Saturday Tech Reader

By Tech | Flipboard Editorial Director Josh Quittner's weekly missive.

Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street

How tech is breaking the bank<p>Thirty years ago last Monday, the <b>Dow Jones Industrial Average</b> fell by 508 points.<p>The 22.6% drop, known as <b>Black Monday</b>, was the biggest decline ever recorded on Wall Street. The culprit was an algorithm run amok: software automatically started selling off futures when …

Here Come the Drones

Our love/hate relationship with tiny mechanical flying things<p>Last weekend, while hiking with my wife on an otherwise beautiful Sunday, a drone buzzed by.<p>I don’t know about you, but these days we’re frequently seeing amateurs flying the things in parks, at the beaches, and in school yards. A few …

Down with Tech!

The digital natives are getting restless<p>Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month, everybody.<p>You do know that the month formerly known to FM DJs as “Rocktober” has transmuted into a time when we’re supposed to think about “cyber threats,” right? Yes, this Hacktober, change your passwords frequently and …

Arriving Now: Your Self-Driving Car

In technology, big breakthroughs always seem to take longer than we assume. There’s an amusing recursive “law” that describes this phenomenon, <b>Hofstadter’s Law</b>, which states: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” <b>**</b><p>Hofstadter’s Law is a wry way of …

Bubble Trouble

Why “ICO” is becoming a bad word—and what’s next<p>Everyone’s going gaga for Initial Coin Offerings. “What’s an <b>ICO</b>?” asks, then answers, <b>Bloomberg</b>. “The ICO Craze Explained,” explains <b>Recode</b>. “WTF is an ICO?” demands <b>TechCrunch</b>. And here’s “Everything you need to know about ICOs,” soothes <b>TNW</b>.<p>Techland’s …

The God Watch

With the Apple Watch, it looks like 3’s the charm<p>As you’d expect, the first wave of stories about <b>Apple’s</b> big announcements last week centered on the debut of the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone (the eponymous “X”) and its duller siblings, the 8 and 8 Plus. (See canonical <b>Flipboard</b> magazine …

The Internet of Disaster

Tech, hypervigilance and the national PTSD<p>As of this writing, <b>Irma</b>, a hurricane of unimaginable and historic proportions, is bearing down on South Florida. But you already know that.<p>Surely you’ve heard by now—online, on TV, or maybe both while you were looking at a screen in an elevator, cab, or …

The Evolution of Mobile

Are you ready to get your AR on?<p>Sometime after September 12, when <b>Apple</b> unveils the <b>iPhone 8</b>, the company also will release <b>OS 11</b> — and just like that, …

A Time in the Desert

The Five Things Entrepreneurs Learn at Burning Man<p>If you work in Silicon-something—Valley, Alley, Wadi, Beach, etc.—and your coworkers are disappearing right about now, they might just be finding their <i>chi</i> at <b>Burning Man</b>, also known as T.T.I.T.D., Black Rock City, or Home.<p>The attraction between …

Searching for Civility

A Google Memo and the Summer of Hate<p>While much of the world gripped armchairs in white-knuckled horror as nuclear tensions escalated between the U.S. and North Korea, last week <b>Silicon Valley</b> was melting down over an incendiary Google Memo.<p>After an engineer named <b>James Damore</b> argued that biology …

Fake Chews

Are new meat substitutes truly better than the real thing?<p>This week, some of the world’s biggest tech investors put their money into a surprising new venture: fake meat.<p>Redwood City, CA-based <b>Impossible Foods</b> got a new $75 million investment to shore up its manufacturing capabilities in its battle …

Why I’m Not Quitting Twitter

I Just Can’t Quit You<p>Dear <b>Twitter</b>,<p>Hey — it’s me, <b>@twittner</b>. I guess you had a fairly rough week, huh? I just wanted to check in, see how you’re feeling …

The Future of Work

What happens when the robots get all the jobs?<p>The biggest problem facing <b>Silicon Valley</b> is not undervalued unicorns.<p>Nor is it sexual harassment, …

Basic Income

The Best Listens of Summer

My 7 favorite podcasts<p>One of the surprise hits of new media these days is podcasts.<p>Many of the most popular ones are descendants of the 2014 hit …

Podcasting

The Telecommuter’s Dilemma

Why working from home isn’t for everyone<p>In 1995, upon taking over <b>Fortune Magazine</b>, which was then badly in need of an overhaul, the great editor <b>John</b> …

The Workplace

Silicon Valley’s Rough Ride

Uber, our inner demons and better selves<p>(<i>Note: I recently started doing a weekly Tech email for Flipboard, which comes out Saturdays. Here’s this</i> …

Silicon Valley

NICE INTERNET YOU HAVE THERE…

It would be a shame if anything happened to it.<p>If you’re not paranoid, you haven’t been paying attention lately.<p>You probably read about <b>NotPetya</b>, a …

Kaspersky Lab

The Cryptocurrency Gold Rush

This really does change everything<p>(<i>Note: I recently started doing a weekly Tech email for Flipboard, which comes out Saturdays. Here’s this week’s</i> …

What Would Steve Jobs Do?

<i>Note: I recently started doing a weekly Tech email for Flipboard, which comes out Saturdays. Here’s this week’s installment.</i><p>The first time I met <b>Steve</b> …