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Facebook Will Be “Unbundling The Big Blue App” Through Its Creative Labs

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out …

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Open-Sourcing a Treatment for Cancer

Elana Simon was given a diagnosis of a rare form of liver cancer at the age of twelve. Six years later, a few months shy of her high-school graduation, she is not only a survivor but a certified cancer researcher: today, she published an article about her disease, fibrolamellar hepatocellular …

Our Love Affair With the Tablet Is Over

Cue the sad music.<p>Back in 2011, I was having an all-consuming love affair with tablets. At the time, I was the first-ever head of mobile at Netflix. I saw tablets in my sleep, running apps that would control homes, entertain billions and dutifully chug away at work. Tablets, I was convinced, were a …

Don't like Twitter's new design? Here's how you can change it

Twitter rolled out its new design to all users of its official website today, but many users (including myself) found the refreshed style <i>overwhelmingly</i> white and hard to look at for any length of time<i>.</i><p>Luckily, the author of Bootstrap, Mark Otto, has made available a script that allows users to …

Facebook’s New “Creative Labs” Lets The 6,000-Employee Giant Move Fast Like A Startup

It’s tough to experiment with a billion people watching. At that scale, Facebook’s mantras of “move fast and break things” and “Done is better than perfect” don’t quite work. But it’s exactly those philosophies Facebook needs to discover the lean, single-purpose experiences people want on mobile. …

FCC wants all carriers to offer text-to-911 by the end of 2014

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule that would require all text message providers to support emergency texts to 911 by the end of the year. "While voice calling to 911 remains the preferred method, consumers also expect to be able to send a text to 911 and have it reach …

After Pledging A “Better Evernote”, Evernote Updates Data Sync, Now 4X Faster

Earlier this month, Evernote — the note-taking app with some 80 million users and over $250 million in funding — took a humble pill after former TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid slammed the company for letting its software development slip and the app fill with glitches. “I could quibble with the …

8 Ways Startups Are Changing the Healthcare Industry

<b>8. Tech Integration for Improving Care</b><br>The use of technology to build better relationships, improve communication and diagnose early based on EMR-integrated provider-patient platforms excites me as a healthcare angel investor. Although the quantified self receives lots of attention, large segments …

Data As A Company’s Secret Weapon

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Suhail Doshi is the co-founder and CEO of Mixpanel. He started the company with the goal of helping the world learn from its data. Today more than 1,800 mobile apps and websites use Mixpanel to analyze more than 17 billion actions every single month. Follow him on Twitter @suhail.</i><p>This …

This 100-Year-Old Idea Could End San Francisco's Class War

New in the Shop: Funny Illustrations of Iconic Baldies

London-based Brazilian illustrator, designer, and art director Mr. Peruca has created a fun set of illustrations dubbed <i>Notorious Baldies</i>. The series features the hairless manes of various iconic characters from all corners of pop culture. Presented like a visual game, faces are hidden but it's easy …

Sony forms genome analysis company in move towards personalized medicine

Sony is forming a new company to focus on genome research with a view towards realizing personalized medicine and healthcare. The venture, currently called P5 Inc, is a collaboration with M3, a medical company in which Sony is the majority stakeholder, and Illumina, a US-based manufacturer of …

How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love

Mathematician Chris McKinlay hacked OKCupid to find the girl of his dreams. Emily Shur<p>Chris McKinlay was folded into a cramped fifth-floor cubicle in …

Inside California's $25 billion plot to save its water supply

The state's key estuary is in serious jeopardy, but can a bold new plan solve the problem?<p>Behind many of the shiny fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle, there's a decidedly ominous backstory: California, supplier of much of our domestic produce, is just one earthquake away from drying up.<p>The …

Apple mines 'Dead Poets Society' for its newest iPad Air ad

Not too long ago, Bryan Cranston started praising the iPad Air for Apple, comparing it to a pencil in the company's last ad. Now, Apple is drawing on Robin Williams' performance in <i>Dead Poets Society</i> to create an air of inspiration and creativity around the tablet. Titled <i>Your Verse</i>, the clip looks …

The Ganttify Web app will turn your Google, Basecamp or Trello calendar into an embeddable chart

If you’re the kind of person that has so many appointments to keep track of that it’s actually better for you to keep track of them all in a chart rather than a calendar, then a new Web app from Tom’s Planner called Ganttify might be right up your street.<p>The Web app, announced today, is the first …

Amazon Storybuilder Gives Writers a Virtual Corkboard for New Scripts

Amazon continues to target upcoming scriptwriters, directors and filmmakers with Amazon Storybuilder, a new screenwriting tool that lets you jot down ideas with virtual post-it notes and a corkboard.<p>Currently in beta, Storybuilder is a pretty bare bones product for now, with only a couple of …

The Power Of Empathy, Animated

In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to …

Leaked Uber Numbers, Which We’ve Confirmed, Point To Over $1B Gross, $213M Revenue

Today, Valleywag got its hands on leaked screenshots of Uber’s dashboard, along with a series of numbers from two weeks ago that show raw revenue, signups, active clients and ride request/completion ratios. TechCrunch has verified with a source that this is Uber’s official dashboard.<p>TechCrunch also …

Complaining Does Not Work as a Strategy

“If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… …

How Clutter Affects Your Productivity (And What You Can Do About It)

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a creative marketplace connecting mobile and Web projects with vetted, handpicked developers and designers from around the world. This post originally appeared on the ooomf blog.</i><p>Cleaning out your closet, emptying your inbox, putting things where they …

Visual effects artists use Obama's trip to DreamWorks to protest 'bleeding' industry

As Barack Obama visits DreamWorks Animation today to celebrate the strength and financial clout of the American movie industry, a group of visual-effects artists will be taking to a south Californian park to protest against unfair treatment and wages. Speaking to <i>Deadline</i>, anonymous protest …

From alpha to ‘Betas’: how Amazon is rethinking the way television is made

Can audiences help pick the next great TV series?<p>When Amazon Studios launched in 2010, it had a bold vision for reimagining the way movies were made. Writers and filmmakers could upload their work, the pitch went, and with the help of other customers could workshop their projects in the hopes of …

Sync, BitTorrent’s Server-Less Dropbox Competitor, Hits 1M Active Users, Now Available As An API

Sync, a file synchronization service from P2P platform BitTorrent that works as a kind of server-less Dropbox, has picked up some good traction since launching earlier this year, with 1 million active users archiving and synchronizing some 30 petabytes of data on the service to-date (up from 8 …

If analytics is the answer, you're asking the wrong question

What makes a business successful? Put that question to every Fortune 500 CEO in the country, and I can almost guarantee you won’t hear …

The Apple team behind the original iPhone recalls its stressful, terrifying development

One day before the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> has published a captivating recollection of the terrifyingly stressful two-year development of the first iPhone. The piece is an excerpt from journalist Fred Vogelstein's upcoming book, <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google</i> …

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams has an ambitious new plan: to shift our daily reading habits away from consuming incremental news bites and towards engaging with enlightened ideas curated by an intelligent algorithm. Ordinarily, such a goal would seem utopian, were it not for the fact that …