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Twitter Might Be The Most-Advertised Company In History — And They’re Still Fucking It Up

The little blue bird logo appears everywhere. On TV, Twitter usernames are listed below the real names of news anchors, athletes and politicians. On …

Superman And The Damage Done

Every generation has a Superman.<p>I consider myself lucky to have been alive at a time when I could, as a four year old, go see <i>Superman: The Movie</i> in …

Contested conventions, explained - Vox

Why the GOP's best hope to stop Trump is so risky and dangerous.<p>There's a growing consensus that the only way Donald Trump can still be stopped from winning the GOP nomination is through a contested convention — one that would award that honor to somebody else instead. (According to a new report …

Quantum Break review

If nothing else, <i>Quantum Break</i> demonstrates that Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment's priorities remain constant.<p>Remedy has always displayed a flair for putting its own distinct, and often bizarre, spin on genres — from the hard-boiled detective dreamscapes of <i>Max Payne</i> to the <i>Dark Half</i>-era …

The iPhone SE

“<i>Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.</i>” —Obi-Wan KenobiAfter WWDC last June, I wanted to spend some time …

Apple turns 40: remembering the products that mattered to us

I don’t remember when the Apple II came into our home — and I barely remember getting the Apple ][+ and the Apple //e that followed it. I obviously knew nothing of their history or importance to computers, I just knew that we had an entire room — <i>the computer room</i> – dedicated to the Apple. There was …

The Music Startup Meltdown

It’s going to get worse before it gets better…<p>In <b>Hemingway’s</b> “The Sun Also Rises,” Mike Campbell is asked how he went bankrupt. His reply (“gradually, …

Netflix’s Content Chief Just Perfectly Summarized How the TV Industry’s Been Broken Since Birth

Netflix execs had a lot to say at the streaming giant's CES keynote today, but amid all the flashy trailers and big global news, one compelling …

How a man accused of million-dollar fraud uncovered a never before seen, secret surveillance device

Two officers tried to follow Stout, but he recognized the tail and slipped away<p>Working from prison, Rigmaiden unravelled decades of secrecy<p>Rigmaiden has spent much of his life coming to terms with authority<p>Each step of his scheme was painstakingly arranged<p>Researchers knew the system was broken, but …

The $600 Oculus Rift is the end of an era

The thing that democratized VR is now its exclusive high end<p>Lots of people are angry about the Oculus Rift's $599 price tag. It's hundreds of dollars more than an actual gaming console, and twice as much as the original development kit. It also requires a powerful computer to run — maybe $1,000 if …

Satoshi's PGP Keys Are Probably Backdated and Point to a Hoax

The PGP keys referenced in stories naming Craig Wright as the creator of Bitcoin were probably falsely backdated.<p>On Tuesday, both <i>Wired</i> and Gizmodo dropped a big bombshell: According to "leaked" (<i>Wired</i>) or "hacked" (Gizmodo) documents, the real Satoshi Nakamoto is…. Craig Steven Wright.<p><i>Uh, who?</i> one …

The US government is already lying like crazy about surveillance after the Paris attacks

At a Center for Strategic & International Studies talk today, CIA director John Brennan renewed one of the government's favorite lies about spying: that mass surveillance has been successful in stopping a bunch of mysterious threats <i>while it is simultaneously</i> too ineffective to stop real attacks, …

Grantland and the (Surprising) Future of Publishing

It’s dangerous, I suspect, to draw too many lessons from the ignominious end of Grantland, the high-brow sports and culture site that ESPN shuttered …

Media Industry

Twitter’s Moment

<i>It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn</i><p>I try to save the most over-used of clichés for special moments, and that’s exactly what this week feels like for …

Social Media

This camera is actually 16 cameras in one

At least, that's what a company called Light wants to do with a brand-new camera called the L16. A quick glance registers the L16 as innocuous. It's really just a black, rounded rectangle topped with a silver button. But when you notice the 16 different circles (17 if you count the IR sensor) on …

Why Did It Take Ryan Adams to Get Pitchfork to Review a Taylor Swift Album?

Back in August, after Ryan Adams first let slip that he was working on an all-covers version of Taylor Swift’s <i>1989</i>, I tweeted a prediction: Ryan …

Welcome to the Block Party

In a 1997 segment on the short-lived tech TV show <i>The Site</i>, host Soledad O’Brien sits at a bar in front of a laptop computer, talking to Dev Null, a …

How Much Is Music Really Worth?

After more than a century of cultural flux, music is now priceless. Or is that worthless?<p>The intricacies of the music industry recently stumped a Nobel Prize-winning economist. <i>The New York Times</i>’ Paul Krugman, sharing a panel with members of Arcade Fire at this year’s South by Southwest music …

Life With The Dash Button: Good Design For Amazon, Bad Design For Everyone Else

I lived with an Amazon Dash button for every room. The future never looked so futile.<p>On a sunny Saturday morning, seven Amazon Dash buttons arrived to my apartment. Dash is a decidedly Jetsonian future come to life. A Wi-Fi connected button for my every need! Push one in my toddler’s bedroom, and …

Is the media becoming a wire service?

I'm going to make some predictions about the future of the media in this piece, and they come with the disclaimer that predictions always come with: They could be entirely wrong. The media is moving fast, and what looks like an unstoppable trend today might seem like a hilarious detour a year from …

Guess Who's Making a Comeback? Record Labels.

As difficult as it is to find anything uplifting about the recorded music industry these days, I have recently turned bullish.<p>Being a record label executive isn’t as cool (or fun) as it used to be. Ever since worldwide sales peaked at $38 billion in 1999, the industry for recorded music has …

Universal Music

Things I learned driving a supercar for the first time

But I suppose you’ve got to start somewhere. After getting the download on the knobs and buttons that adjust the McLaren’s drivetrain on a sliding scale between "stupid fast" and "pants-shittingly fast," I was handed a smooth, pebble-shaped key and cautioned not to bottom out the low-slung 650S on …

How baseball’s tech team built the future of television

"Game of Thrones is our World Cup."<p>"The internet, as a technology, was never designed to do something like this."<p>"INVESTORS GET FED! PIGS GET SLAUGHTERED!"<p>It was a painful lesson. From then on, BAM would build its own tech<p>The first video stream "looked more like a flip book."<p>BAM has become a weird …

Why your email font is ruining your life

Well, maybe not your life. But certainly your reputation with people of good taste.<p>Helvetica, the hip font of choice for brands and typeface nerds, …

Typography