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  • What type of woman should freeze her eggs?

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    Penelope Trunk
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Apple and Facebook announced that the companies will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. It’s a great company policy. For one thing, it’s acknowledgment that the gap between women and men in the workplace is that women’s careers are controlled by their biological clock and men’s are not. Another thing this new policy does is it gives women more reproductive choices. Similar to the pill, really. So it should be no surprise that like the pill, egg freezing faces widespread wariness. As if perfectly timed for the news, Jonathan Eig just published a book titled, The Birth of…
  • iPad Spinners

    Signal vs. Noise
    Shaun
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
  • Life and Work at the Distributed Wonderland

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt Mullenweg
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Luca Sartoni writes How I fell into the rabbit hole: life and work at the distributed wonderland.
  • Altimeter Group and Capgemini Consulting Form Strategic Partnership

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    Charlene Li
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Altimeter and Capgemini Consulting to Collaborate on Thought Leadership, Research, and Global Consulting
  • The Inconceivable Rally is Dead…Ebola and Netflix Killed It!

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    Howard Lindzon
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    I love Netflix, I just don’t own it. Tonight, I feel a little less stupid. The stock has had more panic attacks than Tony Soprano. Tomorrow it is set to open down $120 points. Let’s put it all in a perspective: The stock has broken all laws of physics for technicians. Moving on… Since September….short indexes, long Ebola stocks has been a career maker. Maybe three people on the planet got this trade dead right and they won’t be on Twitter or CNBC. I watched the trade develop on Stocktwits ticker streams but did not participate. So many people in my stream have…
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  • What type of woman should freeze her eggs?

    Penelope Trunk
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Apple and Facebook announced that the companies will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. It’s a great company policy. For one thing, it’s acknowledgment that the gap between women and men in the workplace is that women’s careers are controlled by their biological clock and men’s are not. Another thing this new policy does is it gives women more reproductive choices. Similar to the pill, really. So it should be no surprise that like the pill, egg freezing faces widespread wariness. As if perfectly timed for the news, Jonathan Eig just published a book titled, The Birth of…
  • How to love the job you have right now: Focus on one good thing

    Penelope Trunk
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    I am coaching Kate. She is 19 and she wants help with her resume. I do not have her resume in front of me, but it’s okay. I remember it. And anyway, her resume is not her problem. Which is true with most people who ask for help with their resume. Also, I’m late for the call. Remembering coaching calls at what seem like random times throughout the day is nearly impossible for me. I tell Kate, “Look. This is not a resume.  It’s like a list of odd jobs your mom asked you to do around the neighborhood. You don’t have a resume.” She says, “So then what should I do to get a…
  • What success looks like at 20, and 30

    Penelope Trunk
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Women in their 20s have an advantage over men in their 20s because all men want to sleep with women in their 20s. And women have power over men who want to sleep with them. I remember having this power. The first time I wrote about it my editor had to call the magazine’s lawyer. Now it’s pretty well understood by women that it’s easier to get stuff done in the office when everyone wants to have sex with you. There is even science to back up the recommendation that women should flirt at work to get ahead. And there is precedent that when you are in a meeting with a smart…
  • 5 Steps to take to make time for everything

    Penelope Trunk
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The people who look like they have everything they want are actually the people who are most clear on what they are willing to give up. Do you ever feel sad that you have never visited the moon? Probably not. Because you just accept that you will not be doing that in your lifetime. We inadvertently start to think of other, less far-out things this way in an effort to make ourselves feel like we are living our best life.  For example, you can put trips to Thailand in the same category as trips to the moon and then you stop feeling disappointed that you will never get to Thailand. You can…
  • 5 Steps to successful reinvention. And a Melissa update.

    Penelope Trunk
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    The best way to get someone to call you from your LinkedIn profile is to put Confidential in the employer field. You might be wondering: Who does this? Answer: Melissa. For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Melissa, I will now summarize a hundred blog posts about her like this: Melissa, Queen of Reinvention, finds jobs almost anyone would kill for, they are disasters, she leaves. Then she repeats, but in a way that is different enough that I have trouble yelling at her for making the same mistake twice. This is true with men, too. And this is a good time to tell you that the bankers…
 
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  • iPad Spinners

    Shaun
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
  • Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised.

