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  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • 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…
  • Monsters and Thieves

    Signal vs. Noise
    Nathan Kontny
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Good artists copy; great artists steal. -Picasso A famous quote about creativity often attributed to Picasso. But what can we actually learn about creativity from studying thieves? And did Picasso even say it? Halloween is tomorrow. I haven’t cared for ages. But, now I have someone in my house like this. My 5 month old ladybug :) I find myself at the nearest drugstore constantly buying diapers, and I can’t help notice the holiday on sale. Candy, makeup, masks. Especially the classic: Frankenstein. Most of us don’t realize our use of Frankenstein’s name is wrong.
  • Tim Cook Comes Out

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt Mullenweg
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    “I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.” — Tim Cook That’s from Tim Cook’s “I’m Proud to be Gay” essay in BusinessWeek today. It’s beautiful, brave, and amazing, and I love that idea of fighting for something until your last breath, it’s a very Southern expression. Here’s to Tim’s toes not pointing up for many, many years to come.
  • Call for Insights: Will a “Marketing Cloud” help coordinate efforts and drive efficiency?

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    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    What goes into the marketing process today, and what technology is required? Will a “Marketing Cloud” help coordinate efforts and drive efficiency? What are the alternatives?
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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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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Monsters and Thieves

    Nathan Kontny
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Good artists copy; great artists steal. -Picasso A famous quote about creativity often attributed to Picasso. But what can we actually learn about creativity from studying thieves? And did Picasso even say it? Halloween is tomorrow. I haven’t cared for ages. But, now I have someone in my house like this. My 5 month old ladybug :) I find myself at the nearest drugstore constantly buying diapers, and I can’t help notice the holiday on sale. Candy, makeup, masks. Especially the classic: Frankenstein. Most of us don’t realize our use of Frankenstein’s name is wrong.
  • The Distance: Fantasy Costumes

    Wailin Wong
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes. You’ll find those items at Fantasy Costumes in Chicago too, but the store has a singular, massive inventory that’s the result of being in business year-round for 45 years. To visit Fantasy Costumes is to browse a museum of pop culture phenomena where everything is for sale or rent—a Garth wig from Wayne’s World (excellent!),…
  • Basecamp Meetup: October 2014

    Basecamp
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Twice a year everyone who works at Basecamp comes to our Chicago office for a week to work and catch up with each other. Last week was our Fall meetup. Here’s what happened: Shaun had a BBQ at his house for out-of town guests We welcomed 3 new employees: Conor, Eileen, and Sylvia Noah talked about customer demographics We had a company dinner at Half Acre Brewery JZ, Nick, and Zach talked about the Basecamp for iOS app Mig recapped last summer’s internship program James, Joan, Kristin, Natalie, and Sylvia shared customer feedback The Distance team planned the future of the…
  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    Jamie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing? http://t.co/xajitLBQLg— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
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  • Tim Cook Comes Out

    Matt Mullenweg
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    “I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.” — Tim Cook That’s from Tim Cook’s “I’m Proud to be Gay” essay in BusinessWeek today. It’s beautiful, brave, and amazing, and I love that idea of fighting for something until your last breath, it’s a very Southern expression. Here’s to Tim’s toes not pointing up for many, many years to come.
  • No More Platinum

    Matt Mullenweg
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Not One Artist’s Album Has Gone Platinum In 2014.
  • State of the Word 2014

    Matt Mullenweg
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Yesterday I delivered the State of the Word address to the WordPress community, and the video is already up on WordPress.tv. Here are the slides if you’d like to view them on their own: State of the Word 2014 from photomatt If you just want the bullet points, here are the big things I discussed and announced: There will be 81 WordCamps in 2014. This was the 9th and final WordCamp San Francisco in its current form. We’ve maxed out the venue for years, so next year we’ll do a WordCamp US at a location and date to be determined. Milestone: 2014 was the first year non-English…
  • Anti-spam and E2E crypto

    Matt Mullenweg
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    A brief history of spam and email crypto by someone who used to work on Gmail. Hat tip: Donncha O Caoimh.
  • WordCamp SF Live Stream

    Matt Mullenweg
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    WordCamp San Francisco, the original, starts tomorrow and the tweets are already starting to stream in. On Sunday at 11AM I will deliver my State of the Word address, our annual look at where we’ve been and the road ahead, and even if you can’t make it you can livestream the SoTW and the entire weekend for just $10 from the comfort of your own home. 16+ hours of WP entertainment for the price of one movie ticket! (Or might be a sleep aid, depends on your perspective.)
 
