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How do you fix Twitter?

A few Silicon Valley luminaries offer up their solutions.<p>Twitter needs help.<p>That’s the general consensus around Silicon Valley right now, where conversations about the social communications company have quickly turned over the past week from “Who will buy Twitter?” to “What comes next?”<p>With the …

Tesla rival Atieva’s first electric car looks a lot like a Model S

This is the first image of the Atvus sedan, which is expected to launch in December.<p>Atieva, the troubled Silicon Valley startup that began by making batteries for Chinese buses, is expected to unveil a rival to Tesla’s Model S in early December, <b>Recode</b> has learned. Using public records requests,</b> …

Electric Vehicles

The Facebook papers Part 4: What’s a publisher to do?

The single most important thing media companies can do is to nurture the growth of as many different platforms as possible.<p><i>This is the fourth in a</i> <i>four-part series</i> <i>looking at what happens when what you do is now done by someone else.</i><p><i>"[A senate was created] in the reign of king Theopompus, who, when</i> …

'Burning Man for the 1%': the desert party for the tech elite, with Eric Schmidt in a top hat

Further Future is the tech-centric, unapologetically luxurious alternative to Burning Man, complete with personal assistants, spa treatments and fine dining<p>A red Ferrari with the top down swerved past on the winding dirt road, headingto what looked like a small Mars encampment. Helicopters landed …

The joke was that Obama wasn't joking

The White House Correspondents' Dinner has become a strange event. It is, ostensibly, an evening when the president and the press can come together to share a few lighthearted laughs. But it's evolved into a recital of brutal truths — albeit one neither side ever really admits happened.<p>The joke of …

How fiction ruined love | Financial Times

To fall in love feels like such a personal and spontaneous process, it is strange — and a bit insulting — to suggest that we’re only copying what the …

The Most Shocking Championship in the History of Professional Sports

For the past 20 years, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United have played keep away with the Premier League trophy. That quartet …

Nestlé’s Half-Billion-Dollar Noodle Debacle in India

Photograph by The Voorhes for Fortune Magazine; Type by Sinelab<p><i>Nestlé spent three decades building a beloved noodle brand in India. Then the world’s</i> …

Long Play

The charmed lives of Paul McCartney.<p>Every historical inquiry has a saturation point, past which new inquiry becomes simply old inquiry repackaged, and, on that principle, it seems that we may at last have reached peak Beatles. (As we long ago reached peak Churchill-in-the-war and peak van …

Is the black hole at our galaxy’s centre a quantum computer? – Sabine Hossenfelder

After you die, your body’s atoms will disperse and find new venues, making their way into oceans, trees and other bodies. But according to the laws …

The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion-dollar business no one saw coming

"This is going to be hard," Limp recalls thinking. "It foretold a magical experience. But it would require a lot of inventions."<p>The reaction was understandable given the lofty goals outlined in the Echo's original plan: It envisioned an intelligent, voice-controlled household appliance that could …

‘American Psycho’ at 25: Bret Easton Ellis on Patrick Bateman’s Legacy

Before <i>American Psycho</i> came out, 25 years ago this month, it was already the most controversial novel of the Nineties. Its vivid depictions of …

Busy and distracted? Everybody has been, since at least 1710 – Frank Furedi

The rise of the internet and the widespread availability of digital technology has surrounded us with endless sources of distraction: texts, emails …

From alright to zap: an A-Z of horrible words

Is ‘epic fail’ an epic failure, should ‘to hot-desk’ make us hot under the collar, and is ‘like’ to be, like, deplored? A 21st-century guide to good grammar<p><i>Alright</i>, a merged form of <i>all right</i>, has long been trashed in conservative style guides. A typical work of 1939 says firmly: “Never – <i>never</i> – …

How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization

I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who …

My Impostor Syndrome Has Impostor Syndrome

<b>My superpower is the ability</b> to feel like a fraud about everything I do. My other superpower is the propensity to always fear bad things will happen whenever something good occurs. This is because it's scarier for me to feel good than to feel bad. Feeling good is too threatening. If I feel good, I …

Mind

Game Theory for Parents

Adapted from <i>The Game Theorists’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You</i> …

A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified.

Nearly 20 years ago, psychologists Roy Baumeister and Dianne Tice, a married couple at Case Western Reserve University, devised a foundational …

The Kickstarter Kings Who Taught the World to Crowdfund

One cold February night in 2013, Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost ducked into a Brooklyn bar for a drink and some R&D. The two friends and designers, …

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

<b>Like most 25-year-olds,</b> Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or …

Aristotle

High Times with Aspen's Cannabis Kingpin

Silverpeak Apothecary is the only cannabis shop in Aspen, and probably all of Colorado—perhaps the world—where a 74-year-old, four-foot-eleven, bespectacled Jewish grandmother greets you at the door. “I’ll show you around,” Ellen Haas cooed last September as I entered the shop on East Cooper …

Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Pt. 1

Welcome to robot nursery school,” Pieter Abbeel says as he opens the door to the Robot Learning Lab on the seventh floor of a sleek new building on …

When did the self-help movement lose its ethical seriousness? – Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

With metronomic regularity, new books about both the strange and the mundane things human beings do with metronomic regularity become bestsellers. …

Inside the Artificial Universe That Creates Itself

A team of programmers has built a self-generating cosmos, and even they don’t know what’s hiding in its vast reaches.<p>Every particle in the universe is accounted for. The precise shape and position of every blade of grass on every planet has been calculated. Every snowflake and every raindrop has …

No Man's Sky

How the internet flips elections and alters our thoughts – Robert Epstein

Over the past century, more than a few great writers have expressed concern about humanity’s future. In <i>The Iron Heel</i> (1908), the American writer Jack …

Google Search

Apple's FBI Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized …

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

What Everyone's Got Wrong About Twitter (Including Twitter)

Is Twitter a data-led media company? Or a media-led data company?<p>If the New Yorker says Twitter is cooked, then it has to be true, right?<p>Actually, it’s wrong. As are most analysts — and Twitter itself, if we’re being honest.<p>Twitter is going through what many modern companies go through: An identity …

How an Apple employee once stood up to Steve Jobs — and got promoted for it

Dubinsky fought back against the plan - giving an ultimatum that she would quit - and instead of getting fired, she got promoted.<p>That's according to an anecdote about former Apple employee and Palm CEO Dubinsky in the new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, published this …

The long-awaited tech correction is here

But in 2015 the talk peaked, as private company valuations grew to the point where Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of 13-person company Instagram in 2012 now looks cheap, and privately held Uber with no published financial returns and massive losses is supposedly worth more than Ford and GM.<p>On …

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