Questions to ask as a new designer on the team
Written for designers but appropriate for product managers too.
productmanagement 
3 days ago
Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News Disappear
Fake news is too big and messy to solve with algorithms or editors — because the problem is….us.
danahboyd  fakenews 
9 days ago
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
The social network finally unveils what its secretive Building 8 hardware lab has been working on for the past year. Communication might never be the same.
facebook  f8  language 
10 days ago
Facebook and the cost of monopoly
Last year, before Facebook realized it could just leverage its network to squash Snap, Mark Zuckerberg spent most of his presentation laying out a long-term vision for all the areas in which Facebook wanted to innovate. This year couldn’t have been more different: there was no vision, just the wholesale adoption of Snap’s, plus a whole bunch of tech demos that never bothered to tell a story of why they actually mattered for Facebook’s users.
facebook  f8  BenThompson 
10 days ago
Climbing Out Of Facebook's Reality Hole
Mat Honan is pessimistic about Facebook's grip on reality
facebook  f8  MatHonan 
10 days ago
Too poor to retire, too young to die
Stories of older generation that has lost everything and hit the road to survive.
retirement  budget  travel 
15 days ago
The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism
25,000 words on how media is using (and being used) on major digital distribution platforms.
facebook  businessmodel  media  twitter  EmilyBell 
16 days ago
4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump
Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him.
trump  gamergate  4chan  politics 
9 weeks ago
Steem. Whitepaper
A blockchain-powered social network.
blockchain  businessmodel  publishing 
january 2017
Obsolesced
The history of Gopher, the predecessor to the World Wide Web
history  internet 
january 2017
Front Page Blues
It's tempting to blame the media for this, but the media is a reflection of our collective psyche magnified by modern technology. We need to value novelty less and learn how to delay gratification. Take a lesson from wine tasting and meditation. Accept that news happens and let it breathe undisturbed for a period of time. After all, hindsight is 20/20.
fakenews 
december 2016
Fake-News Sites Inadvertently Funded by Big Brands
Programmatic advertising makes is improbable that brands can properly filter out where their ads run
fakenews 
december 2016
A Class Divided
The day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, a teacher in a small town in Iowa tried a daring classroom experiment. She decided to treat children with blue eyes as superior to children with brown eyes.
racism  documentary  video  pbs  frontline 
november 2016
Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds
To test the effects of political polarization on Facebook we asked ten US voters – five conservative and five liberal – to agree to take a scroll on the other side during the final month of the campaign.
filterbubble  bias  news  election  politics 
november 2016
Media in the age of algorithms
The essence of algorithm design is not to eliminate all error, but to make results robust in the face of error. Where de Havillands tried in vain to engineer a plane where the materials were strong enough to resist all cracks and fatigue, Boeing realized that the right approach was to engineer a design that allowed cracks, but kept them from propagating so far that they led to catastrophic failure. That is also Facebook’s challenge.
timoreilly  facebook  fakenews  boeing 
november 2016
Publishers Are Rethinking Those ‘Around the Web’ Ads
“It is not the right look if you’re trying to say you’re a high-quality, upper-tier website — if you have something like this on it — and I think it’s time for us to be honest about that,” said Keith Hernandez, Slate’s president.
taboola  outbrain  advertising 
november 2016
A Jolly Jaunt Through the Sentiment of News
analysing the sentiment towards the 2016 presidential candidates in online media
election  media 
october 2016
What You Must Know To Build Savvy Push Notifications
Noah Weiss (FourSquare, Slack) shares lessons learned on design and measurement of notifications
notifications  mobile  design 
october 2016
College Application Guide
Useful resource written by students, for students
collegeapplications 
october 2016
How Facebook News Feed Works
The ultimate guide with all the latest, will be updated as new changes are made.
facebook  newsfeed  joshconstine 
september 2016
Can we make consciousness into an engineering problem? – Michael Graziano
There is a real thing that we call attention – a wildly complex, beautifully adapted method of focusing the brain’s resources on a limited set of signals. Attention is important. Without it, we would be paralysed by the glut of information pouring into us. But there’s no point having it if you can’t control it.
brain  ai 
september 2016
Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us?
