By Harry McCracken | What Harry McCracken is writing--and reading--on the web

Meet The Man Whose Site Mark Zuckerberg Reads Every Day

For the last decade, Gabe Rivera has been quietly shaping the tech industry’s story for its top executives, investors, and journalists. But is the editor behind Silicon Valley’s Drudge Report ready to reckon with his influence?<p>Gabe Rivera was halfway through his lamb gyro when it became clear he’d …


Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? - Bloomberg

Travis Kalanick, the chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., says he needs leadership help. He recently dispatched former U.S. Attorney …

Driverless Cars

Sinclair ZX Vega+ funding campaign halted by Indiegogo

<b>Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo intervened to stop a handheld retro computer console campaign from acquiring further funding, the BBC has learned.</b><p>The Spectrum ZX Vega+, backed by Sir Clive Sinclair, had achieved its original crowdfunding target.<p>But then Indiegogo halted further fundraising because …


Inside the Changes That Could Save Twitter’s Business—and Reshape Civil Discourse

What do you see when you open Twitter? Until a year ago, the answer was straightforward: With minor exceptions, you’d see every tweet from every …

Social Marketing

Alphabet lawsuit against Uber cements end of uneasy marriage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] was raising venture capital in 2013, it was one of the hottest deals around – and no one was more eager to write a check than Bill Maris and David Krane of Google's venture capital arm.<p>Not everyone at Google Ventures, since renamed GV, …


The Untold Story of Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell’s Visionary 1980s Tech Incubator | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Bushnell’s overlords at Warner didn’t want to be in the pizza business.<p>Within the first year, Catalyst was funding 10 separate technology firms.<p>If Catalyst could sell Androbot, Bushnell could get his money back and carry on as usual.


YouTube’s Monster: PewDiePie and His Populist Revolt

Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, is by far YouTube’s biggest star. His videos, a mix of video-game narration, humorous rants and commentary, have cumulatively been viewed billions of times, and more than 53 million people subscribe to his channel. He has been called “the king of …

You Tube

A Controversial Minister Makes Peace With Techies in the Battle for San Francisco’s Soul

SCROLL DOWN<p>The Battle for the Soul of San Francisco<p>Healing the Tension<p>Between Wealthy<p>Tech Workers and Their<p>Impoverished Neighbors<p>Healing the Tension …

San Francisco

BuzzFeed vs. Trump

BuzzFeed News pushes further than its competitors. Can it handle the consequences?<p>It happened fast. Just like everything else in Trumpland.<p>On January 10th, CNN published an explosive story: a dossier alleging President-elect Donald Trump had been embarrassingly compromised by the Russian government …


Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker - Bloomberg

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing. They’d show up …

Artificial Intelligence

The making of Apple’s HAL

I used to devote hours to feverishly writing up my annual Super Bowl ad review. And then, one day, the thrill was gone.Between the lack of surprise …

Steve Jobs

The MIT Dropouts Who Created Ms. Pac-Man: A 35th-Anniversary Oral History | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

“Well, hey, we go to MIT. I bet we can figure it out.”<p>“Once you played it for a while, it was pretty much the same game.”<p>“It was basically boy meets girl, and they chase each other, and then they find true love.”<p>“We felt like we must really be something if we’ve gotten Atari’s …

Game Development

Google, in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans

WASHINGTON — Few companies have been as intimately tied to the Democratic Party in recent years as Google. So now that Donald J. Trump is president, the giant company, in Silicon Valley parlance, is having to pivot.<p>The shift was evident a day after Congress began its new session this month. That …


Twitter, Still Exploring…

A rant about Twitter’s new ‘Explore’ tab<p>Look, it’s hard to roll out changes to any product, let alone one with hundreds of millions of users. And …

Inside Instagram’s reinvention

How Kevin Systrom got over minimalism and snapped into building mode.<p>Toward the tail end of 2015, Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, came to a realization: The photo-sharing app he had founded five years earlier was straying too far from its roots.<p>Instagram was growing, yes, and finally …


When Their Shifts End, Uber Drivers Set Up Camp in Parking Lots Across the U.S. - Bloomberg

<b>In the 1970s, the Safeway grocery store in San Francisco’s gleaming Marina neighborhood, known as the Social Safeway, was a cornerstone of the</b> …


With Nintendo’s Switch Game Console, New Ideas Create New Experiences | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

“When we’re developing hardware, we are not trying to cater a specific age range or demographic.”<p>“This continuous change is something we organically created.”


This Team Runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page - Bloomberg

When Facebook went public five years ago, the world had a pretty vivid picture of who Mark Zuckerberg was. As much as anything, that image was of …


LinkedIn’s Major Makeover Is Designed To Make You Want To Actually Use LinkedIn | Fast Company | The Future Of Business


The Unexpected Design Challenge Behind Slack’s New Threaded Conversations | Fast Company | The Future Of Business


The dream of Ara: Inside the rise and fall of the world’s most revolutionary phone

It looked nothing like an iPhone, or anything Apple might dare to make.<p>On September 10, 2013, the day Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S, Dutch designer Dave Hakkens uploaded a video to YouTube to promote his college graduation project: Phonebloks, “a phone worth keeping.”<p>Hakkens imagined a smartphone …


Music’s Weird Cassette Tape Revival Is Paying Off | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

“You can’t quite put your finger on it. But they’re sort of fun. They’re weird little tchotchkes.”<p>Since 2013, music retailers have celebrated Cassette Store Day with special tape releases.


Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue

According to a new year-end report from Sensor Tower detailing the top apps of 2016, streaming services dominated when it came to which apps, outside of games, pulled in the most revenue over the past year. At the top of the list is Spotify, which not only scored the number one spot on the iTunes …


BuzzFeed sells $25,000 in 'failing pile of garbage' merchandise, will donate all proceeds to press-freedom group

BuzzFeed sold more than $25,000 worth of "failing pile of garbage" merchandise on Wednesday and will donate all the proceeds to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a company spokesperson told Business Insider.<p>The company started a flash sale on Wednesday afternoon after President-elect Donald …


Google's Toontastic 3D lets kids (and adults) create storytelling cartoons

A couple of years ago, Google acquired Launch Toys, the company behind Toontastic, an app that allowed kids to easily create storytelling cartoons. That app has now gotten a big update with a 3D version.<p>Toontastic 3D tries make it easy for kids to present their ideas without needing to work their …


Apple MacBook Pro now gets thumbs-up from Consumer Reports

The publication says a software update from Apple fixes the battery issues it found in earlier tests.<p>Consumer Reports is doing an about face on Apple's MacBook Pro.<p>The endorsement reverses an earlier call by Consumer Reports telling consumers to avoid the new MacBooks, for the first time ever, …

Consumer Reports

Apple Watch stand turns your favorite wearable into a mini Macintosh

Christmas is over, but a $15 silicone smartwatch stand could still stuff your stockings if you’re one of millions of lazy people who have yet to take them down.<p>The Elago W3 stand looks like a miniature Macintosh and works with Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches (both 38mm and 42mm versions). The …


Demand for secret messaging apps is rising as Trump takes office

Two weeks after the US presidential election, Reverend Rebecca Bryan stepped up to her pulpit in the Boston suburb of Brookline and looked out on her congregation. The liberal Unitarian Universalists at First Parish were already gearing up for political action, a central tenet of the church’s …


Apple in 2016

As we close the door on 2016, I thought it would be useful to look back at the year gone by and ask a panel of my peers who pay attention to Apple …