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New Podcast: Need’s Matt Alexander on Men’s Fashion and His Brief Pro Rollerblading Career

On Thursday, Matt Alexander, whom D CEO called one of the “New Faces of Dallas Tech” in its January-February issue, stopped by the Old Monk to talk about his online fashion ventures and to berate American youth for their lack of proper knowledge of English soccer. Alexander is an SMU grad who grew up in London, but he’s also an American citizen, so Zac decided to put that citizenship to the test. Listen to find out how.

First, a few notes on the episode:

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DMN Sets Twitter Goal for Its Reporters

Jeffrey Weiss used to cover religion for the Morning News until they killed that beat. Now he covers regional education issues. He has been a reporter for more than three decades. And he needs your help. On Tuesday, here’s what he wrote on Facebook:

I’m shamelessly trolling here for Twitter followers. The DMN has set a goal of 1K per person. I’m not there. I like FB a lot better than Twitter. But when the company sets a goal, to hear is to obey. I’m a sporadic Tweeter. I don’t post much just to kibbitz. Curated, if you will. So I won’t fill up your Tweet stream. If you have a mind, I’m at @jeffreyweissdmn

As of this morning at 9:52, Weiss had only 808 followers. Please, people, if you can find it in your hearts to follow him, it sure would help. Thank you. Also, Tod Robberson has only 724. He could use a little love. Oh, and James Ragland has 307.

UPDATE (11:28) Someone at the paper just passed me an interesting Twitter memo that was sent to DMN staff. It was sent Tuesday by Michael Landauer, whose title is digital communities manager:

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Ladar Levison Calls David Cameron’s Encryption Ideas ‘Insane’

British Prime Minister David Cameron today called on U.S. internet companies to give intelligence agencies greater access to their members’ communications so that authorities can better fight terrorism. He has in mind something like a back door that law enforcement could use to step around encryption. Our friend Ladar Levison doesn’t much care for the idea, which he called “insane.” Here’s what he told the Guardian:

“The rallying cry is that we have to stop terrorism. Everyone hates terrorism. The only thing we hate more than terrorism is hurting children. Whenever they want additional authorities, these are the issues they put on parade.”

“It reminds me of that quote from Benjamin Franklin: ‘Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.’”

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TIME Takes Note of Ladar Levison’s Plan To Change Email Forever

In case you missed it (if only an initialism for that phrase would catch on so that I could stop typing it all out), over the weekend, TIME put up a story filed from Las Vegas, where the annual Defcon hacker fest was held. In a speech at the conference, Ladar Levison laid out his plans to re-engineer the way email works. I’m biased, but I wouldn’t bet against him.

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Watch Dallas Explode on Twitter During World Cup Match

If you’ve got 32 seconds to kill, have a look at this animated map showing Twitter activity around the world during yesterday’s thrilling match between the United States and Belgium. Twitter is only claiming 9.1 million tweets about the match because that’s how many had identifiable hashtags. A sweet zoom feature lets you zoom in on Dallas. My takeaway: we need more defenders on USMNT from Dallas. [h/t Mashable]

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4,000 Untested Rape Kits Remain in Dallas

More than 100,000 untested rape kits sit in evidence across the country, but Congress may be ready to approve a $41 million aid package to help address the issue. Recent discoveries of additional untested kits, including some 4,000 in Dallas, have renewed pressure from advocacy groups and returned focus to the issue. Back in 2011, the Texas Tribune reported that as many as 21,000 rape kits were backlogged in Dallas.

When New York tested its 17,000-kit backlog, the arrest rate for sexual assaults climbed to 70 percent from 40 percent. In Detroit, 127 potential serial rapists were identified when it tested 1,600 kits. And closer to home in Houston, 5,000 of a recently uncovered 6,600 kits were processed by Virginia-based Bode Technology. Let’s hope Dallas can achieve similar results.

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DFW Airport Should Just Open the Damn Gates

Or when frustrated drivers start busting right through them, the airport may find itself without any gates left. From a FrontBurnervian: Tried to exit DFW about 7:30 last night. System was down — at least intermittently — and wouldn’t read my tolltag.  Not just me.  In the lane to my right, there was nearly a riot and someone just […]

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