    Dan Kim
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve admired Mike’s work from afar for many years because it’s so honest and direct. I watched Mike’s entire talk – What Clients Don’t Know (and Why It’s Your Fault) – and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was so great, I wanted to say thanks—it’s the least I could do for something I liked so much. I looked through the crowd for a while, but was never able…
  • How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together

    Emily Wilder
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.” For a group of otherwise competent women, we’ve managed to screw up a lot during our annual participation in the Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, a 10-leg, 175-kilometer race that follows the trail of the gold rush stampeders from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. Past oopsies include failing to renew passports on time, forgetting our running shoes, traveling with 11 people on an RV that sleeps 8, misestimating the correct…
  • Finding Apps: a Personal Experience

    Jamie
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This morning I needed an app, but I had no idea where to start. I knew what the app should do, but did it exist? Here’s my story. The Problem We received this in the mail this morning. It’s a ticket warning issued by the City of Chicago. I know what you’re gonna say. See, we do follow the speed limit. The thing is—this was issued to my better half. And she is way more cognizant of the speed limits around the city. What probably happened was the speed limit was 35 mph then in the speed camera zone it dropped to 30 mph. The City of Chicago issues you a ticket when…
  • Extra Drawings

    Nate Otto
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    For the last ten months at Basecamp I have been the guy that draws stuff. After making occasional contributions at 37signals over the years, they tapped me to make hand drawn images for the Basecamp marketing site that first appeared in February. Since then my drawings have crept into the app itself, into email blasts, onto banners at Pitchfork, all up in The Distance, plastered on the walls of the office, and into several employee’s avatars. We came up with a creative contract that allows me time to work on my other career as an artist while still providing substantial input at Basecamp.
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  • Life and Work at the Distributed Wonderland

    Matt Mullenweg
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Luca Sartoni writes How I fell into the rabbit hole: life and work at the distributed wonderland.
  • Run Better

    Matt Mullenweg
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Joe Boydston, the self-described “crazy running guy” who runs as far as 90+ miles from the airport to WordCamps or meetups when he lands, has written a bit about how to run better. At our company meetup he ran running workshops and coached a lot of people including myself, and applying his suggestions I’ve been able to do a lot better.
  • Pink Drill Bits

    Matt Mullenweg
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Fracking company teams up with Susan G. Komen, introduces pink drill bits for the cure, presented without comment. Hat tip: Kristin Grimm.
  • Moving into Management

    Matt Mullenweg
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    “The biggest misconception engineers have when thinking about moving into management is they think it’s a promotion.” — Lindsay Holmwood writes It’s not a promotion – it’s a career change. Hat tip: Gary Pendergast.
  • Dave Winer’s 20th

    Matt Mullenweg
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Observer writes Happy 20th anniversary to Dave Winer – inventor of the blog. I’ve gotten a huge amount of inspiration, help, and feedback from Dave over the years, and I’m really happy he’s still at it.
 
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  • The Inconceivable Rally is Dead…Ebola and Netflix Killed It!

    Howard Lindzon
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    I love Netflix, I just don’t own it. Tonight, I feel a little less stupid. The stock has had more panic attacks than Tony Soprano. Tomorrow it is set to open down $120 points. Let’s put it all in a perspective: The stock has broken all laws of physics for technicians. Moving on… Since September….short indexes, long Ebola stocks has been a career maker. Maybe three people on the planet got this trade dead right and they won’t be on Twitter or CNBC. I watched the trade develop on Stocktwits ticker streams but did not participate. So many people in my stream have…
  • Ebola Won…But I am Buying

    Howard Lindzon
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    The US markets are now all down on the year…which I sum up below in a cashtag: Goldman Sachs stock now negative on the year which means as usual…record bonuses… GS — Howard Lindzon (@howardlindzon) Oct. 15 at 09:07 AM Go watch Jon Stewart from last night if you want a hint of any truth on #EBOLA. I still don’t care how and why the markets are plunging, but they are. The signals were there starting in February when we discussed the small caps breaking down. When fear grips Wall Street, the ‘sell’ button becomes easy to hit. Your cool ‘robo’…
  • It is TOO Late to Sell and It’s NEVER Too Later to Sell…and ROBO Advisor Advice – The Market Panic of 2014.

