Liz Gannes

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San Francisco Tweet: Tax Break For Twitter

Late Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to approve a policy that would exempt certain companies from payroll taxes on new employees if the firms locate within two struggling neighborhoods of the city. The policy, up for a final vote next week, is seen specifically as an incentive to keep Twitter in town by saving it an estimated $22 million over six years. The exemption would allow the growing company to proceed with its plans for a big, rehabbed headquarters in the rough Mid-Market neighborhood. And if you’re picturing gritty chic, forget it–right now, it’s just gritty.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik