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By M.G. Siegler | What M.G. Siegler is reading.

Atari co-founder: mobile games make me want to throw my phone

The video game arcade is the cathedral of the games industry. Veteran players see these increasingly endangered places as shrines to design purity, difficulty and player skill, bathed in the glow of flickering monitors. They were, after all, the places where the conventions of the medium were …

Mobile

In an Era of Streaming, Cinema Is Under Attack

Seen any good movies lately? Seen <i>any</i> movies? Chances are you have — but maybe not in an actual theater. Americans used to adore going out to the movies, but that love has been on the rocks for decades. Once, the rival was television. Maybe it still is given that so much more of what’s produced …

Movies

The $2 Trillion Project to Get Saudi Arabia’s Economy Off Oil

Early last year, at a royal encampment in the oasis of Rawdat Khuraim, Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia visited his uncle, King Abdullah, …

Economics

Browns lead way in draft trade winners (so far)

One year after the first 14 picks came off the board without a single draft-day swap, order was restored and trade winds reappeared in Chicago on …

Cleveland Browns

And Now, I Unfollow Thee

Noah Masterson, a web marketing manager in Austin, Tex., is like the Marie Kondo of Twitter. He keeps it tidy. “I just unfollowed about 20 people to get down to an even 400,” he said. “It felt really good.”<p>For Mr. Masterson, 43, the value of social media is that it brings together all sorts of …

Pope Francis

Ford and Google Team Up to Support Driverless Cars

DETROIT — In an unusual alliance between a traditional automaker and a technology company, Ford Motor and Google on Wednesday joined to lead a coalition of companies that advocate federal approval of driverless cars in the near future.<p>By teaming up to promote regulations that favor fully-autonomous …

Google

Inside “Emojigeddon”: The Fight Over The Future Of The Unicode Consortium

Internal emails offer a peek behind the scenes of the peculiar and little-known organization that oversees the development of a weird, new universal language.<p>There’s trouble afoot inside the Emoji Council of Elders, or, at the very least, signs of a low-simmering schism that’s being referred to by …

Unicode

Amazon’s Echo is the New Vaudeville — Backchannel

In <b>the entryway to Hollywood’s Magic Castle,</b> if you speak a secret password into a small sculpture of an owl, a bookcase will revolve and reveal a …

Amazon

Thrones of Blood

Binge-watching the most addictive show on television.<p>Binge-watching is a night out, even when you spend the whole day in. It’s a way of being. We begin to esteem this way of being at its true worth when we realize that the creators of the brain food that we’re wolfing down are at least as involved …

George R. R. Martin

Game of Loans

As Queen-Mother Cersei undertook her walk of shame through the streets of the capital at the end of the last season of “Game of Thrones”, she was …

Banking

Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

<b>TRANSLATIONS:</b> 中文 (品玩)<p>Lately, everyone’s talking about “conversational UI.” It’s the next big thing. But the more articles I read on the topic, the …

WeChat

Trending at Halftime: Players Checking Their Phones

The professional sports locker room is a sanctuary, a place that is supposed to be free of outside distractions. At halftime of an N.B.A. game, for instance, players sit attentively, absorbing the coach’s instructions. They rehydrate, and maybe even change into a fresh uniform. Their focus for …

Phones

The Future of Technology Is In Your Ear — Backchannel

What if the Future of Technology is in Your Ear?<p>My experiment with a $13 device convinced me that the next major platform will replace text with …

Big Ideas

The Secret History of Tiger Woods

The death of his father set a battle raging inside the world's greatest golfer. How he waged that war -- through an obsession with the Navy SEALs -- …

Tiger Woods

A New Dark Age Looms

Boulder, Colo. — IMAGINE a future in which humanity’s accumulated wisdom about Earth — our vast experience with weather trends, fish spawning and migration patterns, plant pollination and much more — turns increasingly obsolete. As each decade passes, knowledge of Earth’s past becomes progressively …

El Niño

Foxes That Endure Despite a Lack of Genetic Diversity

The Channel Islands, off the coast of Southern California, are a natural laboratory for a particularly adorable experiment in evolution.<p>A unique species called the island fox has lived there for several thousand years, shrinking over the generations until now each is smaller than a house cat. Adult …

Evolutionary Biology

Chernobyl: The 30-Year Rescue

Thirty years ago, on April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant malfunctioned and exploded during a routine test. The blast …

Ukraine

Groove Masters of the Vinyl Revival

You don’t hear this very often anymore in Salina, Kan., but business is booming—for one company at least. Amid the blue-collar town’s shuttered …

Vinyl Records

MTV Plans First Regular Live Music Series in Almost 20 Years

MTV is trying to put the music back in music television.<p>The cable network that popularized the music video plans to air its first weekly live music …

Live Music

The Internet Really Has Changed Everything. Here’s the Proof. — Backchannel

<b>Netflix and Ch-Ch-Chilly</b><p>How have decades of mass media and technology changed us? <b>A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now</b> …

Napoleon

Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles

Once upon a time, about 13.8 billion years ago, our universe sprang from a quantum speck, ballooning to one million trillion trillion trillion …

Physics

Visa Speeds Up Chip Cards With Software Upgrade

Customers and retailers may have one less reason to dislike new chip-enabled debit and credit cards — if only by a little bit.<p>Visa said on Tuesday that it would begin providing software to reduce the time people spend using new chip cards, which have small metallic squares on the front.<p>The changes …

MasterCard

Remembering Bill Campbell

Silicon Valley has lost one of its greats.<p>Here’s my earliest memory of Bill Campbell. It was 1997, and I was new to Silicon Valley. As a columnist for the <i>San Jose Mercury News</i>, writing about technology stocks, I had a one-hour, get-to-know-each other meeting with Campbell, then CEO of Intuit. …

Silicon Valley

Apple's Organizational Crossroads

Apple is unique, and I mean that objectively.<p>Forget about products for a moment, about which reasonable people can disagree. Leave aside the …

Apple News

Futurist Says We’ll Use Lasers to Beam Our Minds Into Space Someday Soon

The idea of erasing and implanting memories is a common feature of science fiction films such as <i>Total Recall</i> and <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless …

Science Fiction

“Genius hesitates”

I read Carlo Rovelli’s book <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i>, a layperson’s description of the big breakthroughs in modern physics. It’s a blast, but …

Albert Einstein

Donald Trump Assails ‘Rigged’ Delegate System, Saying He Chooses Not to Exploit It

Insisting that the delegate selection process is “corrupt and crooked,” Donald J. Trump offered a vivid example on Sunday to prove his point.<p>Imagine being wooed by Mr. Trump.<p>“Look, nobody has better toys than I do,” he told reporters at a hotel on Staten Island, where he pressed his case that the …

Donald Trump

The Most Important Apple Executive You’ve Never Heard Of

A visit with Cupertino’s chief chipmaker, Johny Srouji.<p>By Brad Stone, Adam Satariano, and Gwen Ackerman | February 18, 2016<p>Photographs by Justin …

iPhone

Instagram Is Ruining Vacation — Backchannel

Eating, praying and loving may be a stated goal of travel. In reality, we seem more obsessed with nabbing the perfect photo.<p>The scalloped outline of …

Instagram