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.
A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?
Robot vacuum companies say your images are safe, but a sprawling global supply chain for data from our devices creates risk.
A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate
Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023
The viral AI avatar app Lensa undressed me—without my consent
My avatars were cartoonishly pornified, while my male colleagues got to be astronauts, explorers, and inventors.
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