was. Paul Graham is stepping down as head of Y Combinator. His replacement is described as "like a young PG with less social charm and less computer science skills :)." Glenn Greenwald is concerned that secret government agencies are filling the internet with lies. But isn't that what the internet is for?

Business Insider's Josh Barro tweeted a job-change tease yesterday, and was almost instantly scooped by Dylan Byers, who probably knew about it before Josh did. Apparently Josh is going to the NYT to beef up their public policy vertical after the departures of Nate Silver and Ezra Klein. Best of luck to him, he'll have medium-sized shoes to fill over at the Times.

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Not Exactly A Song But: Soundboardt (via Kottke)

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