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Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let's talk about ad blocking.<p>You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of …

Ad blocking is really part of Apple's war with Google — and publishers are collateral damage

But what's really driving this sudden upsurge?<p>Nilay Patel at The Verge makes a compelling argument that it's really part of the ongoing war between Apple and Google.<p>Google makes nearly all of its money from advertising on the web. So Google has a compelling interest in having lots of interesting …

Welcome to the Block Party

In a 1997 segment on the short-lived tech TV show <i>The Site</i>, host Soledad O’Brien sits at a bar in front of a laptop computer, talking to Dev Null, a …

Shred School: Rules from the Pros on How to Become a Better Mountain Biker

Up your two-wheeled fat-tire game with these tips from eight of the sport’s very best.<p>Darren Berrecloth on How to Ride in the Ready Position<p>This is the position every rider should be in when descending technical trail. It starts with your elbows—they should be bent as if you were in the middle of a …

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Believe It or Not, We Found a Replacement for Grilled Cheese

Dominique Ansel, the inventor of the Cronut, gave us the recipe to his favorite sandwich. We'll never look at grilled cheese the same way again.<p>Here's an important question that's always stumped me: <i>What is better than a grilled cheese sandwich?</i> Good news, it took me 30 years—a testament to Kraft …

CNBC Gets Serious About Web Video With Puppets and Bacon Tacos

When you think of CNBC, naturally you think of gossipy puppets and bacon tacos, right?<p>OK, maybe not. But that’s where the power suit crowd-serving …

The Muppets Celebrate Earth Day (in 1990)

On April 22, 1990, the Muppets marked Earth Day with a two-hour special jam-packed with guest stars. The list is absurdly long, but I'll give you a …

Brent and Johnson - Equality Street [Official Music Video]

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Ex-Apple Employee: One Of Steve Jobs' Most Legendary Moments Was Actually A Huge Screwup

He was demanding, exacting, and at times irrational. It was part of his charm, we suppose, because most people who worked for him were loyal and loved him.<p>There are, of course, exceptions. Erin Caton, who worked on MobileMe, is one of those exceptions, it seems.<p>At Medium, she wrote a post warning …

Michael Shannon Reads the Insane Delta Gamma Sorority Letter

So You're Doing Some Rock Climbing ... When an Avalanche Strikes

Spectacular footage of a mountain landslide, captured from a close (but safe) range<p>Say you're rock climbing. Say you're doing said rock climbing at Via Ferrata, in St-Christophe-en-Oisans, France, which looks out over a gorge filled with beautifully turquoise glacial waters. Say you're doing said …

Watch Michael Shannon’s dramatic reading of “deranged sorority girl’s” email

No words. There simply are no words<p>Last week, the University of Maryland gave the world a crazy, intensely angry email that went viral, introducing America to its new favorite sorority girl. The email, reprimanding the sisters of the university's Delta Gamma sorority for being "boring," begins: "If …