    Howard Lindzon
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Today we have a mild panic in action. I have no idea why it started Friday. It just did. I have been buying XIV since Friday…it’s messy. It is a ‘juiced’ up way to get long the market and anything can go wrong short-term. Here is what it looks like recently with my awesome ChartIQ doodle : I don’t like individual stocks much in a meltdown because I don’t want to pick the one pig in the barn on fire. I am too old for 80 screens showing me 300 stocks dancing around, and the marketing departments of all these ETF hucksters have created some cool products to…
  • Fear and Greed, Art Funds and Marc Andreesen – The Panic of 2014

    Howard Lindzon
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The markets are serious, but they are also a game. On Friday, the CNN ‘Fear and Greed’ Index hit 1 (one). "@bumblebeecharts: SPY IWM QQQ Greed O Meter hits 1 Extreeeem! fear, http://stks.co/d16ZU" // 0 is next. http://stks.co/a16VE — Le$ (@lcc007) Oct. 10 at 08:50 PM In english that means WTF!.. and Mortimer-get me out! To CNN it means it’s a good time to sell a blood pressure banner ad. Active fund managers have panicked as well: Active managers have totally panicked. NAAIM lowest equity exposure since May '12. SPY http://stks.co/h19jt — Ryan…
  • Oh My GTAT…$1.5 Billion goes Poof over the Weekend!

    Howard Lindzon
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The markets always surprise me with something that I have never seen before and today it was GTAT. The quick read on the story/mess is a good start at Business Insider. I have my own GTAT story. It is s probably my best loss of the year. Ivan and I had this in our portfolio. We were up 20 percent on the position but took a 2 percent loss. Ivan sums it up tonight. This stock has been on the Stocktwits trending bar for months as speculators used as a proxy for iPhone 6 (Sapphire Glass). The bears and bulls have each helped it trend. Today was a feast for the bears. The shortsellers had a win…
 
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  • Why founders fail to scale (come to SCALE SCHOOL)

    Emily
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Why founders fail to scale (come to SCALE SCHOOL) Jason’s List: 42,220 members http://launch.co/ Words: 2,512 Listening to: David Bowie, Changes TL;DR version: founders ‘fail to scale’ because it’s harder than new features & speaking gigs Next event: SCALE (school): launchscale.net Oct 23 & 24 55 days ago I wrote “Startups are about scale,” [ http://bit.ly/1xvaJVB ] with the basic premise that “Building a great product is table stakes in 2014, leaving scaling a startup as the elite skill.” This isn’t to say that “building a great product” is easy, it’s really…
  • Apple knocks it out of the park — will be first trillion dollar company

    Emily
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Apple crushed it today. Bottom Line: Apple will be the first company to hit a trillion dollar market cap. Six Point Recap [ Click to tweet: http://ctt.ec/m06k_ ] 1. Apple Pay will add $100B in market cap -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Tap your phone or watch to a base station and pay with one click. You sign with your fingerprint reader. There are no credit card numbers stored into the phone so the person at the counter can’t steal them. People were doing this five years ago in Tokyo and Seoul when I was rolling with Masa Son and the Naver crew. Why the frack did this take so long to make here?
  • RFP (Request for Prototype): Brutal Real Estate Reviews

