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'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over.

I often say I�m a video game culture writer, but lately I don�t know exactly what that means. �Game culture� as we know it is kind of embarrassing -- …

Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos? - Vox

David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking<p>Instead of giving Tony a final scene in which he is either killed or arrested — the two possible fates Tony and his fans had imagined for him — the last episode ends unexpectedly during a domestic scene with an ominous tinge. Tony …

Why Are We So Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out

Adam Voorhes<p><b>In January of this year,</b> the first subject checked into the metabolic ward at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to …

Ask.com buys anonymous bullying site Ask.fm, vows to rip out its ugly guts

Either Ask.com is lying to us, or lying to itself. Those are the only two possibilities after this morning’s announcement that IAC’s …

In the 1930s, a New Yorker editor wrote this perfect style guide for today's bloggers

Fans of James Thurber will hopefully be well familiar with his memoir about his time spent at the New Yorker, working with its founding editor, …

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'

When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they're not worried. "I've got nothing to hide," they declare. "Only if …

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Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aileen Lee is founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage fund that backs entrepreneurs reinventing work and personal life through software. Previously, she joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1999 and was also founding CEO of digital media company RMG Networks, backed by KPCB.</i> …

Investors have to stop trying to justify the lies and libel of Secret

In the last few months, I’ve spoken to two groups of people about Secret.<p>The first group are investors who I respect very much who have either …

We can’t wage war on drugs. We don’t know what they are – Mike Jay

When the US President Richard Nixon announced his ‘war on drugs’ in 1971, there was no need to define the enemy. He meant, as everybody knew, the …

My startup failed, and this is what it feels like…

We had users and traction, then we fell off a cliff. My 4 year emotional rollercoaster just came to an end.<p>Foreword<p>Over 90% of tech startups fail, …

The Disruption Machine

What the gospel of innovation gets wrong.<p>In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they’d …

The day I left my son in the car

<b>(IS_ImageSource via iStock)</b><p>I made a split-second decision to run into the store. I had no idea it would consume the next years of my life<p>Kim Brooks<p>June 3, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>The day it happened was no different from most; I was worried, and I was running late. I was worried because in a few hours’ …

Path’s kiss of death compliment: “It’s hugely popular in Indonesia!”

<i>"They don’t need to justify themselves to you or anyone. We will talk to you when we’re ready to announce something. If you run with your story now,</i> …

Today’s Apps Are Turning Us Into Sociopaths

Author: Evan Selinger. Evan Selinger<p>Date of Publication: 02.26.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>While I am far from a Luddite who fetishizes a …

Toward a Complex, Realistic, and Moral Tech Criticism

<i>Evgeny Morozov's second book is a brilliant, confounding work of creative destruction.</i><p>What critics of literature do not both love and hate the subject of their scholarship? The very strength of a critic's love is what inspires such dogged meaning- and fault-finding in the reality of any work.<p>This …

The logic of Buddhist philosophy goes beyond simple truth – Graham Priest

Western philosophers have not, on the whole, regarded Buddhist thought with much enthusiasm. As a colleague once said to me: ‘It’s all just …

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Programming Sucks

Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip …

Product Manager You Are…

a janitor, essentially.<p>Me: so i’m thinking of writing something about what it’s like to be a product manager<p>S—: will it be like “oh, and here’s how …

How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)

The Santa Clara Valley was some of the most valuable agricultural land in the entire world, but it was paved over to create today’s Silicon Valley. This was simply the result of bad planning and layers of leadership failure — nobody thinks farms literally needed to be destroyed to create the …

BBC Blogs - Adam Curtis - SUSPICIOUS MINDS

SUSPICIOUS MINDS<p>Adam Curtis<p>Comments<p>Nobody trusts anyone in authority today.<p>It is one of the main features of our age. Wherever you look there are lying politicians, crooked bankers, corrupt police officers, cheating journalists and double-dealing media barons, sinister children's entertainers, …

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My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor

After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day.<p>My plunge into poverty happened in an instant. I never saw it coming.<p>Then again, there was …

Steve Jobs Rejected The First Medical App In 1977

There’s been a lot of speculation that future Apple products will include health-related apps and biometric sensors. Here’s the story of what <i>might</i> have been the first Apple medical app, except for the fact that in 1977 Steve Jobs had absolutely no interest in going in that direction.<p>George Diamond …

Obama's Trauma Team

Monday, Mar. 10, 2014<p>Last Oct. 17 — more than two weeks after the launch of HealthCare.gov — White House press secretary Jay Carney was going through …

Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity

It was May 24, 2007 at Facebook’s inaugural developers conference f8, held at the San Francisco Design Center. Mark Zuckerberg, just 10 days past his …

Ray Kurzweil is wrong: The Singularity is not near

Technology culture celebrates "the crazy ones," those who expand our understanding of life, who can forge new realities out of their own imagination. …

Required Reading: The Economist’s Special Report On Tech Startups

It’s not every day we here at TechCrunch just point to someone else’s work and say, “Here, you should go read this.” But today’s an exception, because The Economist has put together a 16-page Special Report on the rise of technology startups around the world.<p>The report, which is written for the …

Dear America, I Saw You Naked

And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.<p>On Jan. 4, 2010, when my boss saw my letter to the editor in the <i>New York Times</i>, we had a little chat.<p>It was rare for the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare to sit down with her floor-level Transportation Security Administration …

Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report

A few weeks into the making of <i>Her</i>, Spike Jonze's new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a …