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How to Control a Weather Satellite While Sitting in an Abandoned McDonald's; Sex, Money and Silicon Valley; and More Morning #Mustreads

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Happy Monday!

Here is some of the freshest #content for you to catch up on, brought to you by Re/code:

  1. Betabeat has the story of a Google-assisted group (chaired by a former NASA employee) operating out of an abandoned McDonald’s who’ve taken control of an unused space weather satellite, using radio parts bought on eBay.
  2. Movie review lede of the year (so far), in Vulture: “If only Step Up: All In didn’t have to have any plot.”
  3. Amazon launched a website touting the success of the Kindle ebook market, and novelist John Scalzi took to his own blog to issue a point-by-point rebuttal to the company’s latest PR blitz.
  4. Last week, a woman published an anonymous account in Forbes of sexual harassment she experienced as an entrepreneur while raising money from investors. On Friday, Valleywag’s Nitasha Tiku wrote about the industry culture that keeps women from revealing their identities or outing their harassers.
  5. Jessica Hagy, author and founder of the blog Indexed, put together a list for Medium of the bite-sized lessons she learned over the last eight years. Sample: “People will steal everything you do. Whatever: You can have more ideas. They apparently can’t.”

If you see any stories you’d like to send our way (or have any questions/comments about stories we’ve recommended), feel free to shoot an email to

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