    Emily
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I’ve invested in 70 companies. To do this I have a secret process that involves nine full-time staffers that I’m not going to reveal right now. Perhaps when I hit 250 investments and I’m “done” (as in, 50 years old) I’ll write a book about it. Here’s a little peek into the process: I generally meet with 10 startups a week during lunch and for coffee. This is absurdly efficient, as I need to eat lunch, I like to drink coffee and I don’t like being alone. Given that, I wind up investing in 30 of the 500+ companies I meet with per year — however, those 500 meetings are…
  • An update on my angel investing & AngelList Syndicates

    Emily
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Angel investing is a brutally hard job … … said no one ever! [ 1,600 words on the topic below. Click to tweet: http://ctt.ec/_G49d ] I’m absolutely loving being an angel investor. It’s a blast to meet smart folks with killer ideas who want to change the world — and then I get to write a check and give one out of every 250 of those ideas a try! In the past year I’ve invested $1.95m in 30 startups from the LAUNCH Fund (from my $10m angel fund). We are now 19.5% invested in 13.5 months. We’ll invest another $4.05m in the next 24 months for a total of $6M/60% invested,…
  • Startups are about SCALE

    Emily
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Startups today are about one thing: scale. As in getting big and doing it fast, like: Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, Snapchat and a couple dozen others. In this post I want to accomplish two things: 1. Explain why SCALE is so critical today. 2. Get ideas from you on topics and speakers for the LAUNCH SCALE event I’m hosting. [ LAUNCH SCALE: Oct 23-24, San Francisco -- http://events.launch.co/scale ] “But wait Jason,” I can hear one of you tweeting me, “didn’t you say just two years ago that we are living in the ‘age of excellence’ and all that matters is how good the product is?” [The…
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  • NOBNOM Winners and Other Updates

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    2008 pic, RV breakdown en route to Burning Man. Shit happens, but that’s OK. Ladies and gents! A few updates: 1) If you missed instructions for the three quick-start videos from Tony Robbins, or his morning breathing routine and Cryotherapy, I’ve added the links here. 2) I’m so very sorry for the delay in announcing NOBNOM prize winners.  Many of you have rightly asked: What the hell, Ferriss?  Why the radio silence? To that, I answer: Mea culpa. Alas, I simply get my ass kicked sometimes. This time around, a few things happened: 1) Lyme disease completely annihilated my…
  • Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money

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    15 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    “Our revenues are now over $5 billion annually. Without access to Tony and his teachings, Salesforce.com wouldn’t exist today.” – Marc Benioff, Founder of Salesforce.com “[Tony] distills the concepts of the best investors in the world into practical lessons that will benefit both naïve investors and skilled professionals.” – Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund Tony Robbins is the world’s most famous performance coach. He’s advised everyone from Bill Clinton to Serena Williams, and from Leonardo…
  • Ramit Sethi on Persuasion and Turning a Blog Into a Multi-Million-Dollar Business

    Tim Ferriss
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    If you want detailed tactics and hilarity, Ramit Sethi is your man. Here one quote from this episode, to give you an idea: “Indian people don’t get punched, dude. We don’t get into fights. We’re doing spelling bees.” Ramit Sethi built his personal finance blog up to 500,000+ readers per month, and has since turned it into a revenue generating monster. I don’t use that phrasing lightly. In this episode, we dig into the nitty-gritty tools, software, and experiments he’s used to turn a college side project into a multi-million-dollar business with 30+…
  • Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis (XPRIZE) on the Magic of Thinking BIG

    Tim Ferriss
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    If you want to 10x or 100x your results and impact, this interview with Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis is a must listen. Where else can you find two people who regularly advise everyone from Serena Williams to Bill Clinton, from NASA to the world’s fastest growing companies? Here’s their next project, if you want a sneak peek. Stream with the player below: If you can’t see the above, here are other ways to listen: Listen to it on iTunes. Stream here. Download is as MP3 by right clicking here and choosing “save as”. This podcast is brought to you by 99Designs, the…
  • How to Travel to 20+ Countries…While Building a Massive Business in the Process

