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Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Microsoft has closed its ebook store—and will soon make its customers' libraries disappear along with it.
06/30 8837

Tired of Google following you? It is now easier to clear location data


New functionality automatically deletes history of places users have visited

It is now slightly easier to opt out of Google’s panopticon, with the introduction of new controls from the search engine to automatically clear your data after a set period of time.

By default, Google saves a permanent....
06/27 4620

The Hidden Cost of GoFundMe Health Care

When patients turn to crowdfunding for medical costs, whoever has the most heartrending story wins, Nathan Heller writes.
06/24 4454

How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives

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On a Tuesday night in May, Sean Coonce was reading the news in bed when his phone dropped service. He chalked it up to tech being tech and went to sleep. When he woke up, his Gmail account had been stolen and by Wednesday evening he was out $100,000.

"This is still very raw (I haven't even told....
06/28 3749

The First Thing Great Decision Makers Do

If you look at data first, you’re doing it wrong.
06/25 2921

How Discount Brokerages Make Money

This is outside of my usual software-oriented beat, but sometimes people are wrong on the Internet. Most recently, people have been wrong about payment for order flow, an esoteric topic in the investing industry which seems vaguely unsavory to Hacker News commenters, Michael Lewis [0], etc.
06/25 1988

Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game

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When I get things wrong — and I was very much wrong about Facebook’s blockchain plans — the reason is usually a predictable one: confirmation bias. That is, I already have an idea of what a company’s motivations are, and then view news through that lens, failing to think critically about what....
06/25 1896

A comprehensive guide to design systems

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Companies like Airbnb, Uber, and IBM have changed the ways they design digital products by incorporating their own unique design systems. By utilizing a collection of repeatable components and a set of standards guiding the use of those components, each of these companies has been able to change....
06/24 1325

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

Over the last 12 years, smartphones have helped dematerialize our consumption of countless other products.
06/29 941

28 ways to grow supply in a marketplace — by Lenny Rachitsky, ex-Airbnb

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Hi readers,

The growth teams at Uber and Airbnb occasionally met over the years to share best practices, brainstorm ideas, and share observations on the startup world. I’ve had folks over to 1455 Market St, the headquarters of Uber, and I’ve reciprocated with visits to the Airbnb offices too. I....
06/25 813