Open Source COVID-19 Library
We are developing a library of parts/components that can reduce the bottlenecks encountered by manufacturers of Ventilators. We invite Engineers and Professionals to contribute in this discussion.
covid-19  resource 
10 days ago
Alameda, Calif.: On San Francisco Bay, With Great Views and Rising Prices
An island city celebrates families and diversity, and is finding ways to build affordable housing and confront homelessness.
alameda  realestate 
13 days ago
Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook
In the early days of Facebook, Zuck kept his plans for world domination in handwritten journals. He destroyed them. But a few revealing pages survived.
facebook  zuck 
6 weeks ago
The great shift in Japanese culture
The decline of Japan’s influence on world culture
japan  culture 
6 weeks ago
He “Was Struggling Not to Laugh”: Inside Netflix’s Crazy, Doomed Meeting With Blockbuster
When Netflix execs Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings met with Blockbuster brass in 2000, they wanted to sell for $50 million. Blockbuster all but laughed them out of the room, writes Randolph in That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea. So they decided to “kick their ass.”
netflix  history  ReedHastings 
september 2019
SmartNews’ latest news discovery feature shows articles to users from across the political spectrum
“We’re thinking of how to create more transparency and also expose readers to something they might not usually see, but present it in a fun way, like a serendipitous discovery.”
techcrunch  smartnews 
september 2019
A most peaceful revolution
As economics 101 holds, busting a monopoly (governments are effectively local monopolists in the market for money) by introducing competitors should make the market fairer for consumers. Faced with no alternative, citizens were previously forced to save in their local currency and tolerate inflation. Now with an effective off-ramp, citizens have the choice to exit the local monetary regime, at significant cost to the central bank (selling their local currency increases the velocity of money and worsens inflation). So the mere existence of Bitcoin instills monetary discipline on a central bank which might otherwise pursue a ruinous level of debasement.
bitcoin  economics 
september 2019
What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right
"I explained that he’d been a pawn in a much larger game. At age 13, suddenly friendless, he couldn’t be expected to understand how he was being manipulated or how technology made it easier for the online alt-right to find him."
alt-right  online  reddit 
august 2019
Earthquake Survival Kit
Everything you need as well as a link to a supply tracker spreadsheet.
july 2019
I Subscribed To Push Notifications From 12 News Outlets For 3 Months — Here’s What I Learned
From 2017 - a survey on the language of mobile push notifications from major news outlets
notifications  news 
june 2019
A Machine May Not Take Your Job, but One Could Become Your Boss
When Conor Sprouls, a customer service representative in the call center of the insurance giant MetLife talks to a customer over the phone, he keeps one eye on the bottom-right corner of his screen. There, in a little blue box, A.I. tells him how he’s doing.
AI  management 
june 2019
FastText is an open-source, free, lightweight library that allows users to learn text representations and text classifiers. It works on standard, generic hardware. Models can later be reduced in size to even fit on mobile devices.
machinelearning  textclassificaiton  nlp 
may 2019
The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership program
An oral history of the subscription service that changed online shopping forever.
amazon  businessmodel 
may 2019
We launched a paywall. It worked! Mostly.
They’ll particularly pay, we also learned, if you send them newsletters. The propensity to subscribe by people who enter on a mobile device is rather low—unless they come in via a newsletter.
wired  paywalls 
may 2019
Push Notifications Statistics (2019)
Mostly written for marketers but some good datapoints for the state of the market in 2019
notifications  mobile 
april 2019
Defusing Disinfo
Original analysis and commentary on the subject of disinformation. Designed to further understanding of this unique threat and highlight some of the strategies and tools to counter it.
media  fakenews  resource 
april 2019
Google News Initiative | News Consumer Insights
Connect your Google Analytics account and use these templates to benchmark your site.
march 2019
Bringing The WSJ Online With Rich Jaroslovsky
Almost alone among the web media pioneers, the Journal went the subscription route. So, we’re going to talk to Rich Jaroslovksy, who headed the team that brought the Journal online, to see why they went that route, to learn about the path to the web and much more.
WSJ  RichJaroslovsky  podcast 
march 2019
Outgrowing Advertising: Multimodal Business Models as a Product Strategy
Survey of alternative business models in China online sites show how they’ve been able to minimize reliance on advertising revenue.
businessmodel  advertising  china  subscription 
march 2019
The Trauma Floor
The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America. Casey Newton speaks with workers at Cognizant, one of Facebook's content moderation vendors.
Facebook  moderation  CaseyNewton 
february 2019
The Hidden Forces Behind Toutiao: China’s Content King
the AI team has recognized that 100 headlines is a retention “threshold” (users that do not retain long-term tend to drop off dramatically after seeing ~100 headlines, similar to Facebook’s “10 friends” rule).
aggregator  Toutiao 
february 2019
New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators
When used to simply generate new text, GPT2 is capable of writing plausible passages that match what it is given in both style and subject. It rarely shows any of the quirks that mark out previous AI systems, such as forgetting what it is writing about midway through a paragraph, or mangling the syntax of long sentences.
AI  GPT2  dystopia 
february 2019
Louis, a can of cola
Podcast interview with a can of cola.
podcast  philosophy 
february 2019
Who Owns What?
