Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life.
Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police
When detectives in a Phoenix suburb arrested a warehouse worker in a murder investigation last December, they credited a new technique with breaking open the case after other leads went cold.
Opinion: We Built A Broken Internet. Now We Need To Burn It To The Ground.
In an edited extract from his upcoming book Ruined by Design, Silicon Valley veteran Mike Monteiro explains how designers destroyed the world. In the 12 years between those two tweets, some things happened that are worth exploring.
As I.P.O. Approaches, Lyft’s Chief Is Nudged Into the Spotlight
SAN FRANCISCO — When Logan Green, chief executive of the ride-hailing service Lyft, was asked which tech leaders he admired, he pointed to three men who had built their companies ruthlessly: Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos.
Technical Debt? Probably not.
We might like to imagine that there’s some perfect mix of design quality, code quality, and test quality, to build a perfect product. But that’s not the case. There’s room for all those elements to mush around:
To end homelessness, we need to change how we talk about it
We’re not seeing the big picture, says Joe Smith, who works in the sector and is increasingly frustrated at how the issues are framed. When the public is asked if they think the voting age should be reduced from 18 to 16, only 24% support it.
AHA Programming ?
The dangers of DRY, the web of WET, the awesomeness of AHA. This is generally a good practice that I typically subscribe to (though less dogmatically than that definition seems to encourage).
The potentially perilous promise of food allergen sensors
Nima, the parent company for a line of portable food sensors intended for people with allergies and sensitivities, says its culture is based on five core values, the first of which focuses on transparency. “We are more open than private,” Nima writes on its website.
Who is the first superhero that comes to mind? What about a number between one and 10? And finally, a vibrant color? Quickly think of each of those things if you haven’t already, and then combine all three into a single phrase. Now, it’s time for us to guess it.
How I Couldn’t Stop Poking at Mysterious CompuServe Server Hard Disk Images
This is about digital archeology. I hope people interested in the legacy of early online services will find it useful. And I hope other digital archeologists more knowledgable than me will find it and provide additional information. Maybe someone even feels compelled to pick up where I left off?
One week with Apple News Plus: a messy but good-enough Netflix for magazines
There’s a lot to evaluate about Apple’s new News Plus subscription service, including if it’s a good deal for the media business and forecasting how much of an existential threat it poses to an already at-risk industry.
Announcing Gyroscope V3
We’re excited to launch our third major update to the Gyroscope app. It includes the new Watch app, official launch of Health Score, a new tracking tab to capture everything about your life, and much more.
Coding Is for Everyone—as Long as You Speak English
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, so there's been a lot of pixels spilled on "the initial promises of the web"—one of which was the idea that you could select "view source" on any page and easily teach yourself what went into making it display like that.
Inside the Google employee backlash against the Heritage Foundation
When Google announced an external advisory board for AI projects last week, the company framed the decision as a step forward in accountability.
Slavery still exists. Here’s how we can help end it.
The United Nations General Assembly is officially back in session, as its new president — María Fernanda Espinosa — calls for equality, inclusion and justice for all. Citizens around the world are fed up with widespread sexism and racism that should have ended centuries ago.
Sources: Y Combinator’s growth fund to back challenger bank Monzo
Just five months after announcing £85 million in Series E funding, Monzo is already gearing up to raise additional funding, which would almost double its valuation. As reported in the Sunday Times yesterday, the U.K.
Cloudflare is adding a free VPN to its 220.127.116.11 app
Cloudflare has announced that it’s adding a VPN to its 18.104.22.168 DNS resolver app. The 22.214.171.124 service, which first came to mobile back in November, currently attempts to speed up mobile data speeds by using Cloudflare’s network to resolve DNS queries faster than your existing mobile network.
Pub of the Week: The Old Lock & Weir
Mid-afternoon on a recent Saturday, the queue to the bar at the Old Lock & Weir stretched down a small flight of stairs towards the back of this historic pub. At the bar, pints of Thatchers Haze were being poured in quick succession into plastic glasses.
SimpliSafe’s excellent DIY smart home security systems are coming to the UK
SimpliSafe, who make our pick for the best home security system you can install yourself, is coming to the UK.
These Women Are Reinventing The Workplace For Mothers
The first quarter of 2019 has been impressive for women-founded companies. Glossier (founded by Emily Weiss) and Rent The Runway (founded by Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman) both announced their unicorn status (VC-speak for companies with over a $1-billion-dollar valuation).
The Privacy Project
Companies and governments are gaining new powers to follow people across the internet and around the world, and even to peer into their genomes. The benefits of such advances have been apparent for years; the costs — in anonymity, even autonomy — are now becoming clearer.
How political editor Laura Kuenssberg broke the mould to become the BBC’s Brexit guru
Laura Kuenssberg tells me she didn’t sleep well last night. Which isn’t surprising, given we meet between the Speaker’s no third meaningful vote bombshell and Theresa May’s extension-seeking trip to Brussels. But Kuenssberg was not kept awake between 2am and 4am by Brexit.