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Friday Night Lights is on Hulu now. You’re welcome.

Friday Night Lights , the football show that was never just about football (and one of the best shows on television), is now streaming on Hulu . Say goodbye to the weekend is all I’m saying. Hailed as one of the most honest depictions of a functioning adult relationship in its portrayal of the husband and wife duo of “Coach” Eric and Tammy Taylor, Friday Night Lights also worked wonders for showing the life and high school times of teens in a small Texas town. The show is phenomenal. If you haven’t seen it, you should, and if you have (and if you’re me, you have many many many times), this weekend is as good a time as any to watch it again. For Hulu, this is part of a clutch of shows from the ’90s and 2000s that are touchstones of popular culture. The streaming service already holds Will & Grace , Felicity , Dawson’s Creek  and The O.C. Created by writer/director Peter Berg and inspired by the wildly successful book of the same name by H.G. Bissinger, the show tells the story of football and families in a small Texas town. The series launched (or cemented) the careers of several actors, including Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki,  (and a post- Wire,   pre-Fruitvale  Station ,  Creed  and  Black Panther )   Michael B. Jordan,  Minka Kelly, Jesse Plemons and Gaius Charles. Hulu isn’t the only place you can see the Taylors struggle with life in Dillon, Texas. Amazon added the series (along with Parks & Recreation, House  and  Eureka ) to its lineup, as well.

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This tiny ag tech company thinks it has figured out something its better-capitalized rivals haven’t

In November,  we told you about Farmers Business Network , a social network for farmers that invites them to share their data, pool their know-how, and bargain more effectively for better pricing from manufacturing companies. At the time, FBN, as it’s known, had just closed on $110 million in new funding in a round that brought its funding to roughly $200 million altogether. That kind of financial backing might dissuade newcomers to the space, but a months-old startup called AgVend  has just raised $1.75 million in seed funding on the premise that, well, FBN is doing it wrong. Specifically, AgVend’s pitch is that manufacturers aren’t so crazy about FBN getting between their offerings and their end users —  in large part because FBN is able to secure group discounts on those users’ behalf. AgVend is instead planning to work directly with manufacturers and retailers, selling their goods through its own site as well as helping them develop their own web shops. The idea is to “protect their channel pricing power,” explains CEO Alexander Reichert, who previously spent more than four years with Euclid Analytics , a company that helps brands monitor and understand the traffic inside their brick-and-mortar stores. AgVend is their white knight, coming to save them from getting disrupted out of business. “Why cut them out of the equation?” he asks. Whether farmers will go along is the question. Those who’ve joined FBN can ostensibly save money on seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and more by being invited to comparison shop through FBN’s own online store. It’s not the easier sell, though. FBN charges farmers $600 per year to access its platform, which prove a hurdle to some who might try it out otherwise.

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Partial fingerprints in a picture of a hand holding drugs, found in a WhatsApp message on a phone, helped convict drug dealer (Chris Wood/BBC)

Chris Wood / BBC : Partial fingerprints in a picture of a hand holding drugs, found in a WhatsApp message on a phone, helped convict drug dealer   —  A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message “is the future” of how police approach evidence to catch criminals.

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Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data export tool   —  It's time to free the social graph  —  Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe.  Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors …

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Some tech luminaries dismissed the internet in 1994 as immature tech that was useless or impractical, a cautionary tale for those who dismiss…

Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping : Some tech luminaries dismissed the internet in 1994 as immature tech that was useless or impractical, a cautionary tale for those who dismiss blockchain today   —  What was it like in 1993/4 when the web was new?  Turns out the reaction at the time from luminaries was not far from today's reaction to innovation in Fintech.

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Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps up 110%   —  Games, dating apps and streaming services contributed to a rise in consumer spending in iPhone apps last year …

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Silicon Valley insiders describe how the "growth at all costs" mindset undermined the dream of a networked utopia and led to resentment…

Noah Kulwin / New York Magazine : Silicon Valley insiders describe how the “growth at all costs” mindset undermined the dream of a networked utopia and led to resentment among users   —  Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.  A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.

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Amid FOSTA crackdown, sex workers turn to Switter.at, an instance of the open source social platform Mastodon, to maintain their online presence…

Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge : Amid FOSTA crackdown, sex workers turn to Switter.at, an instance of the open source social platform Mastodon, to maintain their online presence   —  Safe options are dwindling for sex workers under the controversial sex trafficking bill.  Switter is helping—for now  —  Sex workers are running out of safe online spaces.

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Chinese microblogging platform Weibo says it will remove gay and violent content during a 3-month cleanup campaign to comply with China’s new…

Brenda Goh / Reuters : Chinese microblogging platform Weibo says it will remove gay and violent content during a 3-month cleanup campaign to comply with China's new cybersecurity law   —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Sina Weibo will remove gay and violent content, including pictures, cartoons and text posts …

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District court judge rules limousine drivers for Uber are independent contractors, not employees, because Uber does not control them; plaintiffs plan…

Daniel Wiessner / Reuters : District court judge rules limousine drivers for Uber are independent contractors, not employees, because Uber does not control them; plaintiffs plan appeal   —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Philadelphia has ruled that limousine drivers for Uber Technologies Inc UBER.UL …

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