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Friday
Nov172017

The Paradise Papers: How Ridiculously Easy It Is For The Rich To Avoid Taxes

[Link] : The revelations in the Paradise Papers followed quickly on the release of the Panama Papers (English majors please note the allusion to the Pentagon …
Thursday
Nov162017

Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad

[NyTimes] : "For each person on earth, there are 17 million flies. They pollinate plants, consume decomposing bodies, eat the sludge in your drainpipes, damage crops, spread disease, kill spiders, hunt dragonflies.<p>Some have even lost their wings so as to live exclusively on bat blood, spending their lives …"

Wednesday
Nov152017

Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: My Democracy Isn’t Your Laboratory

[NyTimes] : "BELGRADE, Serbia — My country, Serbia, has become an unwilling laboratory for Facebook's experiments on user behavior — and the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization where I am the editor in chief is one of the unfortunate lab rats.<p>Last month, I noticed that our stories had …"

Tuesday
Nov142017

Bob Lutz: We are approaching the end of the automotive era.

[Link] : Bob Lutz, an automotive industry legend in an article for Autonews has made a bold prediction: “Everyone will have 5 years to get their car off the …
Tuesday
Nov142017

How to Opt Out of Equifax Revealing Your Salary History — Krebs on Security

[Link] : A KrebsOnSecurity series on how easy big-three credit bureau <b>Equifax</b> makes it to get detailed salary history data on tens of millions of Americans …
Monday
Nov132017

Behind the Lucrative Assembly Line of Student Debt Lawsuits

[NyTimes] : "A woman in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, was sued twice, by two different creditors, over the same overdue student loan. Another person, in Illinois, was taken to court over a loan that had already been paid off. And hundreds of borrowers faced lawsuits over debts so old that they were no longer …"

Tuesday
Nov072017

Daqri ships augmented reality smart glasses for professionals

[Link] : Daqri has begun shipping its augmented reality smart glasses for the workplace.<p>Los Angeles-based Daqri is betting that AR — a technology that overlays digital animations on top of the real world — will take off first in the enterprise, where customers are willing to pay a higher price in order to …
Tuesday
Nov072017

Flaw crippling millions of crypto keys is worse than first disclosed | Ars Technica

[Link] : Estonia abruptly cancels digital ID cards as crypto attacks get easier and cheaper.<p>A crippling flaw affecting millions—and possibly hundreds of …
Thursday
Nov022017

Silicon Valley Can’t Destroy Democracy Without Our Help

[NyTimes] : "Silicon Valley, once a force for good, is now a threat to democracy. At least that's the impression you'd get from the flood of news and commentary about social media's role in the presidential election. This week, representatives of Twitter and Facebook, along with Google, testified before …"

Thursday
Nov022017

USS McCain collision ultimately caused by UI confusion

[Link] : On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the <i>USS Fitzgerald</i> and <i>USS John S. McCain</i> this summer. The Navy's investigation found …
Saturday
Oct282017

Kinect: Seven years of strange experiments

[Link] : Kinect is dead. The writing has been on the wall for years, at least since Microsoft de-bundled the motion-tracking system from the Xbox One in 2014, knocking $100 off the price tag and making the system more competitive with the PlayStation 4.<p>The Kinect debuted in 2010 with the Xbox 360, and it …
Saturday
Oct282017

How to Be a C.E.O., From a Decade’s Worth of Them

[NyTimes] : "It started with a simple idea: What if I sat down with chief executives, and never asked them about their companies?<p>The notion occurred to me roughly a decade ago, after spending years as a reporter and interviewing C.E.O.s about many of the expected things: their growth plans, the competition, the …"

Saturday
Oct282017

Public Shaming and Even Prison for Plastic Bag Use in Rwanda

[NyTimes] : "GISENYI, Rwanda — They are sometimes tucked into bras, hidden in underwear or coiled tightly around a smuggler's arms.<p>They're not narcotics or even the illegally mined gold and diamonds that frequently make it across the border into Rwanda. But they are, at least in the eyes of Egide Mberabagabo, a …"

Saturday
Oct282017

How Twitter Killed the First Amendment

[NyTimes] : "You need not be a media historian to notice that we live in a golden age of press harassment, domestic propaganda and coercive efforts to control political debate. The Trump White House repeatedly seeks to discredit the press, threatens to strip broadcasters of their licenses and calls for the …"

Thursday
Oct262017

'Super Mario Odyssey' is everything it needs to be and more

[Link] : "A return to form." "A reinvention." There are lots of clichés we fall back on when describing a fresh game in a long-running series. The truth is, Nintendo has constantly reinvented the idea of a 3D Mario game, relentlessly pushing the franchise forward with each release. <i>Super Mario Odyssey</i> is …
Tuesday
Oct242017

Our Model

[Link] : This past week our portfolio company MongoDB went public. I think that occasion presents an opportunity to talk about USV’s model.<p>We are a small …
Monday
Oct232017

Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.

[NyTimes] : "On my fourth day in a semi-driverless car, I finally felt comfortable enough to let it stop itself. Before then, I'd allowed the car — a Volvo S90 sedan — to steer around gentle turns, with my hands still on the wheel, and to adjust speed in traffic. By Day 4, I was ready to make a leap into the …"

Sunday
Oct222017

She’s 26, and Brought Down Uber’s C.E.O. What’s Next?

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Susan Fowler was, she recalls, “over the moon” in January 2016. At 24, she had just snagged her dream job as a site reliability engineer at Uber, which had recruited her by telling her the ride-hailing company was a “super-women-friendly” place to work, boasting 25 percent female …"

Sunday
Oct222017

Darren Cahill Has Coached Different Players, but Gets the Same Winning Result

[NyTimes] : "Darren Cahill is one of tennis's leading television analysts, but first and foremost he is one of its leading coaches.<p>His father, John, was an Australian rules football coach, but Cahill gravitated to a different sport. He reached No. 22 in the world in singles and made the semifinals of the 1988 …"

Sunday
Oct222017

Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can

[NyTimes] : "Step aside, Rockefeller. Move over, Carnegie. Out of the way, Ford.<p>For the better part of a century, a few Gilded Age names dominated the ranks of big philanthropy.<p>No longer.<p>In a matter of years, a new crop of ultra-wealthy Americans has eclipsed the old guard of philanthropic titans. With names …"