    Breanden Beneschott
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    [Preface: The above is a pic of Necker Island, Richard Branson's private island. Would you like to join me and Richard Branson on Necker for a week of mentoring? Here are the details on how you can get an all-expenses-paid trip. It'd be great to meet you.] The following is a guest post by Breanden Beneschott, co-founder and COO of Toptal, a marketplace for top developers. I have no affiliation with the company, but I found Breanden’s story fascinating. This post covers how he traveled through 20+ countries while building a company, experiencing the best the world had to offer. His…
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  • "Desire is full of endless distances"

    Seth Godin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Just one more level on this game, she says. Once I get to level 68, I'll be done. Just one more tweak to the car, they beg. Once we bump up the mileage, we'll be done. Just one more lotion, she asks. Once I put that on, my skin will be perfect and I'll be done. Of course, the result isn't the point. The mileage or the ranking or slightly more alabaster or ebony isn't the point. The point is the longing. Desire can't be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we've failed, because desire is the state we seek. We've expanded our desire for ever more human connection into a…
  • "Google it!"

    Seth Godin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    The job is no longer to recite facts, to read the bio out loud, to explain something better found or watched online. No, the job is to personally and passionately make us care enough to look up the facts for ourselves.  When you introduce a concept, or a speaker, or an opportunity, skip the reading of facts. Instead, make a passionate pitch that drives inquiry. In the audience, in your employees, in your customers... The only reason people don't look it up is that they don't care, not that they're unable. So, your job is to get them to care enough. [You can even send them…
  • Famous to the family

    Seth Godin
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    There is famous and there is famous to the family. Cousin Aaron is famous to my family. Or, to be less literal, the family of people like us might understand that Satya the milliner or perhaps Sarma Melngailis or Peter Olotka are famous. And famous to the family is precisely the goal of just about all marketing now. You don't need to be Nike or Apple or GE. You need to be famous to the small circle of people you are hoping will admire and trust you. Your shoe store needs to be famous to the 300 shoe shoppers in your town. Your retail consulting practice needs to be famous to 100 people at ten…
  • "Let's go around the room"

    Seth Godin
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    If you say that in a meeting, you've failed. You've abdicated responsibility and just multiplied the time wasted by the number of people in the room. When we go around the room, everyone in the room spends the entire time before their turn thinking about what to say, and working to say something fairly unmemorable. And of course, this endless litany of 'saying' leads to little in the way of listening or response or interaction or action of any kind. The worst example I ever saw of this was when Barry Diller did it in a meeting with 220 attendees. More than two hours later, everyone in the…
  • No one to say no

    Seth Godin
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    In a world that lacks so many traditional gatekeepers, there are fewer people than ever to say no to your project, your idea, your song. If you want to put it out there, go ahead. On the other hand, that also means that there are fewer people who can say yes. That's now your job too. If you work in an organization, the underlying rule is simple: People are not afraid of failure, they’re afraid of blame. Avoid looking in the mirror and saying no. More challenging: practice looking in the mirror and saying yes.        
 
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  • The Personal Cloud

    Fred Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    Benedict Evans coined the term “personal cloud” in his writeup of WWDC in June. He said: what you might call the personal cloud – the Bluetooth LE/Wifi mesh around you (such as HealthKit or HomeKit) I like to think about what’s next. Paul Graham said, “If you think of technology as something that’s spreading like a sort of fractal stain, almost every point on the edge represents an interesting problem.” And in that context, the personal cloud is a particularly interesting “point on the edge” to me. It includes the following things: 1) NFC…
  • The Robotic Taxi Driver

    Fred Wilson
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Yesterday morning I made the mistake of leaving my apartment without my Citibike key. When I got to the Citibike station, I realized it and hailed a taxi instead. I got in the taxi and told the driver where I was going which was 6th Avenue and 13th Street. He started to enter the destination into the GPS on his phone which was mounted above the dash to the left of the steering wheel. I told him that wasn’t necessary as all he had to do was go a few blocks down Washington to 10th, make a left on 10th, then across 10th to 6th, then a left on 6th. So he took off down Washington and the…
  • Video Of The Week: How We Got To Now Talk

