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A towhead who, at 31, still looks like a high school sophomore, he’d started a new company, and it was finally going well enough that he’d planned to take a day off in July to go up to Sonoma for a friend’s birthday. Then Huffman pulled up Reddit—and it wasn’t there. “I was like, is this for real? How is this happening? This is insane,” says Huffman.

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By his count, Iovine has pulled this off four times over the past couple of decades by (1) introducing the world to Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Chronic-era Dr. Dre, (2) shepherding the careers of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, (3) giving Eminem his start, and (4) creating Beats, the hardware company that turned headphones into a fashion accessory and today accounts for 34 percent of US stereo headphone sales.

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Matt Malone doesn’t mind being called a professional dumpster diver. He tells me this a little after 2 am on the morning of July 7 as we cruise the trash receptacles behind the stores of a shopping center just off the Capital of Texas Highway in Austin. Given the image that conjures, though, it’s worth pointing out that Malone has a pretty good day job, earning a six-figure salary as a security specialist for Slait Consulting.

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When Nirvana came down to L.A. to record Nevermind in 1991, nobody knew who we were, so our budget was pretty small. We picked a recording studio in Van Nuys called Sound City because it was cheap—and because it had a Neve 8028 sound board. Rupert Neve is an English electronics engineer—he’s still alive and in his eighties—and his handmade, hand-wired analog recording consoles from the 1970s were famous for giving music a warm sound that was good for rock and roll.

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A Saturday afternoon in March, and Dennis Crowley, the 33-year-old cofounder of the location based social- networking game Foursquare, is chilling on a bench in front of the Austin Convention Center in Texas, receiving visitors and trying to save his strength for the coming night.

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Steve Jobs has been right twice. The first time we got Apple. The second time we got NeXT. The Macintosh ruled. NeXT tanked. Still, Jobs was right both times. Although NeXT failed to sell its elegant and infamously buggy black box

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Since the shutdown of Megaupload, stories have erupted about the life and exploits of the company’s founder, a self-styled “Dr. Evil” of file sharing. Kim Dotcom’s opulent digs, high-end cars, fondness for models and other Bond-villain-esque behaviors have been splashed across websites and have confused evening newscasts for the last week.

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Hunkered down on a North Sea fortress, a crew of armed cypherpunks, amped-up networking geeks, and libertarian swashbucklers is seceding from the world to pursue a revolutionary idea: an offshore, fat-pipe data haven that answers to nobody.

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John Doerr was crying. The billionaire venture capitalist had come to the end of his now-famous March 8, 2007, TED talk on climate change and renewable energy, and his emotions were getting the better of him.

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It looked like a fine day for a sail. On Sunday, January 28, 2007, Microsoft researcher Jim Gray woke up on his boat, a red 40-foot fiberglass cruiser calledTenacious.

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