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Uber, Get Your Sh*t Together

by Kate HarvestonHas there, in recent memory, been a company which has fallen from grace as spectacularly as Uber after such a swift ride to the top? It was supposed to be the fresh face, the harnesser of technologies, that would deliver the world’s nations from the monopolistic and occasionally …Continue reading Continue Reading at […]

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“Bodega” Represents What’s Wrong With Tech Funding, but It Won’t Kill Your Actual Bodega

The founders of Bodega, the new vending machine startup that wants to replace convenience stores, probably didn’t expect the internet to immediately and vociferously hate them. But they should have. The headline of their launch-day article in Fast Company—“Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Some Crypto-Capitalists Just Want to See the World Burn

“In battle, the commander is the first one to go over the top,” Joe McKinney, shirt unbuttoned, wearing a shower cap and one of those airplane neck pillows, exclaims over music swelling from every direction. He’s having a great time, romping around San Francisco as part of a “distributed dance party”—a roving DJ set…Read more… […]

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What Do Disneyland, The White House, and Silicon Valley All Have In Common?

Growing up in Southern California, I genuinely believed Disneyland was the happiest place on earth. As a child I was fortunate enough to have many outings there with family and continued the tradition with friends into my teens. I knew all the words to the songs on my favorite rides, and had my …Continue reading […]

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Take a Detailed Look at Every Tiny Aspect of the Silicon Valley Credits Sequence

Like all HBO opening sequences, the Silicon Valley credits are a remarkable little world unto themselves. I’ve seen the segment dozens of times, but until I watched this breakdown I had no idea how much of technology’s recent history is packed into the short clip. Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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The Nerdiest Debate Ever May Finally Have a Winner

If you’re not a programmer, you’re probably not going to know this, but there’s a vicious rivalry lurking in the code of every app you use. If code isn’t written consistently—using either the tab or the space button to create indentations—the format can get all wonky, making it difficult for multiple authors to…Read more… Continue […]

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US Considers Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence a National Security Threat

The US Department of Defense is struggling to get its arms around all of the new security issues that have come with our current technological explosion. One unexpected consideration on the table is placing stricter limitations on investment capital from China flowing into American companies that are working on…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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The Mad King of Juice: Inside the Dysfunctional Origins of Juicero

Juicero began in secret. The startup, a sort of Keurig for cold-pressed plant-water—which made headlines for the $120 million in venture capital it secured from the likes of Google and Kleiner-Perkins between 2013 and 2015, and again when it announced its wi-fi-connected countertop appliance would cost a jaw-dropping…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Silicon Valley Can’t Stop Puking Money All Over Soylent

Soylent, a substance, is about to be everywhere. A team of queasy venture capitalists just invested $50 million into the company. This, despite the fact that Soylent is perhaps best known for lying about its ingredients and giving people fits of relentless vomiting and uncontrollable diarrhea.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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