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Friday
Feb242017

Fact-Check: Trump Blasts ‘Fake News’ and Repeats Inaccurate Claims at CPAC

[NyTimes] : "President Trump's speech on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference followed a familiar pattern: Blast the news media as “dishonest,” repeat a string of falsehood, and wrap up by promising to change the status quo.<p>“I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news,” Mr. Trump …"

Friday
Feb242017

White House Bars Times and 2 Other News Outlets From Briefing

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Journalists from The New York Times and two other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Trump's press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.<p>Reporters from The Times, CNN and Politico …"

Friday
Feb242017

Server bug leaks user data for thousands of popular websites

[Link] : A number of high-profile websites have been leaking their users personal data into the ether, thanks to an error at their hosting provider. Cloudflare, which provides services to companies like Patreon, Fitbit and OKCupid among others, had an error in its code that caused pieces of memory to dump …
Friday
Feb242017

Snapchat Founders’ Grip Tightened After a Spat With an Early Investor

[NyTimes] : "When Snap goes public next month, one of the biggest winners will be Lightspeed Venture Partners.<p>Lightspeed, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, was the first institution to invest in Snap, the company that popularized disappearing messages, and it is now set to reap more than $1 billion from …"

Thursday
Feb232017

“Trump Slump” Hits US Travel Industry

[Link] : <i>The U.S. travel industry’s profits have hit a wall (pun intended) following the election of Trump.</i>The “Trump Slump” is in full effect in the United …
Thursday
Feb232017

Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin'.” The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes “meritocracy,” the idea that the best and brightest will …"

Wednesday
Feb222017

Why Founders Fail To Market Their Products

[Link] : <i>Founders predictably underestimate the importance of hiring marketers. As a result, many startups don’t get round to marketing their product until</i> …
Wednesday
Feb222017

Why I’m leaving Snapchat and so are all your friends

[Link] : Snapchat is the darling of technology: for years, we’ve fawned over the company for being innovative, using daring interfaces and out of the ordinary …
Wednesday
Feb222017

Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough

[Link] : What I learned at Code Media<p>Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode.<p>In August 2011, Steve Jobs, the tech icon who disrupted a string of …
Wednesday
Feb222017

How Mark Cuban Hangs Onto His Money

[NyTimes] : "If there is a wild, out-there script to becoming a billionaire, Mark Cuban could lay claim to following it.<p>Mr. Cuban, worth $3.4 billion, now owns the Dallas Mavericks, which won the N.B.A. championship in 2011, and is a star of “Shark Tank,” a reality television show where successful entrepreneurs …"

Tuesday
Feb212017

This Century Is Broken

[NyTimes] : "Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era. It was, all things considered, an unusually happy period. No world wars, no Great Depressions, fewer civil wars, fewer plagues.<p>It's looking like we're not going to get to enjoy one of …"

Tuesday
Feb212017

For-Profit Schools, an Obama Target, See New Day Under Trump

[NyTimes] : "Since Election Day, for-profit college companies have been on a hot streak. DeVry Education Group's stock has leapt more than 40 percent. Strayer's jumped 35 percent and Grand Canyon Education's more than 28 percent.<p>You do not need an M.B.A. to figure out why. Top officials in Washington who …"

Monday
Feb202017

Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets

[Link] : Critical infrastructure, media, and scientists targeted by suspected nation state.<p>Researchers have uncovered an advanced malware-based operation that …
Monday
Feb202017

In Choosing a Job, Focus on the Fun

[NyTimes] : "If you don't like your job, you aren't alone. In fact, two out of three working Americans do not feel engaged at work, according to a Gallup survey. And many of these people spend more of their waking time working than doing anything else.<p>As a psychology professor at a business school, I have …"

Sunday
Feb192017

Rembrandt of the Ski Trail ‘Interprets’ the Mountainside

[NyTimes] : "James Niehues is not a typical landscape artist. Yes, he uses watercolors to depict mountains and valleys, the sun and shadows and trees and waterways. But though the results are gorgeous, they are also entirely practical: He paints trail maps for ski resorts.<p>Since 1987, he's captured almost 200 of …"

Sunday
Feb192017

Read the story.

[NyTimes] : "KERN COUNTY, Calif. — A soft light was just beginning to outline the Tejon Hills as Bret Adee counted rows of wizened almond trees under his breath.<p>He placed a small white flag at the end of every 16th row to show his employees where they should place his beehives. Every so often, he fingered the …"

Saturday
Feb182017

The Culture of Nastiness

[NyTimes] : "Perhaps the most memorable line from last year's presidential debates was Donald J. Trump's characterization of Hillary Clinton after she alluded to his tax issues.<p>“Such a nasty woman” immediately entered the national lexicon, inspiring feminist Halloween costumes, T-shirts and sundry other …"

Saturday
Feb182017

Five Key Moments From Snap’s I.P.O. Roadshow Video

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Snap, the parent company of the ephemeral-message application Snapchat, on Friday revealed its own story: the video presentation it will use to pitch investors as it prepares to go public in a few weeks.<p>The more than 35-minute video walks viewers through the history of Snap, its …"

Friday
Feb172017

Trump Calls the News Media the ‘Enemy of the People’

[NyTimes] : "President Trump, in an extraordinary rebuke of the nation's press organizations, wrote on Twitter on Friday that the nation's news media “is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people.”<p>Even by the standards of a president who routinely castigates journalists — on Thursday he devoted much …"

Friday
Feb172017

Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

[NyTimes] : "Some microscopes today are so powerful that they can create a picture of the gap between brain cells, which is thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. They can even reveal the tiny sacs carrying even tinier nuggets of information to cross over that gap to form memories. And in …"