Imagining five retro technologies as startup pitches

Imagining five retro technologies as startup pitches

 Silicon Valley is a bubble. Go into any SoMa coffee shop and you’ll hear founders and investors alike singing the praises of Hyperloop and flying cars — sci-fi tropes reincarnated by billionaires with a god complex. This isn’t to say these technologies shouldn’t be pursued, but sometimes it’s healthy to remember that we are effectively pulling a Facebook… Read More Read full story

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Facebook accused of targeting ‘insecure’ children and young people, leaked report shows

Facebook accused of targeting ‘insecure’ children and young people, leaked report shows

Facebook has apologised for reportedly allowing advertisers to target emotionally vulnerable people as young as 14, as a 23-page leaked document obtained by The Australian revealed.  According to the news outlet, the document prepared by two top Australian Facebook executives uses algorithms to collect data (via posts, pictures, and reactions) on the emotional state of 6.4 million “high schoolers,” “tertiary students,” and “young Australians and New Zealanders … in the workforce,” indicating “moments when young people need a confidence boost.”  In other words, data says they feel “worthless” or “insecure”…

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The past, present, and future of design in Silicon Valley

The past, present, and future of design in Silicon Valley

 The following is an excerpt from The Way to Design, a guide to becoming a designer founder and to building design-centric businesses. Adapted and reprinted with the author’s permission. Until very recently, success in Silicon Valley required focusing almost single-mindedly on an organization’s technical prowess. It meant having an unimpeachable technical founder, 10X engineers,… Read More Read full story

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Sneaky TV contestant makes a whole nation lose the ‘circle game’

Sneaky TV contestant makes a whole nation lose the ‘circle game’

High school wouldn’t have been the same without painful memories of the circle game. You’ll know the one: Someone tries to get you to look at something below their waist, but it turns out to their hand — with their index finger and thumb arranged into a circle — meaning you’re in store for a jab on the shoulder. SEE ALSO: Mating kangaroos are literally blocking traffic in Australia While most of us have grown up and forgot about it, a dude by the name of Alex Macleod who was…

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High schoolers celebrate ‘Meme Day’ with memes new and old

High schoolers celebrate ‘Meme Day’ with memes new and old

Got to give credit where it’s due: the kids these days are committed not just to the hip new memes, but also to the memes of yesteryear.  SEE ALSO: The sly bird meme is the latest thing you have to know about Take these kids from California who celebrated “Meme Day” at their school, with a wide-range of memes from the recent hit Salt Bae all the way back to some old school memes like Slender Man.  In the above video, posted by Nicole Pinto, we roll through (I think):…

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Disney Channel Reveals New Trailer and Music Video from ‘Descendants 2’

Disney Channel Reveals New Trailer and Music Video from ‘Descendants 2’

Gearing up for a major July premiere across multiple networks, the Disney Channel today released a new trailer and music video for Descendants 2, the sequel to one of the top-rated cable TV movies of all time. The trailer (watch it below) shows the new twists in the story of the Villain Kids (or “VKs”) – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay – as they try to fit into idyllic Auradon. The movie brings together Disney stars such as Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie), Cameron Boyce (Jessie)…Read full story

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The best guide to mechanical keyboard switches

The best guide to mechanical keyboard switches

Like me, you may have taken an interest in mechanical keyboards only to uncover a world of baffling options. “Can I have a clicky one, please” is like asking for a drink in a pub: they’ll stare at you for a moment then say “which one, mate?” Brandon West reminded me that Input.Club is the best guide to all the options available, so when someone asks you if you want your Cherry Yellow or a nice Lubed Zealio, you’ll know to slap them hard across the chops and say, “How…

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