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  • The Biotech Boom …Too Late to Buy?…and Why Everyone Should Allocate to Trend Followers…

    Howard Lindzon
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    If being right and not making money is a sin…I am going to hell. A very hot part of it. Every year I underperform in the markets. Not the averages, just my abilities based on the opportunities. I buy too late, I sell to soon. I am at mostly at peace with it because of the opportunities. They just keep coming. Staying in the business has been the way I have operated since 1998 when I started my hedge fund and thought it would be my life work. Sixteen years later I still have most of my original limited partners. They know I have distractions and flaws and I could probably be better at…
  • Today is a BETTER day to Panic

    Howard Lindzon
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Last week, the markets were going to zero thanks to Ebola and Netflix. Nike was the new Fila and Apple was the next Blackberry. The VIX spiked to 28 and the ‘Fear and Greed Index’ on CNN was 1. I was a buyer and outlined some of them in this blog post. As of this morning I am out of 3/4 of the stock I rented. I was willing to own for longer, but I will take the large quick gains. Biotech has continued to lead this market and barely budged in the big panic of 2014. It has quickly reasserted itself. For now, panic has subsided, but if you were scared and hoped your pain would end,…
  • Stocktoberfest – How to Invest for Profit and Joy as the Boom Continues

    Howard Lindzon
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The glass is half full in my world…despite the mainstream media, net neutrality, Ebola and negative interest rates, I pop out of bed every morning to invest. The internet is industrial, energy is ‘tilting to the power grid‘, the ‘personal cloud‘ is coming, the enterprise is getting ready to spend and hire, ‘fashology‘ is now more fashion than technology, crowdfunding is not a fad, driverless cars and the ‘pivot to passive‘ are a reality and the super rich want to live forever and sleep on demand (biotech is booming because nature is a…
  • 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’…
 
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  • The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?  Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the success they achieve? Oftentimes…it’s books. On The Tim Ferriss Show (iTunes, SoundCloud), I dissect world-class performers to find the tools and tricks you can use.  Here’s a full list of guests.  One of the questions I always ask is: “What book have you gifted most often to others, and why?”   Below is a list of answers from people like billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Pixar co-founder Ed…
  • Andrew Zimmern on Simple Cooking Tricks, Developing TV, and Addiction

    Ian Robinson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you.” – Andrew Zimmern Andrew Zimmern is a world-class chef, television host and producer, writer, and — at the end of the day — teacher. You’ve probably seen his shows Bizarre Foods or Dining with Death. In 2010 and 2013 he was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award, which annually presents awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary television. But many people don’t know the earlier chapters in his life.
  • Is Beet Juice Really a Performance-Enhancing “Drug”? Digging In…

    markmcc
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    (Photo: Foodthinkers) The following is a guest post by Mark McClusky, the editor of Wired.com and founding editor of Wired Playbook. Previously, he was a reporter at Sports Illustrated and a member of the baseball analytics collective, Baseball Prospectus. Can “juicing” for performance enhancement sometimes involve juice alone?  Beet juice, spinach, celery, or chard, perhaps?  In this post, we look at fact versus fiction, dosing, and results you can potentially replicate. I’ve added some thoughts of my own in brackets. In other random news, I’m finally on Instagram!
  • Maria Popova on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds

    petewilliamspreneurgroup
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    “Why put in the effort to explain why it isn’t a fit, if they haven’t done the homework to determine if it is a fit?” – Maria Popova [1:23:00] Maria Popova has written for amazing outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times, but I find her most amazing project to be BrainPickings.org. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut.  It’s a treasure trove. BrainPickings is Maria’s one-woman…
  • The $5,000 Secret Santa and Other Goodies

    Tim Ferriss
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    This is a housekeeping post with one time-sensitive update and smaller recommendations. It’s split into two parts: The $5,000 Secret Santa Bite-sized Recommendations: 2 Books, 2 Movies, 2 Tweets, and 2 Songs. The $5,000 Secret Santa The short version: I’ve decided to go crazy and do a one-time-only $5,000 Quarterly box. It’s limited to the first 1,000 people, and it will ship before December 25. For that reason, I’m calling it the “Holiday Mega-Box.” If you’re interested in learning more, please click here. (Note: This is completely separate from the…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • This is not a promotion

