Best in 07/15 - 07/21


Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

The idea that FaceApp is somehow exceptionally dangerous threatens to obscure the real point: All apps deserve this level of scrutiny.
07/17 8232

What the Superhuman Controversy Reveals About the Shifting Ethics of Software

Anna Wiener writes about the tech company Superhuman, the controversy over its read statuses feature, and questions of ethics in Silicon Valley.
07/17 1497

The Psychology of Prediction

During the Vietnam War Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara tracked every combat statistic he could, creating a mountain of analytics and predictions to guide the war’s strategy.

Edward Lansdale, head of special operations at the Pentagon, once looked at McNamara’s statistics and told him....
07/21 1376

The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies

New “living drugs”—made from a patient’s own cells—can cure once incurable cancers, Siddhartha Mukherjee writes. But can we afford them?
07/15 1354

The Power of Performance Reviews: Use This System to Become a Better Manager

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Performance reviews are key to accelerating your report's career. A former Airbnb Product Lead shares the conversation template that he's used to build high-performing teams and motivate growth all year long.
07/18 1129

Best in 07/08 - 07/14


How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

All those services you signed up for but forgot about? They're a security risk. Here's how to get rid of them.
07/14 4321

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is profitable. Most online outrage is faked for profit'


The founder of the online classifieds site is a survivor from the era of internet optimism. He has given significant sums to protect the future of news – and rejects the idea his website helped cause journalism’s financial crisis

As the Craig in Craigslist, the free online noticeboard that....
07/14 3746

The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries

Einstein’s theory of gravity and modern particle physics both rely on the idea of symmetry. But physicists are now wondering if symmetry has much more to offer.
07/14 3182

Shopify and the Power of Platforms

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While I am (rightfully) teased about how often I discuss Aggregation Theory, there is a method to my madness, particularly over the last year: more and more attention is being paid to the power wielded by Aggregators like Google and Facebook, but to my mind the language is all wrong.

I discussed....
07/11 2421

The Fight for the Future of YouTube

Neima Jahromi writes on TK TK TK
07/08 1196

Best in 07/01 - 07/07


These 4 ‘harmless’ habits are sapping your brain power

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Neuroscientist Tara Swart argues that snacking and comparing yourself to someone else can lessen your cognitive functions.

If someone asks you how you spend your time when you’re not at work, do you know where most of your day goes? It still surprises me that most busy people have their workday....
07/05 7528

6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them

Changing jobs isn’t always the answer.
07/05 7017

'We all suffer': why San Francisco techies hate the city they transformed


San Franciscans have long complained that tech workers ruined their city, driving up rents and homelessness and eliminating diversity. Now even the tech workers agree

Photographs by Jason Henry

It was a beautiful winter day in San Francisco, and Zoe was grooving to the soundtrack of the....
07/01 4418

How to Save Money and Skip Lines at the Airport

Going overseas? Here's what you need to know about Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, and other ways to have a less stressful flight.
07/05 2122

The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

Ransomware attacks, supply chain hacks, escalating tensions with Iran—the first six months of 2019 have been anything but boring.
07/05 1602

Best in 06/24 - 06/30


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.
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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