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With Buzzfeed announcing IPO plans and Comcast interested in Vox, let the dystopian future of media begin

Today, Buzzfeed’s CEO Jonah Peretti announced plans to take his cat listicle mega-company public. The fact that he made this announcement at a conference hosted by a tech blog, which was yesterday acquired by a larger media company that may soon be acquired by Comcast, is no coincidence. The new media landscape is shaking out fast and [...]

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Recon at the Rancho: Crashing the Code conference, day one

“The companies I admire are the companies that pursue their own mission not the mission of their parent company. Build for the long term. Everything we’ve built would be undermined by being acquired.” — Airbnb’s Brian Chesky in conversation with Vox Media’s Kara Swisher on stage at the Code Conference It is decidedly more fun to attend tech conferences [...]

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Stop Using “Read Receipts” on Texts

Rumor has it, Apple wants to give you the option to use read receipts on a contact-by-contact basis in iMessage. This is a dreadfully bad idea that will undoubtedly destroy relationships, estrange friends, and piss off teens. Why? Because read receipts are awful, and making them more sophisticated is bullshit. Read more… Continue Reading from [...]

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Are You a Digital Hoarder?

I save absolutely everything I create digitally. I have docs titled “copy of copy of copy of copy,” lest I lose an earlier version. I compulsively screenshot stuff that strikes me as funny or scandalous. You are either like me or you are not. How preserved is your digital life? Read more… Continue Reading from [...]

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