Best in 02/25 - 03/03


Are Robots Competing for Your Job?

Probably, but don’t count yourself out, Jill Lepore writes.
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This Is Silicon Valley

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I feel myself becoming part of themachine
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298 Startup Failure Post-Mortems

Of his many failed experiments, Thomas Edison once said:

“I have learned fifty thousand ways it cannot be done and therefore I am fifty thousand times nearer the final successful experiment.”

In the spirit of failure, we dug into thedata on startup deathand found that 70% of upstart tech....
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Paul Adams on avoiding over-corrections and finding balance when problem-solving

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But when we look back at all these things, we find something interesting, which is that a lot of these mistakes and things we wish we had done differently actually have the same simple pattern.

I spoke on this pattern at the Inside Intercom World Tourbecause I think it’s a very common one. The....
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Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

The once-thriving resort city in Mexico has become a somewhat lawless place. It is, in many ways, a perfect yet imperfect place for crypto-loving anarchists to gather each year.
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Best in 02/18 - 02/24


Deconstructing the Monolith: Designing Software that Maximizes Developer Productivity


Shopify is one of the largest Ruby on Rails codebases in existence. It has been worked on for over a decade by more than a thousand developers. It encapsulates a lot of diverse functionality from billing merchants, managing 3rd party developer apps, updating products, handling shipping and so....
02/21 907

Humanity + AI: Better Together

This is a written version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2018. You can watch a video version on YouTube.

Skynet is coming for your children — or is it?

In July …
02/22 841

Google ends forced arbitration for employees

Google is finally ending forced arbitration for its employees. These changes will go into effect for both current and future Google employees on March 21.

While Google won’t reopen settled claims, current employees can litigate past claims starting March 21.

For the contractors Google works....
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Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave

Nuking a grape produces sparks of plasma, as plenty of YouTube videos document. Now physicists think they can explain how that energy builds up.
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We’re Optimizing Ourselves to Death


What happens when tech gives us more leisure time? Wework.
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Best in 02/11 - 02/17


The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

Researchers at OpenAI decided that a system that scores well at understanding language could too easily be manipulated for malicious intent.
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An AI that writes convincing prose risks mass-producing fake news

Fed with billions of words, this algorithm creates convincing articles and shows how AI could be used to fool people on a mass scale.
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The Cost of Apple News

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Apple is, according to the Wall Street Journal, driving a hard bargain with publishers ahead of the launch of its rumored News subscription service:

Apple Inc.’s plan to create a subscription service for news is running into resistance from major publishers over the tech giant’s proposed....
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One Behavior Separates The Successful From The Average

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The mindset shift of a manager

Mindset Becoming a new manager isn’t merely a change in what you do—it’s a change in how youthink.

Becoming a manager for the first time is deceptively difficult.

No matter how manyleadership booksyou’ve read or conversations you’ve had with mentors—the transition to becoming a manager is precarious.

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Best in 02/04 - 02/10


How Facebook Has Changed Computing

To handle its massive amount of data, Facebook built new hardware and software tools, and shared them through open source.
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Reddit is raising a huge round near a $3 billion valuation

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Reddit is raising $150 million to $300 million to keep the front page of the internet running, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. The forthcoming Series D round is said to be led by Chinese tech giant Tencent at a $2.7 billion pre-money valuation. Depending on how much follow-on cash Reddit....
02/05 973

Beyond Cameras That See… To Cameras That Understand
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Best MacBooks for 2019: Which Model Should You Actually Buy?

It's never been harder to buy the right Apple laptop. Let us help you with our MacBook buying guide.
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“Reverse Innovation” Could Save Lives. Why Aren’t We Embracing It?

Tom Vanderbilt writes about “reverse innovation” in medical technology, where solutions devised to overcome the resource constraints in developing countries are then adopted in wealthier countries with the aim of cutting health-care costs.
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