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The multi-billion dollar winners and losers in Silicon Valley are being accused of age discrimination. Does the preference for youth end up stifling innovation? Is it any different from biases based on race, gender or disability? Also, a Texas Court of Appeals upholds abortion regulations, and two years in an Iranian prison for three Americans who never knew why they were held.

Banner image: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012. Photo: JD Lasica

Jenny Hamel
Mike Kessler
Katie Cooper

Texas Court of Appeals Upholds Abortion Regulations 7 MIN, 44 SEC

In August, there were 40 licensed abortion providers in the State of Texas. By September, it's expected there will be six. That's partly because of yesterday's ruling by the Fifth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld new regulations passed by the Republican-led legislature. Becca Aaronson is health reporter for the Texas Tribune.

Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune (@becca_aa)

In Silicon Valley, Do Grown-ups Have a Chance? 34 MIN, 10 SEC

Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook at age 23, famously told an audience, "Young people are just smarter." And, Zuckerberg just paid $2 billion for Oculus — founded by Palmer Luckey at 21. One cosmetic surgeon says 28-year olds are getting Botox injections to look younger during start-up presentations to venture capitalists their own age. Is ageism all that pervasive in the tech world? Are white men learning what's all too familiar to women, ethnic minorities and the disabled?

Noam Scheiber, New York Times (@noamscheiber)
Scott Banister, 'angel investor' and entrepeneur (@nist)
Ann Friedman, 'Call Your Girlfriend' podcast (@annfriedman)
Halle Tecco, RockHealth (@halletecco)

Brian Reid v. Google, California State Supreme Court on
New York Times on gender bias
New York Times Magazine on Silicon Valley's 'youth problem'
Reihan Salam (National Review) on ageism against the young
Scheiber on 'the brutal ageism of tech'

When American Hikers Became Political Prisoners in Iran 9 MIN, 15 SEC

tp140328Bauer_book.jpgSarah Shourd and Shane Bauer had been living in Syria, teaching and writing. Josh Fattal was visiting from the US. The story of the three American hikers who strayed into Iran on a hike in the Kurdish highlands in 2009 has been widely reported. They spent two years in prison — some of that time in solitary confinement -- before being released. Now they've co-authored Sliver of Light, a book about how they were captured and what it took to endure without a trial or any knowledge of how long their confinement might last.

Shane Bauer, Mother Jones (@shane_bauer)

A Sliver of Light

Shane Bauer


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