Best in 11/04 - 11/10


5 Mental Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

If your to-do list isn’t getting any shorter, here’s why.
11/04 4120

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

Neural networks are demonstrating profound leaps in their abilities when they're tasked with open exploration instead of a narrowly focused goal.
11/10 2836

How big tech is dragging us towards the next financial crash


Like the big banks, big tech uses its lobbying muscle to avoid regulation, and thinks it should play by different rules. And like the banks, it could be about to wreak financial havoc on us all. By Rana Foroohar

‘In every major economic downturn in US history, the ‘villains’ have been the ‘....
11/08 2250

The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail

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After we compiled our list of startup failure post-mortems, one of the most frequent requests we gotwas to use these posts to figure out the main reasons startups failed.

Startups, corporations, investors, economic development folks, academics, and journalists all wanted some insight into the....
11/06 2050

Why Groups Struggle to Solve Problems Together

If your meetings are unproductive, this might be the reason.
11/07 1934

Best in 10/28 - 11/03


Undercover reporter reveals life in a Polish troll farm


Katarzyna Pruszkiewicz spent six months running fake social media accounts at self-described ‘ePR firm’ in Wrocław

It is as common an occurrence on Polish Twitter as you are likely to get: a pair of conservative activists pouring scorn on the country’s divided liberal opposition.

“I burst out....
11/01 5944

‘OK Boomer’ Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations

Now it’s war: Gen Z has finally snapped over climate change and financial inequality.
10/29 3313

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

Physicists have found a new way to conceive of time as an emergent dimension, a kind of hologram springing from the universe’s spatial correlations.
11/03 2905

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

The synchronized brain waves of non-REM sleep may play a key role in preventing toxins from accumulating in a person's brain.
10/31 2598

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much

Not long ago, blockchain technology was touted as a way to track tuna, bypass banks, and preserve property records. Reality has proved a much tougher challenge.
10/28 2311

Best in 10/21 - 10/27


VC Ben Horowitz on WeWork, Uber, and one cultural value his employees can’t break

Ben Horowitz, the co-founder of the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, has a new book coming out this coming Monday titled “What You Do is Who You Are,” that takes a look at how to create “culture” at a company.

It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot but that’s very hard to grasp, let alone....
10/26 1950

Getting started with security keys

How to stay safe online and prevent phishing with FIDO2, WebAuthn and security keys. This RSS feed only shows excerpts. Please visit the website for the original article as intended: Getting started with security keys
10/21 1607

The Internet and the Third Estate

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began his speech last week by attempting to place free expression in the historical American context, and only then turned to discuss free expression in the context of Facebook, where he proposed something much more modern:

People having the power to express....
10/21 1589

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone


China’s use of technology for social control of its citizens is extensive – but it could affect users elsewhere too, says security analyst Samantha Hoffman

Samantha Hoffman is an analyst of Chinese security issues at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Aspi). She recently published a....
10/26 883

Don’t Serve Burnt Pizza (And Other Lessons in Building Minimum Lovable Products)

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Product builders should aim for lovable, not just viable. Jiaona Zhang (product leader at Dropbox, Airbnb, WeWork and lecturer at Stanford) shares her tactics for building MLPs that win users' hearts.
10/22 831

Best in 10/14 - 10/20


Why Don’t Rich People Just Stop Working?

Are the wealthy addicted to money, competition, or just feeling important? Yes.
10/17 5552

Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive

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Study after study after study into remote work has made one thing clear: Remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts.

What’s not entirely clear is why.

Yes, people gain back time (and sanity) by avoiding rush hour commutes. They avoid the distractions of the office.....
10/15 2448

Which Way Do You Run?

The plan was to drink until the pain over. But what’s worse, the pain or the hangover? —Kanye West, “Dark Fantasy”
10/17 1338

What Is a Dimension? The Answer Will Bend Your Mind

Caltech physicist Sean Carroll explains dimensions in ways that even a 5-year-old can understand.
10/17 1121

Without encryption we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground | Edward Snowden


The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information

• Edward Snowden is a US surveillance whistleblower

In every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, the dams closed, and....
10/15 1028