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Wednesday
Mar152017

A Twitter tool was hacked this morning, which means now is a good time to double-check your Twitter permissions

[Link] : A large-scale hack hit Twitter on Wednesday, affecting hundreds of high-profile accounts, including those belonging to news organizations like BBC North America and Forbes. The accounts posted identical spam messages were written in Turkish and included swastikas and Nazi hashtags. The hack also …
Monday
Mar132017

A Silicon Valley Train Gets Stuck

[NyTimes] : "President Trump's promise to repair crumbling roads, bridges, railways and other public works is off to a terrible start. Before his administration has even come up with the $1 trillion infrastructure proposal he has repeatedly promised, his Department of Transportation is sabotaging an important …"

Sunday
Mar122017

Austin is fine without Uber and Lyft…until it isn’t

[Link] : After spending a few days in Austin, which lost Uber and Lyft almost a year ago, I started brainstorming a post about how the city was doing just fine without either of the ride sharing giants.<p>Since Uber and Lyft left last May a bevy of alternatives have sprung up – like Ride Austin, Fasten and …
Sunday
Mar122017

How the Dutch Stopped Being Decent and Dull

[NyTimes] : "In normal times, few people outside the Netherlands would have paid the slightest attention to this week's Dutch parliamentary elections. In normal times, even people who would have paid attention could have expected yet another solid middle-of-the-road government to be formed by a coalition of …"

Sunday
Mar122017

Mike Ettling on Creating a Sense of Purpose

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Mike Ettling</b>, president of <b>SAP SuccessFactors</b>, a human resources software company, was conducted and condensed by <b>Adam Bryant</b>.<p><b>Q. What were your early years like? Were you in leadership roles early on?</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up in South Africa — in Cape Town as a boy, and later in Johannesburg. …"

Saturday
Mar112017

Valuation Shell Game: Silicon Valley’s Dirty Secret

[NyTimes] : "You want to know the dirty, little secret of Silicon Valley? It's called the 409A valuation.<p>Yes it's obscure, and yes, it's a little bit technical. Here's how the process works: In order to attract and to retain high-powered employees, high-flying tech companies want to issue them common stock or …"

Saturday
Mar112017

Trump adviser spoke with DNC hacker during the campaign

[Link] : Roger Stone, an adviser to Donald Trump during his successful presidential campaign, exchanged private messages with Guccifer 2.0, the person (or group) that hacked and leaked documents from the Democratic National Committee in 2016. The DNC hack occurred in July and was followed by multiple other …
Thursday
Mar092017

Statue of Girl Confronts Bull, Captivating Manhattanites and Social Media

[NyTimes] : "At just over four feet tall, she appears ready to take the bull by its horns.<p>A bronze statue of a girl, fists on her hips, staring down the famous 7,000-pound “Charging Bull” sculpture near Wall Street, captivated passers-by on Wednesday and drew an overwhelming response online, where many viewed …"

Tuesday
Mar072017

Stock options are really complicated

[Link] : <i>Originally written for some coworkers at Wave who were thinking about early exercise.</i><p>Most employees at startups get some of their pay in stock …
Tuesday
Mar072017

Trump’s Wiretapping Claims Puncture Veneer of Presidential Civility

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — When last they saw each other six weeks ago after the ceremonial passing of power, President Trump and former President Barack Obama parted with smiles and handshakes. But it did not take long for the surface bonhomie to degenerate into a fierce and public clash unlike any other in …"

Sunday
Mar052017

In a Mere 6 Weeks, Trump Alters More Than 90 Regulations

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Telecommunications giants like Verizon and AT&T will not have to take “reasonable measures” to ensure that their customers' Social Security numbers, web browsing history and other personal information are not stolen or accidentally released.<p>Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and …"

Saturday
Mar042017

Dilution

[Link] : There has probably been more capital looking to invest in private technology companies in the past five years than any five-year period before.<p>An …
Friday
Mar032017

Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Introduces New Technology for Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries

[Link] : AUSTIN, Texas — A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at …
Friday
Mar032017

Apple’s Devices Lose Luster in American Classrooms

[NyTimes] : "Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life.<p>Over the last three years, Apple's iPads and Mac notebooks — which accounted for about half of the mobile devices shipped to schools in the United States in 2013 — …"

Friday
Mar032017

Building a Road Map for the Self-Driving Car

[NyTimes] : "How do you create a map showing every road in the United States, with the precise location of every stop sign, all the lane markings, every exit ramp and every traffic light — and update it in real time as traffic is rerouted around construction and accidents?<p>That's a challenge that automakers and …"

Wednesday
Mar012017

Who Needs GPS? The Forgotten Story of Etak's Amazing 1985 Car Navigation System

[Link] : With backing from Atari's cofounder, an engineer-navigator brought high-tech driving directions to cars—during the Reagan Administration.<p>Thirty years ago, a company called Etak released the first commercially available computerized navigation system for automobiles. Spearheaded by an engineer named …
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 …"

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