The Lessons Google Ventures Learned from Secret
An interesting NYT piece regarding the death of the anonymous app Secret, with some candid comments from Google Ventures investor Bill Maris.
—Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile
A Few Thoughts on Secret
Maris’s follow-up on Medium
Forget the Apple Watch and Make Your Own Wearable Technology
Q&A with Beck Stern, an artist whose idea of wearables focuses not on mass production but the “radically customized.”
Everybody Dies: How to Preserve Your Digital Legacy
A thought-provoking guide on how to prepare your online accounts for the day you’re not around to look after them any more.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
I Was an Undercover Uber Driver
A journalist signs on as an Uber driver to give an insight into life at the beck and call of the company’s app, ratings system, and customers.
Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public-health researcher, gives my skeptical mind regarding the U.S. health-care system a tiny bit of hope.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Leaving New York and Also Technology
An entertaining read about one man’s reasons for leaving his techno-hipster haven in Brooklyn and trying to go off the grid.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook Are at War Over the Future of News — And One of Them Tried to Buy a Media Company
On the “land grab” for online news distribution and the ongoing disruption of the media business.
Why Hawaiians Are Protesting Construction of the World’s Second-Largest Telescope
Ancestry versus technology in Hawaii.
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some still hold on for dear life.
When a cryptocurrency’s value is theoretical, what happens if people quit believing?
Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid
Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.
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