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

Milo Yiannopoulos Isn’t a Free-Speech Martyr

And just like that, the Reign of Milo Yiannopoulos on Twitter — a constant dumpster-fire drama of abuse and racism and shiny, blue check marks being …

Milo Yiannopoulos

The Best Writing App Ever Just Came To iOS

For almost a decade, Scrivener has been helping writers tame their untameable manuscripts. Now it's been perfectly adapted to mobile.<p>A vintage typewriter, a beautiful fountain pen, a distraction-free writing app, or a ridiculously expensive e-ink word processor. Writing is hard, which is why …

Writing

Scrivener for iOS Means You Can Write Your Zombie Novel Anywhere

Every November for the last 17 years, thousands of people have participated in National Novel Writing Month, which is more commonly and less …

Scrivener

Dollar Shave Club: How Michael Dubin Created A Massively Successful Company and Re-Defined CPG

Success has many fathers, but in this case, there is only one.<p>When I first met Michael in June of 2012, I had already seen the DSC launch video like …

Marketing

How Facebook Messenger clawed its way to 1 billion monthly users

Facebook’s gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off. Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in twenty months to reach the one billion user mark five years after its debut. Messenger joins Facebook, its acquisition WhatsApp, and Google’s YouTube in the billion …

Facebook

Take Photos Like a War Correspondent

Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein shares what's in her camera bag, from SLR to software.<p>Anyone can take a photo: just point your camera and fire away. Taking a photo that transcends language to communicate dread, happiness, or heartache is, however, a singular talent. It requires …

Photojournalism

Yahoo's Latest Earnings Report Basically Confirms That Tumblr Purchase Was a Waste of Money

Image: APYahoo released its latest earnings report today, and while there were some bright nuggets for the beleaguered company—its reported revenue …

Tumblr

How Tech Giants Helped After The Bastille Day Attack (And A French App Didn't)

Twitter and Facebook emerged as heroes after the attack in Nice. An alert app commissioned by the French government, not so much.<p>When terror attacks, natural disasters, or big accidents occur, people in the danger zone need information about what to do and where to go. Family and friends of those …

Bastille Day

When Yahoo Ruled the Valley: Stories of the Original ‘Surfers’

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Back in the mid-1990s, before Google even existed, the world’s best guides to the internet sat in Silicon Valley cubicles, visiting websites and carefully categorizing them by hand.<p>They were called surfers, and they were a collection of mostly 20-somethings — including a yoga …

Yahoo

Donald Trump’s terrible Mike Pence speech showed us Twitter at its best

Live commentary you can’t get anywhere else.<p>Live, streaming video on Twitter and other platforms may or may not be a big deal for TV news.<p>But for years now, Twitter has become a crucial part of the TV news experience for many of us by providing smart and snarky real-time annotation of what we’re …

Republicans

Why The Runaway Success of "Pokémon Go" Says Little About Nintendo’s Future

After one blockbuster, here are the gaming company's biggest challenges in mobile.<p>In the minds of some industry analysts, <i>Pokémon Go</i> is the start of a major transformation at Nintendo.<p>The game’s overnight success, they say, is just a taste of the potential rewards if Nintendo fully commits itself to …

Gaming

What Rube Goldberg Machines Can Teach You About Creativity And Productivity

Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher demonstrates why we love these ridiculous devices with an exclusive Co.Create Rube Goldberg machine!<p>Ever since cartoonist Rube Goldberg started drawing those insanely elaborate machines that have come to bear his name, pop culture has been fixated on making breakfast, …

Productivity

Who's Using The iPad Pro At Work? Tattoo Artists

How Apple’s biggest tablet, the iPad Pro, is leaving its mark—in indelible ink—on the tattoo industry.<p>It's 9:30 on a drizzly morning in San Francisco's SOMA district, and the day is just getting going at Seventh Son Tattoo. As I sit on a leather couch at the front of the studio with tattoo artist …

Tattoos

Apple, technology, and other stuff from Jason Snell and Friends

This week's sponsor<p><b>Igloo</b> - A modern intranet you'll actually like. Get your IT person to try it today.<p>Linked by Jason Snell<p>Bloomberg hires Mark Gurman<p>…

Scrivener

Where Is D.B. Cooper? F.B.I. Ends 45-Year Hunt

It remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the United States, a startling crime that captured the American imagination, inspiring songs, movies, TV shows and books.<p>In 1971, a man who called himself Dan Cooper hijacked a passenger plane from Oregon to Seattle where he freed the 36 …