    Fred Wilson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    I had the opportunity to do an appearance with Steven Johnson on the day his new book, How We Got To Now, hit the market. It was moderated by Manoush Zomorodiof WNYC. Here’s a video of the talk. It was a lot of fun.
  • Feature Friday: SoundCloud Cards On Twitter Mobile

    Fred Wilson
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Yesterday afternoon I was in a meeting at our portfolio company SoundCloud and I got a Kik from Kirk who said “did you see the new SoundCloud cards running inside Twitter?” When we had a break in our meeting, I replied and said “No, but I saw the buzz on the feature on Twitter” and then asked him to Kik me a Tweet I could look at on my phone. He kik’d me this one and I played it on my phone from inside Twitter (open that link on your phone in Twitter if you want to see it in action). The really cool thing about this new card is you can minimize the SoundCloud…
  • Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

    Fred Wilson
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    I saw on The Verge that HBO is finally going to make its excellent HBO Go service available “over the top” (sometime in 2015) This is something I’ve wanted for a long time and have written about a bunch here. It isn’t that I don’t have a cable subscription. I have many. It is that I want a direct subscription relationship with HBO Go. I don’t want one subscription to be dependent on another. That is also why I don’t like subscribing to services on my phone via carrier billing. When its time to end a relationship with a carrier or a cable company, I…
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  • Four short links: 20 October 2014

    Nat Torkington
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fix Mac OS X — each time you start typing in Spotlight (to open an application or search for a file on your computer), your local search terms and location are sent to Apple and third parties (including Microsoft) under default settings on Yosemite (10.10). See also Net Monitor, an open source toolkit for finding phone-home behaviour. A/B Testing at Netflix (ACM) — Using a combination of static analysis to build a dependency tree, which is then consumed at request time to resolve conditional dependencies, we’re able to build customized payloads for the millions of unique…
  • Four short links: 17 October 2014

    Nat Torkington
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing) Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image. Chrome extension. (via Anil Dash) Garbage Trucks and FedEx Vans (IEEE) — Foo alum, Ian Wright,…
  • Use data or be data

    Jenn Webb
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Trina Chiasson Arguments from all sides have surrounded the question of whether or not everyone should learn to code. Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of Infoactive, says learning to code changed her life for the better. “These days I don’t spend a lot of time writing code,” she says, “but it’s incredibly helpful for me to be able to communicate with our engineers and communicate with other people in the industry.” Though helpful for her personally, she admits that it takes quite a lot of time and commitment to learn to code to any level of proficiency,…
  • Signals from Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014

    Mac Slocum
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    Experts from across the data world came together in New York City for Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014. Below we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event. Unusual data applications and the correct way to say “Hadoop” Hadoop creator and Cloudera chief architect Doug Cutting discusses surprising data applications — from dating sites to premature babies — and he reveals the proper (but in no way required) pronunciation of “Hadoop.” We are no longer accidentally well We’re confronting a technology paradox, says…
  • What happens when fashion meets data: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

    Jenn Webb
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. In this podcast episode, I talk with Liza Kindred, founder of Third Wave Fashion and author of the new free report “Fashioning Data: How fashion industry leaders innovate with data and what you can learn from what they know.” Kindred addresses the evolving role data and analytics are playing in the fashion industry, and the emerging connections between technology and fashion companies. “One of the things that fashion is…
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  • Mosquitos Beware, DDG Is Coming For You

    Sam O'Keefe
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
     Malaria, a disease rarely found in the US, is a global epidemic, with 219 million cases reported by the CDC in 2010. Caused by a parasite and spread from person to person via mosquito, the disease easily go undetected in its early stages with symptoms that mirror those of the flu. Early detection of Malaria is critical to treatment but is done too infrequently or too late, usually due to… Read More
  • The Oscult Is An iPad-Connected Ultrasound Machine

