Cynthia Johnson

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Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.<p>The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the …

Silicon Valley

New Steven Avery Blood Spatter Tests Prove He Was Framed, ‘Making A Murderer’ Attorney Exclusively Says

The Wisconsin man whose conviction was portrayed in the popular Netflix documentary <i>Making a Murderer</i> was framed for the 2005 crime, his defense …

Gal Gadot's Net Worth Makes Her A Real-Life Wonder Woman

This weekend, <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> won the box office for a second week running, and vaulted in the second place spot of the highest grossing …

Ridley Scott Thinks ‘The Counselor’ Should’ve Been A ‘F*cking Huge’ Hit, Blames Fox For Terrible Marketing

"The Counselor" opened to $7.8 million in fall 2013, but Ridley Scott thinks the movie could've done $50 million if marketed correctly.<p>Ridley Scott …

Construction

The Most Anticipated Movies Of 2018

Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Reese Witherspoon and Tom Cruise are just some of the big names headed to theaters in the new year.<p>What do Jennifer …

First Draft: What’s It Like to See Your Script Produced By Hollywood? Here’s How This Screenwriter Made It Happen

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.Seeing your screenplay …

Writing

9 of 2017's best under-the-radar movies, and how to watch them at home

A coming-of-age story, a ballet documentary, a movie about rats and racism, and more.<p>It’s axiomatic: Nobody can see every movie, even a movie critic. My job requires me to see as many new releases as possible — I just counted, and I saw a cool 200 new releases in 2017 — and even I feel like I’m …

The most exciting films of 2018 by big-name directors

<b>The Beach Bum</b><p>Five years since Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine returns with an irreverent stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Isla Fisher. McConaughey is a narcotically relaxed gentleman called Moondog, who cares not for society’s rules. Likely a continuation of the relative restraint …

La La Land

Hollywood's Juiciest On-Set Feuds, from Dustin Hoffman vs. Meryl Streep to Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Kim Cattrall

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford's feud was Hollywood legend (now dramatized in Ryan Murphy's new FX series, <i>Feud</i>), but they're just part of a long line of actors to have beef both on- and off-screen. The likes of Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, and Faye Dunaway have all butted heads with …

The Director Of ‘Gerald’s Game’ Wants To Tackle A Sequel To ‘The Shining’ Next

Between the mega-hit <i>IT</i> and the creepy mindf*ck <i>Gerald’s Game</i>, it was a good year of movies for Stephen King fans (if you ignore the baffling adaptation of <i>The Dark Tower</i>). King’s novels are true classics of the suspense and horror genres, but some have been notoriously difficult to translate to the …

DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun

The descendant of DeepMind’s world champion Go program stretches its muscles in a new domain<p>The end-game for Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind was never beating people at board games. It’s always been about creating something akin to a combustion engine for intelligence — a generic thinking machine …

10 Books To Wake Up Your Book Club

<i>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.</i><p><b>Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century</b> by Chuck Klosterman<p>“Even those who only dimly remember Royce White, Pavement, or Gnarls Barkley will find the reflections on them engaging.” …

16 Things All Entrepreneurs Should Immediately Stop Doing | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs are the rock stars of the modern era.<p>Pioneering new business ventures and building tech start-ups is the contemporary equivalent of tight leather pants, big hair, and sold-out concerts of the 1980s. Even if you disagree with the idea that Gary Vaynerchuk shouting into an iPhone …

Entrepreneurship

How to Use Six Google Analytics Reports to Complete a Website Content Audit

I'm a big believer that every good content marketing strategy begins with a comprehensive audit of the website’s current performance. The simple …

Analytics

Twitter’s new customer service tool aims to take your rant somewhere quieter

If you’re the type of Twitter user who enjoys using the platform to sound off about businesses and customer experiences, the social media site’s …

How to Optimize Your Content for Google's Featured Snippet Box

Uncover what a Featured Snippet is and what steps you can take to help your business earn more visibility on a search engine results page.

