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State of Social Q1 2015: 40% of Facebook users are mobile-only

Facebook released its earnings report for Q1 2015, with the latest updates to the largest social network’s statistics. Let’s see what …


This Is How Uber Will Take Over The World

The ride-hail giant is expanding globally — and it’s doing so by replicating the hyperlocal approach it already uses in the U.S. Auto-rickshaws for India, Lamborghinis for Singapore.

Conceived as a solution to what its founders described as “the horrible taxi problem in San Francisco,” Uber’s …


Why can’t we read anymore?

Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains?

Last year, I read four books.

The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as …

The Brain

21 Terms Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

The most important whisky jargon, from cooperage to small-batch, defined.


Whiskey is made from beer. Boring, sometimes weird beer, but beer nonetheless.


Whiskey bottled at the (high) proof at which it came out of the barrel. More expensive, ounce for ounce, but if you're …


Video Metrics Every Marketer Should Be Watching

Roughly half of companies currently use video in their marketing strategies, and two-thirds of marketers expect to do so in the near future. But how do they actually measure the success of these videos? For many marketers, the key focus is view count. But if you look under the hood of what really …

Bounce Rate

First Apps Give Apple Watch These Four New Talents

Now that the Apple Watch app store has launched, we’re finally getting an idea of what creative thinkers want to do with the smartest wearable around. No, the best early Apple Watch apps aren’t about a billion wrist-top notifications, and they’re not simply shrunken down smartphone apps, either. …

Tesla's website has been hacked

Tesla Motors' website was hacked on Saturday afternoon. Its Twitter account was hacked as well, though that site appears to be restored.

This is how looked earlier Saturday afternoon.

While a group called "RIPPRGANG" claims responsibility for the Twitter hack, the website was …


Tesla's Twitter account was hacked

UPDATE (5:43 pm): Tesla Motors' Twitter account appears to be restored.

EARLIER: Tesla's Twitter account was hacked on Saturday afternoon. Its website was also hacked.

The hack appears to have occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Eastern.

While a group called "Autismsquad" claims responsibility for the …


This Week in Digital - April 25, 2015

The giant Google said "fee-Fi-fo-fum" - but only to one Android device, Comcast and Time Warner are too big to succeed, a growing disaffection with …


Comcast Plans to Drop Time Warner Cable Deal

Fourteen months after unveiling a $45.2 billion merger that would create a new Internet and cable giant, Comcast Corp. is planning to walk away from …

Time Warner

What Is Public?

It’s so simple, right?

Someone could make off with all your garbage that’s put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or …


A Man’s Guide to Travel Luggage: Choosing the Right Bag for Your Trip

Vacations, business trips, conferences, class reunions–whenever you leave home, part of your wardrobe has to come with you. We’ve talked before about …


Make a wish

The most popular site for online video marks ten extraordinary years

ON APRIL 23rd 2005 the founders of YouTube uploaded an amateurish video of …


Gett's Alternative To Uber-Style Surge Pricing

Uber says it needs surge pricing to lure drivers out during busy times. Gett, which is expanding this week in New York, begs to differ.

During rain, rush hour, and even hurricanes, Uber sometimes increases its rates for rides by, say, eight times the normal fare. A ride that would usually cost $65, …


St. George and his Sherlock Holmes Connections

"Saints have never flourished in those parts" [HOUN]

Everybody knows of St. Patrick's Day on March 17, honoring the patron saint of Ireland, but …

Sherlock Holmes

The BBC Sherlock Is Actually Indian

"Good gracious, Mr. Holmes" [3STU]

Sherlock is an international phenomenon. From the legions of fans who travel to catch a glimpse of Speedy's Cafe on …


New Mr. Holmes Trailer

"I have heard of you, Mr. Holmes" [SPEC]

As we prepare for Sir Ian McKellen to grace the theaters this summer in Mr. Holmes, we've been afforded the …


The unstoppable rise of social media as a source for news

Yesterday, Facebook tweaked the algorithm behind its news feed, striking fear into the hearts of many web publishers and causing widespread panic in the media industry.

OK maybe not quite, but the tweak certainly didn’t go unnoticed. And the reaction it got reflects the new reality: social media in …

Social Media

The state of storytelling in the internet age

It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times.

By the team at ReadThisThing, a newsletter that features one great piece of journalism each …


7 Quality Hallmarks of A Tie — Gentleman's Gazette

There are millions of ties out there and every year, millions more are added but only very few are of such good quality that are your worth your …


Facebook Reports First Quarter 2015 Results - Facebook

MENLO PARK, Calif.,April 22, 2015/PRNewswire/ -- Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter endedMarch 31, …

Facebook Users Are Notching Four Billion Video Views Every Day

Facebook products have a tendency to grow, and grow quickly. Video doesn’t appear to be an exception.

The social network announced on its Q1 earnings call Wednesday that it now serves up four billion video views to its user base every single day, up from three billion in January and just one billion …


28 social media management tools rated, scored, and reviewed (study)


Global hotel chain Hyatt tweets 1,600 times a week. Chevrolet tweets 4,300 times each week. But American Airlines makes that little blue bird sing loudest, tweeting an astonishing 6,400 times every single week.

How do they do it? And why?

To answer those questions and find the best social …


Periscope and Meerkat officially banned by the NHL

NHL fans hoping to live-stream their rinkside experiences will find themselves out of luck.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly nixed the idea in a memo on Tuesday, spurred by Meerkat and Periscope users who have broadcast footage from inside NHL arenas "before, during and after" games.

"Without …


13 Instagram tools brands should be using

Instagram is a platform for sharing quirky moments and inspirational experiences.With 300 million users every month, it's also a place for businesses …


“Hello” Is Facebook’s New Android-Only Social Caller ID App

Say goodbye to calls from unknown numbers. Facebook’s newest app Hello instantly matches phone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls to Facebook profiles to show you info about who you’re talking to, block calls from commonly blocked numbers, and search for businesses to call. Today, Hello is …


Say hi to Fi: A new way to say hello

In today's mobile world, fast and reliable connectivity is almost second nature. But even in places like the U.S., where mobile connections are …


Chaucer on Sherlock Holmes!

April always reminds me of T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland" and Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." Both great poems mention this month in their …

Sherlock Holmes

Google’s Wireless Service: What It Means for Consumers, Google and the Carriers

Earlier today, Google officially announced its plans to offer its own wireless service under the Project Fi moniker.

As expected, the effort taps three networks: LTE networks from Sprint and T-Mobile along with a heavy dose of Wi-Fi. Customers pay $20 per month plus $10 for each gigabyte of data …


How To Make An Adequate Manhattan

The Adequate Man is almost assuredly a boozer. Most abstainers do so because their sobriety is mandated by either higher-order preoccupations—see …

New York