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
  • Munchausen by Proxy by Media

    Seth Godin
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    MBP is a particularly tragic form of child abuse. Parents or caregivers induce illness in their kids to get more attention. The thing is, the media does this to us all the time. (Actually, we've been doing it to ourselves, by rewarding the media for making us panic.) It started a century ago with the Spanish American War. Disasters sell newspapers. And a moment-by-moment crisis gooses cable ratings, and horrible surprises are reliable clickbait. The media rarely seeks out people or incidents that encourage us to be calm, rational or optimistic. Even when they're not actually causing…
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  • Multisig

    Fred Wilson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    A few days ago, I got an email from a reporter asking me this: What is needed to help bring Bitcoin security and ease of use to mainstream Bitcoin users? I was in a hurry, trying to get through my email, and wrote back this: i think wider use of multisig would be a good thing Mutisig is a technology that was added to the Bitcoin protocol in 2011 and 2012. This article on Multisig by Vitalik Buterin is a good description of the technology. This is from Vitalik’s article: In a traditional Bitcoin account, you have Bitcoin addresses, where each address has one associated private key that…
  • Averaging In And Averaging Out

    Fred Wilson
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    One of my favorite techniques to buying and selling transactional assets (stocks being the prime example) is to dollar cost average on the way in and the way out. I am doing this right now with Bitcoin. I want to buy enough bitcoin so I can make charitable gifts and political donations with it and generally transact in it as much as possible. I’m buying 1.5 bitcoin every week in my Coinbase account. I have a reminder in my calendar and I buy some every week at the same time (I bought some this morning). I’ll keep doing this until I feel like stopping. A lot depends on how much I…
  • Founders Circle

    Fred Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. He wrote a bit about what they are doing here. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. I like this line from the post I linked to above: An investment from Founders Circle–typically just enough for team members to pay off graduate school debt, put a down payment on a house, send the kids to school, or pay for a loved one’s medical…
  • Sidechains

    Fred Wilson
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Earlier this year some entrepreneurs walked into our office and explained sidechains to us. I was pretty excited about the concept then and I continue to be excited about it. This past week some of the people who explained them to us and some other people I don’t know published a paper about sidechains called Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains. I think this is an important paper and everyone involved in bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptocurrencies should give it a read. Here’s the basic idea in layman’s terms. I am purposely trying to dumb down and simplify…
  • The Cost Of Loyalty

    Fred Wilson
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    In the local transportation market, we now have lots of options in addition to mass transit. Here in NYC, we have taxis, Lyft, and Uber. In SF and LA, we have taxis, Sidecar (our portfolio company), Lyft, and Uber. Around the country and world, there are various options including our portfolio company Hailo. I’ve always wished there was an aggregation app that pulled all the prices and availability in real-time across all the available services and got you the best fare at the time. Or allowed you to make the choice between price and ETA (the way sidecar’s app does). It turns out…
 
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  • From factory to data center: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

    Jenn Webb
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. The Industrial Revolution had a profound effect on manufacturing — will the industrial Internet’s effect be as significant? In this podcast episode, Nate Oostendorp, co-founder and CTO of Sight Machine, says yes — where mechanization ruled the Industrial Revolution, data-driven automation will rule this next revolution: “I think that when you think about manufacturing 20 years from now, the computer and the network is going to be much more…
  • Four short links: 30 October 2014

    Nat Torkington
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A Critique of the Balancing Metaphor in Privacy and Security — The arguments presented by this paper are built on two underlying assertions. The first is that the assessment of surveillance measures often entails a judgement of whether any loss in privacy is legitimised by a justifiable increase in security. However, one fundamental difference between privacy and security is that privacy has two attainable end-states (absolute privacy through to the absolute absence of privacy), whereas security has only one attainable end-state (while the absolute absence of security is attainable,…
  • Experience design is shaping our future

    Mary Treseler
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Design aligns humans and technology, it aligns business and engineering, it aligns digital and physical, and it aligns business needs and user needs. Here at O’Reilly, we’re fascinated by the design space, and we’re launching several initiatives focused on the experience design community. Design is both the disruptor and being disrupted. It’s disrupting markets, organizations, and relationships, and forcing us to rethink how we live. The discipline of design is also experiencing tremendous growth and change, largely influenced by economic and technology factors. No longer an…
  • Four short links: 29 October 2014

