Gerad Forte

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Jack Dorsey’s Vision for Twitter Becomes Clear

Perhaps the most persistent narrative about Twitter over the years since going public is that it has lacked a vision. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> outlined …

Facebook makes it harder to ignore video ads

As often as Facebook likes to push video ads, they've been relatively easy to ignore. The sound is usually off until you click, so you can scroll by to whatever you really meant to look at. However, it might be tough to completely gloss over them in the near future -- Facebook is rolling out a tool …

Facebook ‘colonialism' row stokes distrust in Zuckerberg

<b>Mark Zuckerberg has moved quickly to put a digital bargepole between himself and one of Facebook's influential and well-regarded board members.</b><p>He was attempting to limit the damage caused by a tweet that could have far-reaching consequences as he continues to expand Facebook around the world.<p>When …

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Twitter has hatched a brand new plan to ruin your news feed

Get ready to stare at an autoplay video ad at the top of your Twitter feed every single day — until you, or Twitter, give up.<p>Twitter announced …

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

James Clapper did not name specific agency as being involved in surveillance via smart-home devices but said in congressional testimony it is a distinct possibility<p>The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to …

Internet of Things

David Byrne Pens Op-Ed Asking for Streaming Transparency

David Byrne has penned an op-ed calling for more transparency between the streaming services, the record labels and artists. Writing in the <i>New York</i> …

Man With a Movie Camera review – pure cinema, still unparalleled

Dziga Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece celebrates the infinite possibilities of film<p>Made in 1929, this unclassifiable film is the work of pioneering Soviet experimenter David Kaufman, whose pseudonym Dziga Vertov means “spinning top” – if you like, cinema’s original dizzy rascal. <i>Man With a Movie Camera</i> …

Dr. Dre to Release New Album as ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Soundtrack

Dr. Dre will finally end fans’ 16-year wait for a new album when the rapper releases his <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> soundtrack, which will consist of new …

Yelp is in a 'death spiral,' industry expert says

Tell someone about the week Yelp has had, and they might want to cry.<p>The local business and reviews service has suffered a string of blows over the past few days, starting with drama over the murder of a lion, and then bad news it gave to investors.<p>It started when Yelp became tangled in a bizarre …

A New Campaign Wants To Help Press Your Mixtapes On Vinyl

A Portland-based group of vinyl record manufacturers is hoping to make it easier for emerging artists to get their music pressed onto records–even if …

Birdman is suing Jay Z and Tidal for $50 million for streaming Lil Wayne's mixtape

The release came as Lil Wayne has been embroiled in drama with his record label Cash Money and its CEO, Bryan "Birdman" Williams.<p>According to TMZ, Cash Money struck back on Thursday with a $50 million lawsuit against Tidal.<p>In January, Lil Wayne sued Cash Money in excess of $51 million while also …

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Make Yourself or Your Team More Creative in Just 15 Minutes

Celebrated innovation firm IDEO lays out a quick exercise to get brilliant ideas flowing.<p>Manicures, groceries, lunch. On-demand services have shrunk our expectation for delivery of the things we desire to 15 minutes or less. Any longer and we're checking our watches and grousing about the service …

What Everyone Is Forgetting About Millennials

You can analyze millennials until you're blue in the face. It doesn't change this one fact.<p>Elizabeth Segran published an interesting article in <i>Fast Company</i> a few days ago, about hotel patriarch Marriott's concern over becoming antiquated.<p>According to Segran, Marriott's high-quality product ensured …

Zuckerberg: telepathy is the future of Facebook

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg thinks that you will soon be able to send emotions directly to your friends.<p>In a Q&A session held (where else) on …

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

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How Google thinks it can beat Apple Music and Spotify

The company announced on Tuesday that it will be rolling out a free version of Google Play Music.<p>It won't let you pick specific songs like the paid version, but instead will let you choose from a wide variety of human-curated and incredibly specific playlists — more like Internet radio with dozens …

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Galaxy set to make playoff push

At the halfway point of the<p>Major League Soccer<p>season, the defending champion<p>Los Angeles Galaxy<p>sat tied for fourth place in the Western Conference standings. However, the team is finally getting healthy, and Coach<p>Bruce Arena<p>expects his squad to make a playoff push starting Saturday against …

F-U-N-D-E-D: New rules mean you, too, can be a startup owner

"Unless you're a rich person, you can't participate in the next Facebook or Apple or Tesla. Friday opens that up."<p>Ron Miller, CEO of StartEngine

How successful people beat stress

• Sell more than other employees do<br>• Give better customer service<br>• Adjust better to new assignments<br>• Take home an average of 50 to 150% more in annual income

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Opinion: World Bank forecasts $90 trillion new low-carbon stock opportunity

A previous version of this column misspelled the name of author Daniel Yergin.<p>The aging fossil-fuel industry — Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Gas — doesn’t …

Short-term art: When murals fall to developers

WATCHING over Diamond Street near 33rd, the late jazz icon John Coltrane was depicted in a mural on a brick wall near the house where he overcame his …

Lil Wayne Joins Tidal As A Co-Owner, Drops Exclusive New Track "Glory" To Celebrate

Today, Jay Z’s music streaming site has announced that they now have a new co-owner (to join the many others). Lil Wayne, one of the most respected and hardest-working rappers in hip-hop history, has signed on to promote Tidal.<p>As if his signing on as a partial owner of the (seemingly) artist-first …

It's official: Google blew it with YouTube, and Facebook has caught up

Fortune has a story out about Facebook's huge investment in video in which writer Erin Griffith reports: "In April, Facebook hit 4 billion views per day, matching the latest estimates available for 10-year-old YouTube."<p>Here are some other notes from the story:<p>Facebook's 4 billion daily views are up …

Six horrible excuses for not chasing your entrepreneurial dreams

Do you have dreams that keep getting pushed to the side, and every time they are revisited you make another excuse as to why it's not the right time to chase them? Successful entrepreneurs all have one thing in common – they pushed the excuses aside, not their dreams.<p>While there are countless …

Listen to this audiophile test to find out if you can hear the difference between low-quality and high-quality songs

But can they truly tell the difference?<p>NPR has created its own music test so you can learn whether or not you can hear the difference between the low-quality, compressed music and the high-quality, uncompressed music that audiophiles listen to.<p>The test is pretty straightforward, and you can try it …

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Everything You Need to Know About Spotify

It’s a fact: no one makes good music anymore. Okay, that might not be a fact, but it’s not my opinion alone. According to neuroscientist, musician, …

As Violence Spikes in Some Cities, Is 'Ferguson Effect' to Blame?

Last month, authorities in Dallas noticed an uptick in violence that threatened to spoil the city's decade-long drop in crime.<p>Police Chief David Brown, an architect of the historic decline, responded by redeploying more officers into high-crime areas, noting that there was still plenty of time to …

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Pinterest introduces 'buyable pins' allowing direct product purchase

Social photo-sharing service moves into e-commerce, creating option for users to browse items by price and colour – and purchase with a click<p>Social photo sharing service Pinterest is introducing a “buy button” allowing users to purchase products pinned to its boards.<p>The site and mobile app has long …