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Carolyn Kaster / AP

The White House fired its chief usher (basically the general manager of the building), WaPo reported. Angella Reid was the first woman, the second African American, and only the ninth person to hold this position since the 20th century.

The details: Reid was hired in 2011 under Barack Obama. Chief ushers typically have long tenures, hence why there have only been nine, and it's unusual for an administration to fire one — especially without an explanation.

Speculation: Kate Brower, author of First Women, wrote on Twitter that she'd been anticipating the departure, noting that former Chief Usher Gary Walters was brought on to help during the transition because Reid had no experience on such issues.

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The rebellion against Silicon Valley (the place)

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Silicon Valley may be a "state of mind," but it's also very much a real enclave in Northern California. Now, a growing faction of the tech industry is boycotting it.

Why it matters: The Bay Area is facing for the first time the prospect of losing its crown as the top destination for tech workers and startups — which could have an economic impact on the region and force it to reckon with its local issues.

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Telework's tax mess

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As teleworkers flit from city to city, they're creating a huge tax mess.

Why it matters: Our tax laws aren't built for telecommuting, and this new way of working could have dire implications for city and state budgets.

Wanted: New media bosses, everywhere

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The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, HuffPost and Wired are all looking for new editors. Soon, The New York Times will be too.

Why it matters: The new hires will reflect a new generation — one that's addicted to technology, demands accountability and expects diversity to be a priority.