    Nat Torkington
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    TweetNLP — CMU open source natural language parsing tools for making sense of Tweets. Interview with Google X Life Science’s Head (Medium) — I will have been here two years this March. In nineteen months we have been able to hire more than a hundred scientists to work on this. We’ve been able to build customized labs and get the equipment to make nanoparticles and decorate them and functionalize them. We’ve been able to strike up collaborations with MIT and Stanford and Duke. We’ve been able to initiate protocols and partnerships with companies like Novartis. We’ve…
  • The next industrial revolution

    Jon Bruner
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you Google “next industrial revolution,” you’ll find plenty of candidates: 3D printers, nanomaterials, robots, and a handful of new economic frameworks of varying exoticism. (The more generalized ones tend to sound a little more plausible than the more specific ones.) The phrase came up several times at a track I chaired during our Strata + Hadoop World conference on big data. The talks I assembled focused on the industrial Internet — the merging of big machines and big data — and generally concluded that in the next industrial revolution, software will take…
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  • Samsung announces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, its “slimmest smartphones to date”

    Jon Russell
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
     Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.” Read More
  • Novelty T-Shirt Maker Print Syndicate Raises $4.25M Series A

    Catherine Shu
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
     Print Syndicate, an e-commerce store that sells printed T-shirts and other fashion and home decor goods, has raised $4.25 million in Series A funding led by Data Point Capital. Read More
  • In The Best Conditions, iOS-Exclusive Vainglory Is A Top-Notch MOBA

    Kyle Russell
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
     A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent MOBAs built specifically for tablets (and, as we discovered at September’s iPhone event, the iPhone 6). Read More
  • Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Alex Wilhelm
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
     Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. Read More
  • Meet Samantha, Ethan App’s Sister

    Sarah Buhr
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
     Samantha is a girl living in New York City. She’s old enough to drink and experienced enough to give love advice. But other than that she prefers to keep it anonymous, like Gossip Girl. Read More
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  • Developing better developers

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    About universities and open source projects, and why they go together. We want to teach technology in university. So far this has meant teaching programming basics. Which is good, everyone needs to know how to write a little code. It's like teaching chemistry to doctors. But there's so much more to technology. There's a whole spectrum of activities needed to make software (the code) become useful and responsible to humanity. There's nowhere to go to learn how to create a standard. Or how to write a great bug report. Or how to explain stuff to users, and feed back what we learn into the design…
  • Which Internet do you want?

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    I would like to be part of the Internet where people say what they think, no matter how different, or offensive it may be to some people. Why? I care what people think. I find I can learn from lots of points of views, even ones I don't support, although having ideas I object to repeated over and over ad nauseam is not what I have in mind. The actual Internet I use is becoming a monoculture, where only certain points of view are tolerated. More and more so every year. This totally sucks. If you force people to stop expressing ideas you don't like, that doesn't mean they go away. And if you…
  • Throwback Thursday

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    This picture was taken at Davos on January 27, 2000. It's notable because I was wearing a suit, as is the custom, in a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. I know it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me either. PS: A blog post I wrote from Davos, two days later. Pretty sure I wasn't wearing a suit when I wrote that piece. PPS: I'm not wearing a suit now.
  • 1939 from Gandhi to Hitler

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
  • Broken clipboards

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The clipboard in Chrome/Mac is getting worse not better. Basically there are times when Copy just doesn't work. The way to work around it is to create a new tab, set up the tab so that the text you want to copy is selected, and do it again. It might work. Repeat until it does work. Sometimes copying stuff to the clipboard, an operation that shouldn't require any conscious effort for an experienced user such as myself, takes minutes. That's Chrome on the Mac. Now Safari on the iPad, another of my mainstays, can't copy and paste. This is such a basic important operation for a computer, to be…
 
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  • Oh, The Places You'll Go (a snapshot rendition of my travels)

    Craig Newmark
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Just like a lot of people, I've been playing with photography, some using a serious camera, some using my phone camera, then applying filtering. Here's some stuff the Mrs and I did, hope you like it! A bridge… Another bridge: A tower, with reminder: Rooftops of New York: New York dawn:  Birds of the Lower East Side:  Gum trees of Cole Valley: A view of Aspen: New York in the rain: Fortnight Lilies: Sunrise in Cole Valley Heights: Another view of San Francisco: [super] moon over Cole Valley, recently… Any of these places look familiar to you? And more over on my…
  • 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…
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