Sean Parker

Apple CEO becomes latest tech bigwig to warn of social media's dangers

Apple CEO Tim Cook is the latest in a series of tech entrepreneurs and c-level executives to warn of the potential risks of social media.<p>Speaking in the UK on Friday, Cook said:<p>I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t …

Business

Why Pursuing Happiness Is Making Us Miserable

If you wonder if you’re attached to your phone, here’s a three-minute exercise that’ll give you the answer.<p>Set it down, then walk across the room. …

Self-improvement

Tech giants want kids to curb screen time, but how?

More and more kids are hooked on to screens, parents are worried how to create homework-play balance and tech giants in Silicon Valley are in a …

Startups (India)

What is Davos?

Every January, we hear the word thrown around economic, environmental and scientific circles. But what is it?

World Economic Forum

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I don't want my nephew on a social network'

• <b>Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out Friday about the overuse of technology, saying he wouldn't allow his nephew to use social networks.</b>• <b><br>Cook is the latest in a long line of tech executives and others in the industry who have raised concerns about the downsides of technology products and services.</b>• <b><br>A former</b> …

Advertising

The Next Federal Crackdown Could Look a Lot Like the Last One

Although they failed to permanently hobble the cannabis industry, enforcement actions from 2011 to 2013 offer examples of what a future federal …

Cannabis

Is Instagram Strategically Withholding My Likes?

Instagram isn’t hiding your likes from you. Instagram isn’t hiding your likes from you. One more time, for the people standing in the back: <i>Instagram</i> …

Social Media

How to Use Social Media Wisely and Mindfully

It was no one other than Facebook’s former vice president for user growth, Chamath Palihapitiya, who advised people to take a “hard break” from …

Social Media Marketing

If tech addiction is screwing up our kids, what should tech giants be doing?

A strange thing happened when <i>New York Times</i> tech writer Nick Bilton interviewed Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2010. At the end of the conversation, Bilton …

Walter Isaacson

Our smartphone habits are more like full-blown addictions. So how can we regain control?

When I wake up in the morning, I reach for my phone. Or my arm does. It’s automatic. It feels like something between a lizard reflex and a chemical …

Boston

Edmonton police steroid-trafficking trial to hear final arguments

A verdict in the trial of an Edmonton police officer accused of trafficking anabolic steroids between 2007 and 2013 will be handed down early next …

Edmonton

The first American CRISPR trial in humans will target cancer

A First in the U.S.<p>CRISPR is currently humanity’s most effective and efficient gene-editing tool, and the technology is no longer just limited to …

Molecular Biology

How To Design Non-Addictive UX (It’s Really Not Hard)

To wean users off their devices, UX designers can deploy the very tricks that made their products so addictive in the first place, writes Bruce Nussbaum.<p>The defining change in the field of design that brought design, finally, to the attention of Silicon Valley was the rise of UX. The ability to …

UX Design

Brainstorm Health: Human CRISPR Trials, Hospital Run Drug Company, CHIP Extension

DIGITAL HEALTH<p><b>The first U.S. human CRISPR trial could begin any day.</b> Emily Mullin at <i>MIT Technology Review</i> reports that the first U.S. human tests of …

Health Care

Facebook “Watch Party” lets Groups view videos simultaneously

Facebook’s turning its push for well-being through active, not passive, content consumption into a feature with its new test of “Watch Party”. It allows Group admins pick any public video on Facebook and show it to their members at the same time with a dedicated comment reel to create a “shared …

Technology

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

For most of modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated. Shutter the …

Long-form Journalism

NZ restaurant Bamboozle says business booming after racist menu

A restaurant accused of giving their meals racist menu names has taken to social media to boast about their booming business.<p>1:35<p>Police closing in on …

Dolores O'Riordan

When will social media companies get serious about their effect on young kids?

The list of people who are worried about what technology and social media are doing to our kids’ brains is growing.<p>Last week, the Lancet published (pdf) an editorial calling for social media companies to step up. “Key to protecting children on social media is more responsibility and better …

Digital Age

Why Facebook's News Feed Revamp Was Right

Facebook recently announced it would be deprioritizing business, news, and organizational posts in its News Feed.<p>The stock tanked roughly 5% in …

Business

Facebook’s change of news feed won’t help social media addiction

Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to ensure Facebook is good for people’s wellbeing – but its business model remains unaltered<p>When Facebook announced it was tuning out publishers and brands to focus on friends, family and “meaningful interactions”, my immediate response was relief. I desperately want …

Opinion (UK)

Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — and it should be a red flag for the rest of us

• <b>Bill Gates has set strict rules in his home regarding the use of cell phones and other technology.</b>• <b><br>The policy speaks to the growing consensus in Silicon Valley that consumer tech is too addictive, and potentially harmful to young brains.</b><p>For all his success in designing world-changing technology, …

Silicon Valley

Instagram CTO says they do not withhold “likes” to keep users coming back for more

<i>Update: Mike Krieger, CTO of Instagram, has denied the allegations in the Globe and Mail report via Twitter:</i><p>Who doesn’t like Instagram “likes?” Watching those little hearts racking up after posting a photo has the potential to deliver feelings ranging from validation that our picture has been noted …

Instagram

Facebook is reinventing itself - and that might be what keeps you hooked

<b>Facebook will show its users more news from each other - and less news from media organisations.</b><p>This radical overhaul, announced in a post on Mark …

Facebook

Silicon Valley at the Intersection of Facebook and the iPhone

“Forgive me Lord, for I knew not what I was doing.”<p>No, not Victor Frankenstein after creating his monster. Instead, Tony Fadell, co-creator of the …

Conservative View

Facebook is using an old drug dealer tactic to keep its users hooked

Facebook said it’s making some far-reaching changes to what you see in your newsfeed. Soon, when you see a post, it’s more likely to be because a friend shared the link, rather than because you follow a media company or business that published it.*<p>Reporter Michael Coren summed up the decision that …

Big Ideas

The more you endlessly scroll on Facebook, the bigger the risk to your mental health

Facebook FB, -4.27% chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to prioritize family and friends over brands. But, he says, that could result in lower user …

Long-form Journalism

Silicon Valley Uncovered: ‘Brotopia’ Lifts Lid on Drug-Fueled Sex Parties

High-profile investors, executives and technology founders in Silicon Valley have been taking part in monthly “drug-heavy, sex-heavy” parties, …

Silicon Valley

Tech bosses limit their kids’ time on smartphones: why shouldn’t we?

Parents fret about harmful content, but reducing device use to 90 minutes a day would be good for mental health<p>We’ve all seen it – teenagers glued to their phones, not even glancing up when their parents talk to them; kids immersed in tablets at airports; young friends around restaurant tables …

Opinion (UK)

Globe editorial: Turn off the smartphones, turn on the science

Good news for Luddites: Worrying about smartphones isn't just for you anymore.<p>No, the burgeoning concern about the zombie army of adults and children glued to their Androids has been taken up by an unlikely cohort: Silicon Valley tech geeks.<p>This past year, more and more of them stood up to say, <i>We</i> …

​5 Of The Most Disruptive Strategy Innovations Of The Last 20 Years | Articles | Strategy

Suffice it to say, we are all a bit obsessed with innovation these days.<p>It’s not hard to understand why. One of the few defining characteristics of …

Innovation