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Friday
May062016

Facebook Bends the Rules of Audience Engagement to Its Advantage

[NyTimes] : "Facebook reported dazzling first quarter results last week: Net income nearly tripled to $1.5 billion, and monthly active users hit a record 1.65 billion. But it's a much smaller number that leapt out at me.<p>Fifty minutes.<p>That's the average amount of time, the company said, that users spend each day …"

Friday
May062016

The Smallest Fingers on the Trigger

[NyTimes] : "KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sha'Quille Kornegay, 2 years old, was buried in a pink coffin, her favorite doll by her side and a tiara strategically placed to hide the self-inflicted gunshot wound to her forehead.<p>She had been napping in bed with her father, Courtenay Block, late last month when she discovered …"

Thursday
May052016

Why Facebook Messenger bots haven't caught on with publishers

[Link] : Chatbots are supposed to be the big thing in publishing right now. The product got a big boost when Facebook announced a bot platform in its …
Thursday
May052016

Who Invented Homework?

[Link] : When you spend hours trying to solve that irritating math problem, you probably want to meet the person who invented homework and have revenge upon …
Thursday
May052016

In the Race to Pay, Mobile Wallets Win

[NyTimes] : "Every weekend, when Pierre Houle works the brunch shift at Olea, a neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco, many customers want to split the tab on multiple credit cards, a process that takes much longer than it used to.<p>For waiters like Mr. Houle, diners going Dutch is nothing new. But now he has …"

Wednesday
May042016

Google : End Of The Online Advertising Bubble

[Link] : <b>Google's clients have no clue their ads are being displayed on worsening quality websites. A growing proportion of the ads are not being seen at all.</b> …
Wednesday
May042016

Lured by Seattle’s Tech Boom, but Being Left Behind

[NyTimes] : "SEATTLE — Look outside almost any window at the Guest Rooms homeless shelter here, and the view speaks of wealth and power that the residents inside all lack. Construction cranes claw the sky. Trucks hauling steel or concrete rubble shake the streets. Amazon, the giant online retailer, is building …"

Wednesday
May042016

Is Britney Spears Ready to Stand on Her Own?

[NyTimes] : "LAS VEGAS — The disturbing images seem so distant now: the pop-star-turned-cautionary tabloid tale — head shorn, face twisted, umbrella gripped like a police baton as she bashed a paparazzi S.U.V. window. More than eight years after her meltdown, Britney Spears, at 34, appears to be thriving.<p>In …"

Wednesday
May042016

Fraudsters Steal Tax, Salary Data From ADP — Krebs on Security

[Link] : Identity thieves stole tax and salary data from payroll giant <b>ADP</b> by registering accounts in the names of employees at more than a dozen customer …
Wednesday
May042016

The Self-Driving Car of the Future Comes With … a Bookshelf

[Link] : One of the most exciting things about the coming age of autonomous driving is all the ways it will free designers from constraints like …
Wednesday
May042016

Eugenia Cheng Makes Math a Piece of Cake

[NyTimes] : "CHICAGO — We had just finished the mathematician Eugenia Cheng's splendid demonstration of nonassociativity where the order of operations counts — as it does in, say, subtraction.<p>Now she wanted to forge ahead with the next lesson, in knot theory.<p>I suggested we wait until later. “Why?” she …"

Wednesday
May042016

An iPad Misplaced at the Airport Takes Its Own Vacation

[NyTimes] : "Last month, Shelby Bonnie's iPad vanished from his carry-on bag somewhere at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a red-eye flight from San Francisco. He figured he would never see it again.<p>But sometimes our devices aren't ready to say goodbye.<p>While Mr. Bonnie, an investment banker …"

Wednesday
May042016

Hackers’ $81 Million Sneak Attack on World Banking

[NyTimes] : "Tens of millions of dollars siphoned from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A shadowy set of casinos in the Philippines. A large bank in Bangladesh with creaky technology. An unknown — and perhaps uncatchable — group of anonymous thieves with sophisticated hacking skills.<p>What unites this …"

Wednesday
May042016

The Fisker Karma will be resurrected as the Karma Revero this year

[Link] : It's been a few years since Fisker Automotive imploded and production of the Fisker Karma ended, but the plug-in hybrid supercar is set to make a …
Wednesday
May042016

‘Unseen City,’ by Nathanael Johnson

[Link] : If every age produces its own distinct variety of nature lovers, and history seems to show it’s so, then Nathanael Johnson is perfectly suited for our urban century.<p>“Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & and Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness” is set in the Bay …
Wednesday
May042016

SF's Philz Coffee, Smitten Ice Cream, and Prison Bars share amazing similarities (and success)

[Link] : <i>This was originally published on TownSquared.com and is republished here to showcase SFGATE's support of the upcoming event where you can meet all three local leaders, in a May 5th forum hosted by our business editor, Owen Thomas.</i><p>Quite literally at Land’s End, San Francisco is a place that seems to …
Wednesday
May042016

Monotasking Gets a Makeover

[NyTimes] : "Stop what you're doing.<p>Well, keep reading. Just stop everything else that you're doing.<p>Mute your music. Turn off your television. Put down your sandwich and ignore that text message. While you're at it, put your phone away entirely. (Unless you're reading this on your phone. In which case, don't. …"

Sunday
May012016

Michael Bloomberg Says Both Parties Have Demagogues in Presidential Race

[NyTimes] : "Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, denounced what he called the “demagoguery” in the Republican and Democratic Parties in a commencement speech delivered on Saturday at the University of Michigan.<p>“In this year's presidential election, we've seen more demagoguery from both parties …"

Sunday
May012016

A Warmer, Fuzzier Los Angeles

[NyTimes] : "Los Angeles — I GOT lost the other day driving on Venice Boulevard. This is a street, a mile south of where I live, that I use to travel east or west. But it has changed of late, like much of Los Angeles.<p>Over the past few years, Venice Boulevard has been the site of a huge infrastructural project: …"

Sunday
May012016

The Digital Afterlife of Lost Family Photos

[NyTimes] : "The photographs were Polaroids, taken between the 1970s and the 2000s. Zun Lee bought them at flea markets, at garage sales or on eBay. Most of them depicted African-Americans: people wearing stylish clothes, relaxing in the yard, celebrating birthdays. A few depicted people in prison uniforms. All …"