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Wednesday
Mar012017

Hey, Students: 5 Things That Are Wrong With Your Cover Letter

[Link] : It's that time of year: We're hiring an intern for NPR Ed! It's a great opportunity to hone your journalism chops and get a taste of what it's like in our newsroom.<p>Here's the problem: We get tons of applications, and lots of them are ... Well, let's just say they need some work.<p>There's a bigger …
Wednesday
Mar012017

Meet the First Must-Try Gadget of 2017: The Nintendo Switch

[NyTimes] : "There's a new gadget that you can count on to soon zoom to the top of people's wish lists: the Nintendo Switch.<p>The Japanese game company is releasing the Switch, a brand-new $300 video game console, on Friday. For months, the device has been generating buzz because it is two gadgets in one — both a …"

Tuesday
Feb282017

Business Giants to Announce Creation of a Computing System Based on Ethereum

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and other corporate giants are joining forces to create a new kind of computing system based on the virtual currency network Ethereum.<p>Some 30 companies are set to announce on Tuesday the formation of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, which will create a …"

Tuesday
Feb282017

Oscars Mistake Dents PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Reputation

[NyTimes] : "What went wrong?<p>Hollywood and movie lovers were reeling on Monday, trying to understand how PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that oversees the voting, mistakenly allowed the Academy Award for best picture to go to “La La Land” when “Moonlight” was the real winner. Details were still …"

Tuesday
Feb282017

SpaceX Plans to Send 2 Tourists Around Moon in 2018

[NyTimes] : "SpaceX, the ambitious rocket company headed by Elon Musk, wants to send a couple of tourists around the moon and back before the end of next year. If they manage that feat, they would be the first humans to venture that far into space in more than 40 years.<p>Mr. Musk made the announcement on Monday …"

Monday
Feb272017

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

[Link] : With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network<p>Just over a week ago, Donald Trump gathered members of the world’s press before him and told them they were liars. “The press, honestly, is out …
Monday
Feb272017

Sony’s crazy projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen is going on sale this year

[Link] : It’s called the Xperia Touch, is powered by Android, and will cost around $1,600<p>Over the past couple of years, Sony has shown off a number of experimental products designed for the home. Now, though, one of them is actually going on sale: the newly-christened Xperia Touch — an Android projector …
Monday
Feb272017

In Trump-CNN Battle, 2 Presidents Who Love a Spectacle

[NyTimes] : "He is a favorite target of President Trump's ire, the leader of a television network that the White House routinely accuses of peddling “fake news,” and a contentious figure in his own right whose showcasing of Mr. Trump in the presidential campaign led to howls from the political establishment.<p>But …"

Sunday
Feb262017

Popularity of Sony’s PlayStation VR Surprises Even the Company

[NyTimes] : "SAN MATEO, Calif. — There are plenty of people who are skeptical about virtual reality, a technology some have heralded as the biggest thing to come along in years in games and entertainment.<p>Even Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, the video game division of the …"

Sunday
Feb262017

For Marketers, TV Sets Are an Invaluable Pair of Eyes

[NyTimes] : "While Ellen Milz and her family were watching the Olympics last summer, their TV was watching them.<p>Ms. Milz, 48, who lives with her husband and three children in Chicago, had agreed to be a panelist for a company called TVision Insights, which monitored her viewing habits — and whether her eyes …"

Saturday
Feb252017

iPhone muggers turn to phishing to access the device

[Link] : If your phone was stolen or got lost somewhere, keep an eye out for any suspicious texts or emails: thieves and muggers could have a high-tech trick up their sleeves. A Brazilian woman who got robbed began receiving phishing attempts not long after the event. Her husband told <i>Krebs on Security</i> that …
Saturday
Feb252017

Warren Buffett, in Annual Letter, Offers Hymn to U.S. Economy

[NyTimes] : "Warren E. Buffett, the billionaire investor, on Saturday lauded the “miraculous” qualities of the United States economy in highlighting another stellar year for his company, Berkshire Hathaway.<p>Mr. Buffett, whose record of beating the stock market over the past 50 years is unparalleled, is known for …"

Saturday
Feb252017

Palantir Was Dumped By A Key Cybersecurity Client

[Link] : Palantir started working with Home Depot after its massive credit card hack in 2014, but the retailer recently decided the cyber services were no longer worth it.<p>Palantir Technologies, the secretive Silicon Valley data analysis firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has lost a marquee cybersecurity …
Saturday
Feb252017

VW Executive Charged in Emissions Case Says He Was Bit Player

[NyTimes] : "A Volkswagen executive accused of helping cover up the carmaker's emissions fraud is arguing that he was a minor player misled by company lawyers and information technology specialists.<p>The defense by the executive, Oliver Schmidt, which was laid out in court documents filed late Friday, could …"

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 …"