Finian Murphy

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Reappearing Act: Inside The Multimillion Dollar World Of Illusionist David Copperfield

At half past two in the morning, in a dark 40,000-square-foot warehouse a few miles from the neon-bright Las Vegas Strip, David Copperfield is about to perform the last magic trick of his long day. He begins by waving a gold fan over a barren pot. The theme music from Harry Potter echoes off the …

Zuckerberg’s Manifest Destiny: Connecting The 5 Billion People Without Internet

Facebook didn’t stop when it hit 1 billion users. And it won’t stop even if it connects everyone with web access. “To make the world more open and connected” really means <i>the world</i> — every human regardless of location or income. That’s why CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “retooling the company to take …

Memo to Jeff Bezos: try Washington Post Prime

<b>Changes at The Washington Post will be the most watched media story of the coming months and, perhaps, years.</b> Why? First of all, with the iconic Watergate saga, the Post epitomized a historic high in print journalism. The episode combined the fierce independence of a great media company, the …

How High Can Fab Climb?

The design-for-everyone site has gone from zero to a billion-dollar valuation in two years. Inside a precariously constructed retail upstart.<p>Bradford Shellhammer‘s affection for people mirrors his feelings for his vast accumulation of inanimate objects, which include sunglasses, sneakers, and glass …

In the digital distribution landscape, the consumer is calling the shots

Businesses that fail to adapt to changing consumer habits risk driving them into the arms of pirates and alternative services<p>Social playlists, personalised news feeds, binge viewing, and mobile gaming are all examples of how the distribution landscape in the entertainment industry has radically …

If You Want A Big Exit A La Tumblr, Make People Love Your Story

Entrepreneurs seeking larger exits should put slightly less faith in superlative technology and pay more attention to the story of why they matter.<p>Change the world. Keep your soul. Still get stinking rich. That’s the sparkle in the eye of many entrepreneurs.<p>Today, companies on the fast track to top …

Monotasking Is The New Multitasking

How can you get anything done when your “tasks” turn into competing preoccupations? In this age of distraction, it’s all about monotasking. Here are six tips for doing it right.<p>We all know multitasking is inefficient. A classic 2007 study of Microsoft workers found that when they responded to email …

Photos, Texts, And Emails Show The Alleged Betrayal At The Heart Of Snapchat

Frank "Reggie" Brown IV was staying there with his two college buddies, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy. Rather than taking the summer off, the trio were working furiously on a new iPhone app. Everyone who saw it agreed it was going to be a huge hit.<p>Two years later, their company would come to be …

Six Ways Technology is Making You Sick, and One Solution

These 10 Photos Show Soviet Hippies Secretly Kept Flower Power Alive Newly uncovered artwork and artifacts shed light on the underground hippies of …

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Do Things that Don't Scale

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>July 2013<p>One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that …

The Hut Where the Internet Began

When Douglas Engelbart read a Vannevar Bush essay on a Philippine island in the aftermath of World War II, he found the conceptual space to imagine what would become our Internet.<p>Let's start at the end point: what you're doing right now. You are pulling information from a network onto a screen, …

The Pixar Theory - Every Pixar Movie Is Connected

Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.<p>Before we go further, I should let you know that The Pixar Theory is now a published …

Turn off, tune out, drop in.

What do people want from life? It’s time to realise that the future will be experienced offline.<p>Una Mullally<p>Una<p>Wed, Jul 17, 2013, 12:11<p><i>(Image: Pale</i> …

Advertising’s Kodak moment

Advertising is at a point of change and can choose two paths: a slow march into irrelevance or a brighter, more vital tomorrow<p>I was lucky enough to …

How algorithms rule the world

On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests over a three-hour period that it ran out of vehicles to transport …

How Instagram Remade Photography (And Could Do The Same For Video)

On a stage at Facebook headquarters Thursday, Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom didn’t say much about photos—except to note that its 130 million users have taken 16 billion of them. Now, as Systrom pushes the photo-sharing service he created with Mikey Krieger into the world of video, it’s more …

Unlimited Vacation Doesn’t Create Slackers–It Ensures Productivity

By tossing the two-week standard in favor of an honor system with unlimited time off, some companies are seeing an exponential rise in productivity. Now, they just have to be mindful of staff burnout.<p>Sharon Rosenblatt confesses she suffers from self-diagnosed workplace paranoia–and even her …

The Woman Behind the Netflix Culture Doc

In the early days of Netflix, Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO, wanted Patty McCord to help write out the company’s core values. At first, they …

The Workplace

The First Step In A Design Challenge: Build Team Understanding

Before embarking on a design sprint, make sure the players involved come to a common understanding, writes Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the third post in a seven-part series from Google Ventures Design Studio on how to conduct your own design sprint. Read the first post here;</i> …

5 Monster Management Lessons From Pixar

First-time Pixar feature director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae learned from the best–the company’s founder John Lasseter–and applied what they gleaned to the years-long process of making Monsters University.<p>Pixar is nothing if not consistent. Its films consistently appeal to children and …

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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict ‘massive implosion’ in film industry

Movie theaters may be left behind for the living room<p>George Lucas and Steven Spielberg think the film industry is heading towards a cliff. The pair behind some of the most successful franchises in movie history think that conservative programming choices and rapidly evolving distribution schemes …

The Washington Post Launches “Sponsored Views”

<i>New Online Advertising Product Invites Groups to Add Perspectives to Opinion Columns</i><p>The Washington Post today announces “Sponsored Views,” a new online advertising feature that invites organizations to post commentary related to or in response to content from The Washington Post’s Opinion section. …

How Top Publishers Handle ‘Sponsored Content’

Sponsored content — that is, advertising content distributed by publishers — is the new belle of the ball. For publishers, it holds out the hopes of …

The Future of Design Is More Than Making Apple iOS Flat

Apple’s attack on skeuomorphism – the design ornamentation that has been likened to a “nasty intestinal disease you might get in the tropics” (and …

How To Go To Bed The Right Way

You can’t do your best work if you’re too tired to get out of bed. Here’s how to make sure you’re sleeping well and rested.<p>“I love the image of being a baby again,” Zen Habits author Leo Babauta once wrote, “in my head, it conjures up not only sleeping peacefully (though in reality many babies …

Who Needs Hashtags Anymore?

Even the most ardent hashtaggers are showing signs of fatigue.<p>Hashtags are unattractive, easily abused, the butt of jokes, and yet more popular than ever.<p>As a fixture in online and popular culture, the hashtag's ascent to near-total saturation is improbable and puzzling. Devised and implemented by …

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How Facebook risks becoming an online suburbia.

The influential music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz makes an extremely pertinent point about Facebook’s aging demographics. But its problems are …

If it doesn’t have anything to do with swimwear, don’t use a bikini to promote it

If the fact that we are still using women’s bodies to sell stuff in 2013 is some brilliant postmodern gag, I don’t get it<p>Wed, May 29, 2013, …

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