CJR's guide to what the major media companies own.
media  resource 
january 2019
Election coverage: the road not taken
It's called the "citizens agenda" approach in campaign journalism. I know, dorky name. It was tried. And it worked.
jayrosen  news  journalism  politics  election 
january 2019
The Rise and Demise of RSS
How a collaborative effort to improve a popular standard devolved into one of the most contentious forks in the history of open-source software development.
rss  standards 
january 2019
uses AI to automatically remove background images from photos
photoshop  photos 
december 2018
Selling China by the Sleeve Dance
Beneath the ubiquitous posters for the Shen Yun ballet is a battle between dissidents and the state over the soul of a nation, both at home and across the diaspora.
china  shenyun 
december 2018
Assessing Local Journalism
News Deserts, Journalism Divides, and the
Determinants of the Robustness of Local News
journalism  local  localnews 
december 2018
Apple News’s Radical Approach: Humans Over Machines
Longish profile of Apple New's contrarian, human editors.
Apple  applenews  news 
november 2018
Google disables some Gmail smart suggestions because it can’t fix AI gender bias
a company researcher typed “I am meeting an investor next week,” and Smart Compose suggested “Do you want to meet him?” instead of “her”
google  AI  email 
november 2018
Apple's new map
Exhaustive comparison of Apple and Google maps comes down pretty negatively on Apple's closed ecosystem vs. Google's crowdsourced one.
maps  google  apple 
november 2018
David Rumsey Map Collection
Overlay old maps onto each other to see the evolution of land
maps  history 
november 2018
Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?
This was Facebook’s actual error: It divided total time spent watching a video not by the total number of users who spent any time watching the video (a group that would have included people “quickly scrolling past muted auto-playing video advertisements”), but instead by only the number of users who watched a video for three seconds or more. The result: “A highly misleading result that favored Facebook.”
facebook  video  metrics 
october 2018
The Temptation of Apple News
The world’s most valuable company is wooing the media with a human touch and a huge audience. One thing it hasn’t delivered: money.
apple  applenews  subscription 
september 2018
Facebook Is The World's Biggest Right-Wing Media Company | Crooked Media
The company’s lip-service defense of free speech is in practice a choice to collapse the distinction between disinformation and news-analysis. The right-wing narrative of social-media censorship is dishonest, but it has also been incredibly effective in pressuring platforms into accepting lies as opinion.
august 2018
Masayoshi Son’s secret to running his $100 billion fund: Telling start-ups to treat each other like family
Son holds dinners every few months with the CEOs of his investments to encourage them to partner with other companies he has invested in and conduct status checks on their businesses.
MasayoshiSon  Softbank  VC 
august 2018
The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen
“What’s this?” Tim asked.
“This,” I said, “is the greatest sales deck I have ever seen.”
sales  presentation 
august 2018
AI at Google: our principles
AI at Google: our principles
google  AI  ethics 
june 2018
Mobile ad mediation’s new era: SDK bidding
Summary of mobile app ad tech stack today as it evolves towards true RTB.
june 2018
Thread by @noah_weiss on Product Management
Product Management isn’t a major one can study, few folks graduate into, and most people learn by apprenticeship.
may 2018
Facebook Doesn't Make as Much Money as It Could—On Purpose
How Facebook's ad auction model is different, the Vickrey-Clarke-Groves model
advertising  algorithm  facebook 
may 2018
Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News
Facebook is today making three important announcements on false news, to which WIRED got an early and exclusive look. In addition, WIRED was able to sit down for a wide-ranging conversation with eight generally press-shy product managers and engineers who work on News Feed to ask detailed questions about the workings of the canals, dams, and rivers that they manage.
facebook  fakenews  nicholasthompson 
may 2018
Product Development Cycle Fundamentals
Popular, YC-recommend Product Management framework.
may 2018
Japanese Animation Guide: The History of Robot Anime
The Japanese government commissioned a detailed report on the history of Japanese robot anime.
japan  animation 
april 2018
Terms of Service; Didn't Read
crowd-sourced ratings of all those click-wrap agreements you never read
april 2018
How Pizza Night Can Cost More in Data Than Dollars
Even a low-key evening at home can mean handing over a trove of personal information to high-tech companies
datamining  privacy  socialnetworks 
april 2018
A gentle introduction to self-sovereign identity
Today, we keep passports, birth certificates, utility bills at home under our own control, maybe in an “important drawer”, and we share them when needed. We don’t store these bits of paper with a third party. Self-sovereign identity is the digital equivalent of what we do with bits of paper now.
march 2018
Increase funnel conversion with Psych
Elements of a webpage either inspire us by giving us more units of Psych or overwhelm us by depleting our existing store of Psych. Once you understand what elements are adding to or depleting users’ energy, you can then start to manage that energy: adding inspiration and minimizing overwhelm to help users take your core actions.
onboarding  productmanagement 
march 2018
The Eternal Jukebox
For when your favorite song just isn’t long enough. This web app lets you search a song on Spotify and will then generate a never-ending and ever changing version of the song.
hacks  music  visualization 
march 2018
Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP
Can the most contentious piece of the web form the basis of a new standard?
google  amp 
march 2018
Looking Back at r/Place
In just 72 hours, over a million redditors placed 16.5 million tiles to transform a simple, white, 1000×1000-pixel canvas into a surprisingly beautiful clash of communities, nations, ideologies, and fandoms.
reddit  culture 
february 2018
Facebook tells publishers to take it or leave it
Embedded with full interview with Campbell Brown and Adam Mosseri at Recode's Code Media conference.
facebook  newsfeed  AdamMosseri  CampbellBrown 
february 2018
Inside the two years that shook Facebook - and the world
How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.
facebook  nicholasthompson  fredvogalstein 
february 2018
Operation Elop
The final years of Nokia’s mobile phone
stephenelop  nokia  finland 
february 2018
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