Marketing

How Twitter could be 10X bigger, 100X more profitable, and 1000X more awesome

I’ve spent many years studying, writing about, building, and funding companies (such as Bottlenose, Klout, and The Daily Dot) in Twitter’s ecosystem.<p>Despite the media chatter, I am still bullish on Twitter – as should be any investor who understands the social network’s fundamentals and true …

Machine Learning

How Starbucks Lifted A Young Homeless Man From The Streets To Success

“I carried a key in my pocket when I was homeless because I believed that one day I’d have my own place. Then I found Starbucks, and they became my family. Through Starbucks I was able to get my first apartment, and now I think what’s next in my evolution is to help others get the home of their …

Homelessness

New investigation claims Apple’s battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child labor

According to a new investigation performed by Amnesty International, Apple is one of several technology companies using cobalt mined by child labor in their lithium-ion batteries. The report claims that Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Microsoft are all using the cobalt mined by child labor, as are …

Amnesty International

There are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175B in funding and $1.3T valuation

Tales of the tech unicorn’s impending demise might be somewhat exaggerated. Spoke Intelligence and VB Profiles released a report recently that counted more than 208 of the mythical creatures, not to mention an additional 21 of the even more rarely spotted decacorns — startups with a valuation in …

Venture Capital

China Confirms That It Is Holding the Missing Hong Kong Publisher Lee Bo

A Hong Kong publisher, who is the most recent of five Hong Kong such individuals to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances, is being held by …

Chinese search engine Baidu released some of its code after Eric Schmidt urged tech companies to join forces on AI

Schmidt, now executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company, claimed last Monday that AI has the potential to fix some of the world's "hard problems," including population growth, climate change, human development, and education. In order for this to happen, however, he stressed that …

Google is letting Android users install apps via search instead of the Play Store

The ability to find direct links to apps in search has been around for some time, but Google is now letting Android users install apps without ever visiting the Play Store.<p>A feature in the Google app for Android is letting users sidestep the redirect to Google Play, but displays the same app …

Apps

SHERIFF OF WALL STREET: We're no longer able to bring certain insider trading cases

The Sheriff of Wall Street has had one of his guns taken away, and he is not happy about it.<p>US Attorney Preet Bharara, often called the '"Sheriff of Wall Street," in December gave up on a big insider trading case.<p>That was the direct result of an earlier, successful appeal against the SEC's case …

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<i>admin</i> Jan 1, 2018 0<p>Get ready to see these 10 food trends popping up in 2018 (iStock) Every year, new food trends arise based</i> …

Jonathan Groff

Vote: Which hashtag summed up 2015?

From #PrayForParis to #TheDress, if you look at the year's most influential hashtags you really see how people on Twitter have shaped and responded to the news. Vote for which one resonated most with you<p>Doesn't #TheDress seem a long time ago? 2015 has been a big year for social media and it has …

Comcast just had a major breakthrough that could mean superfast internet

That probably sounds like a mumbo-jumbo to you, so let's put it in simple terms. This means Comcast has figured out how to use its existing cable lines to deliver superfast gigabit-internet speeds without having to do major work on its current infrastructure.<p>Gigabit internet is broadband that …

Coming up next in personalized medicine: 3D printed drugs

Over the past decade, 3D printing has been blurring boundaries between imagination and fabrication.<p>Developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), computer-aided 3D-printing technology has opened up exciting and revolutionary new possibilities in customized medicines.<p>As MIT licensed …

Personalized Medicine

How an IRS agent discovered the identity of the Silk Road kingpin using Google searches

At least that's the lesson from a young IRS agent, Gary L. Alford, who first uncovered the identity of Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht using Google searches.<p>By the middle of 2013, Ulbricht had built Silk Road into a "dark web" marketplace that facilitated the sale of enormous amounts of contraband, …