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Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Sexual harassment. Hate speech. Employee walkouts. The Silicon Valley giant is trapped in a war against itself. And there’s no end in sight.

wired.com
08/13 12610

The Phony Patriots of Silicon Valley

Top tech companies are rallying around the flag. How opportunistic of them.

nytimes.com
08/12 3521

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

In 2012 a nongendered pronoun dropped into Swedish discourse. Today it's widely used—and it's nudging people to see the world a little differently.

wired.com
08/15 1595

8 Ways Leaders Delegate Successfully

Start by picking the right person for the job.

hbr.org
08/15 1571

The (not so) hidden cost of sharing code between iOS and Android

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Until very recently, Dropbox had a technical strategy on mobile of sharing code between iOS and Android via C++. The idea behind this strategy was simple—write the code once in C++ instead of twice in Java and Objective C. We adopted this C++ strategy back in 2013, when our mobile engineering....

dropboxtechblog.wordpress.com
08/14 1358
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Best in 08/05 - 08/11

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Why Aren’t We Talking About LinkedIn?

As Facebook and Twitter face scrutiny, the site for job seekers remains a controversy-free zone. Is the office the future of social media?

nytimes.com
08/08 7318

A Framework for Moderation

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On Sunday night, when Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced in a blog post that the company was terminating service for 8chan, the response was nearly universal: Finally.

It was hard to disagree: it was on 8chan — which was created after complaints that the extremely lightly-moderated....

stratechery.com
08/07 4622

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

The Beresheet lunar lander carried thousands of books, DNA samples, and a few thousand water bears to the moon. But did any of it survive the crash?

wired.com
08/05 4266

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

A new look at a ubiquitous phenomenon has uncovered unexpected fractal behavior that could help explain the birth of the universe and the arrow of time.

wired.com
08/11 2425

How to Say “No” at Work Without Making Enemies

Be confident and explain your thinking.

hbr.org
08/05 2276
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Best in 07/29 - 08/04

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To Be Happier at Work, Invest More in Your Relationships

Both inside and outside the office.

hbr.org
07/30 8632

A Decades-Old Computer Science Puzzle Was Solved in Two Pages

With a stunningly simple proof, a researcher has finally cracked the sensitivity conjecture, "one of the most frustrating and embarrassing open problems."

wired.com
08/04 3837

The Math Equation That Tried to Stump the Internet

Sometimes BODMAS is just PEMDAS by another name. And no, the answer is not 100.

nytimes.com
08/02 3330

Digital Textbooks Are Forcing a Radical Shift in Higher Ed

Digital-first. Open source. Subscription. The way textbooks are bought and sold is changing—with serious implications for higher education.

wired.com
08/04 2349

How the West Got China's Social Credit System Wrong

It occupies a spot next to 'Black Mirror' and Big Brother in popular imagination, but China’s social credit project is far more complicated than a single, all-powerful numerical score.

wired.com
07/29 1737
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Best in 07/22 - 07/28

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Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy at Work

Find meaning in your job instead.

hbr.org
07/26 11161

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

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Workers hear drug deals, medical details and people having sex, says whistleblower

Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice....

theguardian.com
07/26 5473

Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?

For a century, we’ve loved our cars, but they haven’t loved us back, Nathan Heller writes.

newyorker.com
07/22 5239

The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking

Answers without theory, found and deployed in different areas, can complicate one another in unpredictable ways, Jonathan Zittrain writes.

newyorker.com
07/23 3386

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

Some physicists believe that our experience of the universe is just a big game of subatomic survival of the fittest.

wired.com
07/28 2742
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