    Jordan Crook
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
     Healthcare in developing nations is a problem just aching for a solution. But it’s a big problem. Chipping away at that predicament is a company called Oscadi. Oscadi has created a piece of hardware, called Oscult, that allows you to perform an ultrasound by simply plugging their device into an iPad. The company claims that up until now, more than 60 percent of the world does not have… Read More
  • Giftgaming Gives You Power-Ups In Exchange For…Giving You Real-World Discounts

    Josh Constine
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
     Giftgaming is a win-win-win that helps you win. Advertisers get exposure, developers get paid, and you get free virtual goods in mobile games plus coupons for discounts on meatspace purchases. Today, Giftgaming launched its service onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. When you’re playing a mobile game like Fluid Football, you’ll be able to tap a Giftgaming icon for… Read More
  • Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

    Alex Wilhelm
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
     If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day. Well, it is if you want to draw inside your newly updated Skype app on your Windows Phone device. Read More
  • Punchbowl Takes On Evite With A Redesigned Site, New Kids’ Brand Partnerships

    Sarah Perez
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
     Party planning resource and digital invitations provider Punchbowl is coming out swinging against rival Evite today with a full-page ad in the L.A. Times designed to kick off a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging users to ditch the older service. The move comes at a time when Punchbowl has just snagged a large handful of new brand partnerships from major players, including Sesame… Read More
 
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  • Getting Real About Ethics and Trust in News Media

    craigconnects
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Let’s Fix It: Why Is It So Hard to Find Ethics and Trust in the Media? Coupla years ago, I blurted out that "the press is the immune system of democracy." That's what I learned from my high school history teacher, Anton Schulzki. That's not working so well. We've had major press scandals recently, including some obvious failures to follow through with widely known information. A few, really egregious failures: WMD, the economic crash around 2008, ObamaCare, VA scandals starting in 2002 and the current badly misreported scandals, and the IRS failing to pursue fake…
  • 6 Women Making Waves for Social Justice in Tech

    Craig Newmark
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Folks, my teams and I have been following your comments about women in the tech sector that you really admire. We've researched many of the women you've shared, and appreciate the time you took to mention 'em. The following is a list of women who really have their boots on the ground, all suggestions from comments. Please keep 'em coming. And maybe follow these women who are doing a lot of work for social good in the tech arena. 1. Selena Deckelmann, A major contributor to PostgreSQL and a Data Architect at Mozilla. She’s been involved with free and open source…
  • 3 Powerful Social Media Leaders of the Past

    Craig Newmark
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    On the Internet we continue an old tradition of social media, pioneered in the Roman Republic. I look at the social media leaders in the past who were good at doing things. They really paved the way for what's happening today with technology. The Internet and social media have been a way to give a real voice to the voiceless and real power to the powerless. It's created a space for citizen journalism. If we look back, we'll realize that there were many powerful social media leaders of the past, for example: 1. Julius Caesar was an early blogger, even though it was very low…
  • Women doing STEM right

    Craig Newmark
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Hey, it's important to me to recognize folks doing really good work, especially those who don't usually get the recognition they deserve. My team and I have generated quite a few lists of women doing good work: Women Disrupting the Startup World Impressive Women in Engineering Women-Run Startups to Check Out Inspirational Women in Tech Women Bloggers You Really Need to Follow Reasons to get Girls Involved in Tech Brilliant Women in Tech Recently, I asked my networks to contribute the women who impressed them, the folks in the STEM field who really have their boots on the ground. We…
  • How Tech Can Turn a Community Into a Global Village

    Craig Newmark
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Folks, I received a really good letter from the Organic Health Response's IT Coordinator, Brian Mattah. He wrote about his experience with technology on Mfangano Island: I am Brian Mattah, a native of Mfangano Island, Kenya. I began working for the Organic Health Response (OHR) in January 2010, immediately after college. This was my first time deploying hands-on skills attained from school and all seemed new and interesting. Aside from all career domains revolving around technological advances, it’s become absolutely inevitable for people, even in villages, to survive without…
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