• You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

    You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

    Our lives are not defined reverse chronologically, yet until now, that's strictly how our social network profiles portrayed us -- as a snapshot of our latest activity. Today, Twitter gave everyone the option to pin a tweet to the top of their profile "so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about." It's the first step towards a more holistic vision of identity online. Read More

  • #Love: I’m Single, Therefore I Tinder

    #Love: I’m Single, Therefore I Tinder

    In the game of Tinder, you win or you get bored and give up. That is pretty much standard operating procedure for anyone with a smartphone and a libido. But what if you're bad at Tinder? Naturally, I can't solve all your problems. But experts from across the country, as well as Tinder's own Sean Rad, have hooked us up with some solid advice. Read More

  • Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

    Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

    "Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet," says Naval Ravikant. "Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle," concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don't believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I'll grant there's plenty to be skeptical about, you should be thinking… Read More

  • Airlines Should Make Twitter A No-Fly Zone

    Airlines Should Make Twitter A No-Fly Zone

    Whoops! Airlines are awful at Twitter, and should leave the platform entirely. I'm not the first person to say this, but today's knock-it-out-off-the-park fail from USAirways' Twitter account served as an excellent reminder. Read More

  • #Love: Thanks, Porn

    #Love: Thanks, Porn

    As a modern married male, the times spent alone with my computer and a box of tissues are, in some ways, the best times. That is not to say the manifold pleasures of family life and the wild menagerie of mere existence aren’t amazing, but a body likes to be alone. For this I thank porn. While there is no doubt that there are dark corners of this industry and that porn, to some people, is… Read More

  • Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Google, Eich, Rice: The Evil That Tech Does

    Techies hate politics. Well, no: we hate the idea of politics. Whenever I talk to pretty much anyone in the industry about politics as a sphere of human endeavor, from individual coders to zillionaire VCs, pained expressions cross their faces and they rush to distance themselves from the whole toxic mess. Which is a problem on two levels. One, now that technology is the dominant cultural and… Read More

  • Would We Trust A Secret Clone From Facebook?

    Would We Trust A Secret Clone From Facebook?

    Facebook could buy an anonymous sharing app like Secret, or build one, but would we use it? Facebook’s Snapchat clone Poke crashed and burned in part because people worried Facebook would spy on, save, or widely share their ephemeral messages. Facebook’s shaky track record on privacy could similarly scare us away from an anonymous sharing feature. The problem for Facebook is that like… Read More

  • Million Man Ban

    Million Man Ban

    Participating in democracy "takes a certain amount of civic courage" -- and on the Internet, more than ever. No matter what position you take, however enlightened, ignorant, hurtful, helpful, or anything else, there are a million people ready to side with you and just as many taking dead aim. Just don't expect them to do it quietly. Read More

  • When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

    When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

    I write to you from my vacation, meaning, this time, the dusty port town of Kaolack in sunny Senegal. (What, your vacations don't involve long hours spent riding in--or, sometimes, on--overcrowded West African inter-city public transit? Weirdo.) On arrival I picked up an Orange SIM card, which cost 1000 francs (US $2) and came with 1000 francs of credit. And then my cab driver kind of blew my… Read More

  • #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    There is a special milestone in each significant relationship that is rarely celebrated. There's no holiday, no dinner, and no party. It just happens - one day you're strangers, the next you're not. It's the day you hand over your passwords to your SO. Read More

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  • France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    Before that, Fleur Pellerin was the minister in charge of the digital economy and innovation. After a rough start, she did a pretty good job. She created the French Tech initiative, she wrote a new law allowing AngelList-style syndicates. More importantly, she understood how startups worked. But now, in addition to being the minister of the economy, Montebourg will take over Pellerin’s… Read More

  • #Love: Unfollowing Exes

    #Love: Unfollowing Exes

    One month ago, I got dumped. It was the third in a series of failed, long-term relationships over the past five years. All relationships end differently. Some exes stay friends, or fail to stay friends, or continue hooking up, or cut each other out entirely. Some exes combine any number of those things to form a symphony of chaos. But no matter how it ends, or how it evolves after it's over… Read More

  • Doing It For The Likes

    Doing It For The Likes

    We crave approval, but we already knew that. Conventional thinking would suggest we seek digital validation because it means we've impressed people and raised our social status. But what anonymous apps like Secret are highlighting is that we don't care if our name is attached to that approval. We are simply addicted to little dopamine hit we get when someone said we did well. Read More

  • The Internet Is Held Together With Bubble Gum And Baling Wire

    The Internet Is Held Together With Bubble Gum And Baling Wire

    Did you know that, to quote an angry hacker: The Internet from every angle has always been a house of cards held together with defective duct tape. It's a miracle that anything works at all. Those who understand a lot of the technology involved generally hate it, but at the same time are astounded that for end users, things seem to usually work rather well. Today I want to talk about all of… Read More

  • Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

    Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

    We now live in an era when Mark Zuckerberg speed-dials Obama, controls fleets of drones, brokers $19 billion acquisitions in a week, and buys whole virtual worlds. Facebook's mission has changed. While once it was soley "To make the world more open and connected", it's expanded to also "give people the power to share." And nothing is too crazy if it brings Facebook one step closer to that goal. Read More

  • Yo Instacart, Can I Get Some Shareable Grocery Lists?

    Yo Instacart, Can I Get Some Shareable Grocery Lists?

    I suck at grocery shopping, at least compared to some of my friends. One knows exactly what vegetables go into a killer get-the-hell-out-of-bed smoothie. A gymrat buddy can suggest a healthier alternative to every food. And my favorite drunk has the cocktail bar essentials memorized. Some of them already use grocery delivery service Instacart. Now I want them to be able to do the shopping for me. Read More

  • Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

    Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

    Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay Our Comrade The Electron, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, or you struggle to read English, please at least read its angry rant, from which I quote: Read More

  • The Future For Anonymity Apps: Defamations And Revolutions

    The Future For Anonymity Apps: Defamations And Revolutions

    In 2010 the Iranian election protests - the "Green Revolution" - was at it's tail end, though few knew the tumult of the Arab Spring was to come. The Iranian authorities were rounding up key anti-government leaders. People who had spoken out against the election result, which appeared to the whole world to have been rigged, found themselves in grave danger. The things they had posted on social… Read More

  • Hey! You! Get Off Of Our Bandwagon

    Hey! You! Get Off Of Our Bandwagon

    The Book of Berners-Lee And lo, it did come to pass, as prophesied by the geeks of yore, that in the twenty-fifth year of the Web, the world entire, from Kathmandu to Timbuktu to Zanzibar to New York, began to notice its devouring by the Law of Moore. And the eyes of the world were turned upon those places where that Law had been birthed, and numberless throngs of geeks still teemed, and… Read More

  • Software Patents Are Bullshit

    Software Patents Are Bullshit

    "Patents are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for a single purpose: to promote the progress of science and useful arts." Alas, when it comes to software, it is difficult to imagine a system worse at this than the current one. Everyone knows this--and most people will readily admit it--but no one, with the possible eventual exception of the Supreme Court, is willing to do anything about it. No… Read More