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.
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
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