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Tuesday
Jul242018

What if people were paid for their data?

[Link] : “DATA SLAVERY.” Jennifer Lyn Morone, an American artist, thinks this is the state in which most people now live. To get free online services, she …
Monday
Jul232018

Why I’d never do a TED talk (and it’s not just because they’re named after a man) | Julie Bindel

[Link] : Picture this. A darkened auditorium, an attentive, cult-like audience staring ahead expectantly, hardly daring to breathe; a huge screen on which there is an image no one can decipher. And then, the person everyone has been waiting for strides confidently on to the spotlit stage, wearing a headset …
Saturday
Jul212018

Google owns Duck.com, but it'll give rival DuckDuckGo a shoutout anyhow

[Link] : Google owns Duck.com, which has been driving rival search engine DuckDuckGo up the wall for over six years. Because when you type "duck.com" into a web browser, you get Google.com. Doesn't make a lot of sense, yes?<p>But after a new round of complaints this Friday, Google has relented. Google comms VP …
Saturday
Jul212018

Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

[Link] : From the archives: Android is open—except for all the good parts.<p>In light of the $5 billion EU antitrust ruling against Google this week, we started …
Saturday
Jul212018

In The White House Press Room, Sarah Sanders Channels President Trump

[Link] : It's a typical part of the White House press secretary's job: defend the president and sometimes clash with reporters. But Donald Trump is not a typical president. For Sarah Sanders, that's meant an unusually combative relationship with the press.<p>This weekend marks one year since Sanders was named …
Saturday
Jul212018

Netflix has revolutionised television. But is its crown starting to slip?

[Link] : The rise of Netflix has torn up TV schedules and destabilised Hollywood, but last week it was the streaming service’s turn to be shaken. Shares in the maker of <i>Stranger Things</i> and <i>The Crown</i> suffered their biggest drop in two years on Monday after a surprising failure to hit subscriber targets.<p>A …
Thursday
Jul192018

The Productivity Booster You Have in Your Pocket, But Probably Don’t Use

[Link] : The world’s 230 million knowledge workers are frazzled. Modern life is an interminable cacophony of emails, notifications, messages, alerts, feeds, data and information. 70% of us look at our phones within 30 minutes of waking up. All this causes stress. With multiple notifications on multiple apps …
Thursday
Jul192018

They Bought a Ghost Town for $1.4 Million. Now They Want to Revive It.

[NyTimes] : "In Cerro Gordo, a town nestled in the Inyo Mountains of California, near Death Valley, there's a single saloon with swinging doors, two out-of-tune pianos and a mysterious bloodstain on the wall beneath three bullet holes.<p>It's one of Brent Underwood's favorite places in the ghost town, and now that …"

Monday
Jul162018

Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Many booksellers on Amazon strive to sell their wares as cheaply as possible. That, after all, is usually how you make a sale in a competitive marketplace.<p>Other merchants favor a counterintuitive approach: Mark the price up to the moon.<p>“Zowie,” the romance author Deborah …"

Monday
Jul162018

Are You Ready to Fly Without a Human Pilot?

[NyTimes] : "On a recent visit to the Southwest Airlines headquarters in Dallas, I got to fly a Boeing 737. Or, at least, I got as close as someone who is not a licensed commercial pilot can: I sat at the controls of a multimillion-dollar simulator and learned how to “land” at La Guardia Airport in New York …"

Sunday
Jul152018

Stacy Brown-Philpot of TaskRabbit on Being a Black Woman in Silicon Valley

[NyTimes] : "Stacy Brown-Philpot didn't grow up aspiring to be the chief executive of a technology company. Instead, she wanted to be an accountant.<p>While interning at an accounting firm in the 1990s, Ms. Brown-Philpot — who was raised by her mother in Detroit — worked for a partner who happened to be …"

Friday
Jul132018

‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue

[NyTimes] : "MAE SAI, Thailand — Improbably enough, most of the escapes went flawlessly.<p>But on trip No. 11, to save one of the last soccer teammates stuck for 18 days deep inside the cave, something went dangerously wrong.<p>Rescuers inside an underground chamber felt a tug on the rope — the sign that one of the …"

Friday
Jul132018

Can you trust Big Tech to cure you of your smartphone habit? | Oliver Burkeman

[Link] : Don’t outsource the job of managing your time and attention to Apple or Google<p>Hot on the heels of “smart email”, grumbled about in this column recently, comes “digital wellness”, the umbrella term for trying to fix our addiction to technology – and its grim effects on our health, productivity and …
Friday
Jul132018

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

[NyTimes] : "Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are popular topics on YouTube. Some channels that stream videos on these subjects have millions of subscribers. Most are hosted by men.<p>“There is a lot of discussion about YouTube being an unpleasant environment for female creators,” said Inoaka …"

Thursday
Jul122018

This Snail Goes Through Metamorphosis. Then It Never Has to Eat Again.

[NyTimes] : "In the ocean off the coast of Antarctica, a snail lives around scorching hydrothermal vents. It's name is Gigantopelta chessoia. From the outside, it looks like any other shelled slug. But on the inside, something strange is happening, scientists report in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, like …"

Wednesday
Jul112018

I Used Apple’s New Controls to Limit a Teenager’s iPhone Time (and It Worked!)

[NyTimes] : "Even as people have embraced the smartphone as one of the most powerful tech products, they are keeping a wary eye on the addictiveness of turning on the device to check for social media updates, read websites and play games. Some studies have tied extended screen time to distraction in classrooms, …"

Monday
Jul092018

Sorry, Power-Lunchers. These Tables Are Reserved for Drop-In Workers.

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — The bar at the Elite Cafe here was packed, but not a drink was being poured. The champagne stand sat empty and warm. The tap was covered in plastic wrap.<p>Instead, the restaurant was flooded with the low din of typing. That's because the Elite Cafe, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every …"

Monday
Jul092018

Seriously, Juice Is Not Healthy

[NyTimes] : "Obesity affects 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of children in the United States and accounts for more than $168 billion in health care spending each year. Sugary beverages are thought to be one of the major drivers of the obesity epidemic. These drinks (think soda and sports drinks) are the …"

Friday
Jul062018

I couldn’t test-drive Radio Flyer’s Star Wars landspeeder, but my 5-year-old did

[Link] : My inner 5-year-old is openly jealous of my actual 5-year-old<p>I can tell that my son is impatient to start off. We’re at the end of a paved recreation path not far from my house, and we’re waiting for a mother and son to turn around with their pair of dogs. Bram is sitting in the driver’s seat of …
Friday
Jul062018

Swiss Investors On What Silicon Valley Can Learn About Blockchain Adoption From 'Crypto Valley'

[Link] : Zug is a municipality and small town located just outside of Zurich in Switzerland. The tiny region has earned itself a reputation for being known as “Crypto Valley,” due to its establishment of a global hub for virtual currencies. Equally as important, a number of blockchain and DLT (distributed …
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