FBI

Meet The San Francisco Startup Creating A Future For Polaroid

Two Londoners fell in love with the iconic brand's history. Now they're trying to help make it forward-looking all over again.<p>When I grab tea with Frederick Blackford at a little corner bar in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood, the man behind the counter overhears us talking about Polaroid. …

Polaroid Photography

Hype check: Pokémon Go says more about Pokémon than it does about AR

Basically everyone is Pokémon Go-ing according to Twitter, and I’m sure basic resources like power and water will soon start to shut down because key staff are out chasing Pikachu.<p>But before we go sagely nodding about the coming Augmented Reality revolution the Poképoaclypse foretells, maybe it’s …

Gaming

Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI

Satya Nadella bounded into the conference room, eager to talk about intelligence. I was at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, and the company’s CEO was touting the company's progress in building more intelligent apps and services. Each morning, he told me, he puts on a HoloLens, which enables …

The Future

A Women’s History of Silicon Valley — Backchannel

Let’s lionize these seven technologists who kicked off the computer revolution and happen to be female.<p>On a recent Sunday morning, a friend texted me …

Silicon Valley

7 Lingering Questions About Google Assistant

Is Google’s answer to Siri and Alexa a reinvention of search, or just repackaging?<p>Among all the AI helpers from major tech companies, Google Assistant is the most mysterious.<p>Google has billed Assistant as one component in "the next evolution of Google." Others, such as Danny Sullivan at <i>Search</i> …

Sundar Pichai

Post-mortem: Inside IBT Media's meltdown

Two years ago, IBT Media co-founder Johnathan Davis addressed his ties to an unconventional pastor as well as his views that gay people could be …

Advertising Industry

The Secret Power Of Amazon's Dash Buttons: Not Sales, But Data

Making money from instant-order buttons is probably less important than deciphering people’s buying habits.<p>One year after launch, Amazon’s Dash Buttons continue to bewilder.<p>The palm-sized, battery-powered buttons, announced last year just before April Fool’s Day, allow users to order goods from …

Amazon

The WRT54GL: A 54Mbps router from 2005 still makes millions for Linksys

The WRT54GL. (credit: Linksys)In a time when consumers routinely replace gadgets with new models after just two or three years, some products stand …

Wi-Fi

Infidelity Website Ashley Madison Is Facing an FTC Investigation

New executives say Ashley Madison name will endure, but focus will shift away from infidelity.<p>The parent company of infidelity dating site Ashley Madison, hit by a devastating hack last year, is now the target of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation, the new executives seeking to revive …

Ashley Madison

How The Internet's Bad Pennies (Eventually) Turn Into Gold

Bad ideas in digital technology and e-commerce recur repeatedly, wasting billions. But sometimes they have silver linings.<p>As an almost official old man of the modern Internet—I founded a web development firm in 1994—I keep seeing ideas I thought were dead and buried break the surface of the digital …

QR codes

The most stylish Windows phone in years launches in the US today

Microsoft hasn't had much luck convincing consumers to switch from Android or iOS to Windows Phone with its own Lumia devices, and it's now hoping third parties will make phones running Windows 10 Mobile and tempt people to switch. The NuAns Neo first debuted in Japan earlier this year, and it's …

Phones

Hacker involved in ‘Celebgate’ pleads guilty, faces maximum five years in prison

A hacker has pleaded guilty for his role in the "Celebgate" breach of 2014. Edward Majerczyk faces up to five years in federal prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Like fellow hacker Ryan Collins, the 28-year-old Majerczyk used a phishing scam to trick celebrities into entering …

Prison

Found: Elie Wiesel’s Review of Disneyland

Disney circa 1960. (Photo: Orange County Archives/CC BY 2.0)In 1957, Elie Wiesel, the writer most famous for his book <i>Night</i>, which told of his …

Elie Wiesel

Tekserve, Precursor to the Apple Store, to Close After 29 Years

It was the Apple Store in New York City before there was such a thing as an Apple Store.<p>Before iPods and iPads and iPhones, before Apple started selling and servicing its devices out of a glass cube on Fifth Avenue, the eclectic Tekserve store on West 23rd Street in Manhattan was where customers …

Apple Store