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

Former Fox News Booker Says She Was Sexually Harassed and ‘Psychologically Tortured’ by Roger Ailes for More Than 20 Years

The morning after Fox News chief Roger Ailes resigned, the cable network’s former director of booking placed a call to the New York law firm hired by …

Roger Ailes

A Q&A With the 91-Year-Old Who Made 1995’s “Someday, a Woman Will Be President” T-Shirt

When psychology professor Ann Moliver Ruben put the phrase “someday, a woman will be president” on a T-shirt in 1995, she considered it a symbolic …

Liberal News

Microsoft Office smartens up with new features

Here's proof that Microsoft's Office 365 has moved past the era when its apps got better almost entirely though one-fell-swoop updates every few years: The company is <b>announcing a smattering of substantial new features</b> for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Most of them will be available starting this …

Microsoft Office

Goodbye, VHS: A Visual Ode To A Disappearing Format

How many of these tapes did you own? What memories do they bring back?<p>These days, video barely exists as a physical medium for most Americans. It streams in ultra high-quality through the air, like magic. For decades, though, video came encased in plastic rectangles called VHS tapes, which were …

King Kong

How I Founded a $2 Billion

<b>How I Founded a $2 Billion-Dollar Company With a 95 Cent Book from RadioShack</b><p>Polycom’s co-founder on the best investment he ever made, and why …

RadioShack

Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo, explained

One of the most important companies of the first dot-com boom, Yahoo, has reached the end of its life as an independent company. Yahoo’s board approved the sale of Yahoo’s core business to Verizon in a deal valued at $4.8 billion. The company’s shareholders and regulators must still approve the …

Marissa Mayer

With Yahoo Acquisition, Verizon Hopes To Grow Its New Media Empire

Verizon EVP Marni Walden explains why Verizon just paid $4.8 billion for Yahoo. One big reason? Yahoo's 600 million monthly mobile users.<p>After months of speculation and intrigue, the bidding war for Yahoo came to an end today with the announcement that Verizon has agreed to acquire the former …

Verizon

They Promised Us Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Project Foghorn is one of those straight-from-science-fiction concepts we’ve come to expect from Alphabet, the sprawling conglomerate formerly known as Google. The idea, hatched by the company’s X research lab, was to use seawater and chemistry to create fuel that could be …

Bell Labs

At Fox News, Kisses, Innuendo, Propositions and Fears of Reprisal

In 2006, after nearly a decade at CNN, Rudi Bakhtiar came to the Fox News Channel’s headquarters in New York with a command of foreign policy, an appealing personality and a delivery that easily switched between light and serious.<p>After a six-month freelance arrangement, the network signed her to a …

Roger Ailes

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

The new $20 app lets you take your drafts, scenes, outlines, and corkboards with you anywhere. The post Scrivener for iOS Means You Can Write Your …

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