Smart machines probably won't kill us all—but they'll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think.
motherjones  futureofwork  AI 
august 2016
This Gawker.com style guide from 2007 proves Nick Denton's blog invented web writing
Gawker.com style guide from 2007, written by managing editor Lockhart Steele, Gawker editor Choire Sicha, and Lifehacker editor Gina Trapani.
gawker  style  writing 
august 2016
Did I Kill Gawker
Former editor Max Read speculates what brought Nick Denton's publishing empire down while sharing a view from the belly of the beast.
nickdenton  gawker  publishing  media 
august 2016
Inside The Playlist Factory
The rise of the curator at Spotify and the vital role they play as tastemakers.
spotify  curation  music 
july 2016
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?
parasites  brain  cats  psychology  evolution 
june 2016
Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem
People often forget that machine learning algorithms are only as good as the training set fed into it. If your training set is racially-biased, so will the resulting algorithm.
ai  machinelearning  racism 
june 2016
The Battle Over the Sea-Monkey Fortune
A former 1960s bondage-film actress is waging legal combat with a toy company for ownership of her husband’s mail-order aquatic-pet empire.
seamonkey  marketing 
june 2016
The Deadologists
Jesse Jarnow on the academic research into The Grateful Dead's music, mythology and history.
gratefuldead 
may 2016
Fairness in Machine Learning
Delip Rao warns of inherent bias that can creep into algorithms and the responsibility of the developers of the algorithms to watch for them.
machinelearning  ethics 
may 2016
Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists? Here's What Happened When It Hired Some.
“They have it down to a science,” said one former curator. “We were truly slaves to the algorithm.”
facebook  futureofnews  journalism 
may 2016
The meaning of AlphaGo, the AI program that beat a Go champ
Geoffrey Hinton, the godfather of ‘deep learning’—which helped Google’s AlphaGo beat a grandmaster—on the past, present and future of AI
AI  alphago  deeplearning 
march 2016
Move 37 — Medium
The significance of AlphaGo's pivotal move in Game 2.
machinelearning  alphago  ai 
march 2016
Slack, I'm breaking up with you
It leads to everyone having half-conversations all day long, with people frequently rotating through one slow-drip discussion after another, never needing to officially check out because “hey! it’s asynchronous!”
slack  socialsoftware 
march 2016
Who Controls Your Facebook Feed
A small team of engineers in Menlo Park. A panel of anonymous power users around the world. And, increasingly, you
facebook  newsfeed  algorithm 
january 2016
Why Memory and Mimicry Are The Next Big Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence
Reinforcement learning, mimicking, and a sense of time (to create memory) are needed to create true AI
AI  machinelearning 
december 2015
Future Reading
Craig Mod on the durability and openness of the print book ecosystem and the importance of trust in that durability and openness which is preventing the evolution of digital publishing.
craigmod  amazon  publishing  drm 
october 2015
Blameless PostMortems and a Just Culture
Inoculating your company from future mistakes and pre-empting the blame game.
etsy  engineering  culture 
september 2015
Will Artificial Intelligence Surpass Our Own?
A philosopher worries about computers’ ever accelerating abilities to outpace human skills
philosophy  machinelearning 
september 2015
Hacking the Facebook Interest Graph
Useful url-hacking tips to get a profile of your target audience's tastes.
facebook  marketing  TaraHunt 
september 2015
Locking the Web Open: A Call for a Distributed Web
Brewster Kahle proposes using Blockchains and BitTorrent to make the web distributed while also adding the distributed identity management and micropayments.
brewsterkahle  blockchain  ideas 
september 2015
All LinkedIn with Nowhere to Go
this world of aspirational business affiliation is nothing new. LinkedIn merely digitizes the core, and frequently cruel, paradox of networking events and conferences.
LinkedIn 
september 2015
The End of the Internet Dream?
In 20 years, the Web might complete its shift from liberator to oppressor. It’s up to us to prevent that. Jennifer Granick's keynote at Black Hat 2015
internet  culture  JenniferGranick  freedom  security  politics  speech 
august 2015
If your website's full of assholes, it's your fault
Anil Dash reflects on 12 years of running a blog and how to raise a good community.
community  blogging 
august 2015
How 30 Random People in Knoxville May Change your Facebook News Feed
Augmenting algorithmic tuning with a staff of 600 in centers around the US.
facebook  newsfeed  algorithm 
august 2015
Web Design: The First 100 Years
Why must we continually optimize the future when we can do so much with what we have?
engineering 
july 2015
The Wall of Sound
they (The Grateful Dead) were about to revolutionize sound engineering, acoustic theory, and the way people experienced live music for decades to come, and they likely didn’t even know it. Someone lit a joint.
gratefuldead  concerts 
july 2015
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